1. Third grade students participate in a dual language course at Hillsborough County's Crestwood Elementary, which received a B grade from the state on Monday, matching its grade from last year.
  2. State Sen. Corey Simon, R-Tallahassee, holds a book containing the state education code to make a point during a meeting of the Senate Education PreK-12 Committee on Nov. 15. He said the code was more than 3 inches thick and needs to be trimmed of some restrictions on school districts.
  3. Rhea Law, left, began 2023 with her inauguration as the University of South Florida's eighth president, a moment captured in this Jan. 19 photo. She ends the year with a $300,000 performance bonus awarded Tuesday by the university's board of trustees.
  4. University of South Florida President Rhea Law, center, and USF board of trustees chairperson Will Weatherford, right, talk with reporters after Law was named president on March 22, 2022 in Tampa. On Tuesday, the two spoke about campus free speech controversies that have arisen since the start of the Israel-Hamas war.
  5. Carpenter Jeffrey Cain builds a seven-foot Star of David at his home workshop in Clearwater for the Chabad of Clearwater's Hanukkah celebration to be hosted on Dec 7 at Coachman Park. The event will have performances by the Nerdy Noah Show, live music, a Hebrew school performance, latkes, doughnuts, dreidels, a visit from Tampa Bay Lightning’s ThunderBug, and a chocolate gelt drop with the Clearwater Fire Department.
  6. Pinellas County Schools Superintendent Kevin Hendrick, shown at an October school board meeting, says his district aims to respect every student and employee. The district recently issued an Inclusive Schools Support Guide toward that end.
  7. Evan Rowlands, left, high-fives his mother, Jessica Rowlands, after answering a question while completing schoolwork at Riverview Public Library on Nov. 8.
  8. Target is joining Walmart, Best Buy and Walgreens in closing its stores on Thanksgiving Day, ending a long tradition of jump starting Black Friday sales.
  9. The Chick-fil-A at 6299 W. Waters Ave. in Tampa has gone over the top on its Christmas decorations for nearly 30 years. Some of the features include concerts, visits with Santa and a snowblowing machine.
  10. A basket of gator bites is displayed at The Blue Gator in Hernando.
  11. Gary Mills, along with his great-grandson Sylar Geiger, takes a moment inside the taxidermy shop that Mills runs on Aug. 21 in Hernando.
  12. The two-day Shopapalooza Festival runs Saturday and Sunday at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  13. Florida's public elementary schools must offer 20 minutes of uninterrupted free time each day under a 2017 law. Parents are worried that a proposal before the state Senate will gut that requirement. [Times (2017)]
  14. Two teens are dead and another two are seriously injured after a 17-year-old Spring Hill driver crashed into a tree Saturday night in Spring Hill.
  15. Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis, center, speaks at a news conference Thursday announcing the federal indictment against three men accused in a murder-for-hire plot that targeted a 17-year-old girl. U.S. Attorney Roger Handberg stands at left. Walter Forgie, the chief assistant state attorney for Florida's Fifth Judicial Circuit, stands at right.
  16. This Dachshund was one of the 38 puppies confiscated from a rented storefront in Tarpon Springs and taken to the SPCA in Largo. The owner in the 2010 case was charged with 38 counts of animal cruelty. A bill proposed for the 2024 Florida legislative session would allow court-appointed representation for neglected dogs and cats, much like the guardian ad litem system for children in court cases.
  17. Jaliyah Pollack of Tampa, left, throws a pretend punch while celebrating Halloween on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg in 2021. Above-average temperatures will haunt Tampa Bay this Halloween weekend, but a possible cool front next week could help usher in fall weather.
  18. Brycen Shute of Lakeland carries pumpkins at Fox Squirrel Corn Maze in Plant City on Oct. 8. With Halloween falling on Tuesday, this weekend will bring lots of parties and even a carnival.
  19. Students and community activists marched in Tampa after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland that killed 17 people on Feb. 14, 2018. The attack prompted many changes, including a new statewide system for helping schools spot threats. It launches in January 2024.
  20. Kids play in costume at the 2021 Halloween on Central. Nearly two miles of Central Avenue will be shut down to traffic so there can be a costume stroll, block party and market on Oct. 29.
  21. An annular eclipse is viewed from a waterfront park in Yokohama, Japan, near Tokyo, Monday, May 21, 2012. On Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023, an annular solar eclipse will briefly dim the skies over parts of the western U.S. and Central and South America.
  22. Debbie King exercises her arms while preparing to transition to using a walker with the help of her husband, Jim, at their home in Homosassa. Debbie’s right leg had to be amputated above the knee on Aug. 17 after she contracted the flesh-eating bacterial infection Vibrio vulnificus while boating in the Gulf of Mexico off Homosassa four days earlier.
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