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• The Baughman Center on the University of Florida campus was filled last night with people mourning the loss of an international doctoral student who died by suicide last month. Huixiang Chen’s mother was there and said she still sends him a text message each day. (The Alligator)
• The man accused of stealing thousands of dollars from Gainesville Regional Airport more than two years ago turned down a plea agreement yesterday and plans to stand trial later this year. (WUFT News)
• Burglars are breaking into dozens of unlocked vehicles in Marion County. (Ocala Star-Banner)
• Gainesville is getting its fifth medical marijuana dispensary on Tuesday — this one near Krispy Kreme on NW 13th Street. (Gainesville Sun)
• One of Duke Energy’s new 74.9-megawatt solar projects is in Gilchrist County. (News Service of Florida)
• If you’ve ever wondered about the origin of Alachua and some other Florida county names, the Palm Beach Post has it covered.
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Around the state today
• The Palm Beach County schools superintendent says it’s “the totality of events” that a principal there has caused that led to his recommended firing. (Palm Beach Post)
• It’s hard to plan for a project as large as preparing Florida for climate change, a state representative tells the Miami Herald, “when we don’t have a price tag on what it’s going to cost.”
• Flesh-eating bacteria has made for recent headlines from Florida beaches, but it’s an ancient problem. (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)
• From making arrests to being arrested: A Jackson County deputy is accused of planting drugs on motorists. Many of the cases in which he made arrests have since been dropped. (Tallahassee Democrat)
• Florida is still likely to miss the worst of the storm expected to become Hurricane Barry, but Pensacola is going to see dangerous surf for a few days. (Pensacola News Journal)
• The state is going to find a new SunPass contractor after it found Conduent not up to the job on a contract worth hundreds of millions of dollars. (Tampa Bay Times)
• Key West can be great to visit, but it becomes less attractive as a place to live when you have to travel hours to receive treatment for a medical condition like these people did. (WLRN)
• Six companies involved in the failed construction of the Florida International University bridge are settling in a lawsuit that the victims and their families had filed. (Miami Herald)
• The Fort Myers News-Press analyzed the suicides that have happened at Florida gun ranges over the past decade, with three recently occurring in Naples.
• Boats are striking and killing manatees in Florida more often this year than last. (GateHouse)
• The governor has formally asked officials at the U.S. Capitol to replace the statue of a Confederate soldier with one of a civil rights activist and educator. (Florida Phoenix)