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The Point, Dec. 5, 2022: Cedar Key cemetery makes historical discovery

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• Fresh Take Florida: UF backup quarterback played season while secretly under investigation in child pornography case. "The University of Florida’s backup quarterback played his whole season in the shadows of struggling starter Anthony Richardson — and now, it turns out, a sensational child pornography investigation, too."

• WUFT News: Gainesville City Commission votes to reopen street traffic near Flaco’s. "Flaco’s has used its adjacent one-way street as a patio area since 2020 when Gainesville implemented the Streatery program to help downtown businesses create outdoor dining options."

• WCJB: Gainesville Interim City Manager Cynthia Curry responds to tax lien investigation, denies responsibility. "A memo dated Nov. 15 suggested that Curry may be partly responsible for a tax lien placed against CWC and Associates of Miami. Curry left as a director in 2006 but her now ex-spouse remained until the company was dissolved in 2014."

•Florida Politics: Citrus County Commission to leave public comment policy alone. "New Citrus County Commission Chairman Ruthie Davis Schlabach wanted to test the waters on public comment at board meetings."

• Ocala Gazette: Marciano announces run for Mayor. "A political newcomer is hoping to unseat a longtime incumbent for Mayor of Ocala in next year’s election."

• WUFT News: A local cemetery in Cedar Key finds shocking discoveries about its history. "Hurricanes are destructive forces of nature that take with it memories, valuables and for this Florida city, its history."

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Around the state

• News Service of Florida: Another Florida Supreme Court Justice is targeted in challenges to appeals court candidates. "Legal challenges to six candidates seeking to be appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to two appellate courts took another twist Friday, after plaintiffs filed requests to disqualify Florida Supreme Court Justice Renatha Francis from the cases."

• Florida Politics: Andrew Warren suspension trial ends, decision expected in two weeks. "The first round of the legal battle between Gov. Ron DeSantis and Andrew Warren, the Hillsborough County State Attorney he suspended in August, ended Thursday, but the dispute could drag on for months."

• Tallahassee Democrat ($): Presidents from nearly 40 Florida universities to gather for 'first-of-its-kind' meeting. "Nearly 40 college and university presidents from across the state of Florida will all gather in one room Wednesday — hosted by Tallahassee Community College — for a meeting behind closed doors."

• WFLA-Tampa: Space Force opens new regional base in Florida. "The new regional headquarters is meant to put more focus on space-related defense issues within Centcom and will carry out all space operations within the command’s area of responsibility."

• Bradenton Herald ($): Florida defied public records law on child’s death. Taxpayers’ tab: $376,000. "Child welfare authorities’ refusal, for well over a year, to hand over documents detailing the state’s failed efforts to protect a Miami toddler will cost Florida taxpayers $376,665 — money that otherwise could have been spent on services for at-risk children."

• WTSP-Tampa: Thousands of ‘nuisance alligators’ are killed each year. "The 6-foot alligator in a northern Hillsborough County backyard pond hadn’t bothered anyone. It wasn’t injured. But it was killed."

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• Health: Thanks to the 'tripledemic,' it can be hard to find kids' fever-reducing medicines

• Politics: Politics chat: Trump wants to return to the White House at all costs

• Culture: Among many Native American communities, their languages are in danger

• Science: In the hunt for a male contraceptive, scientists look to stop sperm in their tracks

• World:Discovery of ancient bronze statues in Italy may rewrite Etruscan and Roman history
Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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