Apr 17, 2024 - News

The Pulp: Former governor Graham dies

Illustration of a manatee dressed as a barista, swimming in front of a counter with coffee on it.

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Bob Graham, a Democrat who served Florida as a two-term governor (1979-87) and three-term senator (1987-2005), died yesterday at a Gainesville retirement community. He was 87. (Tallahassee Democrat)

  • Graham, as governor, championed school-competency testing and Everglades restoration. He was also known for his "work days" β€” campaign events in which he took on blue-collar jobs.

🏫 Florida Polytechnic University trustees picked G. Devin Stephenson as the science, math, engineering and technology university's next president. (LkdlNow)

  • While Stephenson has extensive college administration experience, most recently as Northwest Florida State College's president since 2017, critics expressed concern that he doesn't have a STEM background.

πŸ“² Six intervention specialists from the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay will begin working this summer in Tampa's police dispatch center handling mental health-related 911 calls. (WUSF)

  • The goal is to provide callers with resources and limit the number of police officers responding to situations they're not equipped to handle.

πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ Florida is one of several Republican-led states that passed fewer anti-LGBTQ+ bills this year than last year. Advocates are cautiously optimistic that it signals a waning appetite for such bills in state houses across the south. (The 19th)

🐬 Palate cleanser: A drone photographer spotted a dolphin calf swimming with its mother off the coast of Honeymoon Island State Park. (WFLA)

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