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The Point, Oct. 10, 2023: UF vigil for Israel ends in panic, five injured

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• WUFT News: Five injured at UF vigil for Israel after students flee scene in panic following pleas to call 911. "At least five people were injured at the University of Florida Monday night after students at a vigil for victims of the attacks on Israel panicked and fled after being startled by shouts to call 911 for a student who had fainted."

• WUFT News: Man who shot down police drone with .22-caliber rifle pleads guilty, faces fine and jail time. "A great shot led a Lake County man to getting a $29,000 fine and up to 10 years in federal prison."

• Ocala Gazette: HCA Florida Ocala Hospital opens new 24-hour emergency room. "The new state-of-the-art facility, HCA Florida Silver Springs Emergency, at 3741 E Silver Springs Blvd., spans 11,000 square feet and provides full emergency medical services for children and adults."

• WCJB: Gainesville man admits to poisoning neighbor’s cat with antifreeze. "Tyanna Ceglia and her family were returning from vacation last week when they immediately noticed their cat ‘Oreo’ appeared sluggish."

• Alachua Chronicle: FDOT to host public meetings October 17 and 19 for proposed improvements to State Road 24 in Waldo. "In addition to resurfacing, proposed improvements include: maintaining the same number of travel lanes through Waldo as currently exist, the addition of special emphasis crosswalks at Cole Street, a rectangular rapid flashing beacon at Earle Street, improvements at the Waldo Road and U.S. 301 intersection, and a new bicycle lane in front of the First Baptist Church."

• WUFT News: Baked-goods business powers through, despite Idalia setbacks. "The local business planned to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 31, to celebrate its expansion and the opening of its pop-up secondhand store. Hurricane Idalia had other plans."

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Around the state

• Associated Press: Florida settles lawsuit over COVID data, agrees to provide weekly stats to the public. "Florida will have to provide COVID-19 data to the public again after a former Democratic state representative settled a lawsuit with Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis' administration over the decision two years ago to stop posting information on the virus' spread online."

• Miami Herald: Florida’s population boom drives bigger hurricane losses, despite tougher building codes. "Florida leads the nation in strict building codes, and the decades of hard work have paid off in the increasing number of homes and buildings that survive each time a hurricane slashes the state. But a new report suggests that all those hard-won gains have been undermined by the explosion of growth along the coast."

• WLRN-Miami: Venezuelans: U.S. deportation flights won't keep us from coming. "In recent years, more than a fifth of the entire population have fled the country — an exodus that's now estimated to be even larger than those from war-torn Ukraine and Syria."

• WMFE-Orlando: Younger women are getting breast cancer, local doctor says solution is nutrition. "A study released earlier this year by the JAMA Network found between 2010 and 2019, about 63% of cancer patients were women with early-onset cancer — breast cancer being the most common diagnosis."

• News Service of Florida: Attorney General Ashley Moody will fight a Florida abortion amendment. "The Supreme Court plays a key gatekeeper role, as it reviews proposed ballot initiatives to determine if the wording is clear and is limited to single subjects. It can reject initiatives that don’t meet legal standards."

• WFSU-Tallahassee: Patronis threatens legal action against NCAA, demands eligibility for FSU's Darrell Jackson. "In most cases, college athletes who move more than once must sit out for a season. But Jackson wants the board to reconsider. He argues the transfers were only to be closer to his mother, who he says has medical conditions. But the NCAA has yet to see that as being enough."

From NPR News

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• World: Hamas' attack is a staggering failure for Israel's intelligence and security forces

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• National: The story of the drug-running DEA informant behind the databases tracking our lives

• Politics: We spoke to older voters about Trump and Biden's age. We saw 3 recurring themes

• Technology: Why Silicon Valley hasn't released face search engines

• Art: An 'anti-World's Fair' makes its case: give land back to Native Americans
Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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