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Today’s top stories
• The second episode of our Untold Florida podcast series focuses on the dome-like structures with overgrown weeds outside Dunnellon Florida. A reader named Caroline asked about their origin and abandonment. Listen to what our reporter found or send us a curiosity you have about where you live.
• A suspected gas explosion on Saturday injured 23 people at a Broward County strip mall. “As bad as it is,” a deputy fire chief told the Miami Herald, “it could have been a lot worse.”
• Since losing the state attorney general’s race last fall, Sean Shaw began a group that’s trying to help felons regain their voting rights now that state law allows them to do so. There’s an ongoing legal battle on that front, too, which won’t likely be wrapped up in time for any local elections this fall. (Tallahassee Democrat)
• The Volusia County School Board is borrowing $100 million to speed up the process of improving its school buildings. (Daytona Beach News-Journal)
• A school principal in Boca Raton caused an uproar when he told a student’s parent that he couldn’t “say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event because I am not in a position to do so as a school district employee.” He hasn’t been formally disciplined by the district there. (Palm Beach Post)
• The News Service of Florida tried to use public records to get a full accounting of the cabinet’s trip to Israel in May, but they’re not all available yet.
• Public records that are available now show Alachua and Marion county commissioners’ most recent reported net worths. (Gainesville Sun)
• A 10-year-old in Palm Beach County was wiser than adults when it came to helping to save baby sea turtles in their nest last week. (Palm Beach Post)
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