The Point, Feb. 3, 2023: Bomb squad called, all clear on UF campus
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• WUFT News: All clear after bomb squad called to UF’s campus to investigate suspicious package. "University of Florida classes were brought to a screeching halt when students in Turlington Hall were evacuated Thursday amid fire alarms and police sirens and a bomb squad caused confusion and panic."
• WUFT News: University of Florida students “Chomp Hate” in Plaza of the Americas. "Representatives from UF Hillel, Chabad, the Jewish Student Union (JSU) and other student organizations met a group of antisemitic protestors."
• WUFT News: Micanopy divided over pennant flag displays. "These weeks have raised questions about the town’s ordinance regulating pennant flags, equal enforcement and whether the place that’s believed to be Florida’s oldest inland town is welcoming to the LGBTQ community."
• Gainesville Sun ($): University of Florida students, faculty plan to protest Monday as Sasse begins presidency. "Incoming University of Florida President Ben Sasse will be greeted by protestors Monday afternoon outside the school's administration building as he officially takes the helm of the top-5 public university."
• WCJB: Communities across North Central Florida set to receive money for broadband services. "Some rural areas of North Central Florida are about to get broadband internet. The state is awarding $144 million for broadband services."
• WCJB: Dozens of people shut down the streets in downtown Gainesville demanding justice for inmate who died in jail. "Today marks a week since Alachua county sheriff’s deputies confirmed that 32-year-old Marcus Goodman died in jail due to a medical emergency. Family members were invited to a vigil to honor him but what was supposed to be a quiet event turned into an active protest."
• WUFT News: Gainesville man seeks compensation for home destroyed by flooding. "On July 7, 2021, Mark Dake’s home was flooded with 36 inches of water during Hurricane Elsa. Dake lived in the Emerald Woods neighborhood in north Gainesville from 2011 until the flood left him homeless for two weeks."
• WUFT News: Egg shortage cracks down on Gainesville consumers and businesses. "A person can call their friends to ask if they have any eggs, but restaurants do not have that luxury at a time like this. The bistro has to get its food from a distributor, in adherence to regulations, even if the prices have gone up."
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Around the state
• WFSU-Tallahassee: DeSantis proposes another $12 million to transport migrants. "This time, the provision states the governor may use those dollars to transport migrants living in other states to any jurisdiction."
• WUSF-Tampa: Florida's voucher bill could cost taxpayers $4 billion. "The proposal — called House Bill 1 — would mean basically everyone would be eligible for Florida Empowerment Scholarship vouchers, which are now awarded only to low-income families."
• Florida Politics: Florida congressional leaders seek help for seasonal crop producers. "U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott re-introduced the Defending Domestic Produce Production Act. The Republicans’ bill would grant seasonal fruit and vegetable growers the ability to seek relief from unabated foreign imports."
• WUWF-Pensacola: Book ban in Florida's public schools rankles many. "House Bill 1467, which became law in July, requires public schools to provide age-appropriate books. A qualified school media specialist — trained by the state — must give their approval."
• Florida Politics: Disney World fights back against annual passholder lawsuit. "Palm Beach County resident Erica Kelly and Orange County resident Marilyn Paone sued Disney in October after they said they couldn’t find open reservations when they wanted to go to the parks even though they had passes without blockout dates."
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Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.