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• WUFT News: City of Gainesville Commission pledges COVID-19 relief dollars. “The City of Gainesville Commission met on Monday to decide how to spend what remains of the $ 32 million in federal aid, reviewing dozens of proposals but approving only four projects at a combined cost of $ 4 million . “

• WUFT News: Alachua County Commission opposes Clemons’ proposal to reorganize and expand it. “The Alachua County Commission on Monday strongly and unanimously opposed a bill that will be proposed by State Representative Chuck Clemons to reorganize and expand the governing body. Clemons’ bill proposes to reshape the county commission so that each of its five commissioners come and represent a single district, rather than being whole as the membership now is. His bill also seeks to add two commissioners, both of whom would represent the county as a whole. “

• WUFT News: Students gather in the Porters’ Quarter to paint the house of a senior resident. “When Nasseeka Denis told students of Aces in Motion, a sports-based youth development program, about a volunteer opportunity to paint houses, she expected about six people to show up. She was stunned when 23 high school students boarded vans to the Porters neighborhood to spend two days pressure washing and then painting a senior resident’s home.

• Soleil de Gainesville ($): Academic freedom: A study by the Senate of the UF Faculty reveals a great fear of reprisals in the event of criticism. “The 274-page report, released on Monday, follows a stern warning last week from the chairman of the UF board that recent criticisms of the UF administration are ‘disrespectful.’ Mori Husseini, the chairman of the board, said on Friday: “It will not hold. It has to stop. And it will stop.”

• WFTS-Tampa Bay: The economies of prison towns are suffering as a result of the Florida prison crisis. “Cross City, the largest city in Dixie County, now stands at a crossroads. The water tower and prison lookouts are by far the tallest structures for miles around. In times of economic prosperity, prisoners outnumber residents. But times are not good, according to residents who are worried about the future of their small town.

• Atrium review: Beyond Bageland. “A lot has changed about Bageland over the years, but a lot has stayed the same. The restaurant had four different locations around Gainesville. During a dizzying time in the 90s, all four were open at the same time. The only one that remains is in a mall in northwest Gainesville.

• WUFT News: Residents of Gainesville combine love of dogs and bartending to open the city‘s first “puppy pub”. “The puppy pub opened on Main Street on Friday as the city’s very first off-leash dog park and bar. The park offers 4,500 square feet of fenced space for dogs to roam in areas designated for large and small dogs that are separated by a full bar.

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• Orlando Sentinel ($): Central Florida booster rocket demand breaks statewide record after omicron enters the United States “Statewide, the number of people who received reminders from November 26 to December 2 was nearly 40,000 more than the week before, increasing the total to the last 300,000 for the first time since the week of the 3 September, when the Florida Department of Health began. publicly reporting this number.

• FUMS: Florida gas costs $ 3 a gallon? This could happen if the prices continue to fall. According to a statement from the AAA, the price of crude oil continued to decline after Thanksgiving due to concerns about how the omicron variant would affect fuel demand. It fell 21% below the annual high of d ‘almost four weeks ago, according to AAA. “

• Bradenton Herald ($): Manatee County cannot ban abortion, according to Florida AG. Here’s why. “The Florida attorney general’s office responded to the September county investigation into whether approval of a ban would be possible. Commissioner James Satcher first proposed the idea in June, citing the recent approval of Texas abortion restrictions. There are no active abortion clinics in Manatee County, but Satcher said he still wanted the measure in place to ensure new locations do not open in the future.

• WTSP-Tampa Bay: Originally from Florida among the new astronaut recruits to NASA. “Luke Delaney, 42, was one of more than 12,000 applicants vying for the opportunity to be part of NASA’s first class of astronauts in four years. A Marine Corps veteran, Delaney grew up in Debary, Florida.

• USA Today Network ($): Flags in Florida at half length in honor of the late US Senator Bob Dole. “Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Monday flags would fly at half mast across the state to honor the late US Senator Bob Dole of Kansas. Dole, who died on Sunday, was 98 years old.

• World: Uyghur organizations applaud US diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics

• Politics: Representative Devin Nunes resigns from Congress to be CEO of Trump’s new media company

• Health: New York City orders ‘nation’s first’ vaccine mandate for private companies

• Health: Prescribing abortion pills online or mailing them to Texas can now land you in jail

• Health: More people died from malaria in 2020 than in 2019. Here’s why

• National: Chanukah is a busy week for Wyoming’s only rabbi

• National: Justice Department ends investigation into Emmett Till lynching

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’m 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 [email protected]

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