1. Pinellas County Commissioner Rene Flowers (center left) helps 31-year Jordan Park resident Delores Fletcher, 70, with her hard hat before a photo opportunity at a groundbreaking ceremony in Jordan Park, Friday, January 28. 2022. Flowers, who grew up in Jordan Park, reminisced about the location of the groundbreaking. “This is what we called ‘The Big Park.’ We played flag football right here. There was a big playground. Fletcher has been an active advocate for the coming renovations. “We have to work together to make sure the people are taken care of.”
  2. The state reported 1,192 deaths this week, the highest death rate since October’s delta wave and nearly twice as many deaths as the previous week.
  3. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, left, and St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch address questions Friday during a meeting of the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club on the “State of the Bay” at the James Museum for Western and Wildlife Art in St. Petersburg.
  4. A front-end loader works in front of a pile of road salt Friday in Chelsea, Mass. Residents and officials in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S. are bracing for a powerful winter storm expected to produce blizzard conditions Friday and Saturday.
  5. Sophie Gazmin, 4, grimaces as she's tested for COVID-19 by her mother Eligiia Parra, left, at a No Cost COVID-19 Drive-Through testing provided the GUARDaHEART Foundation for the City of Whittier community and the surrounding areas at the Guirado Park in Whittier, Calif., on Tuesday. California is showing signs that it may have turned the corner on the latest omicron wave of the coronavirus pandemic, with cases falling and hospitalizations short of the overwhelming deluge that officials had predicted just weeks ago.
  6. The Florida Department of Education, based in Tallahassee. [Scott Keeler / Tampa Bay Times]
  7. "Tiger King" star Joe Exotic. A federal judge resentenced the former zookeeper — whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage — to 21 years in prison on Friday, rejecting Maldonado-Passage's pleas to free him from prison.
  8. The Skyway Marina Mall, was a veritable treasure hunter's expanse occupying a once thriving shopping center that once housed a Sears, supermarket, movie theater. The mall is a warren of booths whose wares include vintage and mid-century furniture, tattoos, DVD's, jewelry. African clothing and art.
  9. It was short-sleeve weather the last time Tampa staged the annual Gasparilla Parade of Pirates in 2020.
  10. In this Oct. 24, 2013, file photo, a person checks their smartphone. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
  11. Amerie Roberts, 17, has been arrested in connection to a fatal shooting that occurred during an armed robbery at Takomah Trail Park, according to the Tampa Police Department.
  12. The Jose Gasparilla pirate ship, filled with krewe members, sets out from Ballast Point Park in 2018 for the annual Gasparilla invasion.
  13. Johnny Crowder, pictured at home in Tampa in 2019, founded Cope Notes to help people with mental and emotional health problems.
  14. Frank Artiles leaves the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami on Thursday, March 18, 2021.
  15. Members of the Florida House of Representatives work during a legislative session, Friday, April 30, 2021, at the Capitol in Tallahassee. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  16. Medical workers register and test people for COVID-19 at Hillsborough County’s only driv-thru testing site at Hillsborough Community College’s Brandon campus on Jan. 10.
  17. FanDuels and DraftKings, the sports betting industry's dominant players, failed to get the necessary signatures to get a ballot referendum on Florida sports betting on the 2022 ballot.
  18. Kyle Rittenhouse walks along Sheridan Road in Kenosha, Wis., in this Aug. 25, 2020, file photo. A Wisconsin judge on Friday approved an agreement by lawyers to destroy the assault-style rifle that Rittenhouse used to shoot three people during a 2020 street protest.
  19. The new Maya Angelou quarter could land in your palm soon.
  20. The purchase will save Lindrick customers 41.7 percent on their utility bills if they use 4,000 gallons of water per month.
  21. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice holds up his dog Babydog's rear end as a message to people who've doubted the state as he comes to the end of his State of the State speech in the House chambers Thursday.
  22. Artist Jennifer Kosharek poses for a portrait with the razed Seminole Heights baptist Church steeple she worked on in Tampa.
  23. An aerial view of the Gopher Resource on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in Tampa. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined the company more than $319,000 after a federal investigation found Gopher Resource willfully exposed workers to high levels of airborne lead.
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