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• WUFT News: Local NAACP to pursue legal action over ‘fraudulent’ political ads for one member district; The GOP denies the allegations. “The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s chapter for Alachua County announced at a press conference Tuesday morning that it will take legal action against an ad targeting community political leaders. Local Black to gather support for single member districts, a ballot proposition for the November election.”
• WUFT News: UF students and faculty voice their opposition ahead of Sasse’s return to campus. “University of Florida students and faculty are preparing to once again show their opposition to the university’s only presidential candidate – US Sen. Ben Sasse R-Nebraska.”
• Florida Storms: Hurricane Hunters: How to protect Florida and others around the world. “For the National Hurricane Center to gather the information it needs to make its critical forecasts, a special team of pilots must go directly to the storm.”
• Ocala Gazette: Sheriff asks to take over school district safety office. “The Marion County School Board discussed at its Oct. 20 work session Sheriff Billy Woods’ proposal to take the district’s school safety department under the superintendent’s control.”
• Mainstreet Daily News: Alachua County to consolidate parks, roads in tax. “Alachua County wants to combine its Wild Spaces Public Places (WSPP) program with trails and affordable housing funds in a new one-hundred-cent tax, to be passed Oct. sky 8, starting January 2023 and the last 10 years.
• WUFT News: New jazz club and performance artist boosts Gainesville’s music scene. “The smooth sounds of the saxophone and bold beats from the drums fill the atmosphere of Baby J’s Bar every night from Monday to Saturday, and will catch the ears of the guests after closing time. “
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• WFTS-Tampa Bay: Concerns grow about flu season as CDC’s Oct. 31 deadline to get vaccinated approaches. “Concerns continue to grow about this coming flu season…Having everyone wear masks and socialize has not only reduced the spread of COVID-19 but also kept flu for the past two years…However, many people have not received the flu vaccine.”
• WLRN-Miami: Hurricane Ian shows the vulnerability of caravan parks and the immigrant families who call them home. “Hurricane Ian highlighted how vulnerable Florida’s parking lots are, especially for immigrant families who call it home. WLRN’s Kate Payne visited a community like Gulf Coast – residents will find that there are far more storm-related concerns.”
•Bradenton Herald ($): Red tide algae are back in Southwest Florida waters. Here are the experts’ recommendations. “The organism that causes red tide has returned to the waters off the coast of southwest Florida. Samples collected by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission last week showed varying levels of the microalgae Karenia brevis, off Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee.”
• WLRN-Miami: ‘The risk is high’: Advocates lament Florida’s cancellation of youth mental health study. “As the COVID-19 pandemic worsens mental illness among America’s youth, Florida joins a small group of states to quietly withdraw from public service largest in the country to track the behavior of high school students.”
• News4Jax: Black leaders call for scrutiny of all JSO officers’ social media posts after racist tweets surface. “More than a dozen Black leaders gathered on the steps of the Duval County Courthouse Wednesday, demanding greater scrutiny of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department’s social media pages and what other officials are releasing to the public.”
• News Release: Florida teenager wins big prize by catching 28 Burmese pythons. “A 19-year-old South Florida man captured 28 Burmese pythons in a 10-day contest designed to raise awareness of the threats snakes pose to the ecosystem government.”
• Art: Protests at art museums are not new. Here are 3 famous examples from history
• National: Ruth Bader Ginsburg is pictured on a new USPS stamp
• Education: The end of the national free food program is causing problems in some countries
• Technical: Your internet is slow because of where you live, not the plan you buy
• Business: Funeral homes can offer online payment
• Environment: Emperor penguins receive endangered species protections