The Point, July 27, 2023: Gainesville Police Advisory Council reviews internal investigations
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• WUFT News: Gainesville Police Advisory Council reviews 9 internal investigation reports. "Two investigations resulted in officer suspensions of over a week. One case stemmed from a K9 attack on a Gainesville man."
• WUFT News: Code of Student Conduct updated for Marion County Public Schools. "Board members gave unanimous approval to the revisions without any comments from the public at Tuesday night’s meeting."
• WCJB: City leader speaks on lawsuit against governor over GRU control. "Cynthia Chestnut wants the state government to remove itself from GRU after HB 1645 was signed last month."
• Ocala Gazette: Ocala loses domestic violence and sexual assault resources. "The closure, effective Aug. 1, comes after a year of investigations by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, United Way of Marion County, and the Florida Department of Children and Families."
• Mainstreet Daily News: Citizens question carbon reduction priority. "Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) solicited community input at a meeting on Wednesday as part of its preparation of an updated Integrated Resource Plan."
• Ocala Gazette: Rising tide of students. "Marion County may need to add between six and 10 new schools over the next 15 years to accommodate the current and projected student population growth, according to a school district committee."
• WUFT News: Santa Fe Raiders youth softball prepares for the World Series. "After winning districts, the Raiders were invited to represent the city in the Babe Ruth World Series. This 8-and-under all-girls softball team will play against 11 other teams from around the country."
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Around the state
• NPR: With Florida ocean temperatures topping 100, experts warn of damage to marine life. "On Monday, a water temperature sensor in Manatee Bay near Everglades National Park recorded a temperature of 101.1 degrees, according to a park spokesperson."
• Associated Press: Miami-Dade police chief shot himself after offering resignation, Mayor says. "State officials are investigating events leading up to him shooting himself, including an argument with his wife at a Tampa hotel during a law enforcement conference, officials said."
• WMFE-Orlando: Oldest Black fraternity pulls out of Florida convention due to African American history standards. "The convention which was scheduled to take place in 2025 would have brought an estimated $4.6 million dollars to the Central Florida area."
• Florida Politics: State, feds OK more powerful tools to fight opioid overdoses. "As the opioid epidemic rages on, Florida is receiving another dose of State Opioid Response Grant funding to purchase overdose-reversing drugs that save lives."
• Tampa Bay Times ($): Florida approves conservative PragerU lessons for schools. "An unaccredited conservative non-profit organization known for its anti-immigration theories and downplaying of systemic racism has been approved to provide classroom materials to Florida schools."
• NPR: William Allen, who helped write Florida's new history standards, stands by cirriculum. "NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to William Allen, who helped write Florida's new K-12 social studies curriculum, which is getting a lot of criticism for its portrayal of African American history."
• WLRN-Miami: The yellow-crowned night heron is a South Florida jewel. "The beautiful yellow-crowned night heron is an ancient bird. According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the earliest recorded fossil of this species goes back two to two-and-a-half million years — in Sarasota, Florida."
• WJCT-Jacksonville: A novel tool to fight erosion: oyster shells. "The project uses oyster shells, some recycled from local restaurants, and places them glued together along the shoreline, said Steven Kidd, chief of science and resource management for the National Park Service."
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• Health: Weighted infant sleepwear is meant to help babies rest better. Critics say it's risky
Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.