The Point, July 9, 2019: How A Newspaper’s Reporting Played A Role In Jeffrey Epstein’s Arrest


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The Children’s Burn Camp of North Florida kicked off its week of adventure yesterday at the Florida State Fire College in Ocala. Camp Amigo was made for kids who have physical or emotional scars from burns. (WUFT News)

The UF Innovation District is expanding to work with the Gainesville chamber of commerce in order to grow more startup businesses from UF technologies and help them become larger companies. The expansion is focused on creating an inclusive environment (The Alligator)

The $12,000 Marion County received in election security funding may not seem like a lot considering Orange and Volusia counties got more than 25% of the $2.3 million. The funds awarded to the counties this year are the unspent balance of each county’s original grant dollars that were awarded last summer. (The Ocala Star-Banner)

The Tijuana Flats on Archer Road is relocating to Butler Plaza. The restaurant closed Sunday and will reopen at its new location Monday. (The Alligator)

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Around the state today

• The Miami Herald’s 2018 report on Jeffrey Epstein’s questionable punishment in a previous case received mention by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney for playing a role in bringing the new sex trafficking charges against the multimillionaire this week in New York.

The Spanish River High School principal who said the Holocaust is not a factual historical event was removed from the school. He will be reassigned to a district position. (Palm Beach Post)

• According to the National Hurricane Center, there’s an 80% chance a tropical depression will form in the Gulf of Mexico this week, possibly becoming Tropical Storm Barry. (AP)

The Bunnell City Commission in Flagler County will revisit the decision it made in May to close down the city’s only cold weather shelter for the homeless. (WJCT)

A Volusia County courthouse deputy was suspended for texting the prosecutors in a DUI trial follow-up questions for witness cross-examination. Deputy Robert Campbell then lied to the judge when asked about texting the prosecutors during the trial. (Daytona Beach News-Journal)

• We gained more insight into last week’s story on Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried’s increased net worth over the past year as she won election to that office. She and her significant other jointly purchased a house with cash. (News Service of Florida)

• Following the U.S. Women’s National Team’s win, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor called for U.S. Soccer to eliminate its gender pay gap. (Florida Politics)

In an effort to help shoppers make better-informed decisions, Publix is adding new labels to its seafood. Publix is working with the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership and Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative to determine which seafood gets the special label. (Tampa Bay Times)

A 16-foot Burmese Python was discovered in the Everglades on Sunday. The snake weighed 165 pounds and is one of the largest ever found in Florida. (Miami Herald)

From NPR News

• National: ICE Uses Facial Recognition To Sift State Driver’s License Records, Researchers Say

• National: The Psychological Effects Of Earthquakes Are Just As Real As The Physical Effects

• National: $15 Minimum Wage Would Boost 17 Million Workers, Cut 1.3 Million Jobs, CBO Says

• National: Texas To Ask Federal Appeals Court To Pull The Plug On Obamacare

• World: How A Grocery Store’s Plan To Shame Customers Into Using Reusable Bags Backfired

• World: U.N. Human Rights Office Says It’s Concerned About Treatment Of Migrants In The U.S.

• Health: Drug Prices Can Take A Surprising Turn When A Poor Country Gets Richer

About Jasmine Dahlby

Jasmine is a reporter for WUFT News who can be reached by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing

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