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• About 40 former inmates, their loved ones and prison reform advocates protested this weekend outside Lowell Correctional Institution in Ocala — the state’s largest women’s prison. They were there to decry a recent beating within its walls that left an inmate nearly dead, according to a lawsuit filed in the case. (WUFT News)
• It was a weekend of up and down news for the University of Florida. U.S. News & World Report bumped the university up a spot to No. 7 on its list of top public universities. The Gainesville Sun dropped an investigation into the high costs of a freshman orientation program. And the state’s governor announced he’s going to visit this morning for some sort of announcement, The Alligator reports.
• Using money from a sales tax, the City of Gainesville is ready to begin renovations on an eastside community center. There’s a meeting tomorrow night to discuss the specifics. (WUFT News)
• The developer of Ocala’s new World Equestrian Center is paying $1,000 to settle a case of gopher tortoise burrow destruction. (Ocala Star-Banner)
• Outgoing Santa Fe College President Jackson Sasser will deliver one last state of the college speech this week in Starke. (The Alligator)
• Gainesville band Morningbell spoke with us ahead of its upcoming Friday night performance at Bo Diddley Plaza.
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Around the state today
• If you’ve been affected by the images coming out of the Bahamas in the past week, here are some of the many local organizations that are trying to help Hurricane Dorian survivors there. (Miami Herald, WUFT News)
• About 1,500 Bahamians arrived via cruise ship this weekend in West Palm Beach. (NPR News)
• The next storm that Floridians should watch is Tropical Storm Humberto, which could move toward the state in the next week. (Orlando Sentinel)
• “I think that we are at the point where we can now officially start saying hurricane climate is changing. We’re watching it happen.” That’s the conclusion of a Louisiana State University professor. (WJCT)
• A Pensacola brewery owner decided to troll St. Augustine with some revisionist history on an airplane banner on its 454th birthday this weekend. (St. Augustine Record)
From NPR News
• Science: India Spacecraft Located, Condition Unknown