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Today’s top stories
• Our “Untold Florida” podcast this week is a story at the intersection of local history and family genealogy. Sam Goforth has been exploring his great, great grandfather’s past in Alachua County. He was a man named Luther Columbus Gracy, and for a time there was a town named Gracy. Here’s what he’s found. (WUFT News)
• From its initial investigation last year into Jeffrey Epstein’s lenient sentence through his death by suicide this weekend, the Miami Herald’s investigative journalism on the man and his crimes has remained essential reading. There might be additional fallout for some of the powerful people connected with him, and it’s not yet clear what will become of his assets following his death.
• The additional heat in weather going forward will mean more powerful storms. WLRN tried to find out if those are here now or not, and heard from a NOAA researcher about the gloomy possibilities for Florida: “What’s going to happen when it really starts to show up? If those projections are right, then we’re really in trouble.”
• Gainesville and Alachua County commissioners are again at odds on a local project, this time the funding of certain homeless services. (Gainesville Sun)
• People turned in 143 guns to Gainesville police at a buyback event this weekend. (WCJB)
• More children with autism in Volusia County were Baker Acted during each of the past five years. (Daytona Beach News-Journal)
• Florida prison inmates are not allowed to read some 20,000 books banned by the Department of Corrections. (Tallahassee Democrat)
• This story about an Okaloosa Island man and his dog is both heartwarming and heartbreaking. Tank the German Shepherd has helped his owner through tough times and now has a degenerative condition himself. (Northwest Florida Daily News)
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