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  1. The County Environmental Protection Commission began its probe of Gopher Resource after a Tampa Bay Times investigation. The commission is proposing a $518,000 fine, after confirming many of the Times' findings.
  2. U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, left, and U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg.
  3. Bo Starr, CEO and co-founder of Tampa fintech startup Grifin, works in front of a mural in an open space at Embarc Collective in Tampa. Grifin was a finalist in the 2020 Startup of the Year summit. This year's Startup of the Year will take place in Tampa on  Jan. 25-27, with Embarc Collective hosting.
  4. 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.
  5. The Johnson family, Calmaris, 38, left, Damon, 36, right, Jeremiah, 13, back left, and Brianna, 10, back right, of Riverview, are tested for COVID-19 at Hillsborough County’s free, public drive-thru testing site on Hillsborough Community College’s Brandon campus on Jan. 10. Calmaris said her 10-year-old daughter was exposed to COVID-19 in her physical education class, and they both felt COVID-19 related symptoms. A new drive-thru test site will open Monday at Adventure Island.
  6. Francisco Galvan faces a third-degree murder charge after he and two people he drove to a planned marijuana deal at the Park at Valenza Apartments in Temple Terrace on Jan. 7 were shot, one of them fatally, records show.
  7. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will open Iron Gwazi, the world’s fastest and steepest hybrid coaster, for passholder previews Feb. 11 and will officially open March 11.
  8. Construction is underway, including two new rides in the background, at Adventure Island in Tampa. The park is undergoing its biggest enhancement in 30 years.
  9. Steven Lorenzo appears at a 2017 court hearing. Prosecutors will continue to seek a death sentence for Lorenzo in connection with two Tampa murders.
  10. 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.
  11. Detectives do not believe the shooting was random, police said.
  12. 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.
  13. Images distributed publicly helped track down a man who robbed a SunTrust bank Jan. 14 at 12902 N Dale Mabry Hwy., the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.
  14. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, at South Florida State College in Bowling Green. He announced state workforce funding to support trucking license and nursing programs.
  15. Care Plus Pharmacy in Palm Harbor is already seeing high sales of these allergy medications as pollen levels spike earlier than usual.
  16. 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.
  17. A closed circuit video image, included in federal criminal complaint, shows Michael Stepakoff inside the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6, 2021, riot. Stepakoff is a former lawyer and a rabbi for a messianic synagogue in Palm Harbor.
  18. In this undated  photo possibly taken during prohibition the late-Ellis Clifton, far left, the head of the Hillsborough County Vice Sqaud the 1950s,  John Hawrsk, a state beverage agent during that time, an unidentified man, and a pigeon pose with several jugs of moonshine.  [Photo courtesy of the Hillsborough county Sheriff's Office]
  19. Traffic moves west on Bloomingdale Avenue near Goronto Lakes. The state Department of Transportation said a $21.3 million construction project will result in temporary traffic detours, congestion and delays in Riverview over a 14-day period.
  20. The Tampa Sports Authority announced it is bringing the Tampa Taco and Margarita Festival to Raymond James Stadium on March 12. But Tampa organizers say they have learned from the past mistakes of the event's promoter and are taking measures to control the event.
  21. The 700 block of N Florida Avenue in 1935.
  22. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times 
Council member John Dingfelder during a city council meeting at the old city hall in downtown Tampa, Florida on Thursday, June 6, 2019.
  23. Vakarvery Scott is pictured on athletics website of Trinity International University, where he played football in 2019 after graduating from Hillsborough High School. Scott, 20, was arrested last month on charges of second degree murder and aggravated assault in the Dec. 1 shooting of Savannah Mathis and her sister in West Tampa.
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