The Point, June 27, 2022: Protesters Locally And Across The State Are Speaking Out Against Last Week's Roe V. Wade Overruling
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• The Alligator: Gainesville protests overturn of Roe v. Wade. "Protestors left the courthouse to march. They passed the attorney general’s office on their way to the Community Pregnancy Clinic, a crisis pregnancy center in midtown."
• The Gainesville Sun ($): Alachua County leaders react to Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade. "Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe said the reversal "will create a public health crisis in America."
• CBS4: Locals speak up about pro-life beliefs. "A recent poll found 37% of Americans say that abortion should be illegal in all or most circumstances."
• WUFT News: Gun trafficker, former jail guard avoids prison time in controversial sentencing. "Because Brewton suffers the stigma of being a convicted felon, the conviction itself is punishment enough, Antoon II wrote in the order."
• WUFT News: Man Arrested in Illinois on Charges He Secretly Recorded Video of UF Students in Dorm Bathrooms. "Deontre Mason, 25, was arrested in Marion, Illinois, on nine charges of video voyeurism brought by UFPD and extradited back to Gainesville on Tuesday."
• WCJB TV20: Sign-ups for concealed carry courses increase following recent mass shootings. "The training program instructor said she’s seen an increase in sign-ups. This comes after recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas."
• WCJB TV20: The Starke Police sent released a letter from the DCF about the temporary closing of Bradford Preschool. "On Friday, June 24th, The State Department of Children and Families suspended the school’s license. This comes after police opened a child abuse investigation earlier this month on the school for the fifth time."
• The Alligator: Students, residents prepare for hurricane season. "The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast about 14 to 21 named storms this season — which lasts well beyond summer months, extending all the way until Nov. 30 — with the possibility of six to 10 becoming hurricanes."
• WUFT News: Corrine Brown aims for a political comeback despite previous tax fraud case. "Gainesville city leaders are hoping to leave a controversy surrounding the RTS transfer facility in the past."
• Villages-News: Sumter County continues to pressure South African motocross racer’s noisy track. "Tyla Rattray, a former South African motocross racer who trains other racers, had been granted a special use permit to operate a private motocross track on 52 acres in the Center Hill area. However, due to numerous violations, the county revoked the permit."
• The Villages Daily Sun: Wildwood business coalition holds first meeting. "On Tuesday, a meeting was held at the Wildwood Community Center for Wildwood business owners to attend and discuss the possibility of starting a membership-based organization to help transform the community."
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Around the state
• New York Times ($): In Florida, California and Beyond: Both Sides Mobilize Over Abortion. "On Monday, plaintiffs will ask a judge to block Florida’s law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. It is set to take effect on Friday."
• Orlando Sentinel ($): ACLU, Planned Parenthood try to block Florida’s 15-week abortion law. "A state court is being asked Monday to block a new Florida law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks."
• WFSU: Gov. DeSantis vetoes the bill that allowed businesses to sue local governments. "While the veto of the business measure drew praise from local-government and environmental groups, DeSantis left open the door for lawmakers to consider similar, but more targeted, legislation in the future."
• Pensacola News Journal: Congress passed a historic gun safety bill. Only 1 Florida Republican voted for it. "Congress responded Friday after decades of inaction on gun violence, passing a rare and historic gun bill amid an election year despite opposition from Florida's two senators and all but one Florida GOP congressional representative."
• TCPalm ($): Surfside one year later: First lady Jill Biden, Gov. Ron DeSantis attend Champlain Towers memorial. "Family members of the 98 victims who died under the collapsed Champlain Towers South condos gathered Friday for the one-year memorial of the tragedy. Flanked by first responders, police officers, and hundreds of community members, they shared testimonies of the hardest year of their lives."
• Florida Times-Union: Northeast Florida has among state's lowest jobless rates. "The unemployment rate in the Jacksonville area includes Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties. The statewide jobless rate was 3% in May, according to data released from Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity in June."
• New York Times ($): F.B.I. Raids Orlando Museum and Removes Basquiat Paintings. "All 25 works in the museum’s Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition were seized by the F.B.I. An affidavit called into question their origin and their authenticity."
• Citrus County Chronicle: Black farmers vie for marijuana license. "A 99-year-old matriarch who began her agricultural career in cotton fields in Northwest Florida. A rancher who served in Vietnam and grew up in an Alachua County community terrorized in the past by lynchings. A family that got its start picking apples on a New York farm."
• Spectrum News: Florida loud music law to begin July 1. "According to this law, audio that can be heard from a distance of 25 feet or more coming from a vehicle is means to receive a traffic infraction."
• Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Florida lacks electric vehicle charging stations, but Sarasota bucks the trend. "Florida may rank as the eighth least accessible state to charge an electric vehicle, but Sarasota County bucks that statewide trend."
• Fox35: Former attorney gets prison time for stealing millions from 108-year-old. "The victim, Helen Kuhn passed away earlier this month, but the Orange County Sheriff's Office says she caught on to the fraud back in 2019."
• WUSF: Avalanche clinch the Stanley Cup, stop Lightning 2-1 in Game 6. "The Lightning were 3-0 when facing possible elimination before Sunday night’s 2-1 loss stopped a bid to become the first team to win three consecutive Stanley Cup championships since the New York Islanders captured four in a row from 1980-83."
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