The Point, June 26, 2023: Federal judge blocks Florida's law targeting drag shows
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• WUFT News: Alachua County School Board chair discusses new position, goals for the district. "Alachua County School Board Chair Tina Certain was sworn into a new role as president of the Florida School Boards Association this month. She starts in July."
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• Associated Press: A federal judge has halted Florida's law targeting drag shows. "U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell granted a preliminary injunction stopping the law from being enforced until a trial is held to determine its constitutionality, and he denied a Florida licensing and regulatory agency's request to dismiss it."
• News Service of Florida: A plan to increase out-of-state tuition in Florida is put on pause. "Florida higher-education officials on Thursday put on hold a request by university presidents to raise tuition for out-of-state students, hours after Gov. Ron DeSantis touted efforts to avoid tuition hikes over the past decade."
• WLRN-Miami: A somber day of remembrance in Surfside two years after condo collapse tragedy. "Saturday marked two years since the Champlain Towers South condominium building in Surfside collapsed, perishing the lives of 98 people and producing one of the worst tragedies witnessed in South Florida history."
• Florida Politics: Gov. DeSantis signs bill placing restrictions on legal ads. "Under the measure, which takes effect July 1, legal service ads can’t be presented as a medical alert, health alert, drug alert or a PSA. Ads also can’t show state or federal government logos or insignia in a way that suggests their affiliation with the law firm."
• WFLA-Tampa:St. Pete Pride draws thousands for Florida’s largest pride celebration. "The festival started with vendors and food trucks in North Straub and Vinoy Park at 2 p.m., followed by a Trans March at 5:30 p.m., then the main parade along Bayshore Drive a little before 6:30 p.m."
• WMFE-Orlando: Stetson professor says Floridians should watch national social studies scores closely. "But he said for Florida kids, he’s closely watching upcoming social studies and civics scores, after recent legislation like the Parental Rights in Education and Stop Woke Act now restrict how history can be taught."
• Treasure Coast Newspapers ($): Did FAU study find 'flesh-eating bacteria' in Sargassum seaweed? No, contrary to reports. "Bottom line: Florida Atlantic University researchers who studied Sargassum seaweed in the Sargasso Sea, a region of the Atlantic Ocean, did not find the Vibrio vulnificus bacteria that can cause a disease called necrotizing fasciitis."
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Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.