1. John Robert Ring Jr., left, at Mayor Jane Castor's campaign kickoff at the Hotel Haya in December. Ring had used an alias Giovanni "Gio" Fucarino to become a fixture in city politics in recent months. He was arrested recently for violating his sexual offender status.
  2. Rene Flowers, the Pinellas County commissioner who serves on the board of CareerSource Pinellas, said she fears that a new jobs agency spanning Tampa Bay would prioritize larger, more populous Hillsborough County, and that job-seekers and employers in Pinellas could be left in the lurch.
  3. Gov. Ron DeSantis has proposed a nearly $100 million budget for the Florida State Guard.
  4. Signs against the new zoning that would allow single family homes to be converted to duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes to increase density are visible on the corner of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street and 22nd Ave N on Monday in St. Petersburg.
  5. “People believe they’ve won the jackpot with the litigation lottery,” said Sen. Travis Hutson, R-Elkton, the sponsor of the Senate version of the bill. “We have a problem in Florida. Help me fix it.”
  6. Protesters held cardboard signs shaped like tombstones in front of the Marriott Fort Lauderdale Airport in early August 2022 as the Florida Board of Medicine met inside. A group of parents and transgender children filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the medical board, among others, for its ban on gender-affirming care for youth.
  7. The directive, proposed by Commissioner of Education Manny Diaz, above, and backed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, would strengthen the 2022 Parental Rights in Education Act.
  8. A cache of weapons seized from one man as part of a risk protection order is stored in the evidence room at the Hillsborough County Courthouse in Tampa on Sept. 18, 2019.
  9. Rabbi Levi Hodakov, with The Chabad of Clearwater, left, Shmaya Hanoch, of Largo, and Jim Stilwell, of Largo, right, move the Chabad's Torah Ark into the former Bank of America branch building on Belleair Road on Thursday, Mar 23, 2023, in Clearwater.
  10. Sen. Tracie Davis, D-Jacksonville, left, asks questions about a bill to expand private school vouchers, addressing bill sponsor Sen. Corey Simon, R-Tallahassee, right. The lawmakers were working on the Senate floor Wednesday.
  11. Students walk near the Marshall Student Center on the University of South Florida's Tampa campus.
  12. The former Arturo Fuente Cigar Co. factory is pictured. Liana Fuente, the great-granddaughter of the founder, has purchased the property.
  13. Tim Heidecker attends a Premiere Party for "Killing It" on Wednesday, April. 6, 2022, Casita Hollywood in Los Angeles.
  14. Tammy Heilman, Sheila Smith, Rio Wojtecki, Lorenzo Gary, and Dalanea Taylor were targeted by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office under its intelligence program.
  15. Almir Becirovic is seen in his 2018 Honda Odyssey at his home in Wesley Chapel.
  16. Seaweed covers the Atlantic shore in Frigate Bay, St. Kitts and Nevis, Aug. 3, 2022. On shore, sargassum is a nuisance — carpeting beaches and releasing a pungent smell as it decays. For hotels and resorts, clearing the stuff off beaches can amount to a round-the-clock operation.
  17. A 22-year-old motorcyclist died after an SUV driver turned into his path on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard in Clearwater on Wednesday, police said.
  18. Taylor Swift, shown performing during the opener of her Eras tour on March 17 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, will be in Tampa for three sold-out shows April 13, 14 and 15. Fans are advised to plan ahead for parking and traffic.
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  20. Hillsborough High School students protested the Parental Rights in Education bill in March 2022, saying it would chill discussions and conversations with teachers. The State Board of Education has proposed rules extending into high schools the limitations initially placed on early elementary grades.
  21. A boat navigates through Little McPherson Bayou near the Don Cesar hotel, background, off Pass-A-Grille on Nov 18, 2022, in Pinellas County.
  22. Students walk across the Tampa campus at the University of South Florida, one of 12 state schools affected by legislation that would make it harder for faculty members to keep their tenure status.
  23. Joseph Ladapo speaks during a news conference at the Don Soffer Clinical Research Center at the University of Miami on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
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