1. Alligator trapper Phil Walters (standing) and a colleague remove an alligator from the Hillsborough River at Water Works Park in Tampa earlier this month.
  2. Flu has spiked earlier than usual this season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The H3N2 strain of influenza A is dominant.
  3. 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.
  4. Landlord Lisa Tamplin, 64, of Trinity, right, along with her tenant Amanda Snyder, 33, and Snyder’s daughter Arya Snyder, 6, pose for a photo Monday, Nov. 21, 2022 at Snyder’s home in Holiday. A Pasco County Man is facing charges for trying to sell a home that wasn’t his.
  5. Saryah Marryshow, 13, works on a shooting drill with other students during a charity basketball camp at Chasco Middle School on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Port Richey.
  6. 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.
  7. Christmas Town at Busch Gardens in Tampa a variety of colorful elements.
  8. 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.
  9. Shadow and Stella are two of many animals hoping to find "fur"ever homes.
  10. 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.
  11. Randy Petersilge, 55, was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole on Thursday after a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder for beating Simon Clarke to death on Nov. 28, 2001.
  12. Tampa Bay region hospitals received passing grades for patient safety in new rankings released this week by Leapfrog.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Dr. Seetha Lakshmi, center foreground, works with a multidisciplinary team during rounds in the 2D COVID-19 unit at Tampa General Hospital. Many hospitals began relaxing masking rules in the past month after new guidance from the CDC.
  16. 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.
  17. Tony Karlhofer of Largo places flowers near a makeshift memorial for Deputy Michael Hartwick at the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office headquarters in Largo on Sept. 23. BayCare Health System is hosting free grief support sessions before Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  18. 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.
  19. Land O' Lakes neighbors have been posting signs, gathering petitions and organizing to oppose a 109-home development on Hale Road. Pasco commissioners voted unanimously against the project on Tuesday.
  20. Pasco County Administrator Mike Carballa tells the Pasco County Commission that he has recommended John J. Murphy as the new assistant administrator for public safety on Tuesday. The commissioners agree.
  21. A rendering of Peak Surf Park which owner Tony Miller is looking to bring to Tampa Bay.
  22. A sign in Rapid City, South Dakota, encourages people to vote in favor of Amendment D, a measure to expand Medicaid eligibility for state residents. The measure passed with 56% support, buoying supporters of expansion in Florida who believe the Sunshine state could follow the same path.
  23. 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.
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