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The Point, July 25, 2023: Blues Creek residents wait for flooding fix

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• WUFT News: Another ‘broken promise’: Blues Creek Residents wait, oppose proposed rezoning development plan. "Flooding has been an issue in the Blues Creek neighborhood since its beginning. Now, residents must wait even longer to have their concerns addressed."

• News Service of Florida: Two Black Farmers get licenses to grow medical marijuana, and one will do so in Alachua County. "Two Black farmers have received licenses to grow, process and sell medical marijuana, after a new state law helped clear the way for the long-awaited licenses."

• Gainesville Sun ($): City of Gainesville files lawsuit against state, DeSantis over controversial GRU bill. "City officials have argued against the bill, filed by Rep. Chuck Clemons, since its initial proposal, saying it's 'unworkable.'"

• Florida Storms: New tropical wave near Bermuda now tracking toward Florida. "A tropical wave has formed in the southwestern Atlantic this afternoon and is now tracking right toward the southeast U.S."

• Associated Press: Ocala couple pleads guilty to participating in the US Capitol attack."Jamie Buteau, 50, and Jennifer Buteau, 46, both of Ocala, entered guilty pleas in District of Columbia federal court, according to court records."

• WUFT News: Bucket truck bandits: Two suspects drag ATM using stolen truck, then flee from Lake City officers on foot. "Lake City police officers were dispatched at 4:52 a.m. on Friday in response to an Ameris Bank alarm sounding, only to find the drive-thru ATM had been ripped from its foundation."

• WUFT News: Interview with UF Cancer Center Director Dr. Jonathan Licht. "The National Cancer Institute’s 'Cancer Centers' program recognizes institutions that lead the way in research, and this year the UF Cancer Center achieved the prestigious NCI designation."

• The Alligator: Generations of Barbie fans wear pink for Gainesville early screening. "About 145 patrons, donned in pinks from neons to pastels, trotted toward a life-sized doll box display sprawled in the corner of a Gainesville theater and waited for their turn to pose playfully while channeling their plastic inspiration."

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Around the state

• Associated Press: State official: Miami-Dade's police chief in critical but stable condition after shooting himself. "The director of the Miami-Dade Police Department was in critical but stable condition following surgery in a Tampa area hospital a day after shooting himself, state law enforcement officials said Monday."

• WUSF-Tampa: Oil company appeals ruling rejecting drilling near the Everglades. "The company is appealing the ruling that no oil is likely to be found in an area that is critical for the endangered Florida panther."

• WMFE-Orlando: As Florida temps rise NASA keeps an eye out from above. "NASA utilized research and data from its satellites and other sensors to shed light on some of the extreme weather conditions on our planet. Last month was the warmest June on record and sea temperatures have skyrocketed."

• WUSF-Tampa: These trans advocates say the new informed consent forms for patients are transphobic and inaccurate. "Critics say the forms are inaccurate, intentionally vague, and full of transphobic language that could scare patients from getting care — and doctors from providing it."

• Palm Beach Post ($): Floridians will soon have edge on out-of-towners in booking state park camping sites. "Starting Jan. 1, residents can book a campsite at any of Florida’s 57 state parks that allow camping up to 11 months ahead of time, whereas nonresidents can do so up to 10 months in advance."

• Florida Politics: Total of 4 arrested after drug raid, including son of Orlando leader. "Orlando Police have announced the raid of a home belonging to a city leader resulted in four arrests. That follows years of complaints from Lake Davis residents concerned the Greenwood Street home was a drug den."

• WUSF-Tampa: How scientists are saving Florida's endangered coral reefs from extreme heat. "In the past week, the University of South Florida's Florida Institute of Oceanography’s Keys Marine Laboratory (KML) has transferred 1,500 coral specimens from offshore nurseries to onshore tanks."

• WGCU-Fort Myers: Florida's bald eagle nesting season proves resiliency of the iconic raptors. "With few other options, many eagle pairs rebuilt their nests in spindly, bare branch trees or man-made structures. Roughly 70 percent of the eagle pairs that lost their nests were able to rebuild, despite massive tree loss."

From NPR News

• Politics: Justice Department sues Texas after Gov. Abbott refuses to remove floating barrier

• National: Carlee Russell says she lied about seeing a lost child and being abducted

• Business: The IRS will stop making most unannounced visits to taxpayers' homes and businesses

• Religion: Congregations leave United Methodist Church over defiance of LGBTQ bans

• Health: Herbal supplement kratom targeted by lawsuits after a string of deaths

• Health: Young men making quartz countertops are facing lung damage. One state is taking action

• Media: 'Barbie' beats 'Oppenheimer' at the box office with a record $155 million debut
Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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