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The Point, Dec. 2, 2022: Gators quarterback released on $80,000 bond

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• WUFT News: UF backup quarterback released from jail after child pornography arrest. "Florida Gators backup quarterback was released from jail on an $80,000 bond Thursday, hours after his first court appearance in a case involving five felony counts of possessing and distributing child pornography online."

• Mainstreet Daily News: GNV commission votes to raise salaries 91% "The change will almost double the salary, from $37,085.85 to $71,015.09—an increase of more than 91% for each commissioner. The mayor will receive an additional 25% in pay."

• WUFT News: Gainesville police locate car involved in Monday’s fatal hit-and-run. "Police did not make an arrest after finding the car and are still collecting evidence for a criminal case, they said."

• WCJB: Ocala Housing Authority to open up spots on waitlist for Section 8 Re-entry Housing Assistance. "Applicants can only apply to a spot online. When applying, you must know the incomes, social security numbers, and dates of birth for all household members."

• WUFT News: Hitchcock Field and Fork Pantry receives donations from Pepsi, Winn Dixie. "The donations came in the form of $20,000 in Winn Dixie gift cards donated by Pepsi, as well as $5,000 in groceries courtesy of Winn Dixie."

• WUFT News: Weathering the storm: Homeless Micanopy couple spent two hurricanes in a tent. "Of the thousands of motorists who drive southbound Interstate 75 every day, hundreds take the Exit 374 ramp toward Micanopy, and they all pass Sharon James and Tim Rader."

• WUFT News: Solar-powered trash cans are coming to Gainesville city streets. "Big Belly Inc., a Needham, Massachusetts, waste and recycling company, has been awarded the contract to bring its containers to Gainesville. There will be more than 30 new bins installed at about $5,300 each."

• WUFT News: The Tracks K-9 Club makes a splash with its third dog competition. "Off a dirt road in this north central Florida town, 30 dogs howled in anticipation. With wide eyes and open mouths, they drooled at the 45-foot-long pool on a recent weekend."

• WUFT News: Hornets’ state semifinal playoff game remains in Hawthorne despite safety concerns. "The state semifinal playoff game between the Hawthorne Hornets and Blountstown Tigers will remain in Hawthorne on Friday, Dec. 2, despite complaints from the Pahokee Blue Devils about crowd control and inadequate security."

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Around the state

• News Service of Florida: DeSantis proposes a bill that would restrict protests at the Florida Capitol. "The state Department of Management Service's proposal, in part, seeks to prohibit actions or displays that are 'harmful' to children from taking place in the Capitol."

• Tampa Bay Times ($): Florida crime is down, report says, but the full picture is muddled. "But experts say the report comes with big caveats amid a muddled, incomplete picture as law enforcement agencies in Florida and across the United States shift to a new system to tally crime."

• Florida Politics: Danny Burgess refiles bill to require social media safety lessons in public school. "On Thursday, Burgess filed Senate Bill 52, which would require public schools to provide instruction on social media safety in existing courses. It would also define social media in state law for the first time."

• Florida Politics: Joel Greenberg, former confidant of Matt Gaetz, sentenced to 11 years in prison. "Former Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg, who cooperated in a possibly now-defunct sex trafficking probe of U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, has been sentenced to 11 years in prison."

• WUSF-Tampa: Florida wildlife commissioners vote to deny captive breeding of diamondback terrapins. "FWC staff brought in law enforcement and an expert on global turtle trafficking to make the case against captive breeding of diamondback terrapins, while the majority of public commenters were for it."

• WGCU-Fort Myers: Florida’s boating test gets update, will soon include questions on manatee, sea turtle safety. "The new test section will include questions about slow-speed zones, which are numerous along the Intracoastal Waterway around Florida, especially where the popular water highway runs through an area that isn’t very wide between the mainland and a spoil or barrier island."

From NPR News

• National: ICE inadvertently discloses personal data online of 6,252 immigrants

• National: Uvalde survivors file a $27 billion class-action lawsuit against police and others

• Law: Closing arguments begin in the Trump Organization's tax fraud trial

• Crime: Financial technology companies enabled Paycheck Protection Program fraud

• Science: The FDA considers easing restrictions on blood donations by gay and bisexual men

• Politics: Senate passes railroad legislation to prevent a strike

• Health: Limited nursing home beds force hospitals to keep patients longer
Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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