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• WUFT News: ‘We Are Paramilitary’: Alachua County Sheriff Defends Police in Virtual Town Hall. “This message caused numerous other callers to voice their opinions in an online police reform meeting on Friday.”
• WUFT News: GPD Junior Police Academy Begins This Week. “The past seven years, Smith has facilitated the Junior Police Academy camp as well as the Explorer Post 917 Program. She knows this year will be a first, navigating camp during a global pandemic and national criticism of police.”
• Gainesville Sun ($): New Tax Day deadline of July 15 approaches. “After a three-month extension due to COVID-19, the new Tax Day date for this year is soon approaching.”
• Citrus County Chronicle: Citrus County Schools: Lack of guardian-training funding to have little impact in short term. “A pot of state money used by sheriff’s offices to cover background-check and training costs of guardian recruits for school districts won’t be on Florida’s budget this fiscal year.”
• Ocala Star-Banner ($): Actress Kelly Preston dies at age 57. “Actress Kelly Preston, who lived north of Ocala with husband John Travolta and their two surviving children, Ella Bleu and Benjamin, died on Sunday after a private battle with breast cancer. She was 57.”
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Around the state today
• WUFT News: Walt Disney World Parks Reopen As Florida Sets Single-Day Record For New COVID-19 Cases. “The reopening weekend coincided with Florida recording the largest single-day increase in positive COVID-19 cases of any state since the pandemic began — 15,299 on Sunday alone.”
• Tallahassee Democrat: Florida smashed a coronavirus case record Sunday. Monday’s numbers remain bleak. “Florida added another 12,624 coronavirus cases Monday, with the state’s second highest 24-hour toll coming only a day after a record-smashing 15,300 cases were reported.”
• Orlando Weekly: Orlando’s AdventHealth CEO says peak hospitalization is yet to come, but ‘I wouldn’t hesitate to go to Disney’. “…he said, ‘based upon the testing, my guess is that the peak is sometime in front of us in July.'”
• NPR News: Miami Hospital ICU Doctor: New Influx Of Patients Is Younger Than Before. “…one Miami doctor is particularly worried about the type of people he’s now seeing lots of in the ICU: young people with no medical history.”
• Florida Phoenix: Lawyer appeals to force DeSantis to close beaches and impose restrictions to protect Floridians from COVID-19.“The Santa Rosa Beach lawyer on Monday asked the Florida First District Court of Appeal to force DeSantis to close dangerous beaches and issue stay-at-home orders to prevent further spread of COVID-19.”
• WTSP: Man accused of setting fire to Tampa Champs Sports store identified after arrest in New York. “A man suspected of setting fire to the Fowler Avenue Champs Sports store in Tampa during a night of unrest and looting back in late May has been taken into federal custody in New York.”
• Florida Times-Union ($): Florida lawyers organization wants mural showing KKK removed from Baker County courthouse. “Three KKK riders in white robes and hoods on horseback are depicted in one section of the mural.”
• Florida Politics: China sanctions Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and other U.S. officials for criticism. “U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, Rep. Chris Smith and Ambassador for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback were targeted, as was the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. The four have been critical of the ruling Communist Party’s policies toward minority groups and people of faith.”
• Sun Sentinel ($): Parkland teen’s quarantine cookbook raises funds for charity. “With over $1,500 in donations raised in just the past three weeks, Aks’ cookbook, “Cooking with Love During Quarantine,” has garnered success in a short span of time.”
From NPR News
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