1. In this Nov. 9, 2018, photo provided by Nikese Toussaint, Jean-Dickens Toussaint and his wife Abigail Michael Toussaint pose for a photo at their wedding in Pompano Beach, Florida. Nikese Toussaint says that gangs in Haiti kidnapped the U.S. couple and a third person traveling with them on March 18, and that the gang is demanding $200,000 for each person.
  2. Crowds filter through the rotunda at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee, where lawmakers have made school vouchers a priority during the 2023 legislative session. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the voucher bill into law on Monday, March 27, 2023, at a ceremony in Miami.
  3. Rep. Alex Andrade, R-Pensacola, said he intends to propose modifications to his bill that would make it easier to sue over defamation claims.
  4. A child weeps while on the bus leaving The Covenant School following a mass shooting at the school in Nashville, Tenn., Monday, March 27, 2023.
  5. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 837 on Friday, a law aimed at decreasing the number of frivolous lawsuits involving insurance and personal injury claims. In anticipation of the approval, litigants flooded local clerks of court with new civil claims in the days leading up to the approval.
  6. Under current law, consumer-finance loan companies can charge 30 percent annual interest on the first $3,000 of principal amounts, 24 percent on amounts between $3,000 and $4,000 and 18 percent on amounts between $4,000 and $25,000. Florida lawmakers' new bill would set an across-the-board maximum 36 percent rate.
  7. Clearwater City Council members listen to residents speak at the special meeting called on Monday, March 27, 2023, to discuss the vacancy created by Mayor Frank Hibbard's resignation.
  8. Jonathan Vasquez, 34, on left, and his girlfriend, Valerie Romero, 28, both from Tampa, bundle up while fishing from end of the St. Petersburg Pier just after sunrise on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, in St. Petersburg.
  9. Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority CEO Adelee Le Grand, right, listens as attorney  David Adams presents findings of an investigation during a HART board meeting Monday, March 27, 2023 in Tampa.
  10. Calida, a new wine bar and restaurant, is now open in St. Petersburg's Crescent Heights neighborhood.
  11. December and Duchess are two of many animals hoping to find "fur"ever homes.
  12. Billy Adams III speaks with his attorney in a pretrial detention hearing last month in Tampa after he was accused of fatally shooting 22-year-old Alana Sims, who was pregnant.
  13. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference at Miami private school shortly before he signed a bill to expand school vouchers in Florida on Monday, March 27, 2023.
  14. Nao Trinidad from Spain, a replica of the iconic Santa Maria, will be among the ships coming to St. Petersburg for the Tall Ships festival March 30-April 2.
  15. John Mayer performs on Monday, March 20, 2023, at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.
  16. Tomasz Kosowski, a local plastic surgeon arrested in the death of missing Largo attorney Steven Cozzi, makes his first appearance in court from the Pinellas County Jail on Monday.
  17. Chief meteorologist Denis Phillips is set to headline the Poynter at the Straz series May 12.
  18. Roberto Rodriguez, 25, was driving north on U.S. Highway 19 in Pinellas Park on Sunday when he crossed over a median into the southbound lanes, colliding head-on with another vehicle, police said.
  19. Producer Chris Leto sets up a camera in front of a grandfather clock during the filming of “The Clock” Monday, March 20, 2023 in Brooksville.
  20. Ruby Bridges Hall signs and autograph for Carla Johnson and her sister Camille. Bridges Hall became famous when she was 6 years old and marched into a New Orleans elementary school to integrate the school. A movie about her story has been removed from a Pinellas County elementary school following a parent's complaint.
  21. St. Petersburg's bike share program is being phased out and replaced with electric bikes. This is a bike rack on Central Avenue in the Grand Central District.
  22. Wisconsin-based company, Escape, is building 23 tiny homes in Thonotosassa.
  23. Volunteer dentist Shazia Malik examines the mouth of new patient Roosevelt Jones at the Community Dental Clinic in Clearwater on Jan. 18, 2018. Low-income adult patients aren't charged for the services. The nonprofit organization just asks for a donation. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times ]
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