The Point, Nov. 9, 2020: The Story Of Chris Nikic, Ironman Triathlete


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• WUFT News: Alachua County Growth Management Area Amendment Still Unclear As Vote Recount Ensues. “Ballot scanners dinged and hummed all day and night at the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections office Sunday, as 143,000-plus ballots were recounted to decide a proposed charter amendment that would give the county greater control over area growth and development.”

• Gainesville Sun ($): UF files motion to dismiss freshman orientation fee lawsuit. “The Gainesville Sun investigated the UF Preview program and reported in September 2019 that for more than a decade UF billed students hundreds of dollars for a costly and mandatory version of the university’s new-student orientation when state law caps orientation fees at $35.”

• The Alligator: Women win big in Alachua County, Florida and national politics. “Both Democrat and Republican women won big Tuesday night in several Florida and Alachua County races. Three newly elected representatives will join other female officials who currently serve Alachua County, such as County Manager Michele Lieberman, County Attorney Sylvia Torres and Supervisor of Elections Kim Barton.”

• WMFE: Marion County looks to continue remote learning option, awaits state decision. “Marion County school officials have been telling parents whose online students are struggling with grades or conduct to return them to face-to-face learning. But even so, the district does not want to eliminate its online option next semester.”

• WUFT News: Soaring Ticket Sales Keep Oaks Mall Carnival In The Game. “The annual Oaks Mall Carnival opened its gates nine months later than anticipated this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will remain open until Nov. 15.”

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• WUFT News: How Chris Nikic Became An Ironman Triathlete. “On Saturday, he was the first person with Down syndrome to race in an Ironman triathlon. … Nikic’s dedication to get 1% better every day has helped him on his historic mission, and this achievement is the Maitland man’s first step of more to come beyond the finish line.”

• NPR News: Tropical Storm Eta Could Become A Hurricane, Dousing Florida With A Foot Of Rain. “Tropical Storm Eta made landfall late Sunday in the Florida Keys. The southern part of the state faces a potential one-two punch from Eta, which could strengthen into a hurricane and drop up to a foot of rain before retreating to the Gulf of Mexico to gather strength for round two.”

• Tampa Bay Times ($): Florida adds 6,820 coronavirus cases Sunday, 22 deaths. “Per capita, Florida’s death rate is the 11th highest in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By Sunday, the state was averaging 48.9 new deaths each day, records show. According to the state’s data, roughly one in every 25 people in Florida has tested positive for the virus.”

• Fresh Take Florida: Shy Trump Voters And Caller ID: Why The Polls Got (And Keep Getting) It Wrong. “The 2020 election – historic for its high turnout in the middle of a pandemic and extraordinary political divisiveness – might also be famous for the inaccuracy of pollsters. In a state like Florida – famous for narrow margins and challenging polling – the failures spurred President Donald Trump to spin a fanciful conspiracy theory, without evidence, that an entire polling industry of scientists, academics and others deliberately published false numbers to discourage voters from voting.”

• Bay News 9: Pinellas County to Keep its “Bellwether” Crown After Election. “The county has voted for the winning presidential candidate in every single presidential election since 1976, with the exception of the election in 2000.”

• WMFE: Ocoee Unveils Historic Marker For 1920 Massacre. “An untold number of the city’s African American residents were killed and the rest were driven out of Ocoee.”

• NPR News: Astronauts Arrive In Florida To Ready For SpaceX Launch To Space Station. “Four astronauts arrived at the Kennedy Space Center on Sunday to bring the U.S. one step closer to regularly ferrying travelers to and from the International Space Station.”

• WFSU: New Leaders Named To Florida Senate And House Posts. “Fernandina Beach Republican Aaron Bean and Naples Republican Kathleen Passidomo will serve as top lieutenants to incoming Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, Simpson announced Friday.”

• WTSP: Lightning show off Stanley Cup to dolphins at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. “The most famous trophy in all of sports came face-to-face with the most famous dolphins in the Tampa Bay area.”

From NPR News

• Politics: Trump May Not Accept The Outcome, And 4 Other Takeaways From The 2020 Election

• Politics: Georgia’s Role In Determining The Balance Of Power In Washington

• National: From Jubilation To Dismay, A Divided Nation Reacts To Biden’s Victory

• World: Leaders Around The World React To The U.S. Presidential Election

• Health: COVID-19 Cases Top 50 Million Globally, U.S. Nears 10 Million

• Health: As COVID-19 Cases Surge, Biden To Announce A Plan

• Business: ‘Secret Life Of Supermarkets’ Shines A Light On Bounty’s Dark Side

About today’s curator

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