The Point, July 24, 2023: Judge sets date for Trump documents trial
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• WCJB: I-75 shut down, then reopened after deputies say murder suspect took their own life. "ASO deputies learned about a potential murder suspect coming from Columbia County. Deputies closed off all highway lanes between Newberry Road and 39th Avenue."
• WUFT News: Marion County Fire Rescue weightlifting competition to raise funds for first responder mental health awareness. "Marion County Fire Rescue is hosting its annual 'Bear the Burden' event to raise funds for the Marion County Benevolence Fund and bring awareness to the mental health issues first responders face daily, according to an MCFR press release."
• Gainesville Sun ($): Cedar Key shows 'old Florida' can learn new tricks about adaptation, resilience. "In 2020, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s tide gauge in Cedar Key recorded the fourth-highest rate of sea-level rise acceleration in the nation and local sea level has risen nearly six inches since 1992."
• Mainstreet Daily News: MLK Center to host Disability Awareness Expo. "The Disability Awareness Expo, an event co-sponsored by Alachua County and the city of Gainesville, will be held to help inform participants about the Americans with Disabilities Act."
• The Alligator: UF student creates independent RTS app. "Jonathan Wukitsch, a 19-year-old UF computer science sophomore, used the city’s GNV RideRTS app every day for a year to get to campus. He decided Gainesville commuters needed an upgrade after he experienced regular glitches."
• Ocala Gazette: Still serving. "The Stuff the Bus program for 2023 will see some 2,000 backpacks, which are filled with an array of donated school supplies packed by an all-volunteer staff, distributed to area public elementary, middle and charter school students."
• The Alligator: Seventy-nine years since Florida Gator plane crash. "Flying 'The Florida Gator' — a blue plane with bright orange trim, and a large alligator mouth with orange lips — Durst approached the French coast at 24,000 feet as the third plane in the formation with nothing but speed and a camera."
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Around the state
• Associated Press: Harris targets Florida rules on Black history pushed by DeSantis. "It’s the latest example of how Harris has been the White House point person for addressing cultural issues such as race, schooling and abortion that are championed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican presidential candidate."
• NPR: Trump classified documents trial in Florida to begin in May 2024. "That schedule puts the trial at the tail end of the Republican presidential primary process. Trump is currently the front-runner for the GOP nomination and already may have become the nominee by that time."
• WFSU-Tallahassee: Heat wave in Florida poses dangers, especially for the vulnerable. "About 40 children die every year from heatstroke after being left in or trapped in vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says more than half of them die when someone forgets a child is in a car."
• NPR: How climate change could cause a home insurance meltdown. "Nationwide, millions of homeowners are having to find different kinds of coverage, which typically come at a higher price with less protection."
• Spectrum News: onePULSE Foundation terminates lease for Pulse property. "The organization stated on Thursday it has learned that the property owners did not renew a temporary use permit, which allowed the land to be run as an interim memorial."
• Miami Herald ($): Two years after environmental disaster, how close is Piney Point to closing for good? "Ever since the situation at the former phosphate processing plant spun out of control, there has been a renewed focus on shutting the once-abandoned property down for good. And there has been significant progress."
• WUSF-Tampa: In 'Our Changing State,' Florida Matters explores the state's transforming landscape. "The six-part series will examine how Florida's population boom has impacted areas including the economy, politics, and transportation."
• Associated Press: Jaguars associate strength coach Kevin Maxen comes out as gay in a first for US-based pro leagues. "Maxen spoke about his sexual orientation in an interview published Thursday by Outsports."
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• National: An otter turned outlaw continues to evade wildlife officials in Santa Cruz
Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.