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The Point, Oct. 16, 2019: There’s A Disturbing Trend In Alachua County High School Math Scores

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• In both algebra and geometry, many Alachua County high school students fell from 2018 to 2019, and school district leaders are trying to figure out why — as well as how to fix these outcomes. (WUFT News)

• Celebration Pointe is the latest proposed site for a new Alachua County sports center. Other sites in East Gainesville and at the Cabot-Koppers Superfund site had been considered over the past few years, but a consultant has suggested to county commissioners that the newer development just west of Interstate 75 is the place. (WUFT News)

• In the same month as our story about the dental services provided at the ACORN Clinic in Brooker, there’s a federal report out ranking Florida among the worst states for patients’ access to dentists in rural areas. (WUFT News, Florida Phoenix)

• More construction in Gainesville means more rope rescues like the one firefighters had to perform yesterday on University Avenue. (WCJB)

• There are now construction timelines for each of Gainesville’s five announced Wawa locations. The first two should open in April. (WUFT News)


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Around the state today

• Florida’s next generation of Republican leadership isn’t “so much in denial” about climate change, a veteran state senator says. Still, Democrats are lamenting a “lost decade” during which the state could have done more to prepare. (News Service of Florida)

• Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission members want sheriff’s offices around the state training armed school employees, instead of private companies. (AP)

• About a third of new HIV diagnoses in Florida are within the Hispanic and Latino communities. State and federal health officials are trying to combat the problem. (WFSU)

The rising level of THC in marijuana products has some concerned about the possible legalization of its recreational use in Florida. (Florida Politics)

• Different agencies in the same community sometimes take very different approaches to document redactions. (Florida Times-Union)

• It was a popped balloon that caused the panic at a Boca Raton mall over the weekend. (Palm Beach Post)

• The federal prison in Marianna has been closed for repairs since Hurricane Michael, and it doesn’t appear likely to reopen until next August. (Northwest Florida Daily News)

• If you’ve ever wondered about St. Petersburg’s green benches, this trip to the Florida Memory Blog explains their history.


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About Ethan Magoc

Ethan is a journalist at WUFT News. He's a Pennsylvania native who found a home reporting Florida's stories. Reach him by emailing emagoc@wuft.org or calling 352-294-1525.

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