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The Point, Feb. 13, 2023: Steve Spurrier Way unveiled at Celebration Pointe

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• WUFT News: ‘Head Ball Coach’ celebrates the unveiling of Steve Spurrier Way in Celebration Pointe. "Spurrier — alongside family, friends, former players, coaches and other dignitaries — on Friday evening celebrated the renaming of SW 31st Place to Steve Spurrier Way outside of his restaurant."

• The Alligator: Gainesville man arrested in connection with double homicide shooting. "Dallvion Parker, 28, is being charged with two counts of premeditated first degree murder, attempted murder in the first degree for discharging a firearm causing injury and attempted murder in the first degree for possession of a firearm."

• WUFT News: TikTok controversy continues amid recent security issues with China. "Amid the controversy of Chinese balloons flying above the United States, Congress is discussing a bill that would warn users of the risks that come with using TikTok."

• Ocala Gazette: MCSO to conduct random K9 drug, firearm classroom searches. "Schools and classrooms will be selected at random for weekly searches through a computer program."

• Mainstreet Daily News: BOCC backs meat processing facility, local ranches. "The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has already dedicated $2.5 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to build the site, but on Thursday BOCC Chair Anna Prizzia released a full position statement on behalf of the commission."

• Mainstreet Daily News: Alachua County cities awarded nearly $30 million. "Three Alachua County cities will receive nearly $30 million for wastewater projects following Florida’s release of $240 million for 36 projects across the state."

• WUFT News: Former UF football player dies from self-inflicted gunshot near campus. "Gainesville police said Boateng, 21, of Pompano Beach, Florida, was found by his father."

• WUFT News: Love is in the air as Valentine’s Day approaches – and so is spending. "Feb. 14 is highly anticipated in retail environments each year, and Gainesville’s local economy is ready to reap the financial benefits of love."

• WUFT News: Southbound 441: The ‘highway’ to rock. "Zane Borenstein, 19, spent months telling his roommate, Myles Salustro, 19, how badly he wanted a bassist to back him while he played guitar."

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Around the state

• WUSF-Tampa: First Amendment advocates say DeSantis' media defamation stance would hurt free speech on all sides. "Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to make it easier to sue media outlets for defamation. But Florida's First Amendment Foundation says that would have a chilling effect on free speech."

• WLRN-Miami: Parkland: The movements for change that came out of tragedy. "Tuesday, Feb. 14, marks five years since the tragic mass shooting that left 17 people dead and 17 others injured at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland."

• WUSF-Tampa: New EPA guidance on clean water payments still unfairly burdens low-income residents, advocates say. "Communities face significant costs adhering to standards set by the federal Clean Water Act, which governs pollution control and water quality in the nation's waterways."

• Florida Politics: Jason Pizzo elected to lead Senate Democrats in 2024. "The move comes less than three months after party members uniformly voted to elect Pizzo as Leader Pro Tempore for the 2022-24 term alongside current Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book, a fellow South Floridian."

• WFSU-Tallahassee: After Martha's Vineyard, lawmakers give DeSantis $10 million more to move migrants. "In a party-line vote, state GOP lawmakers passed the bill that gives the state broad authority to find and move migrants in other states to so-called immigrant 'sanctuary cities' outside Florida."

• News Service of Florida: Legislation will give Florida's statewide prosecutor more power to investigate voter fraud. "It led to a renewed debate about measures that Democrats contend are aimed at suppressing voting — and Republicans contend are designed to prevent fraud."

• WGCU-Fort Myers: Federal agency working with FWC on unauthorized feeding issue at North Fort Myers eagle nest. "Harriet's absence since late Feb. 2 has raised concerns and comments from the thousands of online viewers of the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam. As of Friday afternoon, Harriet remained vanished."

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• Sports: Former NFL players are suing the league over denied disability benefits

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• Politics: The Pence subpoena could set up a showdown over executive privilege

• National: The U.S. needs more affordable housing – where to put it is a bigger battle

• World: In Turkey, a U.S. rescue team helps recover the dead while respecting local customs

• Health: Are there places you should still mask in, forever? Three experts weigh in

• World: Antisemitic text was projected onto the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam
Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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