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  1. A dancer that goes by the name of Hannah performs at an empty 2001 Odyssey strip club due to measures taken to stop the spread of the coronavirus. To help dancers make money while the club is closed, 2001 Odyssey is keeping its live webcam shows running. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  2. A newspaper clipping from the Tampa Bay Times, then named the St. Petersburg Times, from Aug. 31, 1998 featuring a story on Don Lewis. [Tampa Bay Times]
  3. A resident wearing mask walks her dogs in Beijing. Pet cats and dogs cannot pass the new coronavirus on to humans, but they can test positive for low levels of the pathogen if they catch it from their owners. That's the conclusion of Hong Kong's Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department after a dog in quarantine tested weak positive for the virus in February. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) [NG HAN GUAN  |  AP]
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  5. Florida State players gather with the championship trophy on Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Greensboro, N.C., after they were announced the winner of the ACC tournament following the announcement that the remainder of the college basketball postseason had been canceled. [BEN MCKEOWN  |  AP]
  6. Even as Hillsborough County regulators seek to crack down on Beer Car Island, the owners are adding new amenities like an inflatable water slide. Next: personal watercraft rentals. [Courtesy of Cole Weaver]
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  8. A rare right whale and her calf showed up in the Gulf of Mexico near Pensacola. Normally the remaining 400 right whales stay in the Atlantic Ocean. They migrate south from New England every spring to give birth to their calves off St. Augustine. This pair were previously spotted in February off Key Largo, then showed up in the northern Gulf. [Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research]
  9. Frank Phillip Trinkaus, 38, is charged with burglary and other charges. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  10. The law firm headed by prominent Tampa attorney Steve Yerrid has reported a wire transfer that went astray to the FBI and authorities in Hong Kong. The details came to light in a lawsuit against its insurance company, which is refusing to cover the loss. [Times (2013)]
  11. In this photo made available by the Florida Highway patrol shows confiscated drugs following the arrest of two men Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, Santa Rosa County, Fla. Authorities confiscated methamphetamine, cocaine and fentanyl. (Florida Highway Patrol via AP) [AP]
  12. A mystery billboard. A Tampa photographer's journey. A cruise to the Bahamas. Here's what leap day means to Floridians. [Clockwise from left: Times archives, Amie Santavicca and screenshot from]
  1. Jonathan W. Connors, 32, told a deputy he was “high as f---” after he was pulled over in North Redington Beach, arrest reports state. He faces multiple charges, including his fourth DUI. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  2. Booking photo of Gerardo Javier Garcia, 27, who is facing charges of child neglect, fleeing police and driving without a license. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  3. Medical Examiners Office personnel and Gainesville Police remove items from a Gainesville home after discovering jars of human tongues beneath the home Monday. [WCJB TV20]
  4. A courthouse regular snapped this image of a llama, named Thaddeus, as the animal strode past the Hillsborough County courthouse Monday. The llama's visit to Tampa became a social media sensation. [Janese Caruthers]
  5. Police say Terrence Hoover, right, broke into a $4 million Vinoy Place condo on Jan. 17. The penthouse is owned by Scott Swift, left, the father of supererstar Taylor Swift. [CHRIS URSO   |  [CHRIS URSO | Times and Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]]
  6. A Burmese python moves through the grass during a demonstration by the Florida Fish and Conservation Commission for the news media to promote the Python Challenge in 2015. Florida is hiring more python hunters and expanding the area where they can stalk the invasive snakes. [Associated Press]
  7. An undated image of Florida State Fair attendees enjoying a roller coaster. [Burgert Brothers | Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System]
  8. Ahmad Weston, left, and Charleston Long are awaiting trial in federal court. They are accused of running a drug ring out of their mother's apartment in a downtown St. Pete senior complex. [CHRIS URSO    |   Times and Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  9. Word spread on social media claiming NASA said that Monday was the only day that a broom could stand upright on its own due to the earth's gravitational pull. But NASA never confirmed this. [Twitter]
  10. In this March 22, 1994 photo, artist Michael Diana, right, sits in court as his attorneys discuss jury selection in his obscenity trial. Diana became the first cartoonist in U.S. history to be jailed for obscenity. [RIVENBARK, MAURICE  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  11. Willard Harlow Moore, 45, faces charges of impersonating a police officer, driving under the influence and refusing to submit for testing in connection with an incident in the Venetian Isles area of St. Pete Monday night. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  12. Left: A photograph of Hazel, also known as DayDay. Right: Beer cans from Motorworks Brewery show shelter dogs on the label, including an image of Hazel. [Courtesy of Manatee County Animal Services]