The Point, June 4, 2021: COVID Hospitalizations In Florida Dropped Nearly 40% In The Past Month


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• WUFT News: Gov. Ron DeSantis Approves Millions In State Funds For Local Projects, Vetoes Others For Gainesville. “The two projects vetoed are a Community Resource Paramedic (CRP) program and a bus transfer station on the east side of the city.” Listen to today’s episode of our podcast to hear more about this story.

• WUFT News: Deputies Searching For Delia Young’s Body Find Human Remains. “Alachua County Sheriff’s deputies discovered human remains Wednesday during a large-scale search for 13-year-old Delia Young’s body. The teenager was reported missing on May 16, and two relatives of Young are now arrested in connection with her homicide.”

• WCJB: Marion County School Board Member Beth McCall Resigns. “She has been representing district two since being elected in 2016 and ran unopposed in 2020. In her resignation letter, she said due to the health issues of her husband they made the decision to move to a smaller more manageable home … in district one. They had lived in district two for 26 years.”

• CBS4: Diyonne McGraw urged to quit Alachua County School Board for living in different district. “McGraw was elected in 2020 to serve District 2. However, the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections says McGraw’s address is in District 4.”

• Gainesville Sun ($): Panel OKs first part of 500-home Laureate Village subdivision. “Laureate Village, on Southwest 143rd Street, south of Southwest Eighth Avenue, would eventually comprise 500 residences, a village center and trails if developed. In its first phase, 54 single-family residential lots on about 30 acres would be constructed.”

• Mainstreet Daily News: Local watermelon harvest in full swing. “…of the more than 21,000 acres of watermelons harvested throughout Florida, about one-third—7,500 acres—are located in the Suwannee Valley region.”

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Around the state

• Associated Press: Florida COVID Hospitalizations At Lowest Point In A Year. “There were roughly 1,842 COVID hospitalizations in Florida Wednesday. According to their data, the state’s hospitalizations have declined 19% in the last two weeks and stand 38% lower than one month ago.”

• WSVN: Police: 3rd victim in NW Miami-Dade banquet hall shooting dies. “The death of 32-year-old Shankquia L. Peterson raises the death toll in Sunday’s mass shooting to three. Investigators said Peterson died Thursday after she was injured outside El Mula Banquet Hall. The venue was hosting a concert at the time of the incident.”

• Daytona Beach News-Journal ($): Judge to sentence former Matt Gaetz ‘wingman’ Joel Greenberg on federal charges in August. “U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell on Thursday formally accepted Greenberg’s guilty plea after an agreement in which 27 other federal charges were dropped in exchange for Greenberg’s cooperation on other investigations.”

• NPR News: Florida Law May Thwart Effort By Cruise Industry To Set Sale. “After a year’s shutdown, the first U.S. cruise will sail from Ft. Lauderdale this month with all adult passengers vaccinated. That might not be possible after July 1 because of a new Florida law.”

• News4Jax: ‘Sadly second nature’: JFRD crews respond to over 5,000 overdose calls in 2020. “The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department said 2020 was the highest year it’s seen for overdose calls: the department responded to 5,050 overdose calls. Another 2,800 calls were reported as opioid-related.”

• WJCT: Jaguars Will Buy New Home Uniforms For Renamed DCPS Schools. “The Jacksonville Jaguars are purchasing uniforms for schools in Duval County that are changing their Confederate names next year. The Duval County School Board voted to rename six schools named after Confederate generals and politicians on Tuesday.”

• Politico: USA Today fights subpoena aimed at readers of Florida FBI shooting story. “Newspaper publisher Gannett is fighting an effort by the FBI to try to determine who read a specific USA Today story about a deadly shooting in February near Fort Lauderdale, Fla., that left two FBI agents dead and three wounded.”

• WLRN: Gov. DeSantis Announces Registration for 2021 Florida Python Challenge. “During the challenge, hunters compete to see who can capture the biggest or the most pythons. Cash prizes for the winners can be up to $2,500.”

From NPR News

• Health: 5 Things We Learned From Anthony Fauci’s Emails

• National: State Seeks 30 Years For George Floyd’s Murderer. His Defense Wants Time Served

• National: A Single Fire Killed At Least 10% Of The World’s Giant Sequoias, Study Says

• Race: A Black Nonprofit Got A 6-Figure Payment From Someone Whose Family Enslaved People

• Politics: Experts Call It A ‘Clown Show’ But Arizona ‘Audit’ Is A Disinformation Blueprint

• World: President Biden And First Lady Jill Biden Will Visit The Queen Soon

• World: The U.S. Is Sending At Least 80 Million Surplus COVID-19 Vaccines Abroad

• Science: Right Whales Are Shrinking In Numbers— New Study Shows They’re Also Shrinking In Size

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

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