The Point, Oct. 14, 2019: Rainbow Crosswalks, Keynote Speakers And More In Gainesville Mark National Coming Out Day


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• Thirteen students from Colombia visited this community earlier this month to get a sense of Alachua County, its educational institutions and, yes, Gator football. “In Colombia, we like soccer,” one said, “and it’s very different.” (WUFT News)

• Friday marked National Coming Out Day, and here’s a recap of the events that took place on the University of Florida campus and in Gainesville. (WUFT News)

• Marion County’s school enrollment total has just this month reached the level where it was before the Great Recession began. (Ocala Star-Banner)

• Hurricane season is starting to wind down, and for now, there are no threats to this state. (Florida Storms)

• Maple Street Biscuit Company, which has two locations in Gainesville, is now owned by Cracker Barrel. (Florida Times-Union)

• The UF English professor whose prolific library book borrowing was publicized last week has been reprimanded by his department chair. (Gainesville Sun)

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Around the state today

• There was apparently no shooting at the Boca Raton Town Center Mall yesterday, though there was a loud bang in the food court and subsequent panic among the thousands there on lockdown. (WLRN)

• Florida Democrats held their state convention this weekend. No presidential candidates were in attendance, but the state chair said, “There’s tremendous excitement about what’s going on.” (AP)

• This is part of the political philosophy of the Florida Senate’s next president, Wilton Simpson: “It’s amazing what gets done in Tallahassee if you don’t have to take the credit.” (Tampa Bay Times)

• Panama City is pursuing federal funding to protect against hurricanes a year after Michael exposed some of its weaknesses. St. Augustine is in the midst of a similar project with the planning of a federally-funded seawall that could help prevent downtown flooding. (Panama City News Herald, St. Augustine Record)

• One of the struggles in Florida’s fight against the python has actually been lagging camera technology. That’s no longer the case. (Palm Beach Post)

• Staff at the Miami Seaquarium this past week have helped to nurse a manatee back to health after a boat propeller struck her. (FLKeysNews)

From NPR News

• Business: Troll Watch: Elizabeth Warren’s Facebook Ad

• World: Endangered By Turkish Offensive, U.S. Troops Prepare To Evacuate From Syria

• World: Former Ambassador To Ukraine Talks To Lawmakers

• World: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

• Politics: Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan Is Out

• National: Border Wall Rising In Arizona, Raises Concerns Among Conservationists, Native Tribes

• National: Columbus Day Or Indigenous Peoples’ Day?

• Books: In ‘Me,’ Elton John Pulls Back The Curtain On A Storied Life

• Health: Philadelphia Promotes Tap Water Amid National Distrust

About today’s curator

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