1. Kira Gentner, 26, from St. Petersburg, is tested for COVID-19 at the drive-thru testing site in the parking lot at Tropicana Field on Thursday.
  2. Kale pesto and avocado "toasties" are served at The Works, a new plant-based cafe in St. Petersburg's Historic Uptown from the owner of Squeeze Juice Works.
  3. Louie Anderson, shown in this 2018 photo, has died at 68.
  4. A new Florida law may help ward off unwanted texts and calls from telemarketers.
  5. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will open Iron Gwazi, the world’s fastest and steepest hybrid coaster, for passholder previews Feb. 11 and will officially open March 11.
  6. Construction seen underway including two new rides in the background at Adventure Island in Tampa. The park is undergoing its biggest enhancement in 30 years.
  7. A sign for Microsoft offices, Thursday, May 6, 2021 in New York. Microsoft stunned the gaming industry when it announced, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, it would buy game publisher Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion, a deal that would immediately make it a larger video-game company than Nintendo.
  8. Steven Lorenzo at a 2017 court hearing. Prosecutors will continue to seek a death sentence for Lorenzo in connection with two Tampa murders.
  9. A pillar marks the border between the United States and Canada just outside of Emerson, Manitoba.  A Florida man was charged Thursday with human smuggling after the bodies of four people, including a baby and a teen, were found in the area.
  10. Photos of the wreckage of an F-22 Raptor fighter jet were included in an Air Force investigation report obtained via the Freedom of Information Act.
  11. Angela Birdsong.
  12. Getty Images
  13. The price of an ice tea at a local Starbucks went up recently, like pretty much everything else.
  14. Sunrise police Sgt. Christopher Pullease has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
  15. Priatek Plaza, once known as the Bank of America building, stands at 200 Central Ave. in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg. [Times (2015)]
  16. State Rep. Joe Harding, R-Williston, introduces a bill to extend parental rights in public schools to the Florida House Education & Employment Committee on Jan. 20, 2022.
  17. Tampa Bay was named the hottest housing market for 2022, according to Zillow. But housing has also become "musical chairs," one community leader said, with local renters being pushed out of the cities due to high costs.
  18. Getty Images
  19. Aerial photo of downtown St. Petersburg with downtown Tampa in the background pictured on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 in St. Petersburg.
  20. Meat Loaf performs at a concert in New York's Madison Square Garden, in 2007. Meat Loaf, whose "Bat Out Of Hell" album is one of the all time bestsellers, has died at 74.
  21. Daniel Lighty, 35, of South Carolina, was being held without bail at the Hillsborough County jail Friday on three charges of attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer and and one count of aggravated assault with a weapon.
  22. Robert Warren, pictured in 2017, was arrested on a second-degree murder charge Thursday, deputies said.
  23. Check for the latest breaking news and updates.
Keep up with Tampa Bay’s top headlines

Keep up with Tampa Bay’s top headlines

Subscribe to our free DayStarter newsletter

We’ll deliver the latest news and information you need to know every weekday morning.

You’re all signed up!

Want more of our free, weekly newsletters in your inbox? Let’s get started.

Explore all your options