The Point, November 11, 2021: Alachua County School Board switches to mask removal system

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• WUFT News: Parents in Alachua County can refuse to allow their public school students to wear masks. “Starting Friday, parents will have the option to complete an opt-out form for their child, indicating that they would prefer their child not to participate in the mask mandate. This opt-out option will be used until December 17. Once the winter break is over, wearing a mask will again be optional for all students of all ages.

• WUFT News: Gainesville program to provide guaranteed income to people released from prison or prison. “Anyone who was released from a state prison or county jail in Florida, or a federal prison, or put on felony probation by a judge after May 31 is eligible. The program will have two application periods. The first opened on Wednesday and will remain open until December 1. Fifty-eight people will be chosen from this pool. The second application period will be from January 19 to February 9, after which 57 more people will be selected.

• Mainstreet Daily News: BOCC delays approval of UF development agreement. “The Alachua County Council of Commissioners on Tuesday refused to approve a campus development agreement with the University of Florida over concerns over the upcoming demolition of graduate student housing.”

• Florida Press Service: University of Florida is appealing in COVID-19 reimbursement case. The University of Florida went to an appeals court after an Alachua County circuit judge refused to dismiss a possible class action lawsuit that argues the school should reimburse fees to students who have been coerced to learn remotely in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “

• WUFT News: Here’s what you need to know about voting in the 2021 special election in Gainesville. “Advance voting for the special election of the Town of Gainesville to fill the vacant position of the At-Large Municipal Board, Seat B, begins this week. Whether you are going to the polls during early voting or on polling day, read this guide to help you prepare.

• The Alligator: The UF President’s new working group on outdoor activities meets for the first time. “The task force was appointed by President Kent Fuchs and Provost Joe Glover to investigate UF’s written policies on outside disclosure and conflict of interest. University policies have come under scrutiny after being used to prevent professors from testifying against the state of Florida.

• WUFT News: The Santa Fe Educational Zoo is having a birthday party for its gibbons. “… Eddie alternated between tearing up presents and throwing birthday cards while fans were watching live.” It’s his 40th birthday, and he’ll do whatever he wants. The zoo held a birthday party Wednesday for the white-handed gibbons. Cajun turned 30 that day, and Eddie, who has been at the zoo since 1982, turned 40 on Sunday.


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• Florida Times-Union ($): Governor Ron DeSantis announces over $ 1 billion in education budget recommendations. “Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that his office is working on more than $ 1 billion in education budget recommendations for the next fiscal year, during a press conference at the Jacksonville Classical Academy on Wednesday.

• USA Today Network ($): Lines drawn: Florida Senate unveils first redistribution maps. “The final maps are not expected to be approved until the end of next year’s legislative session in March. But Wednesday’s revelation suggests ruling Republicans in Florida are keeping their promises to avoid unconstitutional gerrymandering in this go-around.

• WFLA-Tampa: “I have never felt this kind of pain”: Husband and friends mourn the loss of a St. Pete wife killed by an electric scooter driver. “On November 4, Alvera (Minutello) hopped on her bike to go to the store to get icing for a cake she had just made. She never came home. Investigators say a man on an electric scooter hit her near the intersection of North 66th Street and 18th Avenue in St. Petersburg. It was a little after noon. She suffered numerous serious injuries as a result of the crash and died on Monday.

• News4Jax: The judge decides that Corrine Brown will have a court-appointed lawyer. “Brown, whose conviction for fraud and tax charges was overturned earlier this year, is still on trial next year.”

• Sun Sentinel ($): South Florida reptile merchant pleads guilty to smuggling wildlife. “Michael Van Nostrand, owner of Strictly Reptiles of Hollywood, had been accused by federal prosecutors of using a network of collectors to catch freshwater turtles in the wild and then submitting export documents falsely claiming that the turtles had been bred in captivity. Florida law prohibits the commercial capture of turtles.


• World: the draft agreement at the COP26 climate summit aims to rapidly accelerate emissions reductions

• Science: How SARS-CoV-2 in American deer could alter the course of the global pandemic

• National: visitors are allowed in the place of the tomb of the unknown soldier for the first time in a century.

• National: Kyle Rittenhouse speaks at his homicide trial in Wisconsin

• National: Astroworld’s security plan provided for the deceased to be qualified as “smurfs”

• Businesses: inflation reaches its highest level since 1990

• Business: Shipping containers cannot be emptied and filled quickly enough to meet demand.

• Books: Will Smith says he created a cheerful image to cover up the pain of the past

About today’s curator

I am Ethan Magoc, editor-in-chief at WUFT. Originally from Pennsylvania, I found a house telling stories from Florida. I am part of a team that searches each morning for local and national stories that are important to you; please send any comments on today’s edition or any story ideas we may have missed to emagoc@wuft.org.


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