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• WUFT News: Woman accused of animal cruelty faces potentially never owning another animal. “Patricia Garibaldi is accused of cruelty toward animals — her 15 cats — which were found living in ‘deplorable’ conditions in her home: debris stacked to the ceiling, roaches in the cats’ food and water bowls, feces and urine on every surface.”
• WUFT News: Alachua County Fire Rescue’s day-off policy credited with attracting new recruits. “Alachua County Fire Rescue celebrated its largest pinning ceremony to date as the department welcomed nearly 45 new firefighters, EMTs and paramedics to the team.”
• Mainstreet Daily News: BOCC approves $8M radio purchase, waits for GNV. “Alachua County voted on Tuesday to accept a contract with the city of Gainesville that would transfer ownership of the city’s trunked radio system for $8 million.”
• Mainstreet Daily News: FDOH initiates recall of Cedar Key oysters. “The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) reported on Tuesday that eight cases of Salmonella in three states were linked to raw oysters harvested in Cedar Key.”
• WUFT News: Pickleball is growing on Florida’s college campuses. “To those who may be unfamiliar with the sport, it could best be explained as a combination of ping pong, badminton and tennis.”
• WUFT News: A goodbye letter from reporter Katie Hyson. “The moments spent sitting across from you, listening, were some of the most sacred of my life.”
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Around the state
• News Service of Florida: A proposal would expand Florida’s controversial education law on teaching about sexual orientation. “A House Republican on Tuesday filed a proposal that would bar instruction about sexual orientation and gender identity through eighth grade, expanding a controversial 2022 law that prohibited such instruction in early grades.”
• WFSU-Tallahassee: A state senator proposes a plan to cancel the Florida Democratic Party. “If passed, the bill would de-certify any political party and its affiliates, that previously advocated for slavery on their party’s platform.”
• WGCU-Fort Myers: Move to take wood stork off federal endangered list putting environmental groups at odds. “A proposal to delist a species from the protections of the Endangered Species Act almost always riles the environmental community.”
• NPR: Soccer’s Orlando Pride ditches players’ white shorts over period concerns. “The Orlando Pride is the first National Women’s Soccer League team to changes its uniforms to account for period concerns. The team unveiled its new look this week.”
• WMFE-Orlando: On second try, SpaceX launches multinational crew on mission to International Space Station.“The nine engines of SpaceX’s Falcon rocket roared to life at 12:34 a.m ET, lighting up the Florida sky and launching the multinational crew on a 25-hour trip to the International Space Station.”
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• Health: Eli Lilly cuts some older insulin prices and caps out-of-pocket costs
• Politics: China is buying up more U.S. farmland. Some lawmakers consider that a security threat
• World: The quake in Turkey and Syria left at least 50,000 dead. What about the survivors?
• Religion: What’s next for the Southern Baptist Convention after it ousted 5 female-led churches?
• Science: NASA made history by knocking an asteroid off course. Now, it’s publishing the data
• Technology: TikTok sets a new default screen-time limit for teen users
• History: Women’s History Month grew out of a weeklong commemoration by Jimmy Carter in 1980
Kristin Moorehead curated today’s edition of The Point.