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Today’s Florida stories
• WUFT News: Q&A: UF researcher describes bias in artificial intelligence and pushes for ‘algorithmic justice.’ “Tina Tallon is an assistant professor of artificial intelligence in the arts in the University of Florida’s School of Music. She studies what’s called algorithmic justice – how language, racial and gender biases are baked into these technologies, and how to fix them. WUFT’s Report for America Corps Member Katie Hyson sat down with Tallon to talk about what that means and why it matters.”
• WUSF-Tampa: Florida lawmakers likely to consider additional abortion restrictions in new year. “Republican legislative leaders say they are open to advancing more limits on abortion in 2023, but it’s not yet known how strict any new restrictions would be. Incoming Senate President Kathleen Passidomo has said she wants to see Florida’s ban on abortion after 15 weeks reduced to 12 weeks. The proposal could include an exclusion for rape and incest, which is currently not allowed.”
• WLRN-Miami: Gov. DeSantis investigating Broward Center for Performing Arts after drag show. “The move to investigate the Broward Center for the Performing Arts comes after it hosted a Christmas-themed drag show this week. The governor launched a similar investigation into a Wynwood bar in August of this year. The governor’s Press Secretary Bryan Griffin announced the investigation on Twitter, alleging the show was ‘marketed to children.'”
• Spectrum News: Parental Rights in Education Act pushing some educators out of the field. “Equality Florida said some LGBTQ educators are changing careers because of the law, which states they can lose their teaching license if they’re found to be in violation.”
• News4Jax: Florida has changed a lot in the last year, data shows. “As 2023 inches closer, records and data show the Sunshine State changed a lot in the past year. From overall population to housing and politics, 2022′s impact on Florida was significant.”
• The Alligator: Gators volunteer coach Katie Ledecky wins second AP Female Athlete of the Year. “She previously won the award in 2017. … The 25-year-old Ledecky joined the UF swimming and diving coaching staff in September 2021. She is in her second year with the Gators.”
• Tampa Bay Times ($): Farmers’ almanacs have predicted weather for centuries. Are they right about Florida’s winter? “The Almanac says Florida’s winter will be ‘colder and rainier than normal.’ That’s the opposite of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s prediction made in October, which stated Florida would likely be warmer and drier than average this winter.”
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From NPR News
• National: Dozens have died in the Buffalo area as National Guard begins door-to-door checks
• Business: Southwest cancels another 4,800 flights as its reduced schedule continues
• Business: Six ways media took a big step backward in 2022
• World: U.S. will require travelers from China to show negative COVID test before flight
• National: What is an atmospheric river, responsible for the heavy rainfall on the West Coast?
• National: 2022 in photos: NPR station photographers share memorable moments
Ethan Magoc curated today’s edition of The Point.