The Point, Oct. 21, 2020: Florida Democrats Report Receiving Threatening Emails Two Weeks Before Election Day

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• Fresh Take Florida: FBI Investigating Threatening Emails Sent To Democrats In Florida. “Democratic voters in Florida reported receiving threatening emails Tuesday purportedly from the violent, far-right group Proud Boys directing them to vote for President Donald Trump or ‘we will come after you.’ The head of the Proud Boys in Florida said in an interview that his group was not responsible for the email threats. The FBI and the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office were investigating, according to sheriff’s spokesman Art Forgey.”

• WUFT News: Former Alachua County Library Employee Sues After Demotion for Anti-BLM Facebook Posts. “(Alix) Freck’s posts were reported to her supervisors. The manager said she was told she would not be punished, but was later demoted two positions to librarian and transferred to a different location. She soon resigned and then filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Gainesville on Aug. 27, accusing the district and four administrators of violating her First Amendment rights. The lawsuit alleges that a public employer cannot punish a worker for free speech made as a private citizen.”

• WUFT News: It’s 2020, And Rolling Hills Residents Can’t Get Wi-Fi. “Alison Skees can’t trust her AT&T Wi-Fi, but it is the best connection she can get. She, like most of Rolling Hills residents near Dunnellon can’t get a stable Wi-Fi connection.”

• WUFT News: Alachua County Schools’ ACCEPT Program Faces Revisions in Equity Plan. “ACCEPT was designed as a drop-out prevention program to help pregnant and teen parents continue getting their education while caring for their children.”

• Main Street Daily News: Applicant for West End Golf rezoning asks for 60-day deferral. “The civil engineering firm representing a developer’s application for the rezoning of the former West End Golf property has requested a 60-day deferral in order to prepare information.”


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Around the state today

• WMFE: Yes, You Can Vote With A Student ID – Your Election 2020 Questions, Answered Here. “This is a safe place to get informed about the elections. Nothing about voting is off limits – it’s a judgment-free zone to help you vote smartly and safely.”

• New York Times ($): Will Florida, the Recount State, Be Ready for the Election? “More than two decades of scandals and blunders have made Florida the nation’s elections punchline, the state that kept the world at the edge of its seat while votes for president were manually recounted. The shadows of Florida elections past seem to lurk everywhere.”

• Florida Politics: Gov. DeSantis blasts teachers union at charter school COVID-19 victory lap. “Gov. Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran visited Jacksonville Tuesday, celebrating the administration’s response to COVID-19.”

• WFSU: Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody Joins Lawsuit Against Google. “Moody says (Google’s search engine practices), along with others alleged in the lawsuit, violates Florida antitrust laws.”

• Politico: Bloomberg knocks Trump back on his heels in Florida. “Billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s $100 million investment in Florida to defeat Donald Trump is recasting the presidential contest in the president’s must-win state, forcing his campaign to spend big to shore up his position and freeing up Democratic cash to expand the electoral map elsewhere.”

• Tampa Bay Times ($): Firm behind Florida unemployment mess will get $135 million state contract after all. “Despite months of negative publicity, including criticism from Gov. Ron DeSantis, the Agency for Health Care Administration is moving forward with Deloitte on a potential $135 million contract to overhaul the state’s Medicaid data system.”

• USA Today Network: Appalled by foster abuse findings, Florida senator pushes for common sense change. “In response to an investigative series outlining problems in Florida’s child welfare system, Sen. Lauren Book, D-Hollywood, sent a letter to the head of the Department of Children and Families demanding that more be done to safeguard the state’s most vulnerable children.”


From NPR News

• Business: Google Abuses Its Monopoly Power Over Search, Justice Department Says In Lawsuit

• National: Living In Harm’s Way: Why Most Flood Risk Is Not Disclosed

• Education: It Pays To Be An Apprentice: 63% More

• Science: Scientists Consider How Air Travelers Can Lessen Their COVID-19 Risk

• Health: Health Care Workers Ask Therapist: ‘Why Aren’t More People Taking This Seriously?’

• World: U.K. Moves Toward Ethically Controversial Coronavirus Vaccine Trial

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 emagoc@wuft.org.

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