The Point, Aug. 1, 2019: It’s August, And The Atlantic Is Getting More Active


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Today’s top stories

• Today marks the start of a more active part of the Atlantic hurricane season, and already there’s a possible system that could develop this weekend. (Florida Storms)

• Hundreds of dockless electric scooters could be in Gainesville by year’s end, a new transportation addition that the Gainesville Sun writes will be a test of “residents’ maturity and patience.”

• There’s disagreement in the Florida Cabinet over whether the state should appeal a circuit judge’s ruling blocking a state gun law that Gainesville had been helping to challenge. (Tallahassee Democrat)

• A University of Florida professor is developing a sensor system called “iCoast” to help find threats to the state’s coastline. (The Alligator)

• Marion County schools are working to make all their paper files digital, but school board members have concerns and don’t want to see the original documents shredded just yet. (Ocala Star-Banner)

Here’s more recap via NPR News of last night’s Democratic debate.

• The Sun Sentinel reported a story about how President Donald Trump and financier Jeffrey Epstein were friends until they weren’t — possibly because of a fight over a mansion.

“People are confusing celebrations and events and activities with instruction.” Florida law has required schools to teach African American history for 25 years, but it’s not clear if that’s happening in every district. (Florida Phoenix)

• Photographs up to a century old are worth a look in this history of Florida’s watermelon trains. (Florida Memory Blog)

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From NPR News

• Business: Fed Cuts Interest Rates For 1st Time Since 2008

• Business: No U.S.-China Trade Deal Yet; Talks To Resume In September

• World: Hamza Bin Laden, Son Of Osama Bin Laden, Is Reported Dead

• Race: A New Trump Rule Could Weaken A Civil Rights Era Housing Discrimination Law

• National: Hawaii Extends Thirty Meter Telescope Permit Amid Protests

• Politics: Historian Discusses Recording Of Reagan’s Racist Comments Made To Nixon

• Health: Trump Administration’s Prescription Drug Importation Plan Is Likely To Face Challenges

About today’s curator

I’m Ethan Magoc, a news editor at WUFT. Originally from Pennsylvania, I’ve found a home telling Florida stories. I’m part of a team searching each morning for local and state stories that are important to you; please send feedback about today’s edition or ideas for stories we may have missed to

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