1. Joel Leasure is pictured in a 2019 family photo. Firefighters who responded on Sept. 24 to a fire at Leasure's home on the 1200 block of 48th Street N in St. Petersburg's Central Oak Park neighborhood found him dead inside.
  2. The Howard Frankland Bridge is hazy Tuesday morning as smoke from Canadian Wildfires blankets the area. Forecasters anticipate the smokiness will stick around until Thursday or Friday.
  3. FEMA will work with the Federal Communications Commission to test its emergency alert processes through radios and televisions, as well as consumer cellphones.
  4. Dunedin Mix, a new food hall concept with a carousel bar, is expected to open in December 2023.
  5. Busch Gardens announced a new ride is coming next spring called “Phoenix Rising” that will take riders on a soaring journey above the park’s Serengeti Plain.
  6. An exterior view of the Port St. Pete building located at 250 8th Ave SE, on Monday, Oct. 2, 2023 in St. Petersburg. This is scheduled to be the new docking point for the Cross Bay Ferry.
  7. New College of Florida Interim President Richard Corcoran speaks to guests during a Tiger Bay Club event at Shanna and Bryan Glazer JCC in September. Trustees are set to decide Tuesday whether to give Corcoran the job permanently.
  8. . You can change your Medicare Supplement Plan F anytime during the year. Medicare’s AEP is the time to change only your Medicare Advantage plan or Medicare Part D Prescription Drug plan.
  9. One of the new Dash rideshare Teslas soon to hit the streets of downtown Tampa.
  10. This is the face of a stone-cold killer, according to "No Wake Zone," a movie set to be filmed in Tampa Bay in January and February.
  11. Tampa was home to more than 200 cigar factories in the 1920s, churning out millions of cigars and shipping them worldwide. J.C. Newman Cigar Company is the sole survivor today at its Ybor City factory at 2701 N 16th St.
(Times 2019)
  12. Florida House Democrats protest against the congressional map proposed by Gov. Ron DeSantis and approved by the Florida Senate. The protest in the Florida House chamber prompted a recess in the consideration of the bill by the House on April 21, 2022, in Tallahassee.
  13. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., one of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy's harshest critics, answers questions from members of the media after speaking on the House floor, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday. Gaetz filed a resolution to oust Kevin McCarthy as House speaker late Monday. The move from the far-right Republican to use the procedural tool — called a motion to vacate — sets up a likely showdown vote in the House in the days ahead.
  14. The SunRunner, shown parked at a St. Pete Beach stop in August, is no longer free: Regular fares went into effect Sunday.
  15. Incoming freshman Samantha Champlain during New College of Florida's move-in and orientation on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2023, in Sarasota. The school is expected to choose a new president this week amid questions about its direction.
  16. Then-Florida Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, debates on the floor, June 19, 2015, in Tallahassee. Don Gaetz, father of Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, said Monday, Oct. 2, 2023, that he intends to run again for the Florida Senate, a chamber he led as president from 2012 to 2014.
  17. Gerard Porebski displays his “I Voted” sticker after casting his ballot at Precinct #33 at the Gulf Harbors Civic Association on Tuesday, Nov 8, 2022, in New Port Richey.
  18. Tom Arnold attends the premiere of "Underdeveloped" on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023, in Los Angeles.
  19. Former Clearwater City Commissioner Sue Berfield, left, and Fred Fisher keep track of a fundraising effort for the swimming pool under construction at the Long Center in 1989.
  20. Ken Jeong performs Sunday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa.
  21. A row of grapes is seen inside the quasi greenhouse at the Oregon State University's vineyard near Alpine, Ore., on Friday, Sept. 8, 2023. The U.S. West Coast produces over 90% of America's wine, but it's also prone to wildfires, a combustible combination that spelled disaster in 2020 and one that scientists, including at Oregon State, are scrambling to neutralize. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
  22. Negotiators for the Pinellas County school district and the teachers union discuss salaries and benefits during bargaining on Sept. 27, 2023.
  23. U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy speaks to Rep. Matt Gaetz in the House Chamber at the Capitol in Washington, DC, on Jan. 6, 2023.
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