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• Lake City follows Riviera Beach in becoming another Florida city to fall victim to a ransomware attack. It’s paying $490,000 in bitcoin to hackers to get back control of its phone and email systems. (Gainesville Sun)
• A group of six young people visited the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners’ meeting yesterday afternoon to express their concern over a proposed phosphate mine in nearby Bradford and Union counties. The group also recently spoke at commission meetings in Bradford and Gilchrist counties about the potential for widespread environmental damage stemming from the mine. (WUFT News)
• The Miami Herald sums up the goings-on so far around tonight and tomorrow night’s Democratic presidential debates in the city.
• South Florida NPR affiliate WLRN and five other Florida media outlets are teaming up to better cover climate change’s effects on the state. While WUFT isn’t formally part of the partnership, we’re also interested in continuing to cover this story. If you have specific curiosities or questions about climate change’s effects on our inland area, send them to us through our “Untold Florida” project.
• Those who have spent a day or two in St. Augustine have discovered what a joy parking there can be. City officials are now tinkering with parking rates and enforcement as part of an effort to improve mobility. (St. Augustine Record)
• The prospect of Florida leading the way in autonomous vehicle technology is exciting, right? Maybe less so after you read this analysis from Jalopnik.
• Saharan dust has made its way from Africa to Florida and will likely help keep storms from forming over the next week or so. (TCPalm)
• Gov. Ron DeSantis might veto a bill that would require lottery games to have warning labels on them beginning next year. The state lottery helps fund Florida’s education system, including scholarships. (Florida Phoenix)
• A doctoral student at the University of Florida hosted a popular AmA — or “ask me anything” Q&A — on Reddit. What animal encounter most scares him if he’s in the wild doing research? “…the last thing I want to run into is another person. I know why I’m out there, but I don’t know why they are. That’s scary.”
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