1. From above, Trichodesmium blooms can look like oil slicks or streaks of pollution, as seen in this image taken in July 2021 in the Gulf of Mexico.
  2. Joshua McCarty-Thomas, 46, of St. Petersburg, was arrested after authorities say that he stole two endangered Galapagos tortoises and a variety of rare books.
  3. Memorial Day is May 29.
  4. Fairgrounds St. Pete’s new installation, "Shrimpfinity" by Milagros Collective includes a 6-foot tall shrimp cocktail sculpture, projections, a shrimp disco ball and a soundtrack. The exhibit remains open through May 29.
  5. Sandpipers wade into a section of the Stevenson Creek tidal estuary in Clearwater in this Times archive image from 2015. Raw sewage emptied into the creek on Tuesday after a piece of equipment malfunctioned at a city wastewater treatment plant.
  6. You can treat Mom to a Mother's Day meal at dozens of restaurants serving up something special just for her on Sunday. American Social is offering a brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  7. Scores of octopuses washed ashore at Pass-a-Grille Beach in Pinellas County on Monday after strong onshore winds blew marine debris close to shore. Zac Sweeney, a beachgoer from St. Petersburg, released at least 30 back into the water over a 20-minute period, he said.
  8. Mariachi bands can be found at Cinco de Mayo events across the Tampa Bay area.
  9. Molchat Doma performs at Jannus Live on April 15 in downtown St. Petersburg. The windows and balconies of Hotel Detroit Condos, where residents often rock out to live music below, are pictured in the background.
  10. There are only about 50 Rice's whales remaining in the Gulf of Mexico, making them a critically endangered species. New research by Florida International University scientists shows the animals are picky eaters, with 70% of their diet coming from one fish species.
  11. Boca Ciega Bay, a popular spot for boaters, swimmers and recreators, is pictured here in a Tampa Bay Times archive photo from May 2021. Roughly 45,000 gallons of wastewater emptied into the bay on April 14 after a contractor with Duke Energy hit a water pipe, according to a state pollution notice.
  12. Jeremy Scott has spent most of his life in prison, dating to when he was 17. He’s about to turn 54.
  13. Shaun Brown, who works as an interior mechanic, shows a picture of a photograph he found at Tampa International Airport’s Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services North Hangar on Tuesday.
  14. Baxter and Dutchess are two of many animals hoping to find "fur"ever homes.
  15. Cassie and Johnny are two of many animals hoping to find "fur"ever homes.
  16. A new study by Florida International University and the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust shows Florida's redfish are contaminated with pharmaceuticals in their blood. The research shows that across all studied estuaries, the number of pharmaceutical detections was highest in Apalachicola and Tampa Bay.
  17. Aurora and Laney are two of many animals hoping to find "fur"ever homes.
  18. Get a free scoop of Ben and Jerry's ice cream from noon to 8 p.m. April 3.
  19. December and Duchess are two of many animals hoping to find "fur"ever homes.
  20. Nao Trinidad from Spain, a replica of the iconic Santa Maria, will be among the ships coming to St. Petersburg for the Tall Ships festival March 30-April 2.
  21. Chief meteorologist Denis Phillips is set to headline the Poynter at the Straz series May 12.
  22. Producer Chris Leto sets up a camera in front of a grandfather clock during the filming of “The Clock” on March 20, 2023, in Brooksville.
  23. 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.
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