The Point, Jan. 20, 2020: How Gainesville Police Are Using A New Facial Recognition Tool


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Today’s top Florida stories

• New York Times ($): The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It“In Gainesville, Fla., Detective Sgt. Nick Ferrara heard about Clearview last summer when it advertised on CrimeDex, a list-serv for investigators who specialize in financial crimes. He said he had previously relied solely on a state-provided facial recognition tool, FACES, which draws from more than 30 million Florida mug shots and Department of Motor Vehicle photos.”

• Orlando Sentinel ($): Opinion: I integrated Gainesville High School in 1965: The scars endure. “Despite the horror, I became the first black student to graduate from Gainesville High School in 1965. I refused to give up then. I refuse to give up now.”

• WFSU: Rural Counties Take Their Concerns, Wants To State Lawmakers“’All of us are always pushing eco-tourism, because we are beautiful,’ Starke City Manager Bill Milner said. ‘We’ve got from the Suwannee River over to Camp Blanding and Kenansville Lake. All of north central Florida all the way from Tallahassee to Jacksonville is all beautiful land, it’s available and we want to keep it clean and let the most citizens enjoy it.’”

• The Alligator: UF investigation uncovers two female staff accused of sexually harassing male professor. “Both investigations from UF’s Office of Title IX Compliance, which ran from July 8 to Dec. 11, contain 100 pages worth of allegations…

• Florida Politics: ‘No, no’: Ron DeSantis still mum on Lev Parnas, knowledge of Ukrainian schemes“Despite having met so many times and achieving a certain level of closeness, however, DeSantis disclaimed knowledge of Parnas’ Ukrainian shadow diplomacy when asked about it.”

• NBC News: Trump lawyer dismisses new evidence, including photos of the president with Lev Parnas“The released documents included photos of Parnas with President Trump as well as shots of him with Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Pam Bondi, a former Florida attorney general who is among the lawyers on the president’s impeachment team.”

• Daytona Beach News-Journal ($): Can senators be impartial in impeachment? Former Florida Sen. Bob Graham looks back“In a recent interview with The News-Journal, Graham, now 83, recalled his time sitting in judgment of President Bill Clinton.”

• Lakeland Ledger ($): Polk appears set to shoot down gun sanctuary status“‘I’m a card-carrying, gun-toting, Polk County redneck,’ (Polk County Commissioner Rick) Wilson said. ‘I think this is a feel-good measure. I never liked the word ‘sanctuary.'”

• Tallahassee Democrat ($): Florida, the license plate state: Will it offer ones for Bulldogs and War Eagles? “…perhaps no other state offers a more creative variety of license plates than Florida.”

• Tampa Bay Times ($): Top Moffitt Cancer Center doctors failed to disclose payments from China, report says. “The report, which details a months-long internal investigation by Moffitt, was released Friday to the Florida House’s Select Committee on the Integrity of Research Institutions, chaired by Rep. Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor.”

• New York Times ($): ‘We’ve Got to Change This’: Has Dixie Highway Reached the End of the Road? “Today there are multiple stretches that carry the Dixie Highway name in Florida and, as conversations continue to play out about what to do with Confederate monuments, there is a growing interest in changing the name.”

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From NPR News

• Race: U.S. Navy To Name Aircraft Carrier After WWII Hero Doris Miller

• Science: Kids’ Climate Case ‘Reluctantly’ Dismissed By Appeals Court

• Business: Boeing’s 737 Max Crisis Weighs Heavily On Workers, Retirees

• National: How The Fight Over Guns Escalated In Virginia

• National: Amtrak Asks 2 People Who Use Wheelchairs To Pay $25,000 For A Ride

• Politics: How To Spot Misinformation In An Election Year

• Health: Her Own Birth Was ‘Fertility Fraud’ And Now She Needs Fertility Treatment

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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