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The Point, Sept. 16, 2019: Two Abandoned Gainesville Buildings Will Get New Life

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• Plans are becoming clear for two long-abandoned buildings around Gainesville. First, Prairie View Elementary School — closed since 2008 — will again serve Alachua County students and faculty as other schools undergo renovations in the coming years. And plans for another mid-rise luxury condominium for college students were announced on Saturday. This one will be in a former office building on Northwest 13th Street near Gainesville High School.

• The Alligator put together a helpful explainer about one of the more controversial topics among University of Florida students right now: An absence of blue emergency light poles near Fraternity Row. There’s a planned protest tomorrow night.

• Former UF football player Daniel Weldon is the chair of the Florida Federation of College Republicans. He’s had an interesting year in that role, having alleged a politically-charged attack over the summer outside a Gainesville restaurant and now escaping an impeachment attempt. (Florida Politics)

• The Florida Phoenix pointed out the hole in the doughnut of last week’s celebrated news of public university rankings, particularly Florida State’s large jump.


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Around the state today

• The Florida Senate today is going to discuss the factors that lead to mass shootings. (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)

• This is the frightening conclusion of Florida’s top emergency official: “Whatever the building code is in the state of Florida — and we have the best building code in the country — it was not built for Hurricane Dorian.” (Palm Beach Post)

• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is out with a plan to build flood gates and possibly buy out some Miami homes. (WLRN)

• State Attorney General Ashley Moody thinks a proposed ballot initiative for recreational marijuana is too complex to fit onto the ballot. (WFSU)

• The infamous 2017 shark-dragging case has ended with a misdemeanor plea deal. (Bradenton Herald)

• Weird one from Wellington: A Google Earth search led to the discovery of human remains within a submerged car. It was the body of a man missing since 1997. (WPTV)


From NPR News

• World: Bahamian Government Revises Number Of Missing After Dorian Down To 1,300

• World: Drone Attacks On Saudi Arabia Oil Plants Hit World’s Energy Supply, U.S. Says

• Business: UAW Goes On Strike Against General Motors

• National: Colorado City Eyes Solution To Local News Desert: Libraries

• Health: New York Set To Join Michigan In Banning Some E-Cigarettes

• Health: Health Experts: Trump Ban On Flavored E-Cigarettes Would Have Little Impact

• Health: New York AG Says Sacklers Transferred $1B From Pharma Accounts To Themselves

• Science: A Fire Lookout On What’s Lost In A Transition To Technology

• Politics: New Calls From Democrats To Impeach Supreme Court’s Kavanaugh

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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