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  1. U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, left, and U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg.
  2. People wait in a line for that wraps around the West Tampa Community Resource Center to get tested for COVID-19 on Dec. 28. Tampa Bay officials are opening more free, public testing sites to meet the demand for testing as the omicron variant drives a surge of cases.
  3. Kale pesto and avocado "toasties" are served at The Works, a new plant-based cafe in St. Petersburg's Historic Uptown from the owner of Squeeze Juice Works.
  4. Priatek Plaza, once known as the Bank of America building, stands at 200 Central Ave. in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg. [Times (2015)]
  5. Tampa Bay was named the hottest housing market for 2022, according to Zillow. But housing has also become "musical chairs," one community leader said, with local renters being pushed out of the cities due to high costs.
  6. Residents wait in line to be vaccinated at the Historic Bethel AME Church in St. Petersburg on Jan. 30, 2021. A group of Black pastors is urging Gov. Ron DeSantis to deliver adequate COVID-19 resources to communities disproportionately impacted by the virus.
  7. Care Plus Pharmacy in Palm Harbor is already seeing high sales of these allergy medications as pollen levels spike earlier than usual.
  8. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch both voiced cautious optimism Thursday after Major-League Baseball announced it had denied the Tampa Bay Rays' proposal for a split season with Montreal.
  9. Darren McFarland, a former bar manager at Hops and Props,  is serving a three-month sentence at the Pinellas County jail and faces 10 years of probation after his release, according to court records.
  10. David Debono was arrested Tuesday on charges of sexual battery and child abuse.
  11. Water splashes against the seawall along Pass A Grille Way as squalls from Eta move through Pinellas County on Nov. 11, 2020. Though Eta wasn’t hurricane strength when it passed by, it gave an indication of the kind of damage the region could face.
  12. One person is dead after two vehicles collided in St. Petersburg on Tuesday evening, according to police.
  13. Louis Thornton III, 63, was sentenced in Tampa federal court for fraudulently collecting more than $800,000. He also must pay back the money he received.
  14. Instagram posts from the ARTpool Gallery & Vintage Boutique account show damage to the front display windows caused by a skateboarder early on the morning of January 17, 2022.
  15. Members of the Florida House of Representatives work during a legislative session, Friday, April 30, 2021, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  16. Gary MacMath, 70, from St. Petersburg, is pictured outside of the Boley Centers' Butterfly apartments, 715 Fifth Ave. N, on Jan. 18, 2022 in St. Petersburg. MacMath is retiring after 42 years at the Boley Centers, which provide housing to at-risk individuals, including more than two decades as its CEO.
  17. Two St. Petersburg men were killed by a drunken driver Dec. 15 on Interstate 4 in Tampa, the Florida Highway Patrol said. They are Douglas “Dougie” Cade Jr., 39, left, and Jason Rzechula, 47.
  18. St. Petersburg Fire Rescue firefighters battled a fire that consumed a vacant home Monday evening in the 2800 block of Coffee Pot Boulevard NE. No injuries were reported.
  19. The Mighty Marching Dragons of Stranahan High School in Fort Lauderdale perform during Monday's annual MLK Dream Big Parade in St. Petrsburg to commemorate the holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  20. Check tampabay.com for the latest breaking news and updates.
  21. A pickup truck hit Bob and Darlene Surprenant, both 61, as they were walking in a crosswalk on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg the evening of April 9. Both died from their injuries. They're among 84 pedestrians and bicyclists killed on Pinellas County roads in 2021.
  22. Ava Hardy, 9, wears a crown from the kids corner at the second annual "We are the Dream:" MLK Expo 2022 at Gibbs High on Saturday. The event highlighted local businesses, food, live entertainment, a kids corner, inspirational speakers and raffles. "I think of Martin Luther King when I go to protests," Ava said. "Sometimes I think about if it is ever going to end, if everybody in the world is going to get along before the world ends. I'm not sure. But I hope so."
  23. This map released Saturday by the National Weather Service shows a large area of rain and thunderstorms hitting much of the Southeast, including the northern half of Florida, early Sunday.
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