The Point, Oct. 24, 2019: The Numbers Behind Alachua County’s Free Supper Program


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• Alachua County students can now eat free suppers at three additional locations — A.L. Mebane Middle School, Oak View Middle School and Reichert House Youth Academy. Nearly half a million such meals were served during the last school year. (WUFT News)

It once had a thriving sports program, but the Town of Micanopy has been without much of one for years now. With $34,000 left over from the previous public parks sales tax, town leaders are going to improve their sports complex with hopes for a resurgence. (WUFT News)

“What I’m trying to find is a job with a flexible schedule and prove to myself that I can take care of the kids and work.” Job seekers like Robert Quinney came to Propel GNV’s job fair yesterday for a variety of reasons, with employers keen on filling positions in manufacturing, advanced manufacturing, and logistics. (WUFT News)

• More than 6,000 University of Florida students completed a survey about sexual misconduct on campus, and an associate vice president tells The Alligator, “The survey results solidify that a culture change needs to be made.”

• Butler Town Center in the spring will welcome an outdoor goods store, the REI Co-Op. (Gainesville Sun)

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will co-teach a class at UF in January. (The Alligator)

What’s with the blue buckets seen in some Gainesville neighborhoods this Halloween? One of our reporters has the story. (WUFT News)

Colorful crosswalks now grace certain downtown Gainesville intersections, but around the country, federal officials are cracking down on the trend. (WUFT News, Wired)

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Around the state today

• The Florida Senate decided yesterday not to reinstate former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel in what’s being seen as a win for Gov. Ron DeSantis in his first year in office. (WLRN)

• Here are tales of two very different U.S. Representatives from Florida as the impeachment inquiry continues: Brian Mast of the Treasure Coast is walking a fine line in his swing district (“For every person you have saying this couldn’t have happened soon enough, you have somebody saying this is a travesty”), while Matt Gaetz of the Panhandle with a few colleagues helped storm the secure area where testimony was taking place yesterday “because if behind those doors they intend to overturn the results of an American presidential election, we want to know what’s going on.” (TCPalm, Northwest Florida Daily News)

• Florida’s regulations on disclosing flood damage to a home that’s being resold are rather lax compared with other states. (Miami Herald)

A Tampa high school might have been built atop a cemetery. (WUSF)

• The New York Times visited Wynwood and other Miami neighborhoods to report on the beautiful murals to be found there.

• Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties are among those the federal government is examining to find out what’s behind an increase in HIV infection rates. (WLRN)

From NPR News

• National: In Puerto Rico, The Days Of Legal Cockfighting Are Numbered

• World: Investigation Underway In Britain After 39 Bodies Found In A Container Truck

• Business: Google Claims To Achieve Quantum Supremacy — IBM Pushes Back

• Politics: Facebook CEO Faced Lawmakers’ Questions About Trustworthiness

• Politics: How Rick Perry Became A Key Figure In The Trump Impeachment Probe

• Politics: After Slamming Trump, Biden Apologizes For Referring To ‘Partisan Lynching’ In 1998

About today’s curator

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