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The Point, Nov. 29, 2022: Gainesville City Commission struggles to fill officer positions

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• WUFT News: Gainesville City Commission struggles to fill officer positions. "The Gainesville City Commission currently has five of its six charter officer positions vacant."

• Gainesville Sun ($): Gainesville police investigating fatal hit-and-run crash that left a bicyclist dead. "The incident occurred around the 3300 block of South Main Street in Gainesville, not far from Sweetwater Wetlands Park."

• WCJB:Limestone quarry operation to reopen in Newberry. "City Commissioners unanimously approved a request on Monday night for a special use permit, for a limerock quarry along CR-235."

• WUFT News: Reading mentorship program aims at growing skills and love for reading in Alachua County. "ReadSquad, formerly known as Teen Trendsetters, is a Barbara Bush Foundation reading mentorship program for first, second and third graders who are reading half a year or more behind their grade level."

• WCJB: Sisters share their experience following inmate death at Marion County Jail. "Two sisters--Pattie Stephens and Elizabeth Feltz--lost their brother when he was serving time at the Marion County Jail for driving without a license. They say that both (Scott Whitley III) and their brother’s death was part of a pattern of neglect going on inside the jail."

• The Alligator: Swarthy empowers local Black-owned businesses in its second festival. "Local businesses and organizations set up tents and tables along the street outside Citizens Field in the second Revolution Before Evolution Festival, an event Swarthy East GNV hosted to promote local businesses and farms."

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Around the state

• WFSU-Tallahassee: FAMU announces campus safety review following Sunday shooting that left one dead and four injured. "The review includes considering changes to rules regarding the use of indoor and outdoor campus recreational facilities."

• News Service of Florida: An appeals court refuses to block a Florida school board's speech policy. "A federal appeals court has rejected an attempt by a chapter of the conservative group Moms for Liberty to block restrictions that the Brevard County School Board placed on public participation at board meetings."

• News4Jax: TIAA Bank Field becoming a place for protest statements. "TIAA Bank Field was the site of another protest statement Sunday, this one before the Jaguars game. A plane with a banner showing a Confederate flag was flown over the stadium, with the words 'put monuments back.'"

• WFLA-Tampa: 1st of 4 stacks drained as Piney Point closure price rises with deep well injections on the horizon. "During a recent tour of the property, court-appointed receiver Herb Donica indicated closure, while still years and millions of dollars away."

• WGCU-Fort Myers: Audubon clears Corkscrew Swamp of 1,000 acres of invasive willow. "The Carolina willow, almost by itself, has expanded the definition of 'invasive species' to include particularly aggressive plants that are native to Florida, not just faraway exotics."

• Florida Today ($): Artemis I: NASA's Orion breaks records at the halfway mark of its deep-space journey. "Over the weekend, the uncrewed Orion broke the record of set by Apollo 13 in 1970 for the farthest a human-rated spacecraft had ever been from Earth as it sailed past 250,000 away."

From NPR News

• Science: Hawaii's Mauna Loa, the world's biggest active volcano, erupts after 38 years

• Health: Thousands of toddler sippy cups and bottles are recalled over lead poisoning risk

• Politics: Can Biden push gun control legislation through Congress before the end of the year?

• National: San Francisco considers allowing law enforcement robots to use lethal force

• Health: WHO renames monkeypox as mpox, citing racist stigma

• Elections: Democrats made midterm gains in rural areas. Can they keep them?

• Health: The chase is on: Regulators are slowly cracking down on vapes aimed at teens
Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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