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• Sherry Kitchens has led the Child Advocacy Center in Gainesville for 14 years and, during that time, has grown its budget fivefold. A child abuse victim herself, Kitchens told our reporter, “This is where I should have been brought to, but there wasn’t a place like that in the ‘80s.” (WUFT News)
• The Chemours Company will be mining for titanium on more than 800 acres of land in Bradford County. (WUFT News)
• Alachua County’s ordinance preventing anyone under 21 from buying tobacco goes into effect tomorrow, but not in Newberry. City commissioners there decided to opt out. (WUFT News)
• The condo market around the University of Florida campus and Gainesville earned a mention in this Business Insider story about parents buying them instead of paying dorm prices.
• UF this week is expected to release “distressing” results about sexual misconduct on campus, according to President Kent Fuchs. (The Alligator)
• The majority of the most recently approved portion of Wild Spaces and Public Places tax revenue will go to repairs and renovations on parks around Gainesville. (WUFT News)
• The story of when Tom Petty met Elvis Presley was one of several to reemerge this weekend during a celebration of the Gainesville native. (Gainesville Downtown)
• The Ocala Star-Banner had two more stories this weekend about the Summerfield murders — one about the suspect’s apparent confession and another on the events that led up to the death of Casei Jones and her four children.
• The next round of meetings about proposed toll roads through North Florida takes place this week. (WFSU)
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Around the state today
• Our region mostly saw rain and some wind gusts from Tropical Storm Nestor, but other parts of the state weren’t so fortunate. Tornadoes, storm surge, heavy rain and minor flooding all hit different parts of Florida. (Florida Storms)
• A report released two days after the firing of a Pasco County sheriff’s deputy describes what exactly transpired in a school cafeteria before and after his gun went off earlier this year. (WUFT News)
• U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney no longer wants to represent Southwest Florida in Congress. (Fort Myers News-Press)
• More action will be required on the Amendment 4 implementing legislation after a judge’s Friday decision about the felon voting rights law. (Florida Politics)
• King tides are very much part of life in South Florida, though they’re not yet showing up in tide forecasts. (WLRN)
• People affiliated with the Church of Scientology over the past two years quietly started buying up a large number of properties in downtown Clearwater, according to a new investigation from the Tampa Bay Times.
• “We have an issue with people not taking responsibility,” Florida Highway Patrol says, in hit-and-run crashes. There have been about 100,000 of them in the past two years. (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)
• Also in the past two years, state wildlife officials have been trying to break up a turtle poaching operation. (Fort Myers News-Press)
• The full extent of losing two decades of timber growth in the Panhandle has become clear, bringing “more than 200 small communities that depend on logging for jobs to the brink of financial ruin.” (Tallahassee Democrat)