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• WUFT News: Remembering Rosewood: Descendants mark racial violence that razed Florida town 100 years ago. “Next week, during the centennial anniversary of the violence, descendants and impacted communities will commemorate the Rosewood Massacre and honor the lives lost, acknowledge trauma shared and celebrate the promise of a better future during a time of re-emerging racial tensions and reckoning.”

• Mainstreet Daily News: GNV commission to rethink zoning, charter officers. “Commissioner Cynthia Chestnut placed three items on Thursday’s agenda that will reinstate single-family zoning and pull back the trio of zoning ordinances that the commission passed in 2022.”

• WCJB: Senator Ben Sasse wrapping up work in Washington D.C., becomes UF president early February. “On Tuesday, Sasse made his farewell speech on the floor of the senate. He did not directly refer to the reason he is leaving, but talked about how government is not meant to be distant and imperial, but responsive to the people.”

• Ocala Gazette: Local black farmer dies pending promised marijuana license worth millions. “(Moton) Hopkins, who died April 11, 2022 at age 84, was among a dozen Black farmers seeking a state Medical Marijuana Treatment Center license set aside as part of a settlement in a class action suit from the 1990s that claimed the U.S. Department of Agriculture systematically discriminated against them when they applied for loans.”

• Mainstreet Daily News: FHP continues 21-vehicle I-75 crash investigation. “According to FHP spokesman Pat Riordan in an email, the cause of the accident has yet to be determined.”

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Around the state

• News Service of Florida: DeSantis focuses on ‘freedom’ to start second term. “Speaking on the steps of the Old Capitol, the state’s 46th governor balanced some campaign-style rhetoric and generic policy stances with the confidence of a politician who won re-election by nearly 20 percentage points in November and whose name is repeatedly mentioned as a 2024 presidential contender.”

• Palm Beach Post ($): House Speaker vote: Florida’s Matt Gaetz leads revolt … joined by Crist’s replacement. “The Pensacola firebrand didn’t just vote against McCarthy, who has led the GOP caucus since 2019. Gaetz also openly defied McCarthy in rising to nominate an alternative candidate at the start of the second round of balloting.”

• News4Jax: Florida librarians are now required to attend specialized training on new state rules. “That training was a result of a state law passed last year and finalized last week. Citizens now have an opportunity to weigh in as it’s reviewed by the state school board.”

• WLRN-Miami: ‘Humanitarian crisis’ in the Keys as 500 Cubans land in a weekend, followed by 100 Haitians. “Monroe County’s top law enforcement official said Monday the federal government has created ‘a humanitarian crisis,’ by failing to immediately respond to the number of migrant landings that demand local resources.”

• Spectrum News: Pesticide labels soon to be printed bilingually. “For the first time ever, Senate and Congress leaders have voted to ensure pesticide labels are now being manufactured bilingually. This is thanks to a $ 1.7 Billion appropriations package.”

• WUSF-Tampa: Elevated levels of radium show up near oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, according to Eckerd College student. “After a research excursion with the ‘Scientist at Sea’ program back in May, an Eckerd College student has released results showing elevated amounts of radium near oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.”

From NPR News

• Politics: Republicans take control of the House in this new session of Congress

• Health: 3,000+ young children accidentally ate weed edibles in 2021, study finds

• Business: Video game testers approve the first union at Microsoft

• Space: NASA Apollo astronaut Walt Cunningham has died at age 90

• Sports: Fans raise more than $4 million for Damar Hamlin’s toy drive

• Economy: A golden age for nonalcoholic beers, wines and spirits

Kristin Moorehead curated today’s edition of The Point.

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