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June 29, 2015: News in 90

Ryan Roberts produced this update.

Here’s What Local Folks Are Saying About Today’s Supreme Court Decision

Crowd reactions - In a landmark opinion, the Supreme Court ruled Friday that states cannot ban same-sex marriage, establishing a new civil right and handing gay rights advocates a victory that until very recently would have seemed unthinkable.

The U.S. Supreme Court handed down a 5-4 decision today that states must recognize same-sex unions citing 14th Amendment protections. Here are some reactions from Florida:


Commissioners Discuss Creating New County

The red line shows the new county line on State Road 121, where the boundaries of Springs County and Alachua County would meet. Jonathan Munoz / WUFT News

Newberry City Commissioner Tim Marden is proposing drawing a line through Alachua County to create a new county out of the western portion. The county, which would be called Springs County, would address the issue of some residents of smaller towns, like Newberry, feeling like they do not get adequate representation.



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In The News: Florida Appoints First Female Auditor General, Global Stocks Plunge, Puerto Rico Can’t Pay Debt, New Laws Go Into Effect



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Neena Schueller takes a break from practicing tricks on her longboard in the parking lot of Gainesville’s FreeRide Surf & Skate Shop. The nineteen-year-old is sponsored by the local shop, which provides her with clothing and whatever other equipment she doesn’t receive from her other sponsors.

Student Teaches Herself To Skateboard, Rises To “Queen”

Neena Schueller climbs to the top of the longboard community as one of the only female skateboarders sponsored by a local skate shop. She has been recognized for her skills on YouTube and in the skateparks, winning titles such as “Queen of Kona.”


Gainesville: A Popular Destination For Homeless Travelers

Homeless travelers find comfort in Gainesville’s community. The tent camp, Dignity Village, has provided a safe haven for them while traveling.


Tony Malo reviews "Beyond Thought," one of his students' films in his classroom on May 21. His class has just finished their end-of-the-year projects.

Gainesville High Teacher Cultivates Student Creativity

Gainesville High School teacher Tony Malo uses unique teaching and disciplinary methods to prepare students for the workforce and empower them to be self-motivated while learning to collaborate in groups. He believes his experiential learning methods are more effective than teaching for standardized tests.


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Protestors Voice Concern Over Proposed Bear Hunt

Protesters voiced their opposition to the proposed bear hunt on Monday outside of the Ocala office for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. The FWC is expected to vote on the issue Wednesday.


UV-TV records their album in their warehouse studio on May 26, 2015. Rose Vastola, 24, began playing bass a few years ago with her boyfriend and UV-TV guitarist, Ian Bernacett, 25, and 22-year-old drummer, Matt Brotton.

Gainesville Punk Scene Provides Creative Outlet Beyond Traditional Norms

Women are entering the Gainesville punk subculture as an alternative to the mainstream norm. According to Rose Vastola, lead singer of UV-TV, Gainesville welcomes creativity regardless of gender.


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City Commission Passes Ordinance To Regulate Uber

In an effort to even the scales, the Gainesville City Commission voted Thursday afternoon to regulate app-based transportation services like Uber. The ordinance will hold them to standards similar to those of traditional taxis drivers.


Columbia County Upgrading Plumbing To Conserve Springs

The Columbia County Water Conservation project encourages commercial buildings to decrease water usage by upgrading to high efficiency plumbing models. This project will reduce the amount of water used per flush in a toilet, which can save about 90,000 gallons each day and 32.8 gallons per year.


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Panama City Beach Man Arrested In Connection To String Of Local Burglaries

A Panama City Beach man accused of breaking into dozens of business across the state of Florida was arrested and is currently being held at the Bay County Jail under a $975,000 bond. Dwayne Bruce Officer, 43, is suspected of breaking into 20 Gainesville businesses the night of June 8.


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Patio Burns In Propane Fire

A faulty propane tank led to a house fire in Summerfield. In response to the blaze, Marion County Fire Rescue officer James Lucas gave some tips on how to prevent grilling fires.


Burrito Brothers is now open in a suite on the north side of the U14 building. Customers can sit inside and will have access to a bar. Alex Maminakis / WUFT News

Burrito Brothers Is First To Move Into New Midtown Building

Burrito Brothers Taco Co. held the grand opening for its new location on Friday. The restaurant moved into a new portion of the U14 building off University Avenue.


Members of the University of Florida chapter of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity are under investigation after spitting on and taking flags from wounded veterans. The students and veterans were in Panama City Beach when the incident occurred.

Investigation Clears UF ZBT Members

Investigations found no evidence that UF’s Zeta Beta Tau chapter mistreated wounded veterans in Panama City Beach, according to a UF report released Thursday. A hearing later this summer will determine whether the chapter will be eligible to reopen, according to UF spokesperson Janine Sikes.


Mayor Ed Braddy speaks to ACTION Network and members of the community Thursday about what the city commission has done to combat rising GRU rates. Esther Wallace, executive director of ACTION Network, said the purpose of the meeting was to get a solid commitment from Braddy to move forward with changes.

Locals Meet With Mayor To Discuss Rising GRU Rates

Members of local congregations hosted a public meeting with Mayor Ed Braddy Thursday night to voice concerns about increasing GRU rates. Braddy committed to finding a solution to residents’ concerns.


Pat McCarthy, owner of Nana Pat’s Goodies, talks to Dallis Rossi and Stephanie Welches about the jam and mustard samples displayed on her stand at the Haile Farmers Market on Saturday morning.

Many Gainesville Market Vendors Disappointed With Relocation

The relocation of the Union Street Farmers Market downtown location has brought changes for vendors. Charlie Lybrand, owner of Land of Flowers Farms and director of the market, said his business has decreased 50 percent since the move. Others saw increases.


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Gainesville Regional Airport Takes Steps To Regulate Uber

Gainesville city commissioners are working to create regulations that will lessen disparities between Uber and taxi cabs to place the two companies on even footing at the regional airport. The commissioners will discuss the regulations at the next commission meeting on June 18.


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American Pharoah Trained In Citra

American Pharoah, the horse that broke a 37-year dry spell to win the Triple Crown, has close roots. The horse was training at McKathan Brothers Training Center in Citra about a year ago.


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Precautionary Boil Water Notice Lifted For Marion County

Marion County Utilities issued a precautionary boil water warning Tuesday after water pressure levels dropped below the average rate. That notice has since been lifted following the completion of a biological survey showing the water was safe to drink again.


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Sexual Battery Victim Comes Forward After 40 Years

An Alachua County man was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with sexual battery on a child under 12 years old. Donald Truluck, 66, reportedly admitted to molesting the victim 40 years ago.


 

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