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The Point, Oct. 11, 2023: Israel vigil attendees shaken after crowd panic

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• WUFT News: Prayer followed by panic at Turlington Plaza leaves students shaken. "About 20 people arrived in the UF Health Shands emergency room lobby within a 15-minute period, said Doug Bennett with UF Health Communications. Bennett said the injuries seemed to be mostly minor bumps or lacerations, and no one was admitted."

• Florida Storms: Strong storm system brings flooding and severe weather threats to Florida starting Wednesday. "The National Hurricane Center is monitoring an area of low pressure in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico where conditions are only marginally favorable for tropical development."

• WUFT News: Gainesville City Commission’s annual audit comes closer to completion with Reichert House resolution. "Gainesville stopped funding the program May 31 and, as a result, reached an agreement with the State Auditor General that previous state concerns no longer needed action."

• WUFT News: Moms Demand Action panel discussion offers insights on gun violence. "This panel discussion was part of Moms Demand Action’s ongoing efforts to raise awareness of gun violence and advocate for legislative changes."

• Mainstreet Daily News: Alachua County moves forward on new parking garage, special study. "At its regular Tuesday meeting, the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) authorized staff to negotiate a contract to build a new parking garage, discussed legislative priorities for the next session and OK’d a special study for the Pine Hill Forest strategic ecosystem."

• Florida Storms: Fire Prevention Week spotlights cooking safety. "This year’s campaign focuses on cooking safety. Cooking remains the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries, according to the U.S Fire Administration."

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Around the state

• WUSF-Tampa: Florida sports tourism is growing and could benefit from more planning. "It's everything from making a kayak trip to traveling with your family to a kids' soccer tournament. And it can all have a real impact on the environment."

• News4Jax: Jacksonville United Auto Workers members join thousands of others in strike over contract. "Members of the United Auto Workers at the Volvo parts distribution center on Jacksonville’s Westside were on the picket line Tuesday. They walked out Monday amid ongoing contract negotiations with Volvo subsidy Mack Trucks."

• Politico: DeSantis floats Florida-based sanctions against Iran. "He also asked lawmakers to block a broad array of other state or local investments in Iranian businesses in Florida, whether it be financial, construction, manufacturing and other sectors."

• Community News Collaborative: Sarasota’s malaria scare brought new tactics in mosquito control. "Ground-based spraying nearly doubled in the county's targeted approach; though a dry summer helped mitigate costs, an official says."

• WTSP-Tampa: Stigma surrounding mental health hinders seniors in need. "According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that 20% of people ages 55 or older experience some type of mental health concern. And according to the National Council on Aging, fewer than 50% of older adults with mental and/or substance use disorders receive treatment."

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• Race: Hughes Van Ellis, who asked for justice over Tulsa Race Massacre, dies at age 102

• Business: Amazon sellers say they made a good living — until Amazon figured it out

• National: A Minnesota man has grown the world's largest pumpkin... again
Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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