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  1. Cova and Mufasa are two of many animals available for adoption.
  2. Kashari James, 25, of Tampa, who received her master’s degree in criminology, gets help from her mother, Janie James, before the University of South Florida's first in-person commencement ceremony since the pandemic. The ceremony was held at Tropicana Field on Saturday, “I’m just glad all the graduates get to celebrate each other since we have all been online,” James said.
  3. Students walk on the University of South Florida's Tampa campus in September, near the start of a school year that will be remembered for its pandemic restrictions. University officials said Thursday that those restrictions will be lifted starting in late June.
  4. Juju and Phoebe are two of many animals looking for loving homes.
  5. Nova Southeastern University now recommends, but does not require, vaccines.
  6. Norma Alcantar, 50, of Tampa, stands near a Prickly Pear cactus (opuntia ficus indica) at the USF botanical gardens Tuesday. A USF professor of chemical, biological and material engineering, Alcantar was inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of fame with 22 patents, with much of her work focused around using cactus plants for water filtration.
  7. Pinellas schools superintendent Mike Grego announced his district will end its school mask mandate on June 9 at 5 p.m.
  8. Lakewood Elementary School kindergarten students Kennedi Flournoy, 5, (right, front) and Heavenlei McKinnie, 5, (left) work on sight words last month. They will continue to wear masks through the remainder of the school year.
  9. Alan Abramowitz has resigned as executive director of Florida's Guardian Ad Litem program.
  10. Pongo the orangutan recently celebrated his 25th birthday at the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor. The animal sanctuary is giving moms free admission Saturday and Sunday for Mother's Day weekend.
  11. Ellen Cipriani, school crossing guard of the year for the state, poses for a portrait outside of Riverview Elementary on September 16, 2020.
  12. Tho Huu Vo, 58, receives a COVID-19 vaccine at the Lealman and Asian Neighborhood Family Center on April 3. Vo came to the United States from Vietnam seven years ago. Tampa Bay area health officials are looking for ways to reach further into minority communities as they work to expand the vaccination effort.
  13. Florida Rep. Blaise Ingoglia, shown during floor debate Wednesday at the Capitol, proposed a bill seeking to return the Hernando County school superintendent to an elected post. Senate President Wilton Simpson, also a member of the Hernando delegation, killed the measure Thursday.
  14. Biscotti and Oreo are two of many animals  hoping to be adopted by loving families.
  15. A measure passed by Monday by both houses of the state Legislature would allow long-term care facilities to continue employing personal-care attendants.
  16. A fire rescue captain paramedic in Hernando was placed on investigation as he faces sex assault charges
  17. The super pink moon is seen Tuesday, April 7, 2020 in Safety Harbor.
  18. An early morning view of Strawberry Crest High, which led the area in coronavirus cases this past week with 10.
  19. Doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are distributed on April 13 at the Larry Sanders Sports Complex in Tampa, part of an effort to get shots to underserved communities. The state is said to be tracking the need by ZIP code, but records provided so far give a muddled view of that effort.
  20. Several cloud-to-ground lightning strikes can be seen in the distance as a storm moves out toward the Gulf of Mexico Friday, July 19, 2019 over Boca Ciega Bay. According to AccuWeather, Florida averages 3,500 cloud to ground lightning flashes per day and 1.2 million flashes per year. More people get struck and killed by lightning in Florida than any other state.   SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
  21. A home for sale, 541 Locklie Street, on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, in Dunedin.
  22. Ella and Milo are two puppies available for adoption this week. There are plenty of other animals waiting for you in area shelters too.
  23. Sandra Ceballos poses for a photograph in front of a home she has listed for sale and is currently under contract April 8 in Tarpon Springs. Ceballos company, Silver Roots, works with senior citizens in downsizing, and moving.
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