The Point, Oct. 28, 2019: Giant Flames Erupt From Tanker Truck After Deadly Crash In Gainesville


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A massive fire burned very early yesterday morning in the middle of Northwest 43rd Street after a collision between a tanker truck and another vehicle. Police said one person was killed. (WUFT News)

• Even with changes afoot to the scheduling and location of Alachua County’s fairs, there’s one ongoing this week in northeast Gainesville. (WUFT News)

• There’s a powerful portrait collection by artist Iris Coe-Gross on display at Springhill Therapeutic Massage. Coe-Gross, a breast cancer survivor herself, created 26 different portraits of survivors for the public to see. (WUFT News)

• The activist organization Environmental Working Group this month released its updated tap water database, which allows you to see what pollutants are known to show up in the water near you.

• The University of Florida and a team of engineering professors and students will have an Unfair Labor Practice hearing in December over a $2 million prize the team won but that the university might keep. (The Alligator)

• Jacksonville taxpayers will help to keep the Florida-Georgia game in their city for a few more years. (ESPN)

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Around the state today

• The state is trying to estimate how much money recreational marijuana would bring to the state’s economy. (Florida Politics)

• The federal government upgraded St. Augustine’s flood risk rating, allowing property owners there to seek cheaper flood insurance premiums. (WJCT)

• The governor on Friday is supposed to receive the next school safety report from the Parkland commission. (WLRN)

• There’s been another ransomware attack in Florida, this time on a Coral Gables software company. (Miami Herald)

• Artificial reefs off the coast of the Panhandle also suffered damage and displacement as a result of Hurricane Michael. (Northwest Florida Daily News)

• A federal judge awarded more than $1 million in legal fees to Prison Legal News, saying the state’s prison censorship crossed a line. (Tallahassee Democrat)

• A Russian gun rights activist is out of a Tallahassee federal prison and back in Moscow following the conclusion of her 18-month sentence. (AP)

• South Florida’s epic guitar-shaped hotel officially opened last week. (USA Today)

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• Science: Spike In Air Pollution In U.S.

• Science: Dog People Live Longer. But Why?

• Religion: Married Men In Remote Part Of Amazon May Soon Be Allowed To Become Priests

• Books: Gene Weingarten Mines Magic From Just ‘One Day’

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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