1. Inclusivitea, the new sex-friendly tea shop, is located in St. Petersburg's Grand Central District.
  2. A pedestrian stops to take a picture of the sunset while walking along Edgewater Drive Friday, Aug. 17, 2021 in Dunedin.
  3. A  7-year-old boy reads the Black St. Pete Pledge during an August event at Lake Vista Recreation Center in St. Petersburg. The anti-gun violence pledge was created by Maress Scott, the father of Marquis Scott, who was shot and killed in the fall of 2019. The father has been asking community members to sign the pledge, which states: "I pledge not to murder another black person for the rest of this year. Instead of using a gun (or any other weapon), I will use my mind, my heart, and my mouth to solve any issues."
  4. Tampa General President and CEO John Couris speaks while Gov. Ron DeSantis listens during an August news conference at Tampa General Hospital and USF Health Morsani College of Medicine's Global Emerging Diseases Institute.
  5. 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.
  6. 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."
  7. In 1951, Jean Niles was a switchboard operator at St. Petersburg Savings and Loan. In 1975, she became president.
  8. The Pinellas County Commission will vote on the county budget on Tuesday.
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  10. Paul Wilborn, executive director of the Palladium theater is also writer and musician.
  11. 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.
  12. Marilyn Fassell, of Largo, took a selfie smoking a cigarette in the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection, according to federal court records. The photo and its corresponding GPS coordinates were included in a complaint filed Sept. 9.
  13. St. Petersburg City Council Member Brandi Gabbard (left).
  14. Jon Jennings, currently the city manager of Portland, Maine, will take over as Clearwater city manager on Nov. 8.
  15. James Pagan, 29, is a suspect in the fatal shootings of a man and woman in St. Petersburg, police said.
  16. 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.
  17. A backyard chicken coop in Tampa. The Clearwater City Council on Thursday gave initial approval for single-family homes to have up to four chickens with a coop and run.
  18. Amanda Makki stands at the podium during an event at Largo Central Park, to announce her run for Congress on July 20 in Largo.
  19. Concert-goers had to adhere to new vaccination rules for a Maroon 5 concert in Ohio in August. When the band performs in Tampa Sept. 24, fans must bring a printed copy of a negative test result or proof of their COVID-19 vaccination.
  20. Pinellas County Administrator Barry Burton speaks to Pinellas County commissioners.
  21. Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority CEO Brad Miller signs a declaration of support to receive $25 million from the federal government for a multimodal transit station in Clearwater. Mayor Frank Hibbard, right, looks on.
  22. Chrissy and Little Willie are two of many animals looking for forever homes.
  23. The Tampa Bay Times Community Reader Panel will meet quarterly with members of the newsroom.