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The Point, Nov. 2, 2022: UF selects Sasse as next president

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• Fresh Take Florida: UF selects Sasse as its next president; conservative U.S. senator pledges ‘political celibacy.' "The University of Florida on Tuesday formally selected Ben Sasse as its next president, setting aside concerns that the appointment of a conservative Republican U.S. senator from Nebraska would further politicize the state’s flagship higher education institution."

• WUFT News: Frustrations run high despite low attendance at protest against Sasse selection vote. "About 60 protesters on Tuesday rallied around the heavily secured Emerson Alumni Hall along University Avenue in Gainesville."

• WUFT News: Football hooligans told him holocaust never happened; his relatives died in Nazi death camps. "Mark Bleiweis, his wife, Jennifer, and his sister-in-law left their seats early during Saturday night’s football game between Florida and Georgia. As they exited the TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, they heard shouting from a sea of people – but it wasn’t about touchdowns."

• The Gainesville Sun ($): University of Florida study shows human pee could play key role in seagrass restoration. "Researchers say that urine, when processed by wastewater treatment plants, creates a crystalized compound called struvite, which contains phosphorus and nitrogen, two key ingredients in plant fertilizer."

• WUFT News: Gainesville to host Florida Artist Blacksmith Association Conference, become new region. "David Sandlin did not set out to be a blacksmith, and he certainly didn’t set out to be the president of the Florida Artist Blacksmith Association (FABA). Even so, he will be busy Nov. 4-6 overseeing the FABA Conference in Gainesville."

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Around the state

• WMFE-Orlando: U.S. disaster response system is no match, as climate change leads to more extreme calamities, report says. "The findings come in a report produced by advocacy groups representing storm survivors from New Jersey to Texas, including Florida. It says communities struggle years after hurricanes like Irma in 2017."

• WFSU-Tallahassee: Does the Constitution Revision Commission lift or limit voters' voices? "The appointed panel meets once every 20 years and can send proposed amendments directly to the ballot for voter consideration."

• WLRN-Miami: ‘No forgiveness’: Parkland families confront gunman in final hearing before life sentence is set. "At the Broward County Courthouse on Tuesday, victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and family members of those who were murdered were able to speak directly to the gunman who massacred their loved ones on Feb. 14, 2018 — unbounded by the strictures of a jury trial."

• WUWF-Pensacola : Young Floridians do care about politics. "The 2018 and 2020 elections saw record-breaking turnouts from young voters as major issues in Florida like reinstating voter rights and a historic presidential election were on the line."

• WFTS-Tampa Bay: Visitor nearly denied entry to Florida prison, told to take prosthetic leg 'back to the car.' "A woman was nearly turned away from visiting her loved one in a Florida prison due to her disability. She's now calling for change and pushing the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) for accountability."

• News4Jax: Time for change: How “fall back” will adjust your sunrise and sunset viewing. "The sun is setting earlier and it takes longer to see the sunshine in the morning. These are the hallmarks of autumn as the tilted planet gets less and less sunshine on its trip around the Sun."

From NPR News

• Politics: Supreme Court temporarily blocks House panel from obtaining Trump tax records.

• Business: Federal judge blocks Penguin Random House from buying Simon & Schuster.

• Business: Call center workers strike over pay and working conditions.

• Health: How some doctors discriminate against patients with disabilities.

• Health: What causes Alzheimer's? Study puts leading theory to 'ultimate test.'

• National: A rare copy of the first printing of the U.S. Constitution is going up for auction.
Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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