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High gas prices are posted at a full service gas station in Beverly Hills, Calif., Nov. 7, 2021. Oil prices, which have a big impact on the price of gasoline and home heating oils, have been on an up-and-down ride since the fall. And while oil prices are usually pretty volatile, the constantly change nature of the coronavirus pandemic has made predicting the ups and downs even harder.
Stubbornly high inflation has hammered household budgets, wiped out last year’s healthy wage gains and posed a severe political challenge to President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress.
The Pinellas companies’ hot streaks during the pandemic continued with this week’s earnings reports.
Squeezed by inflation and still gripped by COVID-19 caseloads, the economy is expected to slow this year
The European cafe will look like a black-and-white drawing come to life, part of a global trend.

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  1. The new Maya Angelou quarter could land in your palm soon.
  2. An aerial view of the Gopher Resource on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in Tampa. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined the company more than $319,000 after a federal investigation found Gopher Resource willfully exposed workers to high levels of airborne lead.
  3. High gas prices are posted at a full service gas station in Beverly Hills, Calif., Nov. 7, 2021. Oil prices, which have a big impact on the price of gasoline and home heating oils, have been on an up-and-down ride since the fall. And while oil prices are usually pretty volatile, the constantly change nature of the coronavirus pandemic has made predicting the ups and downs even harder.
  4. A man casts a line in May 2020 near oil drilling platforms at Port Aransas, Texas. A federal court has rejected a proposed lease auction for offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
  5. The Jose Gasparilla ship pictured at the Gulf Marine Repair shipyard in Tampa earlier this month. The second A in Gasparilla is upside-down and backward.
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  7. The bill requires that a business be operating in a city or county for three years before it is eligible to sue.
  8. Taylor Cook, 21, an activist with Students for a Democratic Society, leads chants outside a Florida House committee meeting on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022.
  9. Diane Leahy prays with others before receiving the second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Monday, March 1, 2021, in Miami Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)
  10. Jordan Gracia, left, and Jaycob Riley, right, face charges in an undercover gun buy that ended in gunfire Monday at Westfield Brandon mall.
  11. Tampa City Council Chairman Orlando Gudes wants Tampa to emulate St.Petersburg's ordinance requiring developers that get significant amounts of city money to reinvest in the community.
  12. Magda Alicia Gutiérrez sold her first food truck before the pandemic hit in March 2020. Now, she's opened a new one, Mr. G Taqueria in Ruskin, this time with help from She’s now doing business as Mr. G Taqueria in Ruskin with her husband, Giovani Espinoza (left).
  13. A House subcommittee voted on Thursday to approve a bill that would allow parents of adult children to pursue pain-and-suffering damages in medical malpractice cases.
  14. Container ship Ever Far, left, sails down river past the Georgia Ports Authority's Port of Savannah, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, in Savannah, Ga. Inflation has spiked during the recovery from the pandemic recession as Americans have ramped up spending on such items as cars, furniture and appliances. Those increased purchases have clogged ports and warehouses and exacerbated supply shortages of semiconductors and other parts.
  15. St. Petersburg's Raymond James Financial posted record revenues of $2.78 billion for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2021.
  16. Instagramable 2D restaurants first popped up in Asia and have spread around the world to places like Twenty Pho Hour in Orlando and Matte Black Coffee in Los Angeles. Soon, St. Petersburg will have one too.
  17. In lighter news, M&M's are getting a high-profile makeover.
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  20. Florida Power & Light CEO Eric Silagy.
  21. Florida Sen. Travis Hutson, center, makes a point at a Senate Community Affairs Committee meeting during a legislative session, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
  22. Florida Surgeon Gen. Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo, left, speaks at a news conference with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, right, on Jan. 3 in Fort Lauderdale.
  23. Hand-pulled noodle soups are the focus at Lan Zhou Lamen Noodle House, a Chinese restaurant in Tampa.
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