In the News: Beer Can Pole in Capitol, Panther Shot Dead, Red Sea to Fill Dead Sea
Festivus pole to go up in Florida Capitol rotunda – In protest of the presence of a Christmas nativity scene, a Festivus pole made from empty beer cans will be placed on the first floor rotunda of the Florida Capitol building. Festivus, a fictional holiday created by the sitcom “Seinfeld” was made as a “festival for the rest of us” during the Winter holiday season. Orlando Sentinel
Panther shot dead on Big Cypress Preserve – A Florida Panther was found dead on a federal preserve Saturday. The endangered panther was illegally shot in Big Cypress National Preserve. Federal officials have opened a criminal investigation, and the criminal if discovered, could face up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine. Tampa Bay Times
Israel, Jordan and Palestinians Sign Water Project Deal – An agreement signed Monday between Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian officials has called for a desalination plant in Jordan that will help refill the disappearing Dead Sea. The plant will suck billions of gallons of water from the Red Sea and convert it into drinking water, and the rejected extremely salted water from the Red Sea will be pumped back into the Dead Sea. Washington Post
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Gainesville’s annual Labor Day event, Labor Daze Fest, attracted visitors for fun as well as for political conversation. Minimum wage and labor unions were among the topics some attendees hoped to hear more about.
National Report, a satirical news website, drew attention to the Williston Police Department after publishing an article about a deal made with Walmart to supply the town with a new, privatized police force. Williston PD pointed out the satirical nature of the story on Facebook.
A plan, under development, would allow the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office to supervise Waldo police operations after allegations that the former chief and interim chief established illegal ticketing quotas.
A risqué picture attributed as picturing some members of the University of Florida Alpha Omicron Pi sorority surfaced on Twitter this week. UF officials have not confirmed the image pictures members of the sorority, but they believe it does.