The Point, Feb. 14, 2023: New study reveals “forever chemicals” in freshwater fish


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• WUFT News: Why women and racial minorities are underrepresented in the US Foreign Service. “WUFT’s Report for America Corps Member Katie Hyson spoke with two African American women in the service – both with Florida ties – about why that is, why it matters, and how to change it.”

• WUFT News: Community members speak up about new “forever chemicals” study. “A new study by the Environmental Working Group, an activist group focused on research, revealed that eating a single freshwater fish is equal to drinking water with high PFAS levels for a month.”

• WCJB: City of Alachua to receive more than $1.8M after a company never turned in its site plan. “Harvest DCP of Florida LLC, a cannabis dispensary, purchased building “C” on the Phoenix property off Hwy 441, in the City of Alachua.”

• WUFT News: City survey seeks resident feedback on state of downtown parking. “When the City of Gainesville tested a paid parking framework in 2022, Hear Again Records saw a sharp decrease in revenue. As much as it hurt, Andrew Schaer, the store owner, hoped the lack of foot traffic would send a message to the city that people didn’t want the new parking arrangement.”

• WUFT News: Mill Creek Farm: Where horses get a second chance at life. “The Retirement Home for Horses at Mill Creek Farm is home to more than 130 elderly horses, some seized by law enforcement agencies and others rescued by SPCA or humane societies.”

• WUFT News: Photos: Oldies But Goodies Classic Car And Bike Show visits Williston. “This is the second annual car show and about 3,000 people were expected to attend.”

• WUFT News: 15 years of beer: Swamp Head Brewery celebrates its 15-year anniversary with Swamp Fest 2023. “Luke Kemper says that even after 15 years, the goal is to always make awesome beer.”

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Around the state

• WFSU-Tallahassee: DeSantis floats a replacement for the College Board as both sides continue fighting over an AP Black studies course. “The College Board could lose more than a political fight with Florida over its Advanced Placement African American Studies course. Gov. Ron DeSantis has suggested the state should seek alternatives.”

• News Service of Florida: A former state leader has launched a bid to lead Florida Democrats. “In a prepared statement Monday, Fried said she would ‘commit to rebuilding our party from the ground up’ after Democrats in 2022 lost every statewide race and lost seats in the Legislature and the state’s congressional delegation.”

• Florida Politics: Giffords blasts Florida GOP for scheduling permitless gun carry hearing close to five-year mark of Parkland shooting. “On Monday, Senate President Kathleen Passidomo scheduled the Senate Criminal Justice Committee to take up a bill (SB 150) on Feb. 20 eliminating the license requirement for Floridians to carry a concealed firearm.”

• WFSU-Tallahassee: House Bill 269 seeks to curb rash of anti-Semitic incidents in Florida. “Across Florida, anti-Semitic sentiments have been projected onto buildings, hung from an overpass, tossed into yards in the night. A bill before the Legislature would toughen the penalties for some of this.”

• WGCU-Fort Myers: FDOT urges drivers to secure their loads after two workers were hit collecting debris on I-75. “The large amount of debris on I-75 has FDOT employees working around-the-clock to clear the roadway while subjecting them to danger from motorists cruising at speeds up to 70 mph.”

• WJCT-Jacksonville: Duval Schools scolded over youth risk survey. “The controversial federally funded Youth Risk Behavioral Survey for 2023, which was about to get underway in Duval County Public Schools, has been canceled at the urging of the state Department of Education.”

• WGCU-Fort Myers: Highly endangered Florida panther has more space in South Florida. “The Hendrie Ranch in Highlands County sold the rights to develop – in this case never develop – 661 acres along the Florida Wildlife Corridor, which is 18-million-acre network of public and private lands, waterways, and wildlife habitats that stretches from the Everglades in the south to the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia.”

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• Politics: A judge blocks the release of most of a grand jury report in Georgia election probe

• Politics: GOP is calling to impeach DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

• Environment: Health concerns grow in East Palestine, Ohio, after train derailment

• Health: Teen girls and LGBTQ+ youth plagued by violence and trauma, survey says

• National: The issues that arise when federal agencies define child homelessness differently

• Science: For these virus-hunting scientists, the ‘real gold’ is what’s in a mosquito’s abdomen

• National: UFOs? Airborne objects? What we know about 4 recent shootdowns

• Health: Is chocolate good for your heart? Finally the FDA has an answer – kind of

Kristin Moorehead curated today’s edition of The Point.

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