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The Point, March 27, 2023: Gator Fly-In honors military at Gainesville Regional Airport

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• WUFT News: Gator Fly-In returns to Gainesville for Armed Services Day. "Members of the media got a chance to fly in the clouds above The Swamp. It’s a day meant to commemorate the sacrifice of those in the military and show off Gainesville Regional Airport."

• WUFT News: Buchholz High School teen arrested after online threat. "A statement from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office said she posted on Instagram threatening to 'shoot up the school.'"

• WUFT News: Gainesville Commission addresses GRU at meeting. "Gainesville Regional Utilities continues to loom over Gainesville City Commission business."

• Florida Politics: Alachua County Republican arrested for voting illegally in 2020. "He faces charges of fraudulent voting by an unqualified elector and perjury."

• WUFT News: The Beatles in Florida in 1964: ‘Good Day Sunshine State.' "WUFT’s Morning Edition host Glenn Richards speaks with retired broadcast journalist and author Bob Kealing about his latest book, Good Day Sunshine State: How the Beatles Rocked Florida."

• The Alligator: Latin festival unites community in celebration of music. "Between salsa songs and giveaways for the guests with the best rhythm, Tu Fiesta Radio presented an unforgettable night with their Latin festival Saturday."

• WUFT News: Photo gallery: Indie Live. "Swamp Records, in collaboration with Heartwood Soundstage, put on the concert in Gainesville Fla., March 24, 2023."

• Gainesville Sun ($): Sisters Helping Sisters in Need donates prom dresses, gowns for all occasions. "The Gainesville-based nonprofit donated more than 400 gowns to Alachua County Public Schools' Partners in Education program. The gowns will be available for Santa Fe High School and Eastside High School students to choose from to wear to their proms this year."

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Around the state

• WFSU-Tallahassee: Efforts to add open carry to a permitless carry bill in Florida fail. "Florida House lawmakers have passed a measure that would allow people to carry a concealed weapon without a permit or training, but the measure didn't include open carry."

• WFSU-Tallahassee: A bill that targets drag queens seeks to ban kids from what bill supporters call adult performances. "A bill from Rep. Randy Fine (R-Palm Bay) for would punish establishments like restaurants and hotels for 'knowingly' letting kids in such events, but opponents say the measure smacks of an anti-LGBTQ agenda."

• Palm Beach Post ($): A mystery: 16,000 previously uncounted COVID cases added to Florida's total. "Representatives for the CDC and the Florida Department of Health did not explain Friday why those infections have gone uncounted for months."

• WFSU-Tallahassee: Florida considers the death penalty for sex crimes against children. "Should Florida execute criminals who don’t kill anybody? That’s been a hotly debated question as the legislature considers whether child rapists should be sentenced to death."

• Florida Politics: Ron DeSantis makes ‘a few selective edits’ about role in force-feeding Guantánamo Bay detainees. "As he edges closer to announcing a run for President, Gov. Ron DeSantis is downplaying the influence he had on the decision to force-feed Guantánamo Bay detainees."

• Jacksonville Today: How Duval Schools' book debate wound up on the floor of Congress. "U.S. House members voted 213-208 on Friday to pass a federal 'Parents Bill of Rights,' after multiple Democratic lawmakers highlighted Duval County as an example of the 'chilling effect' of schoolbook laws."

• Florida Politics: Scott Franklin, Debbie Wasserman Schultz lead push to change orange juice standards. "The bill would direct the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to alter the required ratio of sugar and solids in not-from-concentrate orange juice."

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Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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