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Thursday's Axios Tampa Bay stories

Jun 10, 2021 - Axios Tampa Bay

Florida's board of education bans critical race theory in public schools

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Photo: Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images

Critical race theory, which links racial discrimination to America's foundations and legal system, is now barred from Florida schools, marking another win for Gov. Ron DeSantis on yet another culture war front.

What happened: The state Board of Education voted to ban critical race theory on Thursday after a video address from DeSantis encouraging them to do so.

Jun 10, 2021 - Axios Tampa Bay

Why Thursday is the best day to sell a house in Tampa Bay

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The best time to list a home for sale in Tampa Bay is on a Thursday before Labor Day, according to a new Zillow analysis

Why it matters: When 57.5% of Tampa-area homes are selling within a week, a few days can make a difference.

Jun 10, 2021 - Axios Tampa Bay

Recent Navy grad blocked from joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cameron Kinley at a 2019 home game in Annnapolis. Photo: Daniel Kucin Jr./Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

A Navy football star who was set to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is no longer allowed to join, per The Capital's Bill Wagner.

The backdrop: Cameron Kinley signed with Tampa Bay on May 1, as a Trump-era policy enabled service academy graduates to pursue professional sports.

Jun 10, 2021 - Axios Tampa Bay

How one company wants to train surgeons using virtual reality

Photo courtesy of Immertec

Immertec, located inside Tampa's Armature Works, is changing the game for surgical training — making operating rooms more accessible than ever via virtual reality.

Why it matters: The U.S. is on track to experience a massive shortage of surgeons in the next decade, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.

The rays are returning to Tropicana Field's outfield tank

The Rays Touch Tank at Tropicana Field in 2019. Photo: Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

Here's yet another sign that Tampa Bay is rounding the bases to a new beginning.

What's happening: The Ray Tank returns to Tropicana Field's outfield Wednesday, with the touch experience coming back on June 22.

Twitter's suspension of fired Florida data scientist marks a win for Gov. Ron DeSantis

Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Twitter suspended the account of Rebekah Jones earlier this week — a win for Gov. Ron DeSantis, the Washington Post reports.

What happened: Jones, a fired health department worker whom the state recognized as a whistleblower last month, had her account suspended for violating "spam and platform manipulation" rules.

Tampa announces Boom by the Bay will be back in 2021

A shot from Boom by the Bay 2019. Photo: @cityoftampa

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor announced the post-pandemic comeback of Boom by the Bay, the city's 4th of July celebrations, with a slightly awkward video that still had better acting than Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater's Amazon Prime show.

What to expect: Tampa is upping its game with six firework displays along the downtown waterfront and a new boat parade and Blessing of the Fleet along the Riverwalk.