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The best things Axios Tampa Bay reporters bought in 2022

A single cup coffee maker atop a mug.

Simple and cheap, like Ben. Photo: Ben Montgomery/Axios

Reader, we know how hard it can be to find the perfect gift for that special someone.

  • So we thought we'd trot out the coolest, best and most useful things we found this year — one by one, now 'til Christmas — in hopes you'll find some inspiration.
Selene San Felice
15 hours ago - News

Tampa Pride leader steps down after social media post draws outrage

Revelers on Seventh Avenue during the Tampa Pride Parade in the Ybor City on March 26. Photo: Octavio Jones/Getty Images

A leader of Tampa Pride has resigned after facing backlash from a social media post.

What's happening: Tampa Pride announced that executive board member Mark Bias, who was also the group's secretary and festival director, stepped down on Monday.

Ben Montgomery
15 hours ago - News

Florida highways among most dangerous, new report shows

Traffic on a tampa highway with the city skyline in the background.

Eastbound traffic on I-275 in Tampa on Sept. 27. Photo: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP via Getty Images

Florida is among the worst states in the nation at keeping motorists safe on highways.

3 tips to capture great photos of your kids this holiday season

kids playing in a puddle

Photo: Courtesy of Alison Amick Brett

It's the hap-happiest season of all — until the kids won't SHUT UP AND BE STILL SO WE CAN TAKE THEIR ADORABLE PICTURES.

  • Take a deep breath. Help is here.
Ben Montgomery
Dec 6, 2022 - Sports

Nick Bollettieri, legendary tennis coach, dies at 91

Bethanie Matek Sands of the United States takes a selfie with tennis coach Nick Bollettieri after taking part at the Kids Day event

Tennis player Bethanie Mattek-Sands takes a selfie with tennis coach Nick Bollettieri (center) at the Miami Open in 2018 in Key Biscayne. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Nick Bollettieri, who called himself the "Michelangelo of Tennis" and taught many of the world's tennis stars when they were teens at his Bradenton academy, died Sunday night. He was 91.

Why it matters: The Tennis Hall of Fame-inductee trained some of the best — Andre Agassi, Monica Seles, Jim Courier, Boris Becker, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Anna Kournikova and Tommy Haas.

Tampa police chief resigns after release of traffic stop video

Mary O'Connor portrait.

Tampa police Chief Mary O'Connor. Photo: Courtesy of the city of Tampa

Tampa police Chief Mary O'Connor resigned Monday after Creative Loafing unearthed bodycam video of the chief showing her badge and asking for leniency when she and her husband were stopped driving their golf cart on a roadway in Oldsmar.

Driving the news: Tampa Mayor Jane Castor's office on Monday said she had requested and received O'Connor's resignation following an internal affairs investigation into the traffic stop.

Ben Montgomery
Dec 5, 2022 - News

Dead fish wash ashore as toxic red tide drifts toward Tampa Bay

A fish kill on Casey Key.

Dead fish litter Casey Key recently. Photo: Courtesy of Angela Mariani

Here come the dead fish.

Driving the news: That massive red tide bloom that took hold off the coast of Sarasota County after Hurricane Ian is killing thousands of fish right now and depositing them on some of the world's best beaches.

Selene San Felice
Dec 2, 2022 - News

Judge to decide whether to reinstate Hillsborough state attorney

Illustration of a hand in a spotlight holding a gavel out from behind a red curtain.

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Final arguments wrapped up Thursday in suspended Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren's case against Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Why it matters: A ruling from U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle, expected today, could determine if Warren gets his job back or if DeSantis was within his reach to remove an elected official.