1. Chili and Emmy are two of many animals looking for "fur"ever homes.
  2. Frank and Carol Morsani have donated to the University of South Florida for more than 45 years. Their latest gift of $7 million will create scholarships for students and positions in geriatrics and business.
  3. A camera captures the last glimpse of the James Webb Space Telescope as it heads to its final destination 1 million miles from Earth. Tampa Bay libraries and museums such as MOSI and Great Explorations will have special events this summer to glimpse Webb's first pictures from outer space.
  4. Two scuba divers were found dead at Buford Spring in the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area Wednesday. The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that neither diver showed any obvious signs of trauma, and both had appropriate diving gear.
  5. Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area has over 20,000 acres of a wide variety of ecosystems including natural springs. Eagle Nest Sink and Buford Spring is popular with divers. [2018]
  6. Walker and Whispurr at two of many animals looking for "fur"ever homes.
  7. Assistant manager Cristian Jimenez, left, helps Randall Conley of St. Petersburg locate fireworks on Tuesday at Phantom Fireworks in Tampa. Sales of personal fireworks exploded during the pandemic and it looks like people haven’t leveled off even though big city shows are back on this year.
  8. In the early morning hours in June, the planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will align in planetary order, according to the American Astronomical Society.
  9. The Hernando County School Board is taking the County Commission to court over the timing of its next sales tax referendum.
  10. Nurses rally outside HCA Florida Oak Hill Hospital Tuesday morning to call for more nurses to be hired. They warned that a shortage of nurses in the hospital is threating patient safety.
  11. Ellie and Fryian are two of many animals hoping to find "fur"ever homes.
  12. Moose, Mork and Mindy are three of many animals hoping to find "fur"ever homes.
  13. The five-day outlook for a system in the Gulf of Mexico that's expected to soon become Tropical Storm Alex before making landfall in Southwest Florida on Saturday.
  14. The projected path of a storm system that is poised to head toward Florida by the weekend.
  15. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference Feb. 7 in Miami.
  16. Bishop Gregory L. Parkes, center, holds up the Eucharist during Mass in 2017. Parkes has announced that he will undergo surgery to remove part of his right leg.
  17. Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis and Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco held a joint press conference in Spring Hill to discuss a shooting earlier Tuesday. Three Hernando County deputies and one Pasco County deputy shot and killed a man who allegedly fired at deputies first, according to both agencies.
  18. ZooTampa is offering one-time free admission for active-duty military and up to three family members June 1-Sept. 1. The offer is only valid by going online and getting a unique promo code.
  19. In this livestream image, math teacher and senior class sponsor Tara Ferlita is seen raising her arms in celebration after telling graduates at Nature Coast Technical High to turn their tassels at the school's commencement ceremony on Friday, May 20, 2022. Graduations for the Hernando County School District's four other high schools were scheduled for May 26, 27 and 28.
  20. Regal will feature kid favorites such as “The Lego Movie” for $2 on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings this summer. In the movie, Lego Batman is voiced by Will Arnett; Wyldstyle is voiced by Elizabeth Banks; and Emmet Brickowski is voiced by Chris Pratt.
  21. Hernando County teachers wave signs in 2015 in support of the school district's half-cent sales tax for schools referendum. This year, the School Board is fighting with the County Commission over when to ask voters to extend the measure.
  22. Lillie Perez, 11, holds a sign during a "March for Our Lives" protest for gun legislation and school safety on March 24, 2018, in Houston. Students and activists across the country planned events Saturday in conjunction with a Washington march spearheaded by teens from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where over a dozen people were killed in February 2018.
  23. The results of Florida's third-grade reading test, released Wednesday, will help educators determine where children found success and where they need more attention, officials say.
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