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• WUFT News: Micanopy and Wacahoota lynching victims memorialized with soil collection ceremony. “Henry Hinson was lynched and hung from a cedar tree near the Micanopy town center where his lifeless body hung from the tree from sunup to sundown for all the residents to see. He allegedly shot and killed a prominent white man in town. The Micanopy-Wacahoota Community Remembrance Project, in partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative and the Alachua County Community Remembrance Project, held a soil collection ceremony on Saturday at the Willie Mae Stokes Community Center to honor Hinson and three other lynching victims in Micanopy and Wacahoota.”

• WUFT News: Gainesville’s ‘Journey to Juneteenth’ commences with recognition of Florida Emancipation Day. “Juneteenth, which is the oldest national recognition of emancipation, is now recognized as a federal holiday as of June 17, 2021, when President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law. Juneteenth, short for June 19- the day it is celebrated, marks the day in 1865 when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, nearly three years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation to seize control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people were granted freedom. However, it was May 20, 1865 when emancipation was proclaimed in the Sunshine State.”

• Gainesville Sun ($): Gainesville leaders hesitant to remove Corrine Brown’s name from RTS facility after guilty plea. “Gainesville leaders say they don’t mind having former Congresswoman Corrine Brown’s name remain at its transit headquarters for her contributions to the facility despite her recent guilty plea in a federal fraud case.”

• Citrus County Chronicle ($): County may take position on turnpike route at workshop. “The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) plan to leave a workshop scheduled for Tuesday with a unified position on the proposed Northern Turnpike Extension routes. A Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) representative will provide an overview on how the state will decide on the issue and give timetables on the study area analysis, alternative corridor evaluation, project development and environment studies.”

• WUFT News: The baby formula shortage could be temporary, experts say, and here’s how Floridians can get through it. “Other options for baby formula are relactation, other brand formulas, donor breast milk and donor milk banks like the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Florida. Medical experts warn that it’s not safe for a baby to go from formula to breastfeeding back to formula. Some pediatricians suggest toddler formula temporarily.”

• WUFT News: Humanitarian drive donations are on their way from Alachua County to Ukraine. “Anton Svirskyi, a biomedical engineer and student-athlete on the University of Florida’s swimming and diving team, launched the Ukrainian humanitarian drive last month and has since seen an impressive response.”


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Around the state

• News Service of Florida: Lawmakers Eye Roof Claims, Lawsuits, Reinsurance. “The outlines (of proposed bills) said the legislation, in part, would allow insurers to require deductibles for roof damage, something the Senate has sought in the past. Also, the legislation will rein in decisions by insurers to refuse to write or renew policies because of the ages of roofs. They would be prevented from refusing to write or renew policies if roofs are less than 15 years old.”

• Florida Politics: COVID-19 cases rising again in Florida. “COVID-19 deaths remain low in Florida. During the most recent week, the CDC increased Florida’s confirmed fatality numbers by 137. That marked the fourth week in a row that the fatalities tally increased by less than 200. At the winter surge’s peak, Florida averaged adding more than 1,000 COVID-19 fatalities to its toll each week from late January through early March.”

• Associated Press: Dubai developer to buy Florida condo collapse site for $120M. “A billionaire developer from Dubai is set to purchase the site of a South Florida condominium that collapsed last June, killing 98 people, for $120 million after no other bids were submitted by the Friday evening deadline for next week’s auction.”

• WLRN: Mangroves help fight hurricanes. Now Miami wants to ban planting any more at city parks. “An ordinance proposed by City Commissioner Joe Carollo would outlaw planting new mangroves or other tall plants at city parks to protect water views.”

• Tallahassee Democrat ($): Florida joins feds to target illegal caller ID spoofing and robocalls. “Sick of spam calls? So are state leaders. Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody on Thursday announced a new investigative partnership against illegal caller ID spoofing and robocalls with the Federal Communications Commission.”

• Miami Herald ($): Has rare monkeypox spread to Florida? Health officials investigate in Broward County. “A person has been isolated after a presumptive case of monkeypox was diagnosed, the Florida Department of Health in Broward County announced Sunday afternoon. Jeremy Redfern, a Florida Department of Health spokesman at the state level, said the specimen taken from the person will be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation and this is the only presumed positive case in the state.”

• New York Times ($): These 90-Year-Old Runners Have Some Advice for You. “The scene at the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar, Fla., was recognizable, not unlike any high school track-and-field meet. There was a practice area where athletes jogged and stretched. There were anxious runners milling about the track and tarps providing shade from the hot Florida sun. But the athletes competing at the National Senior Games track-and-field event had a few more gray hairs than their teenage counterparts.”


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• National: The Tops in Buffalo’s East Side was a lifeline. Residents wonder if it should reopen

• Business: Abbott CEO apologizes for the formula shortage as the first overseas shipment arrives

• National: Large swaths of the U.S. set daily temperature records

• Politics: Judge rules that pandemic border restrictions must continue, a win for GOP-led states

• World: How a Ukrainian teacher helped students escape Russia’s invasion, and still graduate

• World: Scientists discover an ancient forest inside a giant sinkhole in China

About today’s curator

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