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  • FLORIDA SOUTHERN COLLEGE is increasing its focus on social justice by hiring a cabinet-level diversity officer, reviving a diversity committee and enabling creation of a Black student union. Recent graduates who wrote a public letter criticizing university practices say they’re taking a wait-and-see attitude | New diversity officer’s statement | Message from recent graduates
  • COVID-19 DEATHS: Saturday’s COVID-19 update from the Florida Department of Health disclosed 12 Polk County deaths from the disease, the highest one-day total. The seven women and five men ranged in age from 29 to 89.
  • BAR OWNERS and brewers in Polk say their businesses were unfairly targeted for closure by the state of Florida and that they were enforcing coronavirus safety measures before being ordered to close for a second time.
  • CANDIDATE Martin Grenfell, challenging incumbent County Commissioner George Lindsey, is in a dispute with the county on whether his name can remain on the November ballot. At issue is whether his civil rights were restored after he pleaded guilty to federal charges of dealing in counterfeit goods.