The Point, Jan. 15, 2019: Three Children Found Dead In Suwannee County Freezer


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• A tragedy unfolded Sunday night in Suwannee County when three children apparently trapped themselves inside an unplugged freezer and couldn’t escape. They were ages 1, 4, and 6. (WUFT News)

• This is the week when the Gainesville City Commission will make its final vote on whether to ban plastic bags and Styrofoam. (Gainesville Sun)

A woman reported being sexually assaulted at Santa Fe College on Sunday night, the first such occurrence there in more than a year. (The Alligator)

• Former University of Florida gymnastics coach Rhonda Faehn lasted less than a week in a consultant position at the University of Michigan before public outcry led to her firing. She was part of USA Gymnastics during the Larry Nassar scandal. (Detroit Free Press)

• A UF doctoral student helped build and launch a small satellite into orbit. (The Alligator)

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Around the state today

• Gov. Ron DeSantis has again gone to the 3rd District Court of Appeal in Miami for a Florida Supreme Court nominee. Judge Robert Luck is the governor’s second pick for the state’s highest court. (AP)

• Here’s the latest on DeSantis’ plans for perhaps easing medical marijuana regulation in Florida. (News Service of Florida)

• The SpaceX employees who work at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station have already been laid off as the company cuts its workforce nationwide. (Florida Today)

• Although the product has now been recalled, a toxic feed has led to the deaths of more than a dozen cattle across the state. (Lakeland Ledger)

Gas prices are beginning to creep back up. (Florida Today)

• Hospice providers do not want to be part of a statewide opioid database intended to prevent abuse. (WFSU)

• Inmates are back inside the Bay Correctional and Rehabilitation Facility for the first time since Hurricane Michael made it uninhabitable. (Panama City News Herald)

• If you’re keen on seeing “Hamilton” in Orlando starting a week from today, there’s a raffle to get tickets for $10 each. (Orlando Weekly)

News from NPR

• World: Activists Say 40 Detained And 2 Dead In Gay Purge In Chechnya

• World: Trump, Following Explosive News Reports, Denies He Worked For Russia

• Race: ‘Barely Treading Water’: Why The Shutdown Disproportionately Affects Black Americans

• Business: Federal Workers Struggle To Stretch Their Money As Shutdown Lingers

• Politics: Government Shutdown Leads To A Spike In Canceled Immigration Hearings

• National: In The Aftermath Of The Camp Fire, A Slow, Simmering Crisis In Nearby Chico

• Business: After Years Of Blockbuster Global Sales, Apple’s iPhone Hits A Slump

• Health: From Couch Potato To Fitness Buff: How I Learned To Love Exercise

About today’s curator

I’m Ethan Magoc, a news editor at WUFT. Originally from Pennsylvania, I’ve found a home telling Florida stories. I’m part of a team searching each morning for local and state stories that are important to you; please send feedback about today’s edition or ideas for stories we may have missed to

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