News at noon: Medical marjuana use on the rise; some of Florida's weirdest news of 2018 and more

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Published Dec. 28, 2018

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Medical marijuana use in Florida continues to grow

A new report shows the number of Floridians using medical marijuana continues to grow despite a rough rollout. The report, issued by the Physician Certification Pattern Review Panel, also shows that physicians in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Palm Beach counties accounted for more than 30 percent of the certifications between January and Sept. 30.

PolitiFact's top 10 fact-checks of 2018

Politifact asked and readers responded. The top 10 fact-checks of the year included Four Trump checks, three gun control checks and two on immigration. In no surprise, Pants on Fire ratings ranked highest among readers. Topics range from Trump's claims about Obama-era immigration policies to Beto O'Rourke's checkered past.

A face-licking politician, a gator-toting convenience store customer and lots of naked people made headlines in Florida in 2018

Some say it's because of generous open records laws, others simply call Florida America's Australia. Whichever way you slice it, some of the most, shall we say, unique news stories come out of Florida. We've compiled some of 2018's best, including some questionable behavior from politicians and, of course, plenty of nudity.

Could 'Doc' Webb's St. Pete house go the way of his mermaids, dancing chickens and World's Most Unusual Drug Store?

Before there was Walmart, Target and Costco, before suburban malls siphoned off shoppers from America's downtowns, Webb's City was the place where you could buy almost anything. Webb's City closed in 1979, a victim of changing consumer habits. Now there are fears that one of the few reminders of Doc Webb himself — his stately home — could be doomed, too.

USF offensive line coach Matt Mattox departing

Bulls offensive line coach Matt Mattox announced via Twitter that he is going to be the latest member of the team's coaching staff not set to return next season. Mattox instead will be joining former USF offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert at Division I-AA McNeese State. Mattox said he'll serve as Gilbert's offensive coordinator.

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