The Point, July 27, 2020: Coronavirus Situation Worsens In Marion County


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• NPR News: Bread For The World President On Asking Rep. Yoho To Resign.(Rev. Eugene Cho): ‘We’re not people that believe in cancel culture. I know that there is a lot of conversation going on about the dangers of cancel culture. I think there’s a difference between cancel culture and accountability. We can extend grace and still seek accountability.'”

• WMFE: Marion County COVID-19 deaths more than double in a week. “For months the pandemic simmered in Marion County. In July, it has boiled over. The number of cases has more than quadrupled… Health Department spokeswoman Christy Jergens said the increase in deaths was predictable as the coronavirus spread.”

• WUFT News: Citrus County School Board Delays Start Dates, Mandates Masks. “Education officials postponed students’ first day of school from Aug. 10 to Aug. 20. Teachers will return Aug. 3-4 and Aug. 11-29 for training and classroom prep.”

• AP: Florida Delays High School Football Amid Coronavirus Surge. “Florida’s burgeoning coronavirus crisis is forcing its high schools to delay the start of their football and other fall sports seasons, a reversal aimed at quelling a revolt that could have pitted urban counties against their rural counterparts.”

• Gainesville Sun ($): Residents speak out against West End development. “The 75-acre property at 12830 W. Newberry Road that was the home of West End Golf Course until it closed in December, is being eyed by the developer Tara Group for its next project, which would including changing the area’s land-use designation and zoning.”

• WUFT News: More Floridians Are Unemployed Because Of COVID-19, Scammers Are Trying To Take Advantage. “As if the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent job losses weren’t bad enough, those who are now looking for new jobs have an additional worry.”

• Alachua County Today: Springs County, Hopeful Reality or Pipedream? “Springs County would include Newberry, Alachua, High Springs, Archer, and the western portions of Gainesville.”

• WUFT News: Five Voting Precincts In Alachua County Have New Polling Places For The 2020 Election. “As a result of COVID-19 closures and other changes, several Gainesville-area polling places are different in next month’s primary election.”

• Your forecast from the UF Weather Center: “Today: Scattered to numerous showers and storms, mainly in the afternoon. High 91. Tonight: Scattered storms early, otherwise becoming partly cloudy. Low near 74. Tuesday: Scattered to numerous showers and storms, mainly in the afternoon. High 90.”

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Around the state today

• NPR News: Florida Case Count Surpasses That Of New York, The Country’s Original Epicenter. “And its death toll is starting to catch up. On Thursday, Florida reported 173 new deaths, its largest increase in a single day.”

• Washington Post ($): Coronavirus ravaged Florida, as Ron DeSantis sidelined scientists and followed Trump. “One out of every 52 Floridians has been infected with the virus. The state’s intensive care units are being pushed to the brink, with some over capacity. Florida’s unemployment system is overwhelmed, and its tourism industry is a shambles.”

• Palm Beach Post ($): ‘Flori-duh,’ DeSantis in national spotlight for bungling pandemic. “Florida — long a national running joke since the 2000 presidential election debacle — took hit after hit on Sunday in the national media for the handling of the coronavirus that made it the new epicenter of the pandemic.”

• WJCT: Curry To National Media: ‘President Trump Made The Right Decision’ Canceling Jax RNC. “Trump cited safety concerns, saying it wasn’t the right time to hold a large-scale event while coronavirus numbers in Florida continue to rise.”

• News Service of Florida: Judge says Florida police are not shielded by victims’ rights law. “Two Tallahassee police officers contended that the amendment should shield the release of their names because they had been victims in incidents that required the use of force — including a high-profile incident in which an officer shot and killed a transgender man.”

• Florida Politics: DBPR Secretary Halsey Beshears says he will consider reopening breweries, bars next week. “Late last month, Florida banned alcohol consumption at its bars, for the second time this year, in response to a spike in the number of coronavirus cases.”

• St. Augustine Record ($): Protests in St. Augustine show removal of Confederate monuments still divisive topic. “No arrests were made; but St. Augustine police repeatedly intervened to ensure violence did not erupt.”

• Bay News 9: What It’s Like Inside the NBA “Bubble” at Disney World. “Twenty-two teams are in quarantine right now, prepping for a truncated season at ESPN Wide World of Sports.”

• New York Times ($): Why Everyone’s Talking About the ‘Green Banana’ Off Florida’s Coast. “The scientists leading the mission to the sink hole, which begins 155 feet below the ocean’s surface around 50 miles offshore from St. Petersburg, agree that the name, the Green Banana, sounds like it should be a bar in Key West.”

From NPR News

• Politics: Late John Lewis’ Final Trip Across The Edmund Pettus Bridge

• National: Millions Face Housing Crisis After Federal Moratorium On Evictions Expires

• National: As Texas Reels From Hurricane Damage, Hawaii Braces For Impact

• Science: Scientists Are Researching Ways To Transfuse Antibodies In Coronavirus Treatment

• Business: Georgia Teens Create Company To Print And Deliver PPE To Health Care Workers

• Business: Zoos Are Reopening, But Some Animals Are More Excited For Visitors Than Others

• Politics: Will 2020 Mark The End of Political Conventions?

About today’s curator

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