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The Point, July 13, 2023: Lawsuit judge allows reenactment of Parkland massacre

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Around the state

• Associated Press: Reenactment of Parkland school massacre on campus will be allowed as part of lawsuit against deputy. "Peterson, the school's on-campus deputy, was acquitted last month of criminal charges accusing him of inaction, but the civil case against him, the Broward Sheriff's Office and others is governed by different laws and rules of evidence. It also has a lower standard of proof."

• News Service of Florida: Florida citrus growers end worst season in nearly a century. "Growers produced 15.85 million boxes of oranges during the 2022-2023 season, down from 41.2 million boxes during the 2021-2022 season, which itself marked a continued decrease in production."

• Jacksonville Today: Nearly 150,000 households on waitlist for Jax affordable housing. "'Just let that marinate for a minute,' said Alexander, adding that the number is merely heads of the household making between $12,000 and $14,000 a year, and doesn’t include family members."

• WUSF-Tampa: Experts shine a light on the invisible toll of informal evictions. "When landlords push renters out without using the court — in what’s called an informal eviction — there’s often no way to track it."

• Tallahassee Democrat ($): Are your children's vaccines up to date before school starts? 9 things parents should know. "Florida requires certain vaccines to be administered before children may enroll and attend childcare and school."

• WMFE-Orlando: Before mission to the moon, NASA astronauts will hitch a ride in this van. "Electric vehicle company Canoo delivered three, all electric, zero-emission vans that will fit the four astronauts aboard the upcoming Artemis II mission, as well as equipment and technicians that will assist the crew in final preparations ahead of their launch from Kennedy Space Center."

• Fort Myers News-Press ($): 'It was insane': Hunters capture longest Burmese python ever recorded near Naples, Florida. "The 19-foot python was caught in the Big Cypress National Preserve in eastern Collier County early Monday morning."

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Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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