The Point, Oct. 7, 2019: Will A New Contract Help Solve The Gainesville Police Officer Shortage?


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• In the weeks leading up to Gainesville police officers getting a new contract with the city, one of our reporters rode with Cpl. Farrah Lormil during one of her Saturday night shifts. Lormil is in charge of patrolling the city’s Downtown and Midtown areas. Our resulting story allows you to see the highs and lows of a city cop’s night on the beat. (WUFT News)

Expect this week to be one of the past year’s more contentious on the University of Florida campus. Plans are underway for a protest surrounding Donald Trump Jr.’s Thursday night speech at the University Auditorium. (The Alligator)

• Improved mental health care access is one goal of the Veterans Affairs expansion planned for Gainesville and Ocala. (Gainesville Sun)

• The new Gainesville city manager will earn a higher salary than the previous one. (WCJB)

• President Donald Trump’s visit to Florida last week included a surprise in Ocala for the commander-in-chief: A photo from when he was a 12-year-old Little Leaguer in Forest Hills, N.Y. Here’s more on the trip from our reporter who was in The Villages. (Bay News 9, WUFT News)

Paul Broadie II is Santa Fe College’s next president. (Gainesville Sun)

• Accomplished Gainesville author Lauren Groff has taken an interest in the work of Nancy Hale and wants you to know about her, too. (NPR News)

• The Tampa Bay Times wanted to know who’s in support of the state’s proposed toll roads, so they looked at the public comments the project has garnered so far. Those who would likely benefit from the construction of the roads are largely alone in that category.

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Around the state today

• There’s a hearing today in a Tallahassee federal courtroom over the lawsuit that challenges how the legislature and governor went about implementing Amendment 4, which restores felons’ voting rights. (WLRN)

• Curious about how the state’s elected members of Congress might shape the impeachment battle to come? The Florida Phoenix spoke with several.

A pair of St. Augustine politicians are headed to Washington later this month to discuss sea level rise and flooding. (St. Augustine Record)

• Hurricane Irma might seem like a distant memory to many in Florida, but that’s not the case in The Keys, where U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio visited on Friday. (FLKeysNews)

The Miami Herald details one inmate’s effort to make a secret documentary inside Martin Correctional Institution.

• Florida Senate President Bill Galvano isn’t against talking about gun violence solutions during the 2020 session. (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)

• Might Florida’s two most recent governors have their eyes on the 2024 presidential election? If so, an odd battle is already beginning. (Politico)

• Some Disney World visitors had a very late Saturday night when the park’s new gondola ride got stuck. (Orlando Sentinel)

An Orlando-area state representative wants to keep dogs and other pets out of breweries. (News Service of Florida)

From NPR News

• World: At Least 42 Dead After Days Of Violent Protests In Iraq

• World: Ecuador In State Of Emergency: End Of Fuel Subsidies Sparks Mass Protests

• World: In Major Policy Shift, U.S. Will Stand Aside As Turkish Forces Extend Reach In Syria

• Politics: 2nd Whistleblower With Direct Knowledge Of Ukraine Call Steps Forward, Lawyer Says

• Politics: Supreme Court To Take On Abortion

• Politics: Troll Watch: Impeachment Inquiry Unleashes U.S.-Driven Disinformation

• Business: Hiring Steady As Employers Add 136,000 Jobs; Unemployment Dips To 3.5%

• Business: Microsoft Says Iranians Tried To Hack U.S. Presidential Campaign

• Art & Design: The Lasting Legacy Of Bob Ross And His Colorful World Of ‘Happy Accidents’

About today’s curator

I’m Ethan Magoc, a news editor at WUFT. Originally from Pennsylvania, I’ve found a home telling Florida stories. I’m part of a team searching each morning for local and state stories that are important to you; please send feedback about today’s edition or ideas for stories we may have missed to

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