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Hundreds of people gathered outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington Tuesday as the justices hear arguments in the case regarding #DACA. The program, which allows some undocumented immigrants who came into the U.S. as children to stay in the country under certain conditions, was shut down by the Trump Administration. ⚖️⚖️⚖️ But plaintiffs in the case say the administration's decision was "arbitrary and capricious." Since the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was created by President Obama's executive order in 2012, the Trump administration says it has the right to wind down the program. Some 660,000 immigrants are part of DACA. ⚖️⚖️⚖️ Head to the link in our bio to hear from a #PolkCounty woman who is in the DACA program and watching the case closely. PHOTOS by Sam Lisker, Spectrum News
"One word can change the way a person feels." That is what Gary King is trying to do — make people happy. King has been hanging "Happiness Signs" around St. Pete with the hopes of spreading cheer to others. This idea sparked from a tragedy King faced in 2012 when his son died by suicide. Hanging signs is his own form of therapy. "I chose to do whatever I can do, to make a difference in this world," King said. For more on King's story, click on the link in our bio. #happiness #spreadingcheer #positivity #inspire #motivation #goodworks
FOR LOVE OF COUNTRY: James Webb is as patriotic as they come. At the age of 39, Webb decided to sell his roofing business and move his family to Florida to join the Florida Air National Guard. Webb was sworn in 6 days before his 40th birthday, just barely making age the cutoff. Later this month, Webb will head to Texas for basic training. Thank you for your sacrifice to serve! Link in bio for the full story. #veteransday #militarymembers #usmilitary #service #armedforces #landofthefree #homeofthebrave #activeduty
PATRIOTIC SKYWAY BRIDGE: The Skyway Bridge was lit up in Red, White, & Blue overnight to honor those who have served and sacrificed for our freedoms. Thank you to all our military members who have served and are currently serving. #VeteransDay #usmilitary #armedforces #landofthefree #homeofthebrave #america #redwhiteblue #military #army #marines #airforce #navy #coastguard #veterans #activeduty
Survivors of #breastcancer and loved ones of those who have experienced it made #1BucPlace a lot pinker than usual. Sunday, hundreds ran the 7th annual Treasure Chests 5K and fun-run to benefit breast cancer research and the fight against the disease. After, these participants even scored free tickets to the @buccaneers’ game against the Cardinals. To read more about the event, head to the link in our bio.
A cool and windy sunrise Sunday morning with a cruise ship passing by at Tampa's Ballast Point Park. Thanks to Anita L. Davis-Crumbley for this great shot. Highs will be in the upper 70s with a northeast breeze. Winds will be lighter than Saturday. For the latest forecast, click the link in our bio. #bn9 #baynews9weather #ballastpoint #flaweather #tampabay #flwx #sunrise
People in the Bay Area are finding all kinds of ways to celebrate #VeteransDay. For Madeira Beach, the community did it in a way that makes most sense for it — a boat parade. 🇺🇸 At the 23rd annual boat parade, each boat was themed patriotic, honoring the men and women, past and present, who have served in the military. 🇺🇸 To learn more about the parade, head to the link in our bio. (📷 by reporter Ashley Paul)
Debbie G captured this great shot Saturday morning out at Honeymoon Island. It will be breezy, much cooler and drier. The cooler air and low humidity will last longer this time. For the latest forecast, click the link in our bio. #bn9 #baynews9weather #honeymoonisland #flaweather #tampabay #flwx
Burrrrr! It was the sound we all heard as kids when making a mistake in the game “Operation.” The 82-year-old Florida man who invented the game does his impression of the sound. And yes, John Spinello feels about it the same way we do!
Braden River Middle School students and staff paid tribute to our nation's #veterans during their 19th annual Flag Raising Ceremony Friday morning. Cadets participated in the ceremony, student musicians performed patriotic songs, and there was a guest speaker. The school also unveiled their new "Wall of Honor" with special quilts honoring our #veterans. Thank you to all those who have served and are serving! (Photos Courtesy of Manatee County School District)
Metropolitan Ministries gathered Thursday and prayed for what it says are 30,000 families who will “find hope, joy and a whole lot of love” at its Holiday Tent. For 37 years, the tents have served as a meeting place for people from all walks of life. Call 813-209-1000 to learn how to get involved.
Take a look at this spectacular sunrise over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Thursday morning. Thanks to Anita Davis-Crumbley for this great shot. A highly anticipated cool down is on the way for this weekend but we still have a couple days of warm, muggy weather to get through first. For the latest forecast, click the link in our bio. #bn9 #baynews9weather #sunshineskywaybridge #flaweather #tampabay #flwx #sunrise
Tampa Bay Buccaneers players visited MacDill Air Force Base Tuesday for a military appreciation event. The players met with members of the Air Force, performed Survival, Evasion, Resistance & Escape training and got to experience being hooked up to the parachute simulation. Video courtesy Tampa Bay Buccaneers. #buccaneers #baynews9 #BN9 #macdillafb
Our Washington D.C. Reporter @SamanthaJoRoth_ got to ride along with the U.S. Coast Guard's 7th District in the waters off Florida's coast. A crew of nearly 30 aboard the @USCG Cutter Paul Clark stand by, ready to find and corner vessels carrying narcotics. During this ride, the patrol crew caught wind of a potential vessel of interest, gearing up up to take action of their fast-response boat. To read the full story, head over to the link in our bio.
This never gets old! @pascosheriffsoffice Cpl. Hernandez and Dep. Ashley had a little fun with the students at the Boys and Girls Club at Chasco Middle School today! Watch as they "get down" to 'Git Up' by Blanco Brown. (Video Courtesy of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office) #gitupchallenge #pascodeputies #pascocounty #danceoff #kids #community
ELECTION DAY: Local elections are taking place today in 3 Bay Area counties. Are you voting today? If so, we want to see you wearing your 'I voted' sticker proudly! Take a pic and send it in! For more info on the candidates, amendments, & county resources, head to the link in our bio and click on the banner for on our 2019 Election Guide. 🗳🗳🗳 #localelections2019 #decision2019 #floridapolitics #vote #pinellas #manatee #polk
Our @samanthajoroth_ tours the USCGC Paul Clark, homeported in Miami, Fla., which patrols the Straits of Florida to combat drug smuggling and illegal immigration. Take a look:
1 DAY UNTIL ELECTION DAY: Cities in 3 Bay Area counties are holding elections tomorrow. Are you prepared? Get refreshed on the issues in your area and the candidates running for your local commission or city council. Know if you're even supposed to vote? Head to the link in our bio and click on the banner for our 2019 Election Guide for FAQs, candidate info, and county resources. #localelections2019 #decision2019 #floridapolitics #vote #pinellas #manatee #polk
2 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY: Have you heard of these myths and misconceptions when it comes to #elections and #voting? — Like bringing in things to help you vote or voting via email or text. We've debunked those for you below. 🗳🗳🗳 Need more info on your local elections or what's on the ballot, head to the link in our bio, then click on the banner for our 2019 Election Guide. #localelections #decision2019 #vote #pinellas #manatee #polk
Dozens of volunteers were up early Saturday morning to paint homes in Tarpon Springs. It was all part of Habitat of Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco’s third annual paint the block event presented by the Valspar Championship. Chrisi Sfero and her family couldn't believe it when they got a letter offering to have their house painted for free. "We feel really happy. It was almost too good to be true when they came knocking on our door we're like our house painted for free really?" Sfero said.
3 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY: Did you know there was an #election on November 5 in #Florida? A number of local races and amendments are up for a vote Tuesday in: ➡ Pinellas ➡ Manatee ➡ Polk Know if you're supposed to cast a ballot? Just ask your local elections office! You can find yours on the map ⬇ in our 2019 Election Guide. Just head to the link in our bio and click on the banner for our 2019 Election Guide.
4 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY: You may have heard some of these myths and misconceptions that persist when it comes to #elections and #voting — like no kids at polling places and not being allowed to wear campaign gear when you vote. We've debunked a few of those myths for you below. 🗳🗳🗳 For more myths, plus FAQs about voting and info on the candidates, head to the link in our profile, then click on the banner for our 2019 Election Guide. #vote #localelections2019 #decision2019 #pinellas #manatee #polk