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Today’s top stories
• For the second time this decade, the South Florida Sun Sentinel won journalism’s highest honor: the Pulitzer Prize for public service. The publication’s coverage of the Parkland shooting and its aftermath earned the judges’ approval, and a pair of Florida newspapers — the Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times — were finalists in other Pulitzer Prize categories. (Sun Sentinel, Miami Herald)
• Not long before the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris began burning yesterday afternoon, the son of a Jacksonville Fire and Rescue employee had visited the historic structure. He then shot video of the blaze from nearby: “Watching this monumental landmark fall to pieces after it had been standing for close to a thousand years was just heartbreaking.” (Florida Times-Union)
• At a panel discussion on transgender health last night at the University of Florida, one doctor remarked, “This is the only clinic where people cry tears of joy when they get to take shots.” Part of the event and the related research focused on gathering physiological research on the effects of hormone therapy. (WUFT News)
• Gov. Ron DeSantis is pushing for more free speech protection on Florida’s public university and college campuses. He is backing all types of speeches unless they promote “threats or defamation.” (Tallahassee Democrat)
• After a year-long battle, a jury found a Martin County Commissioner not guilty. What started in 2014 as a public records dispute is now finished and those involved are at ease, for the most part. (Palm Beach Post)
• The 28th person has been caught in the Jupiter Day Spa scandal and it happens to be the third woman. She is facing one felony count of deriving support from the proceeds of prostitution and eight misdemeanor counts of offering to commit prostitution. She is being held on a $5,000 bail. (Palm Beach Post)
• Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is looking for a few strong female swimmers to earn $12 an hour as mermaids. (WJCT)
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