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The Point, April 7, 2023: WUFT Documentary: Slept on Eastside

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• A WUFT News documentary: “Slept on Eastside” follows the journey of Eastside High School alumni Harold “Gator” Hoskins as he returns to his alma mater in Gainesville to revitalize the football program. The Rams had a record of 5-25 over the last three seasons, but the former football standout took on the challenge to change the culture and reunite his community. The program that was once slept on is starting to make some noise. Don't miss the inside story from reporter Trey Johnson about the success and heartbreak of Hoskins’ first year as head coach.

• Gainesville Sun ($): GPD investigating after human remains found off Southwest 13th Street. "The remains were found while workers were clearing the lot directly north of the Gator Town Inn, 3820 SW 13th St."

• Mainstreet Daily News: BOCC aims for free jail calls with uncertain route. "After a delayed meeting in March, three motions with additional modifications, multiple presentations, a passing of the gavel and a five-hour meeting, Alachua County voted 4-1 on Thursday to make phone calls at the jail free for all inmates and terminate its contract with the phone provider."

• Fresh Take Florida: UF bans TikTok on campus amid broader social media crackdown in Florida’s Capitol. "The University of Florida’s decision this week to ban TikTok effective immediately from its campus networks and college-owned devices occurred amid broader bipartisan efforts in Florida’s Legislature to limit or prohibit students in public schools from using social media."

• WCJB: City commissioners approve ‘Gainesville 121’ mixed-use development. "The property that developer Weyerhaueser is now calling “Gainesville 121″ will include a mixed use central district, a mixed residential area, and conservation land."

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Around the state

• WFSU-Tallahassee: Florida lawmakers may replace local rental ordinances with state ones. "A bill moving in the Legislature, Senate Bill 1586, would override most aspects of the relationship between Florida landlords and tenants."

• News Service of Florida: Supporters of confederate monuments could sue over their removal under a new proposal. "Under a proposal continuing to move forward in the Florida Senate, the act of damaging or removing monuments or memorials would be open to civil lawsuits."

• WUSF-Tampa: Floridians are urged to be vigilant against wildfires with much of the state 'dry or near drought.' "State Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson and Florida Forest Service Director Rick Dolan spoke during a news conference in Hillsborough County about what has already proven to be a busy fire season."

•NPR: Florida's political climate caused lawmakers to stop push to ban forced prison labor. "Democratic lawmakers in Florida who thought they could get an anti slavery law through the legislature halted their efforts after Gov. Ron DeSantis ramped up the culture wars."

• Florida Politics: Mother can give COVID-19 to fetus, causing brain damage, UM case study shows. "In both cases, the mothers contracted the infection in their second trimester and cleared the virus; however, one had a repeat infection in her third trimester, suggesting an unusual maternal and/or fetal immune response may have been a factor."

• Tampa Bay Times ($): Feds, Florida headed for collision on transgender athlete rules for school sports. "A Biden administration proposal would forbid schools from enacting outright bans on all transgender students but would offer schools some flexibility."

From NPR News

• Politics: Report on Justice Thomas' trips renews calls for a Supreme Court code of ethics

• Politics: Tennessee House votes to expel 2 of 3 Democratic members over gun protest

• Health: FDA pulls the only approved drug for preventing premature birth off the market

• Media: The fate of local news: America's largest newspaper company is creating news deserts

• World:8 bold agenda items for the World Health Organization as it turns 75

• National: No, the IRS isn't calling you. It isn't texting or emailing you, either

• Culture: Auschwitz Memorial calls WWE 'shameless' for using its image in a match promo
Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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