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The Point, Aug. 2, 2019: Gainesville’s Cost For School Resource Officers Is Set To Increase This School Year

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Today’s top stories

• The Gainesville City Commission took action on a pair of legal and public safety matters last night, first approving a contract for school resource officers for the coming year that’s about $200,000 more than what it paid last year. Commissioners also voted to monitor the litigation over Florida’s sanctuary cities law, though not formally join in that lawsuit. (WUFT News)

• An organization called Muslim Youth Gainesville this summer held a weekly summer camp, the only Muslim faith-based camp in the area. We spoke with the founder and a few parents who have been involved about their goals for the camp: “I hope they will learn some Islam but mostly that Muslims are their friends and their best support system.” (WUFT News)

Services for local World War II veteran Bob Gasche have been set for next week. (WCJB)

• This is Florida’s tax-free weekend for back-to-school shopping. (Florida Today)

• It’s going to be a rainy weekend in southeast Florida due to the approaching tropical wave, and there might be flooding. (WLRN)

• Tampa has had more than a quarter-million electric scooter trips in the two months since the program began. (Tampa Bay Times)

• Universal Orlando announced a major expansion to the south of its current parks near Interstate 4. (WMFE)

“Nobody was injured or in danger of being injured,” says the attorney for the woman who pleaded guilty to throwing a drink earlier this summer at U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, but she could still face up to a year in prison. (Pensacola News Journal)

• See the work of Gainesville blacksmith artist Leslie Tharp in this story or, most recently, at Green Acres Park. “There’s something similar to yoga and meditation that I find with being a blacksmith,” she says. (WUFT News)

• A correction from yesterday’s newsletter: A Washington Post story on Jeffrey Epstein was misattributed to the Sun Sentinel after it republished the piece.


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About Ethan Magoc

Ethan is a journalist at WUFT News. He's a Pennsylvania native who found a home reporting Florida's stories. Reach him by emailing emagoc@wuft.org or calling 352-294-1525.

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