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The Point, March 6, 2023: Gainesville removes K-9 unit again

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• Mainstreet Daily News: Gainesville again pulls police K-9 unit. "Two weeks after returning to regular duty, the K-9 squad at the Gainesville Police Department (GPD) will again leave regular service as the city reevaluates the unit amid community concern and financial scrutiny."

• WCJB:Gainesville City Commissioner pay raise reversed. "Due to important budget decisions looming, most Gainesville City Commissioners have changed their mind about doubling their pay."

• WUFT News: Gainesville residents contemplate people mover system. "Streetcar routes can have high frequency, be integrated into existing rail networks and require a smaller capital investment."

• WUFT News: Liftoff: Science projects by students from 5 Florida schools headed to space. "Collins Sheldon, 11, proposed testing whether microgravity in space affects the production of E. coli proteins that can be made into medicines, possibly speeding up the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals."

• WUFT News: House of Hope in Gainesville is giving ex-convicts a second chance. "The House of Hope started in the spring of 1994 when a group of men and women from a local church in Gainesville formed a council to assist men and women transitioning back into society from prisons."

• WUFT News: Retired author and Mississippi farmer shares personal stories of her childhood life from the 1950s. "The book 'Delta Strength' is a project that Johnson has rewritten several times over the span of 50 years."

• WUFT News: Strawberry festival helps rebuild an Ocala man’s life. "Joanne Black, development director for Habitat for Humanity of Marion County, said the purpose of the festival is to raise money to build the 'Strawberry House,' an affordable home for a low-income family."

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Around the state

• WFSU-Tallahassee: Bill before Florida Legislature would ban nonpartisan municipal races. "HJR 405 would ask voters to approve making all local government elections partisan, meaning candidates for city and county commissions would have to disclose their party affiliations in order to run."

• News Service of Florida: Legislation would make it illegal for doctors to provide gender-affirming care to transgender youths. "The Florida Board of Medicine and the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine last month moved forward with rules that would prevent doctors from providing such treatments to minors. But the bills would go further by placing a prohibition in state law."

• WUSF-Tampa: A new rule on recreational blue crab traps to protect Florida's terrapins went into effect this week. "A new Florida rule aimed at protecting diamondback terrapin turtles from drowning in recreational blue crab traps went into effect on Wednesday, but advocates said they want the same regulations for the commercial fishery."

• Florida Politics: Revenue changes for Court Clerks proposed to close funding gap. "State lawmakers are again proposing changes to address the funding woes of Court Clerks whose yearly budgets have barely budged in the last decade."

• WGCU-Fort Myers: Hurricane Irma exposed many in Immokalee to deplorable living conditions; Finally, there's something being done about it. "Irma didn’t create the substandard living conditions. It’s been that way for decades."

• Health News Florida: High risk, maximum profits: Regulators worry about Florida’s butt lift boom. "But such surgical offices are often owned by corporations that can offer discount prices by contracting with surgeons who are incentivized to work on as many patients per day as possible, in as little time as possible, according to state regulators and physicians critical of the facilities."

• WLRN-Miami: From tragedy to triumph: A community marching band formed after a shooting looks to wow crowds in Europe. "For its members, activities surrounding the band serve as a safe haven to study music and culture, receive math tutoring, and create synergy with students from various schools within Palm Beach County."

• NPR: A man dies of a brain-eating amoeba, possibly from rinsing his sinuses with tap water. "Naegleria fowleri has not been shown to spread through water vapor, aerosol droplets, person-to-person transmission or drinking water, a fact that Florida health officials emphasized this week."

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• Law: Alex Murdaugh is sentenced to 2 life terms for the double murder of his wife and son

• Business: A U.S. federal agency is suing Exxon after 5 nooses were found at a Louisiana complex

• National: How bills restricting drag could impact high school theatre productions

• Obituaries: Activist Judy Heumann led a reimagining of what it means to be disabled

• Business: A new Ford patent imagines a future in which self-driving cars repossess themselves
Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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