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The Point, April 17, 2024: Former Florida Gov. Bob Graham dies at 87

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• Mainstreet Daily News: Community voices rise against P.K. Yonge selective admission idea. "Several parents were crying by the end of the meeting, where many of them had come to voice their disturbance at the idea that admission to P.K. Yonge High School is switching its admissions from public to selective admissions."

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Around the state

• Associated Press: Bob Graham, ex-US senator and Florida governor, dies at 87. "Former U.S. Sen. and two-term Florida Gov. Bob Graham, who gained national prominence as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee in the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks and as an early critic of the Iraq war, has died. He was 87."

• News Service of Florida: DeSantis signs bills changing book review, charter school laws. "After more than 1,200 objections were filed to school-library books and other materials last school year, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday signed a bill that will limit challenges by some people."

• WLRN-Miami: Civil rights lawyer Ben Crump assails Miami police for shooting Black man with mental health issues. "Police officers, who reported that Armstrong was armed with a possible weapon, tasered him twice. As he fell toward them, one of the officers, Cassandra Mercado, fired ten shots at Armstrong, hitting him six times, according to Crump and a cellphone recording of the encounter."

• WGCU-Fort Myers: NASA completes analysis of recovered International Space Station part that hit Naples home. "NASA specialists use engineering models to estimate how objects heat up and break apart during atmospheric re-entry. These models require detailed input parameters and are regularly updated when debris is found to have survived atmospheric re-entry to the ground."

• Associated Press: Suspended Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren is running for reelection. "Changing course, a Democratic Florida prosecutor suspended from office by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday he will seek reelection while a court battle continues over his 2022 removal from the post."

• News Service of Florida: State of Florida appeals in wetlands permitting fight. "Florida has quickly launched an appeal after a U.S. district judge rejected a 2020 decision by the federal government to shift permitting authority to the state for projects that affect wetlands."

• NPR: After catch and release, here's how to make sure reef fish survive. "People who fish in Florida and in federal waters are now required to have special gear on board to help ensure reef fish survive once they're returned to the water. That includes venting tools, essentially long needles, that are used to pierce the fish's swim bladder in its abdomen, releasing the pressure."

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Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.