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• Associated Press: Ocala Police Chief Kent Graham Killed When Plane He Was Piloting Crashed. “Marion County Fire Rescue said the plane crashed around 11:30 a.m. in an open field, not far from the Marion County Airport. Graham was the only person on board. A Marion County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said no one else was injured.”
• WUFT News: ‘Souls To The Polls’ Events Hope To Mobilize Black Voters Across Florida. “Alachua is among 25 counties in which the Orlando-based Equal Ground Education Fund is mobilizing faith-based and community organizations to spur African Americans to cast their ballots before early voting in Florida ends Sunday.”
• WUFT News: Homeless People Raise Concerns About Gainesville’s South Main Street Strategy. “The issue is not new, but it does intensify in severity and public outcry every few years, such as in 2016 when nearby businesses complained about public defecation on their doorsteps. There are currently about 40 or 50 homeless people in the South Main Street area, according to City Commissioner Harvey Ward.”
• Citrus County Chronicle: Thibault: All options open to extend Suncoast past Citrus. “It could go here. It could go there. It could go anywhere. Or nowhere.”
• Gainesville Sun ($): GPD ready for Election Day – and after. “With election night looming, Gainesville Police say they are ready for possible unrest.”
• WUFT News: Gainesville City Commission Approves Low Income Housing Proposal. “The project is a part of Florida’s ongoing Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Project, a statewide initiative designed to incentivize housing developers to set aside homes for lower income families and individuals.”
• The Alligator: Four wheels makes a family: Gainesville Roller Rebels focus on inclusion. “Although COVID-19 has disrupted their seasons since March, teams around the world, including the Gainesville Roller Rebels, have shifted their focus from winning bouts to giving back to the community.”
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Around the state today
• NPR News: With Florida On The Line, Both Political Parties Work To Fire Up Voters. “Early voting and vote by mail numbers indicate Floridians are already engaged, as more than 4 million have cast a ballot already.”
• Politico: Republicans crash Florida early vote, eating into Democrats’ lead. “The Democratic advantage was still huge as of Saturday morning: 387,000 ballots. But that’s a 21 percent reduction from Democrats’ high water mark, set three days prior. The election is in 10 days.”
• USA Today Network: Dozens of deputies lied, cheated and stole. This Florida sheriff hired them anyway. “The Hendry agency is one of Florida’s worst sheriff’s offices for hiring deputies who have been fired or resigned when accused of misconduct elsewhere for actions that were later proved, according to a USA TODAY NETWORK – Florida analysis of law enforcement employment records.”
• Sun Sentinel ($): Florida is on the verge of a COVID-19 resurgence. “Experts say Florida could be better off because more people can be outdoors, where the virus does not spread as easily, and the region has more experience with fighting the coronavirus. But the state could quickly find itself back in the fire.”
• St. Augustine Record ($): Protesters call for Mark Bailey’s resignation outside of Flagler College. “Protesters accused Bailey of using his position to ‘hinder social justice progress in St. Augustine by attempting to sway a government ruling on removing and relocating the Confederate monument,’ according to a Facebook post.”
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.