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Today’s top stories
• Carrying signs with slogans like “don’t be a fossil fool,” about 100 demonstrators stood outside Gainesville City Hall on Friday afternoon to advocate for change during next week’s United Nations Climate Action Summit. (WUFT News)
• We don’t yet know for sure whether one of the latest tropical developments — Tropical Storm Karen — will spin back out into the Atlantic. (Florida Storms)
• An Ocala police officer, Daniel Wagner, was killed while off-duty and riding his motorcycle late last week. (Ocala Star-Banner)
• Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell continues to win her legal battle against the county commissioners over how precisely she can control her annual budget. (Gainesville Sun)
• “We need to stop being afraid of words like ‘climate change’ and ‘sea level rise.’” That’s part of the message from the next Republican speaker of the Florida House. (WFSU)
• It’s taken three years, but the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has finished processing the backlog of sexual assault kits. (WJCT)
• Florida’s new Division of Emergency Management director gave an interview to the News Service of Florida and compared Hurricanes Dorian and Andrew. “While we have the strongest building code in the country, the building code was not made for Dorian. It was made for Andrew. And Dorian had 20 mph more sustained winds than Andrew.”
• The economic effect of the nation’s climate retreat from places like The Keys could be similar to that of the housing crash a decade ago. (Bloomberg)
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