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Today’s top stories
• A lack of black-themed films in Gainesville theaters sparked a petition from a pair of University of Florida professors to Regal Cinemas, which owns the city’s three first-run theaters. “Today, there are many more diverse movies being produced,” their letter reads. “However, we cannot support them as a community if they are not shown on our screens.” (WUFT News)
• Gainesville hasn’t heard much from former mayor Ed Braddy since he was voted out of office in 2016, but he’s now set to lead the Alachua County Republican Party. (Gainesville Sun)
• The federal agency managing the Homestead facility for migrant children is limiting the number of children there ahead of hurricane season in case an evacuation is required. (Miami Herald)
• There are now well over 2 million valid concealed weapon permits in Florida, according to the latest numbers from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ licensing division. (WUFT News)
• “We’ve talked about it since this bill has been passed, and we don’t see an issue.” Parking at UF’s Reitz Union for early voting in 2020 will likely not be a problem. (The Alligator)
• Officials leading the 2020 census are recruiting people to help with the count in their local neighborhoods. (Ocala Star-Banner)
• The problems at some Florida state prisons reportedly extend beyond a video posted over the weekend that shows corrections officers in Lake County beating a prisoner. Lawmakers are touring some facilities to find out more. (Florida Phoenix)
• Former Gators football star Tony Joiner has pleaded not guilty in a 2016 murder case. (Fort Myers News-Press)
• “You can teach Plato under a tree” is the Florida education commissioner’s stated philosophy when it comes to his opposition to taxes that would help repair and upgrade Duval County schools. (Florida Politics)
• A driver in Daytona Beach found a new way to stay cool with this unique air conditioning rig. (Digg/YouTube)
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