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  1. Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Erik Swanson is shown in this 2023 photo. Swanson has left the team to be with his family after his son, Toby, was hit by an SUV on Clearwater Beach on Sunday.
  2. Hillsborough County School Superintendent Van Ayers is urging school board members to support a local-option property tax, saying it's the best way to boost pay and solve an ongoing teacher shortage.
  3. Vakarvery Scott is escorted into the courtroom for his murder trial in the death of Savannah Mathis at the Hillsborough County Courthouse in Tampa on Tuesday.
  4. A sprinkler is seen as a lawn is irrigated in Kenneth City. Water restrictions in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties restrict outdoor irrigation to one day a week until July 1.
  5. The exterior of Dairy Inn on Nov. 30, 2023.
  6. Ilia Andoni, 33, of Clearwater is pictured in a Pinellas County Jail booking photo taken on Monday after his arrest on a charge of making an electronic threat. According to an arrest report, Andoni threatened someone through a hotel reservation app. The arrest comes about three weeks after Andoni was arrested on two counts of vehicular homicide in connection to a Jan. 28 crash in Largo that killed Paulino Trejo-Mendoza, 26, and Ariadna Sanchez-Monroy, 22.
  7. Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo gestures as speaks to supporters and members of the media before a bill signing by Gov. Ron DeSantis Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, in Brandon, Fla. Florida's controversial surgeon general is drawing criticism for his handling of an elementary school's measles outbreak, telling parents of unvaccinated children it is their choice whether their student attends class — a direct contravention of federal guidelines.
  8. Members of Faith in Florida hold a news conference on the steps of St. Petersburg City Hall on Sept. 19, 2023. The group spoke out about the new Tampa Bay Rays ballpark agreement.
  9. A one-dose bottle of the measles, mumps and rubella virus vaccine. To prevent measles, the CDC recommends children get two doses of the vaccine, with a first dose at ages 12 through 15 months, and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age.
  10. Zach Pace, left, and Ro Patel will soon open Ten Rooms, an ambitious new dining and retail destination inside El Centro Español in Ybor.
  11. Scott Swift, Taylor Swift's dad, is shown in this 2014 file photo.
  12. The Plato Academy charter schools in Pinellas County, including this campus in Largo, are part of a lawsuit against the school district seeking to get a share of past property tax referendum revenue.
  13. Nelson Valdes, owner of Silver Ring Cafe in the food court of West Shore Plaza in Tampa.
  14. Lisa Unger
  15. The Florida Senate unanimously approved the first of three education deregulation bills on the second day of the 2024 session. The initiative is a priority of Senate President Kathleen Passidomo.
  16. Will Hillsborough County schools, which have benefitted from the half penny Community Investment sales tax over the last 28 years to the tune of $655 million, not be part of the next round of tax revenues? [Times (2019)]
  17. The Florida Strawberry Festival returns for its 89th year in Plant City running Feb. 29-March 10.
  18. Jeffrey Norman Crum, at left, appears in a booking photo after a 1995 arrest on a DUI charge in Hillsborough County. At center is a sketch Pasco sheriff's officials created based on a victim's recollection of her attacker in a 1992 rape case. At right is a photo Pasco sheriff's detectives took of Crum after his arrest in 2015.
  19. This Florida AMBER Alert, issued Sunday evening, was canceled after Christian Simeus was returned to his mother unharmed. Police say the boy's father, Jean Simeus, faces a charge of kidnapping.
  20. A lawsuit accuses a Disney Springs restaurant and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts of negligence resulting in a woman's death after she had a fatal allergic reaction to the food she ate last year.
  21. Sylvester Stallone and Jennifer Flavin attend Netflix's "Sly" world premiere during the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 16, 2023. The longtime spouses, who married in 1997, confirmed last week that they would “permanently” leave Southern California for the Sunshine State.
  22. A theft ring that stole from Home Depot stores in South Florida has been busted up by law enforcement.
  23. Attendees leave a session during the Moms for Liberty National Summit Friday, July 15, 2022, in Tampa.
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