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WUFT's Biggest Stories of 2017

Reader's picks for the biggest stories of 2017

WUFT.org's top 100 most read stories

These are the stories that led our website's traffic this year.

  1. Man Wearing Swastika Explains Why He Came To Turlington Plaza
  2. Hurricane Irma Updates For North Central Florida
  3. Horse Attacks Alligator At Paynes Prairie
  4. UF Greek Life Responds To Richard Spencer
  5. Record Number Applies To UF; Average Admission GPA Is 4.4
  6. Rope Tied Into Noose As Joke, UF Student Says
  7. Officials No Longer Anticipate I-75 Shutdown After Irma
  8. I-75 Southbound Lanes Blocked Due To Fatal Crash Near Micanopy
  9. 3 UF Students Among 15 Arrested In Sex Trafficking Sting
  10. Car Falls into Sinkhole from Flooding in Ocala
  11. Live Map — Total Solar Eclipse Crosses The U.S.
  12. State Buys Gilchrist’s Blue Springs Park For $5.25 Million
  13. Plane Wreckage, Second Body Found Off Of Cedar Key
  14. Live Blog: UF Prepares for Richard Spencer
  15. North Central Florida Avoids Severe Damage During Storm
  16. Gainesville Woman Arrested After Shooting Man At The Ridge
  17. Gainesville Police Reviewing Complaint Against Officer From Viral Photo
  18. Four Dead In Williston Plane Crash
  19. Hurricane Irma Updates For North Central Florida
  20. State Employee Pay Hikes On The Table
  21. Archer Road Motorcycle Crash Leaves Rider In Critical Condition
  22. ‘Do We Have To Fight Nazis Again?’ Professor Says Of Spencer At UF
  23. Gainesville’s Copper Monkey Sells On eBay For $80K
  24. In Photos: Demonstrators March At UF As Richard Spencer Speaks
  25. Holy Sea Cow! Florida Survey Finds Record Number Of Manatees
  26. Under Bill, Bright Futures Would Again Offer Full Tuition Coverage
  27. Michael Lambrix Executed After 33 Years on Florida’s Death Row
  28. Ultimate Towing’s Roam Towing Practices Attract Gainesville City Commission’s Attention
  29. Florida Woman Gives Chronic Fatigue Patients Hope
  30. NASA Live Stream: Total Solar Eclipse
  31. Q & A With Richard Spencer
  32. Key West Police Release Footage of UF Student Body President-Elect’s Arrest
  33. First Amendment Professor On Richard Spencer’s Right To Speak
  34. FEMA’s Craig Fugate, On His Replacement And Hatred For Bureaucracy
  35. Canine Influenza Virus Found In Florida For The First Time
  36. Raw Cookie Dough Bakery Opens Despite Changing Landscape Of West University
  37. Life On Death Row: Michael Lambrix Has Thrice Avoided Execution
  38. Puerto Rico Is Officially Bankrupt: What Does It Mean?
  39. Latest Updates On National Policy Institute Event
  40. Proposed Florida Bill Would Protect Drivers Who Unintentionally Hit, Kill Protesters
  41. Prehistoric Saber-Tooth Cat Skull Uncovered Near Williston
  42. Power Still Out? Here’s Why
  43. Illinois Retailer To Bring New Jobs To Gainesville, Ocala
  44. Tragic Love Triangle Is Sad For Lonely Rare Snail, Still Good For Science
  45. Gainesville Police Arrest Three In Shooting Following Alt-right Speech
  46. Fecal Contamination Closes Creek At Gainesville Park
  47. Growth Of Gainesville Neighborhoods Causes Concern Among Residents
  48. Alachua County Files Lawsuit Against Its Own Sheriff
  49. New Study Reclassifies Three Types of Florida Snake
  50. Richard Spencer At UF Today Causes Road, Business Closures
  51. Newell Hall Transformed For Students
  52. Yoho Answers To Contentious Town Hall Crowd That Ends With Protester Violence
  53. Gainesville Towing Company Wants To Drop ‘Spotters’ But Can’t
  54. Sabal Trail Pipeline Prevents Native American Funeral Ceremony
  55. National Policy Institute Takes Over Ticket Distribution For Richard Spencer
  56. $49K Is Missing From the Gainesville Regional Airport Parking Lot
  57. UF Students Call For Student Body President-Elect’s Resignation After Spring Break Arrest
  58. ‘That Place Is Cursed’: Tenants Revolve In, Out Of Downtown Gainesville Spots
  59. Find Out Florida: When Did Correctional Officers Last Receive A Raise?
  60. Highway 441 Still Flooded In Paynes Prairie
  61. Gainesville’s Newest Music Venue To Debut During Heartwood Music Festival
  62. One Dead In Tuesday Morning Plane Crash In Williston
  63. Police: UF Law Professor Arrested After Punching Teen
  64. WUFT’s Fanfares and Fireworks Welcomes The Duppies and Hedges to 2017 Line-up
  65. First Medical Cannabis Dispensary To Open In Gainesville
  66. After Veteran Incident, UF Frat Zeta Beta Tau Returns To Campus
  67. UF Housing Director Spent Thousands In Furniture Store, Employee Says
  68. Gainesvillians Document Irma’s Wrath On Social Media
  69. Brother Remembers UF Student Killed By Hit-And-Run Driver
  70. Gainesville Residents Still Recovering From Hurricane Irma
  71. Marion County Schools Make Time For More Instruction By Suspending Tests
  72. Can Cannabis Cure The Opioid Epidemic?
  73. Body Of Man In Interlachen Boat Accident Found
  74. UF Students React To Conservative Commentator’s Visit To Campus
  75. Gainesville’s Jewish Community Readying For Spencer At UF
  76. Body Found, As Search Is Called Off For Missing Plane Near Cedar Key
  77. The Standard Under FDOT Investigation For Size Problems
  78. Proposed Bright Futures Extension Could Mean More Summer Students
  79. GPD: Three Of Five Suspects In Custody After Attempted Murder Of Child, Death Of Her Father
  80. Florida Legislature Passes Bill to Strengthen Stand Your Ground Law
  81. Florida Voices: Vietnam Veterans | Scott Camil, Marine Corps, 1965 to 1967
  82. Police: Two Senior UF Housing Employees Stole $470K In Cash
  83. Fire Departments In Alachua County Dealing With Increasing Turnover Rates Due To Lower Salaries
  84. UF Students Prepare To March For Science
  85. Senate Bill Would Make Recess Mandatory for Florida Elementary Schools
  86. Forest Service Battles Wildfire In Ocala National Forest
  87. Find Out Florida: How Many Messages Has UF Received About Spencer Visit?
  88. Celebration Pointe Charges Higher Sales Tax
  89. Unable To Ride, Special-Needs Teen Fundraising For Custom Bike
  90. UF Journalism School Dean: ‘Our Obligation As Journalists’ To Cover Spencer
  91. What Tax Will Airbnb Pay To Alachua County?
  92. Alachua County Makes The FEMA List For Individual Assistance Post-Hurricane Irma
  93. Rape In Gainesville And The Fight Against It
  94. After 40 Years Serving Gainesville, Burrito Brothers To Close
  95. Floridians Should Expect Days Without Power
  96. Fla. Bill Would Require Mental Evaluation For Concealed Carry
  97. Gainesville Police Officer Suspended, Under Criminal Investigation
  98. John Morgan On If He Runs For Governor: Raise Wages, Restore Voting Rights
  99. South Florida Water Management Department Hires 25 Burmese Python Hunters
  100. ‘Above My Means’: Housing Near UF Swings Up In Rent, Amenities
Ethan is the Managing Editor in the Innovation News Center, home to WUFT News.He is a Pennsylvania native who found a home reporting Florida's stories. Reach him by emailing emagoc@wuft.org or calling 352-294-1525.