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  1. SeaWorld’s first launch-style coaster, Ice Breaker, opened in February. It has both backward and forward launches to flip riders’ stomachs with what it says is the “steepest beyond vertical drop” in Florida.
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  3. Clouds are seen over St. Petersburg. There is a 70 percent chance of rain today, a 60 percent chance tomorrow and a 50 percent chance Sunday, according to Spectrum Bay News 9.
  4. Firefighters battle a fire that broke out at a home on the 9900 block of Joe Ebert Road on Thursday night. A 10-year-old boy was pulled from the house and hospitalized, authorities said.
  5. Travis Flowers stands with Mayor Ken Welch at the closing of a 2022 Black history celebration at Melrose Elementary School in St. Petersburg. Questions have arisen over the extent to which issues about race can be discussed in schools after Florida adopted new rules.
  6. Graduates from River Ridge High in New Port Richey celebrate before their commencement ceremony in 2014. The class of 2022 in Pasco County will get its chance in the coming days, with graduations scheduled through late May and early June.
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  8. The West Pasco Government Center, at 8731 Citizens Dr in New Port Richey, houses the County Commission Chambers.
  9. Science textbooks will be up for adoption in Florida in two years, in time to be an issue in the 2024 election. And the process has already started to select new social studies texts in 2023. Experts say both subject areas could be far more contentious than this year's debate over math textbooks.
  10. Co-anchor Kelly Ring pauses during a break in the Fox 13 6 p.m. news segment at the Tampa station on Wednesday, March 30, 2022. Ring, who won three Emmy awards and traveled overseas, announced her retirement after 37 years at WTVT. Her last broadcast is scheduled for May 25.
  11. Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg has been designated as a level 1 children's surgery center by the American College of Surgeons. The distinction is shared by fewer than 50 hospitals across the country, none in Tampa Bay.
  12. A Florida deputy who accidentally set a gasoline-covered motorcycle rider on fire with a stun gun is facing a misdemeanor charge, officials said Thursday.
  13. In this July 29, 2015, photo, the Puerto Rican flag flies in front of Puerto Rico's Capitol in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A group of Democratic members of Congress, including the House majority leader, on Thursday proposed a binding plebiscite to decide whether Puerto Rico should become a state or gain some sort of independence.
  14. A Florida man has pleaded guilty to defrauding more than 30 women of more than $1.3 million by pretending to be a doctor on online dating services, a U.S. attorney said Thursday.
  15. The Sheriff’s Office did not release the identity of the missing swimmer.
  16. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor has advanced a proposal to revamp bidding rules to effectively prevent a repeat of the controversial East Tampa City Center project.
  17. Oklahoma's Legislature gave final approval Thursday to another Texas-style anti-abortion bill that providers say will be the most restrictive in the nation once the governor signs it.
  18. Pedestrians walk by the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday in New York.  The stock market’s skid this year has pulled the S&P 500 close to what’s known as a bear market. Rising interest rates, high inflation, the war in Ukraine and a slowdown in China’s economy have caused investors to reconsider the prices they’re willing to pay for a wide range of stocks, from high-flying tech companies to traditional automakers.
  19. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., meets with reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday. The Senate overwhelmingly approved a $40 billion infusion of military and economic aid for Ukraine and its allies on Thursday as both parties rallied behind America’s latest, and quite possibly not last, financial salvo against Russia’s invasion.
  20. FILE - Infant formula is stacked on a table during a baby formula drive to help with the shortage May 14, 2022, in Houston.  President Joe Biden has invoked the Defense Production Act to speed production of infant formula and has authorized flights to import supply from overseas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
  21. Former mayor of Sacramento and former NBA player Kevin Johnson, speaks at the podium, during a press conference Thursday, May 19, 2022 in St. Petersburg by local Black pastors announcing their official endorsement of Sugar Hill Community Partners developers as their choice for the redevelopment of the Tropicana Field site. A group of pastors were flown out to Sacramento by Sugar Hill to see their developments.
  22. Payton Gendron is led into the courtroom for a hearing at Erie County Court, in Buffalo, N.Y., on Thursday.
  23. In this Friday, July 8, 2011, photo, crowds gather in the surf and on the beach in Cocoa Beach, Fla., to watch the launch of the space shuttle Atlantis on STS-135.
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