1. Seniors, individuals with underlying conditions such as heart or lung disease, and those with weakened immune systems are more likely to become seriously ill from cases of COVID-19, flu and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV.
  2. Jo Dyke tests the lights on the branch of a cherry blossom tree. The LED lights can be programmed to display different colors. The cherry blossom trees will be pink.
  3. Christmas Town at Busch Gardens in Tampa a variety of colorful elements.
  4. COVID-19 testing site workers register and test patients for the virus at Hillsborough Community College’s Brandon campus on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022. Ahead of the winter holidays, new subvariants are causing some concern, and bivalent booster uptake is low.
  5. Shadow and Stella are two of many animals hoping to find "fur"ever homes.
  6. CVS Health began selling its own bundled STD kit in October, priced at $99.99. Unlike most home kits, CVS’ version is available in stores. But health care companies are urging the federal government to greenlight at-home testing kits that could vastly multiply the number of Americans testing for STDs.
  7. A biologist from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium helps a recently hatched sea turtle find its way from the beach to the water. While sea turtle nests are up this year, the aquarium reported an alarming number of times the hatchlings were confused by artificial lights and headed to hotels and garages instead of the ocean.
  8. Adriana Novoa, a USF professor, and Sam Rechek, an undergraduate student filed a lawsuit calling for an end to Florida's Stop WOKE Act. A judge has granted a preliminary injunction against the law at Florida colleges and universities.
  9. In this 2018 photo, a bonnethead shark swims in a tank at the Mote Marine Aquarium in Sarasota. The aquarium houses manatees, sharks, sea turtles and otters. Visitors can explore touch pools, hands-on exhibits and windows into the real research being done by scientists in the Mote Marine Laboratory.
  10. University of South Florida President Rhea Law said during interviews for her job that hiring a new provost would be one of her top priorities.
  11. Gary Jean Schryver, 61, was fatally shot on Saturday by a Hernando County Sheriff's Office deputy who was sent to arrest him on felony charges of grand theft and trafficking in stolen property.
  12. Lauren Lemasters directs a question to Sen. Ben Sasse during a University of Florida board of trustees on Nov. 1, 2022, in Gainesville. The resolution to impeach her will not be moving forward after a nine-member committee voted it down.
  13. Grocery prices have risen some 13 percent, according to government reports, and bird flu has made turkey prices soar. But there are ways to curb your spending without curbing your appetite for a hearty Thanksgiving meal.
  14. A volunteer in 2020 takes turkeys and other meats from the freezer to distribute during the food drive and food distribution operation at Metropolitan Ministries' holiday tent in Tampa.
  15. Willie Nelson will perform March 3 at the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City.
  16. Hillsborough County commissioner Pat Kemp, District 6, pictured during a meeting as the Environmental Protection Commission is considering a proposal to build a yard waste incinerator in Lutz near Idlewild Baptist Church, at the County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022 in Tampa.
  17. A man died in Hernando County when deputies tried to serve a warrant, authorities said. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating.
  18. People held up signs during a joint meeting of the Florida Board of Medicine and the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine on Nov. 4, 2022. The boards established new rules blocking medical treatments for transgender youth.
  19. Frida and Gangster are two of many animals hoping to find "fur"ever homes.
  20. The virtual reality therapy room is marked at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019.
  21. Classes in public schools around Tampa Bay are canceled for Thursday in anticipation of Hurricane Nicole.
  22. Sen. Ben Sasse listens to public comments during a University of Florida board of trustees meeting on Nov. 1, where he was selected as the school's next president. The state Board of Governors confirmed the pick on Wednesday at its meeting in Tampa.
  23. Hernando County school buses are seen in this 2019 file photo. Hernando officials announced Tuesday that schools will be closed on Thursday due to concerns about buses being on the road during high winds from Tropical Storm Nicole.
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