1. A good hurricane kit is essential for Floridians during hurricane season.
  2. A still from "MerPeople," Netflix's four-part documentary series that revolves around mermaid culture. The series includes mermaids from Tampa Bay's own Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.
  3. Oak Grove Elementary music teacher Erik Hagen speaks during a news conference on Monday, May 8, 2023, at the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association headquarters in Tampa.
  4. Co-director Qui Nguyen poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Strange World' in London, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022.
  5. A bus leaves St. Petersburg High before 7 a.m. after dropping students off on the first day of school on Aug. 24, 2020. Under a new state law that takes effect in 2026, Florida high schools will be required to start the day no earlier than 8:30 a.m.
  6. Pasco County School Board Attorney Dennis Alfonso speaks during the Pasco County School Board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Land O' Lakes. Alfonso died on May 13 after battling cancer.
  7. Christopher Rufo, center, an outspoken figure and one of six new trustees for New College of Florida, is escorted by police through a crowd of protesters at New College of Florida in Sarasota moments after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation on Monday making major changes to higher education in the state.
  8. Over a hundred people gathered during an Immigration Town Hall questions and answers session on Thursday, May 11, 2023 in Tampa.
  9. "Foundations and Functions" for middle school students and "Power, Politics, and You" for high schools were two of the more than 30 books rejected for use by the Florida Department of Education. They are published by Teacher's Curriculum Institute, a company specializing in science and social studies curriculum.
  10. A student searches for textbooks in a storage space at Nature Coast Technical High School. Social studies textbooks are the current focus in Florida, where state officials have rejected dozens of books submitted by publishers for the 2023-24 school year.
  11. Protestors rally at Lake Eola Park in Orlando on Monday, May 1, 2023. Hundreds gathered to protest, among other things, the immigration bill working its way through congress.
  12. Former U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse has kept a relatively low profile in his first three months as University of Florida president.
  13. A Pinellas County school bus is parked at Gibbs High, one of 17 Pinellas high schools that start classes at 7:35 a.m. or earlier. Under a bill that cleared the Legislature on Thursday, high schools could start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. by 2026.
  14. The Florida House passed a measure Wednesday that would delay tougher new testing benchmarks for high school graduation and allow thousands of teens to get a diploma in the coming weeks.
  15. Ben White of Tampa examines Big John’s skull while attending an event on Friday Feb 3, 2023, hosted to welcome the fossilized triceratops to the Glazer Children's Museum in Tampa.
  16. Florida anti-trans legislation is prompting discussions in the LGBTQ+ community about leaving the state. Simone Bouyer, 61, and Clare Dygert, 68, in their Riverview library on April 21, 2023, have been together for eight years. Now, the Riverview couple is deciding if they should move to North Carolina because they no longer view Florida as a safe place for LGBTQ+ people.
  17. Florida, once a destination for women seeking an abortion, now has one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation. And many women don't know they're pregnant before 6 weeks. Jazmyn Williams, 22, of St. Petersburg raises a fist and marches during an abortion protest on Saturday, July 2, 2022, in Tampa, Florida.
  18. Tampa Bay Times reporter Sharon Kennedy Wynne, at right in the front row, takes the plunge on Iron Gwazi during its opening in 2022. The 206-foot-tall coaster at Busch Gardens in Tampa has a 91-degree drop before it reaches 76 miles per hour. It's all in a day's work.
  19. Baxter and Dutchess are two of many animals hoping to find "fur"ever homes.
  20. The Poderosas initiative provides leadership development and inspires Latinas across key electoral states. At right, Yadira Sanchez, executive director of Poder Latinx, speaks with a group of women.
  21. Cassie and Johnny are two of many animals hoping to find "fur"ever homes.
  22. A two-alarm fire at the Hernando County landfill on Saturday destroyed the recycling center there.
  23. Aurora and Laney are two of many animals hoping to find "fur"ever homes.
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