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• Yesterday was a heartwarming day in many Alachua County schools, where fathers and father figures went with their children to share a morning breakfast in cafeterias across the district. At one school, Gainesville police stood in to be with those whose fathers could not be there. (WUFT News)
• Florida’s 1st District Court of Appeal yesterday upheld the state’s “red flag” law in a case involving a Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office deputy and his firearms. (News Service of Florida)
• U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Gainesville, has shared his thoughts — “a complete waste of our time” — on the House’s formal impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. (Facebook)
• Tropical Storm Karen might yet make a loop in the Atlantic back toward Florida, but it could also dissipate before reaching the United States. (Florida Storms)
• The state is going to spend nearly $3 million on a conservation easement west of Palatka. (WJCT)
• When complaints are made against a Florida school superintendent, who has the power to investigate them? That’s the question between Heidi Maier and the Marion County School Board right now. (Ocala Star-Banner)
• Andrea Dutton was until recently a geochemist and paleoclimatologist at the University of Florida. She’s been named a 2019 MacArthur Fellow. (WJCT)
• Why r/GNV can be a neat corner of the internet: Someone was curious about what the old Gainesville Mall on Northwest 13th Street looked like. Others responded with about a dozen links to the spot now occupied by a Lowe’s.
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Around the state today
• The saga of suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is far from over, with the state Senate’s special magistrate recommending that he now be reinstated. The Senate will have final say next month. (WFSU)
• King tides weren’t supposed to hit the Keys until this weekend, but the saltwater showed up early on some streets. (WLRN)
• One of Florida’s unique educational opportunities — the “body farm” in Pasco County — might be coming to an end for University of South Florida students. (WUSF)
• “We really believe that getting this stuff through the bureaucracy quickly is important.” Gov. Ron DeSantis is happy with the millions of dollars so far distributed to Florida citrus farmers. (News Service of Florida)
• The Orlando Sentinel investigated who’s helping to write state legislation about online sales tax collection.
• St. Augustine might again have a carousel after the original was moved this month. (St. Augustine Record)
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