The Point, June 8, 2022: With youth violence rising, officials hope summer programming can help

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• WUFT News: North Central Florida YMCA brings summer camp to rural areas. “The North Central Florida YMCA kicked off summer camp in Hawthorne this week. It’s the first time Hawthorne has had summer programming in about a decade, according to the mayor. The need for more affordable out-of-school programming has been central in local discussions around youth violence.”

• Fresh Take Florida: UF quarterback Richardson faces fine of about $375 in speeding case, based on review of similar tickets across Florida. “Florida Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson is expected in a courtroom Wednesday to learn what punishment a judge might hand down if he were convicted of speeding 105 mph. A review of similar traffic cases across Florida indicates he likely would be fined a few hundred dollars and would not lose his license.”

• Gainesville Sun ($): Gainesville officials pass more ‘zero waste’ rules. What does it mean for businesses? “The Gainesville City Commission last week approved three ordinances that will take effect throughout the next couple of years and further the city’s goal of becoming a ‘zero waste’ city by reducing waste so that products can be re-used or recycled instead of ending up in landfills or elsewhere in the environment.”

• WUFT News: A look at what’s changed for pedestrian safety on Gainesville’s University Avenue since 2020. “Student pedestrian deaths near the University of Florida over the past two years have sparked community outrage and led led to changes along one major road, West University Avenue.”

• WUSF-Tampa: Brooksville nurses protest staff shortages at an HCA hospital. “Nurses say they’re juggling too many patients at once and say the added workload puts everyone in danger.”


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Around the state

• USA Today Network ($): After saying little about mass shootings in Uvalde and Buffalo, DeSantis signs school safety bill. “The legislation orders the state Board of Education, whose members are appointed by DeSantis, to develop rules for school emergency drills, removing authority from school districts. It heightens response training and crisis intervention for school safety officers and authorizes these officers to make arrests on charter school grounds.”

• WLRN: How a court will decide on the value of each human life lost in Surfside’s condo building collapse. “In the case of Surfside, the money comes from a settlement that was reached to avoid a jury trial. Families will fill out forms, and if they want to, they may speak about their loved ones in court. Then the court will guess what a jury would have awarded each family, taking into consideration the differences in their situations.”

• Florida Politics: UF Health expands its Treasure Coast operation. “University of Florida (UF) Health and Jupiter Medical Center announced Tuesday plans to build new clinical facilities that will be jointly owned and operated. It is not clear when the new clinical facilities will be operational.”

• NPR News: A mother is arrested after police say her 2-year-old shot her husband. “The shooting happened on May 26, when a 911 call of a shooting brought sheriff’s deputies to a home in east Orlando shared by Reggie Mabry, his wife, Marie Ayala, and three children, from ages five months to five years. The deputies found Ayala performing CPR on her husband, who had been shot, Mina said. But Mabry, 26, was pronounced dead after first responders took him to a local hospital.”

• WFLA-Tampa: Florida Democrats lay out proposed special session agenda on gun violence. “The secretary of state’s office is currently polling members to see if there is 60% support to hold the special session on gun violence. The responses will be tabulated and voting ceased by Friday at 3 p.m.”

• Politico: ‘Better than President Trump’: DeSantis’ clout swells in the West. “Over the weekend, DeSantis topped Trump in the annual Western Conservative Summit’s straw poll, with 71 percent of participants wanting the Florida governor to run for president in 2024 compared to 67 percent for Trump. The next closest was 28 percent for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).”

• WTSP-Tampa Bay: Florida Aquarium raises 560 corals relocated in the Keys. “The coral recently planted in the Keys are offspring from parent collies collected as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Florida Reef Tract Rescue Project. It’s led by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and NOAA Fisheries. The young coral, all between 20 and 24 months old, were raised from larvae.”


From NPR News

• National: The story of a Uvalde victim’s green shoes captures the White House’s attention

• Politics: Senate gun law negotiators working toward a deal by the end of the week

• World: With Cubans leaving en masse, much of Cuba’s real estate is up for sale

• Business: A big 32-hour workweek test is underway. Supporters think it could help productivity

• Health: This experimental drug could change the field of cancer research

• Health: Beefalo, a bison-cattle hybrid, is being touted as the healthy meat of the future

• Books: A fireproof copy of ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ auctioned for $130,000 to help fight book bans

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 emagoc@wuft.org.

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