1. Kevin Conway and Ashlie Case Sletvold, of Peiffer Wolf, speak to reporters via Zoom about a lawsuit alleging that Pasco County Jail inmates received infected insulin over the course of a year.
  2. Jack Timmel, 34, and his father, John Timmel, 65, who are licensed harbor pilots, serve as the sail masters for the "Jose Gasparilla" pirate ship that leads a flotilla of private boats into downtown Tampa before its signature parade. They are standing in the elevated perch that the captains use on the ship, which was built in 1954 for the festival.
  3. Young revelers yell for beads at the 2020 Children's Gasparilla parade in Tampa. The parade was canceled in 2021 because of COVID-19.
  4. The Jolley Trolley, shown here on Mandalay Avenue on Clearwater Beach, will become the Jolley Roger Trolley for free rides to the Children's Gasparilla Parade on Jan. 22.
  5. The Mighty Marching Dragons of Stranahan High School in Fort Lauderdale perform during Monday's annual MLK Dream Big Parade in St. Petrsburg to commemorate the holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  6. Kevin Plummer has been head of Tampa Preparatory School since 2007.
  7. Tampa will intermittently close streets in Hyde Park to replace aging sewage pipes. Similar work, as shown in this photo, was being done in Clearwater recently.
  8. Hillsborough County has received a new area code to be used in the same communities as 813, which is running out of numbers. The new area code is 656.
  9. Oakleaf Hydrangea, Angel Trumpet, Oakleaf Croton and Mrs. Iceton Croton are only a few of the plants UF/IFAS Master Gardeners will be able to assist you with.
  10. Shoppers browse booths at the 2021 Localtopia in Williams Park in St. Petersburg, when crowd capacity was limited. The festival will be back with more than 300 vendors when it returns Feb. 12.
  11. Activists gather outside the St. Petersburg Police Department to protest the police shooting of 17-year-old Christopher Tonsel, after law enforcement ruled that the use of force was justified.
  12. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor kicked off her "Coffee with Castor" tour at Arco Iris, a popular Cuban eatery in West Tampa, on Wednesday.
  13. Performer Hector Pazaran performs a futuristic act for Cirque Italia's new "traveling water circus" that will premiere in Brandon and Wesley Chapel.
  14. ZooTampa has rescued a total of 500 manatees since the opening of its manatee critical care center
  15. Motorists join about 100 protesters at an April 16 march in solidarity against racism and police brutality in St. Petersburg. A study of structural racism in the city explains how a lack of affordable housing, health care, stable jobs and other factors degrade the health of St. Petersburg's Black residents.
  16. Vitalia Diaz Shafer has practiced immigration law for more than 20 years. (Photo courtesy of Vitalia Diaz Shafer)
  17. Traditional dancers will be part of the Russian New Year celebration organized by the Russian Heritage Organization. It will be held on Jan. 8 at the TradeWinds Island Resort in St. Pete Beach.
  18. LUIS SANTANA   |   Times
Bus riders get off a Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority bus at the University Area Transit Center in June 2019. The county wants to hear residents' input on equity and diversity issues affecting transportation, economic opportunity, land use/zoning, food security, criminal justice and other topics. Community listening sessions are scheduled for Jan. 11.
  19. New Years Eve fireworks light up the sky off Clearwater Beach in 2018.
  20. ICON Park in Orlando in recent years had added a number of tall rides including StarFlyer, left, a record-breaking swing ride. This week it opened Orlando Slingshot and Orlando FreeFall, shown to the right.
  21. Syringe services supervisor Micah Boyer of Pinellas Park discards syringes at IDEA Exchange Tampa’s University Mall parking garage location on Dec. 13.
  22. Snow Days have returned to the Florida Aquarium. The snow play area set up in the week after Christmas is included with admission. New this year, kids can launch snowballs off the Aquarium’s TECO Deck.
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