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Bright Futures

Bright Futures May Extend To Summer Courses

Governor Rick Scott has proposed a plan to extend Bright Futures scholarships over the summer and repeal sales tax on textbooks. The 65 million dollar plan will reduce the cost of students taking courses over the summer.

Hawthorne Volunteer Trash Collector A Fixture In Community

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When a doctor recommended he get more exercise, Hawthorne resident Winford Jenkins, 57, began taking daily walks around the city. After noticing just how much trash cluttered the streets, he decided to do something about it.


New Online Marketplace Launches In Gainesville

Taryn Tacher uses brtr as a platform to sell her custom dream catchers to raise money for Dance Marathon at the University of Florida. Brtr is an online board for users to trade services.

Brtr connects customers and vendors through Facebook. Services offered on the site range from lacrosse lessons to hair styling, and the website’s founder and CEO has plans to launch brtr in Miami next month.



Around the Region

In The News: Senate Bill Protects Prisoners, Treasure Hunter Found, Rubio Talks Cuba, Florida Fair Increases Safety, Auschwitz 70th Anniversary Remembered



News in 90

Jan. 28, 2015: Afternoon News in 90

A video roundup of local, state and national stories for readers in North Central Florida.

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SpaceX Headquarters, a 550,000 square foot facility in Hawthorne, California.

UF Successfully Sends Plants To The International Space Station

The UF Space Plants team successfully launched the SpaceX5 capsule to the International Space Station Jan. 10. The capsule contained plants that will help the team study the effects that different environments have on plant life.


Women and Guns

Target Range Shooting Increasingly Popular Among Women

The past 12 years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of women shooting guns at ranges. Women have now become major economic players in the business of guns.


Ocala Horse Auction

Twenty-Sixth Annual Day of Champions Race Held In Ocala

The 26th annual Day of Champions race was held Tuesday at an Ocala racetrack. The event was preceded by an auction of 60 thoroughbreds by the Ocala Breeders Sales company.


Children’s author Dennis Yang, 40, signs books for the grandchildren of a couple staying at the Putnam Lodge in Cross City on January 17, 2015.

Children’s Author Running En Route To Literacy Goal

Author Dennis Yang is almost 3,000 miles into a run around the United States, a trek he says is helping him to promote children’s literacy. During his stops, Yang visits hospitals and schools and reads his published books to children.


Jan. 27, 2015: Morning News in 90

A video roundup of local, state and national stories for readers in North Central Florida.


Assistant Fire Chief JoAnne Rice inspects an emergency exit sign outside her office at Gainesville Fire Rescue. Proper lighting, signage and open doorways are critical mainstays of a compliant fire inspection.

Majority Of Fire Inspections Don’t Check Out

The newest data on Gainesville’s statGNV shows that over half of all existing buildings in Gainesville received some type of violation. These violations include broken emergency exit signs, incorrect outlet cover plates and untested sprinkler systems.


Goethe State Forest prescribed burn divisions with acreage

Prescribed Forest Burn To Affect Levy County Traffic

Multiple intersections in Levy County will be closed starting Tuesday due to a controlled burn at Goethe State Forest. The 10,000 acre burn is the largest in the forest’s history.


Shands Groundbreaking

UF Health To Build Two New Hospitals Specializing In Cardiovascular and Neuromedical Conditions

UF Health broke ground Friday on two new hospitals that will specialize in cardiovascular and neuromedical diseases. The facilities, due to open in early 2018, will provide more room for patients, house the latest medical technology and add around 1,000 jobs.


Found Dog

Kidnapped Therapy Dog Returns In Poor Condition

Twelve-year-old Taren’s therapy dog Hank was found tied to a tree in a neighbor’s yard after being lost for several months. The Christie family says they are relieved to have everyone back under one roof, but unfortunately Hank is sick with heartworms.


State rankings based on efforts to prevent drunk driving. The ratings are given on a five-star scale.

Florida Given Four Out Of Five Stars For Efforts In Preventing Drunken Driving

Florida received a four out of five-star rating for its efforts to prevent drunk driving. Florida’s current ignition-interlock statutes is the only factor keeping Florida from a five-star rating.


12 Residents Seek Shelter After Explosion At Southwest Villas Apartment

An explosion at Southwest Villas on Thursday night displaced 12 residents. The cause of the explosion is unknown.


Punishment

Clamping Down On Corporal Punishment

UF researchers recommend abolishing paddling in the school system. If corporal punishment is banned, they suggest using positive intervention and support.


Members of the Thieves' Guild line up to prepare for their final dress rehearsal before opening day at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. The group will perform "the human chess board" three times a day during the festival.

Faire Characters Share Medieval Hoggetowne Tales

The Hoggetowne Medieval Faire will feature merchants and artisans beginning on Saturday to deliver what one man calls a truly magical and authentic experience. The Faire will take place at the Alachua County Fairgrounds on Jan. 24 through 25 and Jan. 30 through Feb. 1.


For three months, 35-year-old Sisco Black and his wife have been homeless. When they first came to Grace Marketplace, they relied heavily on the amenities, but now they have become self-sufficient.

Grace Marketplace Completes Homeless Census

The usual sound of birds wasn’t what woke the residents of Grace Marketplace Thursday morning. Grace Marketplace, 2845 NE 39th Ave., held their annual homeless census count on Thursday that lasted from 5:45 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Alachua County Coalition for the […]


LB Hannahs, co-founder of Gainesville Equality Youth, works on various tasks regarding LGBT-specific projects in Gainesville, Florida. Hannahs strives to provide an open space for LGBT minors, especially those who have undergone conversion therapy. Photo by Damian Gonzalez.

Concerns Over LGBT Youth Suicide Spur Anti-Conversion Therapy Bills

A bill recently introduced in the Florida House of Representatives could ban the use of conversion therapy, a practice used to change sexual orientation or gender identity, on LGBT minors in Florida.


[FILE] A file photograph showing an American Flag and empty student desks inside an Atlanta, Georgia school.

Research Shows Paddling Still Prevalent in Florida Schools

Many school districts that allow corporal punishment are in Florida’s northern rural counties, with Suwannee near the top of the list. A team of University of Florida researchers is calling for an immediate end to paddling, a source of increased dropouts and lawsuits, according to a research study.


Business owner and artisan Bob Walker, 51, demonstrates how to move one of his Woodbaby puppet creations.

Ocala Artisan’s Puppets Carved Up For Adoption at Medieval Fairs

Local artisan Bob Walker plans to sell his lifelike puppets at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville on Saturday. He and his team, Midsummer Knight’s Dream, make and sell these “Woodbabies” at various fairs throughout the year.


 

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