The Point, Dec. 9, 2019: Floridians Mourn, Ask Questions In Wake Of Shootings In Miramar And Pensacola


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• Three sailors were killed and eight other people wounded Friday morning in a shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola. The News Journal there had updates all weekend on the immediate aftermath, the Saturday vigil that united the city, the investigation into the shooter and his motives and the governor’s request for tighter vetting of foreign military members receiving training in the United States.

Flags will be at half-staff this week in honor of the victims. (Tallahassee Democrat)

• One of the victims was from Georgia, one from Alabama and another from St. Petersburg — a recent track star in the area. (NPR News, WTSP)

• At the other end of the state, questions quickly began on Friday about how South Florida police departments handled the carjacking and chase of armed robbers that ended with two bystanders losing their lives along with the robbers. (Sun Sentinel)

• The state Senate today will begin considering the repeal of the state’s “Best and the Brightest” teacher bonus program. (Florida Politics)

• A Democratic fundraiser wonders “what I could do right now on the ground” if the billionaires running for president would spend some more of their millions on state-level races instead of their national ambitions. (Orlando Sentinel)

• Poor signage has led to constant confusion at a bicycle crossing on Williston Road in southeast Gainesville. (Gainesville Sun)

• The Florida Museum of Natural History is working with a $100,000 grant to better preserve and make publicly accessible tens of thousands of Jacksonville-area artifacts from the 1500s and 1600s. (WUFT News)

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