The Point, April 21, 2023: Gainesville drag community reacts to drag ban bill
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• WUFT News: Gainesville drag community wary of Florida drag ban bill. "For Gainesville-based drag queen Star Shine, drag has always been connected with family."
• Mainstreet Daily News: GNV reapproves solar after redactions revealed. "On Thursday, the Gainesville City Commission approved the exact same contract with Origis Energy for solar power that it unanimously supported in February."
• WUFT News: Florida emergency managers explain what went wrong to cause early morning alert. "At 2:30 p.m., the Florida Division of Emergency Management offered this explanation in a press release."
• WUFT News: Disaster to opportunity: How Gainesville turned a Puerto Rican chef’s life around. "After the effects of Hurricane Maria, Perez decided to move to Gainesville. However, he said the city has allowed him to chase his lifelong dream of owning his own restaurant."
• WUFT News: New owners and a new name for Gainesville olive oil and vinegar tasting room. "Stainless steel containers that hold different types of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, seasonings, jars of olives, and cooking utensils that read 'I can’t olive without you' and 'Olive I ever wanted,' is what you will find at The Treasured Olive."
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Around the state
• WUSF-Tampa: A bill ending DEI programs in universities is headed to the full Florida Senate. "A measure that seeks to prevent colleges and universities from spending money on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives is ready to go before the full Senate amid strong objections from Democrats, with one Black senator calling the proposal 'racist at its core.'"
• News Service of Florida: DeSantis signs major death penalty change. "Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday signed a bill eliminating a requirement for unanimous jury recommendations before judges can impose death sentences."
• Florida Politics: Controversial defamation bill now dead in House and Senate. "The legislation, which drew criticism from media voices across the political spectrum, would have lowered the threshold to sue media outlets and others."
• Associated Press: SpaceX giant rocket explodes minutes after launch from Texas. "Elon Musk’s company was aiming to send the nearly 400-foot (120-meter) Starship rocket on a round-the-world trip from the southern tip of Texas, near the Mexican border. It carried no people or satellites."
• WMFE-Orlando: Florida Lawmakers discuss hemp bill on 4/20. "Florida lawmakers are considering a bill (SB 1676) that will modify regulations around hemp-derived products."
• WUWF-Pensacola: Keeping military bases secure from climate change. "Designing and fortifying military bases against the effects of climate change is not some far-off concept, it’s happening right now."
• Florida Politics: More details emerge about Ron DeSantis’ international trade mission. "Similar to his pre-pandemic trip in 2019 to Israel, the Governor will travel with Enterprise Florida to Japan, South Korea, Israel and the United Kingdom."
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Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.