1. Erica McCray, left, an associate dean in the College of Education, meets University of Florida President Ben Sasse moments before Sasse shared his strategic vision for UF during a meeting with faculty on Aug. 25 in Gainesville.
  2. Scream-A-Geddon is back for a ninth season. Spread across 60 acres in remote Pasco County, the terror park has haunted houses, a zombie paintball fight and monsters who can kidnap you, with permission.
  3. Kandy, a friendly witch in training, is the star of Busch Gardens' kid-friendly Halloween event Spooktacular. It is included with admission.
  4. Jesse Pisors was announced as the fifth president of Pasco-Hernando State College on Sept. 19, 2023.
  5. Chris Hilbert, 34, of Tampa, holds up a picture of Reptar on his phone while getting a Reptar tattoo during the 90s Con event at Tampa Convention Center on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023.
  6. Fifteen of this year's National Merit Scholar semifinalists were at Strawberry Crest High School in east Hillsborough County.
  7. Florida Education Commissioner Manny Diaz Jr. speaks at a news conference on legislation affecting teachers as Gov. Ron DeSantis listens on May 9. Diaz's department is facing criticism from school district leaders for giving unclear direction on how to follow the state's new education laws.
  8. Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana will officially open at Epcot on Oct. 16. Guests can explore a walking trail that entertains with water in magical ways, like Moana did with the ocean. The new attraction is in the World Nature neighborhood of Epcot.
  9. The Cinderella Castle is seen at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. This weekend brings Destination D23, the official Disney fan club gathering, for three days of presentations on the company's projects and exclusive shopping opportunities.
  10. This photo of a seemingly defaced Morgan & Morgan billboard was spotted on North Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa. The firm has admitted in the past to defacing its own billboards as an attention-getter.
  11. Dani Araus walks down flooded Maple Avenue at Palmetto Beach in Tampa on Wednesday in the wake of Hurricane Idalia. State officials said Floridians should avoid floodwaters. If a person has open wounds, they could be infected by flesh-eating bacteria.
  12. Tampa Bay area schools, universities and colleges were deciding when to reopen in the wake of Hurricane Idalia on Wednesday.
  13. Will Tampa Bay area school buses roll Thursday morning in the wake of Hurricane Idalia? School district leaders are considering many factors before deciding.
  14. Patricia Cooper of Hudson makes her way into the gymnasium at Sunlake High School on Tuesday. The shelter can handle approximately 2,600 evacuees if needed.
  15. Jarod Jones, 25, stacks sandbags for distribution at MacFarlane Park in Tampa on Monday, August 28, 2023.
  16. Tampa Old City Hall on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2023.
  17. The National Hurricane Center said its likely the Tampa Bay area could see a storm surge as high as 7 feet when Idalia makes landfall on Florida's west coast.
  18. “When you have situations like this, you’ve got to put the interest of the people first,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday morning in the Tallahassee emergency operations center.
  19. In an image provided by NOAA, a satellite image shows Tropical Storm Idalia on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2023. Florida is bracing for Tropical Storm Idalia, which formed on Sunday and could strengthen to a hurricane in the next two to three days, forecasters said. (NOAA via The New York Times)
  20. Bray Wyatt enters the arena to fight in the pitch-black event during the WWE Royal Rumble event at the Alamodome on Jan. 28 in San Antonio, Texas.
  21. Miami-Dade residents Jackie and James Silva load their car after shopping to prepare for potential landfall by Hurricane Ian at Costco in Miami in 2022. Hurricane supplies will be tax-free starting Saturday for a two-week sales tax holiday.
  22. Randy Akers is facing multiple charges of child sexual abuse.
  23. The splash pad at Curtis Hixon Park is one of the many ways to get some relief from this week's heat wave.
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