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  1. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks after being sworn in to begin his second term during an inauguration ceremony outside the Old Capitol on Jan. 3, 2023. DeSantis' administration has blocked a new Advanced Placement course on African-American studies from being taught in high schools, saying the class violates state law and that it is historically inaccurate.
  2. Above the gate at Auschwitz is the sign Arbeit macht frei ("work sets you free"), a bitter irony to those who suffered and died at the Nazi concentration camp.
  3. A copy of Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye" inside a book box in Dunedin on Jan. 26, 2023. Pinellas County school officials have removed the book from all high schools.
  4. Toni Morrison won the Nobel Prize in literature for a body of work that included the novel "The Bluest Eye," which has now been pulled from Pinellas public school classrooms and libraries.
  5. Migna Pacheco reads a book to her 6-month-old son Pablo Zapata inside their residence at the Cora building on Dec. 13, 2022, in Tampa.
  6. Ryan Timoney and his then-fiancee Kelby Sims (now his wife) at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., after his cranioplasty in 2012. He was severely injured by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan and is part of a civil suit seeing damages from banks the plaintiffs allege laundered terrorists' money.
  7. Gov. Ron DeSantis addresses the crowd before publicly signing HB 7, the "Individual Freedom Act," also dubbed the "Stop WOKE" bill during a news conference at Mater Academy Charter Middle/High School in Hialeah Gardens in April 2022.
  8. Paradegoers carry a huge rainbow flag past city hall on Lakeside Avenue during a Cleveland Pride Parade.
  9. The author writes: "Somehow woke has been pejoratively appropriated — some might say hijacked — for nefarious purposes. Messy politics notwithstanding, as an English teacher I’m going to stick with the dictionary definition and state, with pride, that I consider myself to be 100%, unequivocally woke. Controversial issues make for natural classroom discussion topics and I often wind up playing devil’s advocate while walking a tenuous tightrope in a stiff crosswind."
  10. A manatee floats in a canal at Port Everglades on Jan. 18, 2023, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Manatees gather in the winter months in canal waters warmed by a nearby Florida Power & Light power plant, where Port Everglades provides a protection zone for the manatees.
  11. The new Advanced Placement African American studies course, whose curricula is not yet public, is now being run as a pilot in 60 high schools nationwide. But Florida is banning the course.
  12. Former State Attorney Andrew Warren speaks during a news conference on Jan. 20, 2023 in Tampa. A federal judge ruled Friday that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis violated the First Amendment and the Florida Constitution by removing Warren, an elected state prosecutor, but that the federal courts lack the power to reinstate him.
  13. A rendering of the apartment complex proposed for the former Raytheon site in St. Petersburg.
  14. Some travelers wore face masks and some didn't at Tampa International Airport after Tampa Bay airports lifted mask requirements for travelers in April 2022.
  15. Florida House Speaker Paul Renner announced last week that one of his priorities during the legislative session that begins in March will be to expand school vouchers.
  16. Travelers with and without face coverings are pictured at Tampa International Airport last spring.
  17. An aerial drone view of Tropicana Field and surrounding area.
  18. New College of Florida is slated to get an academic overhaul under new trustees appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis.
  19. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on stage during the second debate between the Republican and Democratic presidential nominees on Oct. 9, 2016, at Washington University in St. Louis.
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