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  1. A pedestrian stops to take a picture of the sunset while walking along Edgewater Drive Friday, Aug. 17, 2021 in Dunedin.
  2. Banners fly from the Student Services breezeway on the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida, which is seeking input about its next president. An online survey was announced Monday.
  3. Crowds like this one at a recent Pinellas School Board meeting have been larger and often more animated as boards have taken on issues including school masks, race relations and transgender rights. At this meeting on Aug. 24, one defiant speaker was removed from the chamber by security and another called the school district a "criminal enterprise."
  4. The Florida Highway Patrol reported a Hudson bicyclist died at the scene of a crash in Weeki Wachee Gardens on Friday night, Sept. 17, 2021.
  5. A masked student searches for his first-period class at Sunlake High on Aug. 10, the first day of school in Pasco County. Sunlake led the district this past week with 39 reported cases of COVID-19, but school case numbers across the county are headed down.
  6. Dozens of Tampa Bay area seniors on their way to graduation this spring have been named National Merit Semifinalists for 2022. Many will become finalists later this school year and will qualify for college scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship program.
  7. Chrissy and Little Willie are two of many animals looking for forever homes.
  8. Students walk through the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida, where leaders are embarking on a national search for a new president. The process is expected to be complete by January.
  9. Boca Ciega High School senior Matthew McCrary, 17, works on algebra homework for his liberal arts math class while his cat, KiKi, explores the dining room table on Monday. McCrary is concerned that his lesson plans have been interrupted because so many teachers are being quarantined.
  10. University of Florida president Kent Fuchs celebrates during Monday's announcement that the school was ranked a Top 5 public university by U.S. News & World Report.
  11. For free Museum Day on Saturday, the turn-of-the-20th century Cracker Country in Tampa will be open for free, and you can see actors demonstrate how pioneers carved materials, churned butter and did their chores.
  12. Meghan Martin hugs her son, Riley, 6, at Denver Park in St. Petersburg on a recent Saturday. Martin, an emergency room pediatrician at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, said her frustration over the lack of understanding about COVID-19 led her to make TikTok videos to get the word about about vaccines and masks. Pictured at right is Avery Martin, 9.
  13. Students arrive at Skycrest Elementary in Clearwater on Aug. 11, the first day of school in Pinellas County.
  14. Cade and Eren are two of many animals hoping to find forever families.
  15. A Hudson man died after his pickup truck hit a tree in Spring Hill.
  16. The Harvest Jam amateur competition at Skatepark of Tampa this weekend will have divisions starting at 8 and younger, and up to 30 and older, with prizes awarded to the top five finishers in each division.
  17. Detective Tommy Breedlove, 54, passed away Saturday after contracting COVID-19, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.
  18. Bear and La Bandita are two of many animals hoping to find forever homes.
  19. Hernando County school superintendent John Stratton says he will begin implementing the school district's new mask mandate the week of Sept. 6, 2021.
  20. Passengers board the train during the Largo Train Weekend at the Largo Central Railroad in Largo. The first Saturday of every month brings free train rides for families.
  21. Dr. Erin Fougeres, of St. Petersburg, center, joins supporters of a mask mandate outside Pinellas County school district headquarters in Largo on Tuesday. A large group of anti-mask residents demonstrated nearby. Hours later, the School Board voted against a special meeting discuss a mandate.
  22. Gov. Ron DeSantis lost a round in court Friday in the debate over masks in schools.
  23. Miles and Robin are two of many animals looking for forever homes.
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