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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
• Business: UAW Goes On Strike Against General Motors