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Today’s top Florida stories
• NPR News: Expect An Above Average Atlantic Hurricane Season This Year. “The agency predicts 13 to 20 named storms in the 2021 season in the Atlantic. Of those, NOAA is forecasting six to 10 to become hurricanes, with top winds of at least 74 mph. Three to five of those storms are predicted to become major hurricanes ranked as Category 3, 4, or 5, with top winds of at least 111 miles per hour.”
• WUFT News: ‘Palestine Is Here’: Hundreds Gather In Gainesville In Solidarity As Middle East Violence Continues. “A wave of red, green and black on Wednesday flooded the corner of University Avenue and 13th Street in Gainesville as about 250 protesters united in solidarity with Palestine. The protest, hosted by UF Students for Justice in Palestine, is one of several across the U.S. in light of increasing tensions.” Listen to today’s episode of our podcast to hear more from the reporter behind this story.
• WCJB: Gov. Ron DeSantis responds to Gainesville requirement to show vaccination card to attend meetings maskless. “The debate over masks in the city of Gainesville has caught the attention of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. People entering Gainesville City Hall were able to take off their masks if they showed proof of vaccination. In return, the individual got a sticker that identified them as fully vaccinated.”
• Associated Press: Reunited: Tim Tebow Signs With Jaguars, Rejoins Urban Meyer As Tight End. “The former Florida star and 2007 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback signed a one-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday and will attempt to revive his pro career as a tight end. The move also reunites two of college football’s most polarizing figures over the past 15 years. The 33-year-old Tebow is returning to the NFL after five years (2016-20) in the New York Mets’ organization and he’ll be playing for Meyer for the first time since his senior year in 2009.”
• Tampa Bay Times ($): Three Florida property insurers will drop a total of 50,000 policies. “The approvals are the latest bid to bring financial stability to Florida’s property insurance market. Florida carriers posted their worst financial performance in decades last year, with a combined $1.57 billion in underwriting losses and no quick fix on the horizon.”
• Florida Politics: ‘Loophole’ write-in candidate fined $1,000 in Clay County. “A write-in candidate whose last-minute filing effectively blocked Democrats and independent voters from voting in the Clay County Sheriff election last year was fined $1,000 and reprimanded by the Commission on Ethics.”
• Bradenton Herald ($): Proud Boy known as ‘Milkshake’ charged in Capitol riot. FBI says he is from Bradenton. “(Daniel Lyons) Scott is charged with knowingly entering and disorderly conduct in a restricted building or grounds; knowingly engaging in an act of physical violence in any restricted building or grounds; disorderly conduct and act of physical violence on Capitol grounds; obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder, obstruction of justice or Congress; and assault on a federal officer with physical contact and intent to commit another felony.”
• TCPalm ($): Strong winds on the Treasure Coast create hazardous ocean conditions, threaten sea turtle nesting. “Gusty winds on the Treasure Coast expected to last through Saturday have created hazardous beach conditions, halted fishing tournaments and threaten sea turtle nesting.”
• Mainstreet Daily News: Newberry baseball wins first state title. “The 2021 Panthers, who etched their place in the history books, finished the season with a 19-game winning streak.”
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From NPR News
• World: Israel And Hamas Agree To A Cease-Fire In The Gaza Conflict
• World: Princes William And Harry Say BBC Interview Led To Princess Diana’s Divorce And Death
• Health: The CDC Is Gambling On Relaxed Mask Rules To Get More People Vaccinated
• Health: Fauci Says He Expects Vaccines For Younger Children By End Of Year Or Early 2022
• Health: Big City Marathons Are Coming Back
• Business: Bitcoin Is Plunging. What To Know About The Wild Ride In Cryptocurrencies
• Business: Apple CEO Tim Cook Is Taking The Witness Stand Friday. Here’s Why It’s A Big Deal
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.