1. The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts was one of the beneficiaries of additional spending included in Hillsborough County's fiscal year 2022 budget. The center will receive a second appropriation, bringing its total to $2.5 million, for its master plan. In all, commissioners added $9.8 million worth of discretionary spending to the budget Thursday evening, bringing the number of so-called flag items to 69 submissions totaling almost $30 million.
  2. A child holds up a pumpkin for his mother at the Harvest Moon Farm and Corn Maze in Masaryktown in Hernando County. [Luis Santana | Times]
  3. Kelli Newcom, R.N., preps vials of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to be administered to teachers and educators at The Oregon Convention Center on January 27, 2021, in Portland.
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  5. Then-state Rep. Jamie Grant, R-Tampa, in Tallahassee in 2019.
  6. Judith Overcash layers flowers around a central focus flower at Random Acts of Flowers Tampa Bay, a nonprofit where volunteers recycle flowers left over from supermarkets, funerals and weddings to make new flower arrangements for nursing homes and hospitals.
  7. In this July 21 file photo, Angel Luis Rivera appears for his sentencing hearing at the Osceola courthouse. Rivera and his son, Christopher Otero-Rivera, were convicted in April of second-degree murder, abuse of a body and evidence tampering in the killing of Nicole Montalvo.
  8. The home of Brian Laundrie is seen in North Port on Tuesday. Federal officials say Laundrie, the boyfriend of Gabby Petito, whose body was found at a national park in Wyoming after a cross-country trip with him, has been indicted for unauthorized use of a debit card as searchers continued looking for him in Florida swampland.
  9. In this Jan. 6 file photo, with the White House in the background, President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Washington. House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol has issued its first subpoenas, demanding records and testimony from four of former President Donald Trump's close advisers and associates who were in contact with him before and during the attack.
  10. Rufus Peoples receives his booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine during an Oakland County Health Department vaccination clinic at the Southfield Pavilion on August 24 in Southfield, Michigan.
  11. Stacie Montenegro, 16, and her 1-month-old baby, Aurora, were last seen in the Williams Park area of St. Petersburg on Sept. 4, the Police Department said in a Facebook post Thursday. They are asking for help locating the young mother and her daughter.
  12. People embrace as police respond to the scene of a shooting at a Kroger's grocery store in Collierville, Tenn., on Thursday.
  13. Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard hosts a recent event for the public to meet candidates for city manager. On Thursday, he said he hopes a positive test for COVID-19 will not cause him to miss any upcoming meetings.
  14. Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, called the director of Florida's medical marijuana program to testify at a hearing of the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021.
  15. Emergency responders rescued the pilot of a small plane left dangling above the ground Thursday after it crashed into power lines in south Georgia.
  16. Work continues on a portion of the Citrus Park Drive extension Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021 in the Citrus Park area of Hillsborough County. Hillsborough County faces a nearly billion-dollar shortfall over the next decade to build roads, improve intersections and add sidewalks and trails.
  17. In this Aug. 23 file photo, students sit in an algebra class at Barbara Coleman Senior High School on the first day of school, in Miami Lakes. Alachua County's school district is the first in Florida to receive a grant from President Joe Biden's administration to make up for state pay cuts imposed over a board's vote for a student anti-coronavirus mask mandate.
  18. Meridian Apartments on N 50th St. in Tampa is one of about 100 apartment complexes that participated in Tampa Police Department's Crime-Free Multi Housing program.
  19. Students arrive at Leto High for the first day of school in Hillsborough County last month. The Hillsborough school district, like others across Florida, will let parents decide whether to quarantine a child who was exposed to COVID-19 but has no symptoms.
  20. U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg
  21. In this June 24, 2021 photo, lumber is piled at a housing construction site in Middleton, Mass.  Rising costs and shortages of building materials and labor are rippling across the homebuilding industry, which accounted for nearly 12% of all U.S. home sales in July. Construction delays are common, prompting many builders to pump the brakes on the number of new homes they put up for sale. As building a new home gets more expensive, some of those costs are passed along to buyers.  (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  22. President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa speaks via video link during the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly at United Nations headquarters in New York, on Thursday.
  23. In this courtroom sketch, R. Kelly, center, sits with his defense attorneys Thomas Farinella, top, and Nicole Blank Becker during the first day of his defense in his sex-trafficking case, Monday in New York.