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• WUFT News: UF Board of Trustees Presents Reopening Plan. “‘We’re going to live with COVID all summer long, and probably all fall,’ said Dr. David R. Nelson, University of Florida Senior Vice President of UF Health. ‘So all the things we’re going to talk about have to start with the premise ‘We will have students and faculty employees on our campus who have COVID, and how do we protect other people around them?””
• WUFT News: The Show Must Go On: Gainesville’s Hippodrome Theatre Prepares For ‘Hybrid Season’. “By taking proper precautions, actors should soon be able to return to the stage of the Hippodrome Theatre.”
• WUFT News: From The Front Lines Podcast. “How Florida’s tourism industry is faring during this pandemic.”
• Gainesville Sun ($): UF probes social media posts seen as racist. “South Florida honors student admits error in Instagram photo from more than a year ago, but backlash from University of Florida community has administrators investigating this and an unrelated post by another student.”
• The Alligator: Alachua County residents voice concerns with graduation plans. “With a long list of requirements, some residents feel that ACPS’ graduation plans didn’t consider underprivileged students.”
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Around the state today
• Daytona Beach News-Journal ($): Florida sees largest one-day increase in coronavirus cases to date. “State reports 1,419 new coronavirus cases Thursday, the largest number since testing began.”
• Florida Politics: Court shoots down assault weapons ban. “The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a proposed constitutional amendment seeking to ban possession of assault-style weapons does not meet requirements to go before voters.”
• TCPalm ($): Florida to buy 10,000 acres for panther habitat at site of controversial Alico water farm. “How the state’s purchase of the 10,000-plus acres will affect the proposed 37,000-plus water farm remains to be seen, a water district official said.”
• Tampa Bay Times: Got questions about Florida’s Phase 2 reopening? We’ve got answers. “What’s left to reopen? Nightclubs, for one. It appears stadiums and other sports venues are closed, too. Those would presumably open under Phase 3. And state universities are expected to announce their plans on June 23.”
• Miami Herald ($): Cristobal weakens to a depression before its expected turn toward the Gulf of Mexico. “Cristobal, now a tropical depression, is slowly turning east over southern Mexico as it gears up for its northern turn back into the Gulf of Mexico and toward the Gulf Coast.”
• Bay News 9: Tampa Police Chief: Officers Who Don’t Want to Wear Body Cameras Can ‘Turn Your Badge In.’ “Chief Brian Dugan thinks the cameras would make a difference in terms of transparency, but acknowledged that they were not popular with his officers.”
• Florida Politics: Ashley Moody takes legal action against vape companies marketing to minors. “Monster Vape Labs and Lizard Juice are just two of the 21 vaping companies caught up in a 2019 investigation into companies unlawfully selling vape products in Florida and using marketing tactics that appear to target minors.”