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The Point, Nov. 1, 2023: What happens to books after the Friends of the Library book sale?

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• WUFT News: A difficult path: How volunteers, waste workers save old books from going to the landfill. "It’s been almost a week since Alachua County’s Friends of the Library fall book sale ended, but for volunteers and book lovers alike, the hardest part of the work is just beginning: throwing away books into the dumpster."

• WUFT News: Angel’s Story: one family’s journey from Venezuela to Miami. "From riding atop train cars to passing through jungles. From witnessing governmental corruption to evading immigration police and crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Angel clasps his hands together, leans forward, and begins to speak."

• WUFT News: Community ID program pushes back against monetary setbacks: ‘We are not closing our doors.' "The Community IDs provide a sense of relief for undocumented immigrants or those lacking a form of identification. By acquiring an identification card, Robleto said they receive access to health care, the public school system, housing and utilities."

• WUFT News: Man accused of hitting pregnant former girlfriend as she gives birth. "A young mother giving birth at a University of Florida hospital said in a new interview Tuesday she regrets that the baby’s father — in jail on felony charges that he hit her in the chest in the delivery room and threatened a mass shooting at the hospital — missed their son’s birth. She and her baby are now safe."

• WUFT News: From the University of Florida to Santa Fe College, grooming athletic success. "Stebbins, who just recently celebrated her 50th birthday, is the athletic director for Santa Fe College. She said she is implementing the lessons learned from her coaches during her time on the court into her own coaching career at Santa Fe."

• Mainstreet Daily News: UF readies for 580-acre expansion in Jonesville, Alachua County to evaluate proposal. "One option would preserve 85% of the land for conservation. Another option would develop more than 50% of the land with housing and some commercial properties. Both options include a 580-acre golf course for the University of Florida."

• WUFT News: Ghosts and ghouls fight hunger at ‘Boo at the Zoo.' "The Santa Fe Teaching Zoo has been hosting Boo at the Zoo for 27 years now. Each year, the zoo opens its doors to visitors on the night of Halloween to host a food drive."

• WUFT News: Area agencies host Trunk-or-Treat event for community children. "Several agencies, organizations and individuals participated in the event held in Family Promise’s parking lot where they offered candy, treats and information on various agencies serving the community."

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Around the state

• Associated Press: North Florida school district agrees to improve instruction for students who don't speak English. "The Clay County School District and the U.S. Justice Department announced Monday that they've reached a settlement after federal investigators found that the district southwest of Jacksonville failed to provide English learner students with the language instruction needed to become fluent."

• Politico: Florida joins conservative states severing ties with national library group. "The agency in charge of Florida’s public libraries issued a new rule in October forbidding any grant activities tied to the American Library Association, a 150-year-old organization that aids thousands of libraries across the country with training and funding."

• WFSU-Tallahassee: A state appeal court hears arguments over constitutionality of Florida's congressional map. "A 10-judge panel of the state's First District Court of Appeal is expected to issue a ruling in the case by Nov. 22. The appeal court denied a request from both sides to expedite the case to the Florida Supreme Court before deciding to take it up in September."

• WUSF-Tampa: Marine heat waves are becoming more severe, scientists said at a recent Gulf of Mexico meeting. "He said marine heat waves have been getting more severe over the past 50 years, and that the Gulf’s surface is warming twice as much as the global ocean, but its deep-water temperature is comparable."

• News Service of Florida: Denial of Gulf protections could lead to the 'permanent loss' of Rice's whales. "NOAA denied a request to implement a 'vessel slowdown zone' in waters 100 meters to 400 meters deep from Pensacola to south of Tampa to protect the species."

• WMFE-Orlando: Disney World's Monorail evacuated. Here's what to know. "Disney World guests on a Monorail had to be evacuated Tuesday, October 31 when the train got a flat."

• WLRN-Miami: King tide floods offer glimpse of Miami’s soggy, salty future. Can anything be done? "And as unchecked climate change continues, experts say these high tide floods will get worse and more common. NOAA said Miami reached this level of flooding twice last year, but by 2050 it could happen as often as 50 days a year."

• WMFE-Orlando: Do popup stores like Spirit Halloween trick-or-treat Florida's economy? "Marc Sardy is an Associate Professor of Business at Rollins College. He told WMFE's Talia Blake that seasonal stores can sometimes revitalize malls, at least for a short period."

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Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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