The Point, Sept. 24, 2020: Why Medical Students Brought Free COVID-19 Testing To Gainesville’s SWAG Neighborhoods


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• WUFT News: UF Med Students Volunteer To Provide Free Coronavirus Tests In One Of Gainesville’s Most Impoverished Areas. “People living in southwest Gainesville hadn’t had access to free COVID-19 tests right in their neighborhood since the pandemic began.”

• Citrus County Chronicle: Pilot killed when plane crashes while crop dusting. “(Randy) Berry, 67 was doing what he loves Wednesday morning … when the single-engine plane he was flying crashed just 2 miles south of the Inverness Airport, killing him.”

• The Alligator: UF Fall 2020 commencement to be virtual. “This follows months of uncertainty on previous and future graduation ceremonies. UF had indefinitely postponed the Spring and Summer 2020 commencements due to COVID-19, but issued no word for the Fall until now.”

• Bay News 9: Hernando County School Bus Drivers Say Connecting With Students Has Been Challenging. “Kim Dibenedetto has been a school bus driver for 14 years now, but this year is much different than previous years. ‘Communication is definitely challenging,’ Dibenedetto said. ‘You’re communicating with the students and to be understood and to understand them is very difficult.'”

• WMFE: Marion County elections office makes registering to vote a contest among high schools. “For the past three years and counting, Supervisor of Elections Wesley Wilcox has pitted public high schools against each other to see how many students 18 and older will register to vote.”

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Around the state today

• NPR News: With Warnings Of Socialism, Trump Seeks To Boost Support Among Young Florida Latinos. “President Trump’s reelection campaign is pushing a socialism message as a strategy in Florida. In the process, the campaign is testing the narrative that younger Latinos in South Florida, who are likely less affected by the scars of Latin American autocrats than older generations, lean toward Democrats.”

• Bradenton Herald ($): COVID-19 kills four more Manatee County residents. In Florida, 202 new deaths reported. “COVID-19 has killed four more Manatee County residents, according to the Florida Department of Health. They were among 202 new deaths reported Wednesday by the Florida Department of Health.”

• Pensacola News Journal ($): Hurricane Sally by the numbers: 2 feet of rain, 92 mph winds and 5 foot storm surge. “Hurricane Sally pummeled portions of Pensacola with 24 inches of rain and 92 mph wind gusts, according to preliminary data from the National Weather Service.”

• NPR News: How A Florida Elections Official Is Leaning On Creativity During A Complicated Year. “Chris Anderson, supervisor of elections in Seminole County, Florida, had a stylus problem. He says it would have cost more than a quarter of a million dollars to purchase enough pens and styluses needed for the county’s 328,000 voters. So, his department got creative.”

• WUSF: USF Football Postpones FAU Game Following COVID-19 Cases At Notre Dame. “USF paused all on-field activities earlier Wednesday after seven players at the University of Notre Dame – which beat USF 52-0 in South Bend, Indiana, this past Saturday – tested positive for coronavirus.”

• Tallahassee Democrat ($): City of Tallahassee reopening fall sports, overrules staff recommendation. “City commissioners shirked the advice of their Parks and Recreations staff, voting Wednesday to reopen fall sports at municipal facilities.”

• Politico: ‘Something’s in the water’: Florida Republicans see surge in voter registration. “Republicans have closed the traditional voter registration gap with Democrats to an historically small margin in Florida, triggering a wave of Democratic apprehension in the nation’s biggest swing state.”

• Miami Herald ($): Ileana Ros-Lehtinen under federal probe for campaign money spent on trips, meals. “Federal authorities are investigating thousands of dollars in suspicious personal spending by former Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen on trips to Disney World, New York and other destinations, after the Miami Republican announced she was retiring in 2017, according to her defense attorney.”

• Fort Myers News-Press ($): Casey Crowther indicted for fraud by grand jury; roofer claims PPP funds spent as intended. “Crowther, president of a Fort Myers roofing company, was accused of falsely acquiring $2 million in COVID-19 relief funds. He was arrested and charged Sept. 2, his 35th birthday, and released on $100,000 bond Sept. 3.”

From NPR News

• National: 2 Louisville Police Officers Shot After Charges In Breonna Taylor Case Spark Protests

• National: Mourners Gather At U.S. Supreme Court To Pay Respects To Ruth Bader Ginsburg

• Politics: Trump Declines To Promise Peaceful Transfer Of Power After Election

• Politics: ‘Desperation And Fear’ For Millions With Congress Deadlocked Over Pandemic Assistance

• Health: Data Suggest Young People Spread COVID-19 To Older Adults

• World: As U.S. Views Of China Grow More Negative, Chinese Support For Their Government Rises

• Science: 1 In 7 Americans Have Experienced Dangerous Air Quality Due To Wildfires This Year

About today’s curator

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