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Today’s top Florida stories
• WUFT News: ‘I Realized I Was Somebody’: Gainesville Group Celebrates 100 Years Of Women Voting And Modern Women’s Liberation. “Two happenings caused the much smaller Gainesville to join the metropolitan areas of New York, Chicago, Boston and Seattle as women’s liberation movement hotspots. One was an academic paper, “Toward a Female Liberation Movement,” co-written by Jones and Judith Brown, a graduate assistant at UF. The other was the group called Gainesville Women for Equal Rights (GWER).”
• Tampa Bay Times: Florida coronavirus cases are growing fast. Here’s what that means. “By 11 a.m. Saturday, Florida had reported more than 3,700 cases — an increase of nearly 1,000 in 24 hours… Some public health experts say it will take the more extreme step of shutting down the state to halt the disease’s rapid spread in Florida.”
• Politico: Coronavirus spreading in The Villages. “At least five residents from The Villages have contracted the coronavirus through community spread or close contact with someone else who had the virus, according to the Florida Department of Health in Sumter County.”
• News Service of Florida: Seven Florida prison employees test positive for coronavirus. “An investigation is underway to identify inmates and staff who may need to go into isolation after coming into close contact with the employees infected with the highly contagious virus, officials said in the statement.”
• WLRN: With Fewer Commutes, COVID-19 Gives Scientists A Look At Earth With Less Carbon. “The drop over such a short time is not expected to change the overall warming the planet is undergoing. For that to happen, fossil fuel consumption would need to decline by about 10 percent worldwide and be sustained for a year…”
• Florida Keys News: The Florida Keys set up checkpoints to keep tourists out. They may come down Sunday. “The checkpoints were put in place as part of the county’s effort to slow or stop the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. County officials said publicly they were not in favor of erecting the roadblocks, but ultimately did so at the urging of municipal officials in Marathon and Islamorada.”
• St. Augustine Record: St. Johns County beaches to close Sunday. “Pressure was building as some locals were urging the county to close the beaches, after several other counties in Florida made the decision earlier this month.”
• Cedar Key News: City Scenes During Closure. “Should you not be in Cedar Key during the COVID-19 closure, these pictures give you a sense of how very quiet the town is currently.”
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.