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  1. David Simanoff, president of the Greater Tampa Chapter of the ACLU of Florida, top-center, gives a speech, while people listen during a rally event at Joe Chillura Courthouse Square on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023, in Tampa.
  2. In this photo provided by Brian Branch, a large balloon drifts above the Kingstown, N.C. area, with an airplane and its contrail seen below it. The United States says it is a Chinese spy balloon moving east over America. (Brian Branch via AP)
  3. A trooper was injured and a man was killed during a shootout early Saturday in Wesley Chapel, Florida Highway Patrol said.
  4. This home on Ranch Road in northern Pinellas County is surrounded by an 8,700-acre nature preserve.
  5. Annette Taddeo, a former state senator from Miami-Dade County, is running for chair of the Florida Democratic Party in 2023 and appears to be the choice of several state lawmakers.
  6. Kim Hedgspeth, center, assistant principal at Sanders Memorial Elementary, told teachers not to worry about their classroom libraries during a back-to school review of Florida's new parental rights laws in August 2022. That guidance will change later this year, when the Pasco County district plans to replace all elementary teachers' classroom book collections.
  7. Dwight Henry, the campus chaplain at New College of Florida, poses for a portrait at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023, in Tampa.
  8. Michelle Faedo’s Tampeño Cuisine when it was open in Tampa's Encore development downtown. Times (2019)
  9. In this April 8, 2008, file photo, salesman Hank Pham puts the price on a General Electric microwave oven in the appliances section of Howard's Appliance and Big-Screen Superstore in San Gabriel, Calif.
  10. St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch, left, talks with Hines senior managing director Michael Harrison and Tampa Bay Rays President Brian Auld after Mayor Welch gave his 2023 State of the City on the steps of City Hall on Monday, Jan. 30, 2023 in St. Petersburg. Mayor Welch gave his highlights of what he accomplished in his first year as mayor and announced his decision to go with the Hines/Rays plan for the Historic Gas Plant District redevelopment project.
  11. A high altitude balloon floats over Billings, Mont., on Wednesday. The U.S. is tracking a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon that has been spotted over U.S. airspace for a couple of days, but the Pentagon decided not to shoot it down due to risks of harm for people on the ground, officials said Thursday.
  12. Clarissa Cubby, 53, was booked into Pinellas County Jail on Thursday. She is facing a charge of second-degree murder in connection to a fatal stabbing in Tampa's Robles Park neighborhood.
  13. In a long-awaited move, Florida will double the number of medical marijuana licenses available in the state.
  14. Someone paddles through the water at Pass-a-Grille Beach on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, in St. Pete Beach. Red tide conditions have improved in Pinellas County over the past week.
  15. The Florida High School Athletic Association is considering adopting a national version of a medical form that doctors sign to clear students to play sports. The Preparticipation Physical Evaluation form used in Florida includes questions about concussions, allergies, and blood pressure. It also includes optional questions for female students about when they had their first period and how often they menstruate.
  16. President Joe Biden speaks about his infrastructure agenda while announcing funding to upgrade Philadelphia's water facilities and replace lead pipes, Friday, Feb. 3, 2023, at Belmont Water Treatment Center in Philadelphia.
  17. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale on Aug. 18, 2022, when he announced the voter fraud arrests across the state.
  18. A sign stands outside Tallahassee Memorial Hospital on Friday in Tallahassee. The major hospital system in northern Florida said Friday it is diverting some emergency room patients and canceling surgeries after a security problem with information technology.
  19. An immigrant family brought to Martha's Vineyard, Mass., by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' administration heads toward a bus that will help relocate them to a military base on nearby Cape Cod, Mass.
  20. Former Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn urges a crowd at the Oxford Exchange Thursday night to vote for City Council candidate and South Tampa business mogul Blake Casper.
  21. The headquarters of Walt Disney World's Reedy Creek Improvement District in Lake Buena Vista, Wednesday, January 25, 2023.
  22. The handle of a Beretta APX 9mm pistol is inspected at the Mad Dog Armory guns and ammo store in Largo in 2020. A Florida bill that would allow people to carry guns without a permit has garnered support and opposition among Tampa Bay area law enforcement officials.
  23. Second-grade students select their meals during lunch break in the cafeteria at an elementary school in Scottsdale, Ariz., Dec. 12, 2022. On Friday, U.S. agriculture officials proposed new nutrition standards for school meals, including the first-ever limits on added sugars, with a focus on sweetened foods such as cereals, yogurt, flavored milk and breakfast pastries.
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