The Point, Oct. 26, 2022: Gainesville mayoral candidates trade barbs during debate


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• WUFT News: Gainesville mayoral candidates Harvey Ward and Ed Bielarski spar in an acrimonious debate. “Between the two candidates, fruitful communication and healthy civil discourse were often degraded by accusatorial grandstanding as the election nears on Nov. 8.”

• WUFT News: Gainesville residents react to mayoral candidates’ debate. “Questions were asked by a panel of reporters moderated by WUFT’s Heather van Blokland. Issues included rent and energy rates, affordable housing, single family zoning and high-rise development, policing, safety and accessibility.”

• News Service of Florida: Faculty union seeks records on UF presidential search. “The United Faculty of Florida is seeking records related to the University of Florida’s search for a new president amid the union’s objections to U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska being the only finalist for the job.”

• WUFT News: Stephen Foster Elementary’s Waste Reduction Program wins Innovative Idea Award. “The cafeteria waste at Foster Elementary is sorted into three bins: milk, food or trash. The food scraps are dehydrated and placed into a composting accelerator. The final product is given to The Family Garden farm for pig feed. Foster Elementary launched the pilot program of its Waste Reduction Project in May and has recycled 2,500 pounds of food waste so far this year.”

• The Alligator: UF admissions extends deadline amid Hurricane Ian destruction. “The UF admissions department released a statement online Tuesday afternoon extending the freshman application deadline to Nov. 7, as opposed to the traditional Nov. 1 deadline.”

• WUFT News: Deputies: Elementary teacher left gun in car that was found by students. “A first-year elementary teacher in nearby Chiefland left a pistol in the center console of her car that was discovered by fourth graders she had asked to retrieve medication, sheriff’s deputies said.”

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Around the state

• Politico: Florida judge orders DeSantis to hand over migrant flights records. “A Florida judge on Tuesday found that Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office is not following the state’s public records law and ordered the administration to turn over records connected to the migrants flights from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard within the next 20 days.”

• Florida Storms: A dry, warm winter is likely for Florida as La Niña continues for the third year in a row. “For only the third time since record-keeping began in the late 1800s, a ‘triple dip’ La Niña event is expected according to the latest outlook issued by the Climate Prediction Center. This occurs when La Niña continues for three consecutive years and has significant implications for weather patterns across the United States and in Florida.”

• New York Times ($): These 15 Florida Voters Think Ron DeSantis Is Going Places, Like It or Not. “We decided to hold our latest Times Opinion focus group with 15 Florida voters from across the political spectrum, so people beyond the state can better understand Mr. DeSantis and get a stronger handle on this possible future national leader.”

• Florida Politics: Charlie Crist renews call for more Ron DeSantis debates. “With just two weeks left until the vote is counted, Crist is urging the incumbent to reconsider. This isn’t a new stance for Crist, who sought multiple debates to no avail earlier in the campaign.”

• WFTS-Tampa Bay: Florida turns from purple to red, as more and more republicans register to vote. “One thing Democrats and Republicans in Florida can agree on these days, Florida is no longer a key battleground state.”

• News4Jax: City council members vote to make balloon, sky lantern releases illegal in Jacksonville. “Balloon releases are typically used during memorial services or for celebration purposes, but they become hazardous to the environment because they litter the waterways days after they’ve been released.”

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• Health: Omicron keeps finding new evolutionary tricks to outsmart our immunity

• Business: Early retirement took off during the pandemic. An economic downturn could change that

• Business: Recession or Inflation? Governments around the world must pick their poison

• Politics: Clerks battle false claims as they prepare to administer elections

• World: Brittney Griner’s prison sentence is upheld in a Russian court

• National: Adidas cuts ties with Ye over antisemitic remarks that caused an uproar

Ethan Magoc curated today’s edition of The Point.

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