1. Children walk past a Star of David, where the Chabad of Clearwater lit candles during their Unite Through Light Hanukkah celebration on Thursday, Dec 7, 2023, at Coachman Park in Clearwater. The event hosted live music, a chocolate gelt drop, drinks, potato latkes, and doughnuts.
  2. A new nighttime show debuted Tuesday at Epcot called “Luminous The Symphony of Us,” with fireworks, dancing fountains, lasers and lights, along with two original songs plus new arrangements of iconic Disney hits.
  3. A 68-year-old man died after firefighters pulled him from a burning home in the Richmar RV park in unincorporated Largo on Thursday, deputies said.
  4. The Florida Department of Children and Families this week launched a new platform for government assistance programs sparking concern that some of Florida's poorest residents may have trouble applying for or renewing benefits.
  5. A St. Petersburg police officer was arrested Wednesday in Hillsborough County on a battery charge after he pushed a woman during an argument, records show.
  6. Rays president Brian Auld, right, and president Matt Silverman, second from right, at Tropicana Field in September. Auld said Thursday that the team will not change its name to the St. Petersburg Rays, despite recent discourse around the subject.
  7. Police investigate the scene at a home at 1760 17th St. S. on Tuesday in St. Petersburg.
  8. The SunRunner stops in St. Pete Beach in August. After residents and officials from the city complained about homeless riders sleeping on the beach and panhandling, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri urged the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority to impose a fare on the previously free bus line. On Wednesday, he said the measure worked: Complaints have plummeted.
  9. Owen Melin, 22, was shot to death in 2020 near the USF-St. Petersburg campus. (Photo courtesy of Matthew Lee).
  10. Our 2024 Tampa Bay concert preview is here. Top row from left (all Times file photos): Billy Joel, Bad Bunny and Drake. Bottom row from left (all AP images): Morgan Wallen, Madonna and Joan Jett.
  11. Gnomes for several holidays are displayed at Miami-based Gnome Sweet Gnome's stand at St. Petersburg's Small Business Saturday festival, Shopapalooza, on Nov. 25, 2023.
  12. Rhea Law, left, began 2023 with her inauguration as the University of South Florida's eighth president, a moment captured in this Jan. 19 photo. She ends the year with a $300,000 performance bonus awarded Tuesday by the university's board of trustees.
  13. Victor McCleskey of New Port Richey preaches while a reflector and an umbrella are used to shield patients outside the Bread and Roses Woman's Health Center in Clearwater.
  14. University of South Florida President Rhea Law, center, and USF board of trustees chairperson Will Weatherford, right, talk with reporters after Law was named president on March 22, 2022 in Tampa. On Tuesday, the two spoke about campus free speech controversies that have arisen since the start of the Israel-Hamas war.
  15. Carpenter Jeffrey Cain builds a seven-foot Star of David at his home workshop in Clearwater for the Chabad of Clearwater's Hanukkah celebration to be hosted on Dec 7 at Coachman Park. The event will have performances by the Nerdy Noah Show, live music, a Hebrew school performance, latkes, doughnuts, dreidels, a visit from Tampa Bay Lightning’s ThunderBug, and a chocolate gelt drop with the Clearwater Fire Department.
  16. The South Pasadena house purchased by Joseph Ladapo and his wife sits on a more than 7,000-square-foot lot. The sale was handled by SEASALT Properties.
  17. Xavier Javoris Love is facing charges of child sex abuse a year after he was released from prison after serving more than 20 years on a murder charge.
  18. Tampa police investigate on East Cluster Avenue in November 2019 after two officers fired at and fatally wounded a man who police said pointed a gun at them. The department is among law enforcement agencies in Tampa Bay and across the state that are grappling with how to amend their policies and procedures in the wake of Thursday’s sweeping Florida Supreme Court ruling on the victim rights measure known as Marsy’s Law.
  19. Zachary Johnson of St. Petersburg wears protective goggles outside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in a screenshot from a video released by the U.S. House Jan. 6th Committee.
  20. Lauren Chezaud, owner of Cafe’ Soleil French Bakery & Deli, serves coffees to customers Sheryl Arbo, of St. Pete Beach, right, and Emily Hagan, of St. Pete Beach, on Thursday, Sep 21, 2023, at the cafe at St. Pete Beach.
  21. Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., leaves the Capitol after being expelled from the House of Representatives, Friday, Dec. 1, 2023, in Washington.
  22. The C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center Campus, part of the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.
  23. The city of Clearwater's Elf on the Shelf relaxes on a beach.
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