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Weekly COVID Update
Florida added 10,892 new cases of coronavirus over the last week from Nov. 26 to Dec. 2. The state's COVID-19 death toll is now at 61,701, up 153 from a week earlier. The total cases is at 3,697,523.

The health department reported 101,032 more Floridians were vaccinated in the week ending Thursday, which includes almost 21,000 children aged 5-11 in Florida who received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

More than 158,000 Florida children — about 9% of the almost 1.7 million 5-11 year old's in the state — have received a shot since the Pfizer vaccine was approved for them in November.

UWF's MyStory Griot Project: Steve Brown
The latest MyStory Griot Project is one about the “Desegregation in the South” — and one earth-shattering day in history — submitted by the Dean of CASSH Steve Brown. Read and listen to the story here.

The professors at the heart of a free speech controversy are seeking an injunction against UF
Alleging violations of First Amendment rights, six University of Florida professors on Friday asked a federal judge to issue an injunction against a policy at the center of a controversy about faculty members serving as expert witnesses. Read more here.

The Florida School Board Association drops national membership
School boards have been under fire, most recently, over backlash to school closures, mask-wearing, and teachings on history, racism, and sexual identity. Following a letter from the National School Boards Association to the Department of Justice asking for help in tamping down on threats leveled at board members, the Florida School Boards Association recently ended its membership with the national group. Read more here.

The environmental cost of holiday shopping
Consumer goods are integral to the economy, but it is possible for companies to continue to sell products without exacerbating to the cycle of overproduction and overconsumption. As you go holiday shopping, here are some tips and alternatives.