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• On the same day as our story about the McIntosh man who ran for political office despite a felony conviction, even larger questions emerged in Ocala. The outcome of last week’s city council election was thrown into turmoil yesterday amid a formal investigation by the city into whether the winning candidate might be ineligible to serve because of felony drug charges filed against him more than 33 years ago. The rocky aftermath of Amendment 4’s passage last year (giving felons who have served their time the right to vote) has done little so far to solve such quandaries. (WUFT News)
• Two local government agencies that operate buses — RTS and the Alachua County School District — have in the past three years successfully dropped the dollar amount they’ve paid out as a result of crashes. See exactly how much the numbers have changed here. (WUFT News)
• Florida has 11 registered Chinese schools, and two are located in Gainesville. One of our reporters visited both to see why what students are learning and what value parents and children are finding at each. (WUFT News)
• The Marion County School Board attorney is leaving to take a similar job in Brevard County. (Florida Today)
• Our team is grateful for your continued subscription, readership and support of your local public media journalists. Have a happy Thanksgiving, and we’ll return to this space with more Florida news on Monday.
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Around the state today
• Our Fresh Take Florida team continues to report on the strange case in Pasco County of a school resource officer who was fired months after his gun discharged in a middle school cafeteria. We learned this month he’s going to try to get his job back, so a reporter pored over his personnel file to get a sense of his career up until his firing. (WUFT News)
• Gender, gender identity and disability are not protected under Florida’s hate crimes law, a fact the Miami Herald points out in its extensive story on the underreporting of such crimes.
• The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season is officially over, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (Palm Beach Post)
• Red tide poisoning is the likely cause of death for two rare reddish egrets. A zoologist’s take: “It might seem insignificant, but what they’re revealing to us is that the problems that we already know are a problem, are not going away. They’re only getting worse.” (WLRN)
• Of all the houses for a Fort Meade city employee to crash a truck into yesterday morning, it ended up being a state representative’s. (Lakeland Ledger)
• President Donald Trump celebrated his official new Florida residency with a rally last night in Sunrise. (Politico)
• There’s a bizarre but important fight brewing between the state and companies like eBay over how much — if any — taxes they owe. (Orlando Sentinel)
• Hear the history of the nation’s first Thanksgiving that a historian says took place not in the 1600s in Plymouth, Massachusetts, but in St. Augustine in September 1565. (WUSF)