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  1. From left are attorney James Craig for Hillsborough County Public Schools, Graham Picklesimer of the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association, and teachers union president Rob Kriete. The three participated in a bargaining impasse hearing on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, in Tampa.
  2. A coalition of 40 Florida health nonprofits and child advocacy groups are urging Gov. Ron DeSantis to release a plan on how Florida will ensure that children, the disabled and low-income families do not lose health coverage when the federal government ends additional emergency funding for Medicaid provided during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. Dead fish wash up at Pass-a-Grille Beach on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, in St.Pete Beach. The red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was detected along Florida’s Gulf Coast over the past week.
  4. Visit Tampa Bay is seeking a $5.5 million increase in its marketing and advertising effort. Shown is the TECO Streetcar, a popular tourist vehicle between downtown Tampa and Ybor City.
  5. In March 1974, Dick Greco resigned as mayor of Tampa. His replacement, Richard L. Cheney, died just months later.
  6. Jeremy Brown, 48, whose trial is underway this week, is charged with 10 separate federal crimes including possession of unregistered firearms, possession of a destructive device and unauthorized possession of documents related to national defense.
  7. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor speaks with supporters during her reelection rally and 63rd birthday party on Wednesday.
  8. This 2003 electron microscope image, made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shows mature, oval-shaped mpox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, right. A global mpox outbreak caused thousands of infections in 2022.
  9. A driver involved in a road rage incident shot at a Hillsborough deputy Wednesday evening, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
  10. The Hillsborough County school district has been notified that some of its policies don't comply with new state laws regarding gender and race issues.
  11. Uncollared Florida panther 435 was stuck by a white car and killed Thursday in Hillsborough County, according to Florida wildlife officials. It's the first panther death in Hillsborough since 2003.
  12. Tampa City Council member Bill Carlson, June 4, 2020. At a council meeting at the Tampa Convention Center.
  13. Hillsborough County Commissioners Gwen Myers, left, and Harry Cohen, and Yes for Transportation’s campaign manager, Kevin O’Hare, campaign Nov. 8 outside the West Tampa Library in Tampa. On Wednesday, in the aftermath of the transportation referendum's defeat, commissioners voted to drop their appeal to an earlier court ruling that had called the ballot language misleading.
  14. Hillsborough County commissioners voted Wednesday to consider an ordinance banning retail sale of rabbits. It will be modeled after a similar ordinance in Pasco County. Shown are two rabbits at the SPCA Tampa Bay in November 2021.
  15. Hillsborough County Commissioner Michael Owen is asking county staff to investigate a potential ordinance that would prohibit sale of electronic cigarettes, also known as vaping, within 500 feet of a school.
  16. Quenton Tuckett, a UF research assistant scientist, displays a handful of Syringodium, or “manatee grass” that he plucked from the water Monday, Dec. 5, 2022.
  17. Joe Haskins Bicycle Shop is closing after 62 years on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, in Tampa.
  18. A 64-year-old pedestrian who was walking on U.S. 41 when he was struck by an 18-year-old driver's sedan Tuesday evening has died, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
  19. Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies escort Howell Donaldson III into a Tampa courtroom in 2018.
  20. Sharon Arroyo, with Duke Energy Florida, fills a water bottle at a refill station at Honeymoon Island State Park Tuesday in Dunedin. More than 120 water bottle refill stations have been installed in 85 state parks across Florida. Duke Energy Florida made a $175,000 donation for the stations.
  21. Lainey O’Neil, 4, left, joins fourth grade gifted teacher Kristin Thompson with her son Colton, 2, center, at a tub of gifts during the Winter Fest at Oakstead Elementary in Land O' Lakes on Thursday. Families enjoyed holiday-themed games, a cocoa stand, a choir performance and food trucks during the annual nondenominational event.
  22. Tampa's then-police Chief Mary O'Connor, center, stands between Mayor Jane Castor, left, and then-Assistant Chief Ruben "Butch" Delgado" at a ceremony held March 9, at Tampa police headquarters to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the death of Master police Officer Jesse Madsen. Ten months after picking O'Connor for the job over Delgado and another finalist, Castor must begin the search anew after O'Connor resigned Monday.
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