1. Halloween is just around the corner as evidenced by this array of carved pumpkins displayed in the front yard of a Tampa area home .
  2. Goldfinger sleeps on a couch at Kam Hearing's house. The cat previously belonged to Nancy Sauer, who left an inheritance for her seven Persians. She died in November and the cats have since been adopted by seven Tampa Bay families.
  3. Depths of Wikipedia founder Annie Rauwerda photographed by David Kaminsky in 2023 in Brooklyn, New York
  4. An eastern diamondback rattlesnake is seen near the door of a Palm City home. An Amazon driver was delivering a package to the house Monday evening when she was bitten by the snake, "which was coiled up near the front door," according to the Martin County Sheriff's Office.
  5. Raise a stein to Oktoberfest celebrations across the Tampa Bay area.
  6. It took the U. S. Coast Guard five days to rescue a man who tried to sail a human-sized hamster wheel across the Atlantic. This 2022 photo shows a Coast Guard vessel off the Florida Keys.
  7. Peaches the flamingo, rescued off the shore of St. Pete Beach on Friday, is recovering at Indian Shores’ Seaside Seabird Sanctuary.
  8. A performer is seen inside a Howl-O-Scream haunted house at Busch Gardens in Tampa in 2021. You can catch one of the parks many scare events this weekend.
  9. All Anna Paulina Luna and Matt Gaetz want to do is ask a few questions about UFOs. Why does fellow Republican Vern Buchanan not want them searching for the truth?
  10. Heather Brooke, left, co-founder of Good Neighbors, picks mangoes from Arminda Da Conceicao’s garden on July 21 in St. Petersburg. Brooke will donate the mangoes to those in need through the organization’s pop-up events.
  11. An audience member wears a UFO pin during a House Oversight and Accountability subcommittee hearing on UFOs, Wednesday, July 26, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard)
  12. Florida Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, who represents part of Pinellas County, is among the leading figures on a House subcommittee investigating a whistleblower's claims that the government knows more about unidentified flying objects than it has made public.
  13. This 2017 photo provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows bleached coral in Guam. A marine heat wave in the Gulf of Mexico threatens Florida’s coastal reef system. Climatologists and coral reef researchers don’t expect waters to reach peak temperatures until August.
  14. Fireworks go off in the Vinoy Yacht Basin in St. Petersburg. Here is a list of 57 ways the Tampa Bay area is celebrating the Fourth of July.
  15. Klae Hochstetler of Bradenton caught a 10-foot-long sawfish early Thursday morning. Researchers think there are only between 200 and 5,000 of the endangered rays left in Florida.
  16. Council members listen to longtime radio and television personality Jack Harris make a pitch about creating a Tampa Walk of Fame during a City Council meeting at City Hall on Thursday.
  17. Patrons gather to dance and be social at the Castle nightclub on a rainy Friday night in Ybor City.
  18. Venice resident Maya Kowalski was sheltered in Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital for three months in 2016 after the hospital reported her mom to the state's abuse hotline. Her mom later took her own life. Maya's story is the subject of  a new Netflix documentary.
  19. This Sept. 20, 2019 Times file photo shows the St. Pete-Clearwater Airport in Clearwater. A woman rode a tricycle stolen from the U.S. Coast Guard's Clearwater air station onto an active St. Pete-Clearwater Airport taxiway Wednesday, Pinellas County arrest records show.
  20. A Florida black bear was captured outside Tampa International Airport Wednesday.
  21. Merpeople Michelle Colson, Andrew Corter, Eric Ducharme, Felicia Flaherty and Haley Smith pose at the bottom of Rainbow Springs on June 6. "We live and breathe the same magical fantasy, but we also have the same ideals as having a business,” Corter said.
  22. In this image from a video posted on Twitter, beachgoers move toward a juvenile black bear spotted in Destin on Sunday. State wildlife officials recommend staying away from the animals, which sometimes can show up in unexpected areas.
  23. From left, Xavier Phillips Sr. and Xavier Phillips Jr. of XP Drummers play Trinidad folk rhythms on their drums during the 2022 Sankofa Juneteenth Freedom Festival. The 2023 festival takes place Saturday (June 17) in Tampa's Rebirth Event Park.
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