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Preserving History Through Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ Recipe

The Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Park exists as a way to remember Florida history… But the workers there are doing something extra to “preserve” memories. WUFT’s Marie Edinger reports.

After Months of Debate, ‘Bert the Bluff Oak’ Falls To Make Room for Building

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The historic bluff oak tree on the University of Florida’s campus was torn down over one weekend, and now advocates are moving forward after the removal of the tree they tried to save.


Medical Marijuana Supporters Renew Legalization Efforts With New Petition

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Supporters of medical marijuana legalization went to court houses all over Florida on Friday in an effort to acquire the signatures needed to put the issue on the 2016 ballot. They need a total of 683,149 signatures, according to Ben Pollara, campaign manager for United for Care, an organization dedicated to legalizing medical marijuana.



Around the Region

In The News: State Has Record Low Pass Rate Of Written Drivers Test, Four Florida Planned Parenthood Facilities Cited For Violations, Body Found Monday Identified As Trenton Woman, 70th Anniversary Of Hiroshima Atomic Bombing



News in 90

August 7, 2015: Afternoon News In 90

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CMT’s “Gainesville” docu-series will premiere Aug. 20 at 10 p.m. This “coming of age” show will focus on a group of 20-something year old’s as they try to make it on their own. Photo courtesy of CMT

Gainesville Reality Show Set To Air Aug. 20

Country Music Television’s new docu-series “Gainesville” is set to air back-to-back episodes on Aug. 20 at 10 p.m. Some residents are worried that the show will not accurately portray Gainesville.


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Two People Dead In Weirsdale Plane Crash

Two people are dead after a single-engine aircraft crashed in Weirsdale, Fla. today. Marion County officials conducted early investigations before handing over to the FAA and NTSB.


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Bert the Bluff Oak’s Fate Revealed

Bert The Bluff Oak, a heritage tree on the University of Florida’s campus, will be torn down sometime in the next week, according to Steve Orlando, senior director of UF media relations. UF has settled on design that will remove 36 trees in the area, including five other heritage trees.


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UF’s Trans Resource Network Assists Students Through Institutional Collaboration

The Trans Resource Network is a cooperative mechanism for educating staff to work together in assisting transgender students at the University of Florida.


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Parents Use Social Media To Share Experiences With Health Providers

After accusations of a Jacksonville dentist’s mistreatment of patients, some parents have turned to Facebook to voice concerns about dentists who will not allow them to accompany their child during procedures. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry reports there are no set policies mandating access during treatment.


Trent Weller, facilities manager for the UF School of Music, discusses the issues the college is facing. Rooms such as MUB 101 have experienced damage to instruments due to roof leaks.

UF Music School Could Lose Accreditation Due Facility Concerns

The UF School of Music’s accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) is in jeopardy, due to the unresolved issues of the building. A petition created last November by John Duff, professor and retired director of the School of Music at UF, lists seven major problems.


Back To School Tax Holiday Extended

This year’s sales tax holiday, which begins on Friday, has been extended to 10-days. Eligible items include clothing priced under $100, school supplies $15 or less per item and personal computers on the first $750 of sale prices.


Midwife Talks About Life Experiences

Former midwife, Glenn Cameron, gives a glimpse into her years as a midwife in the 70s and the challenges the practice presented.


FDOT Cuts Funding For Active Streets

The FDOT cut funding for Gainesville’s Active Streets event, which offers free pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly activities twice per year. The organization and its supporters are trying to overturn the decision and look for new ways to fund the event.


Amanda Norman and two other Grace Marketplace residents wait outside the kitchen doors as it rains heavily. Norman has lived in Dignity Village for more than two months. photo by Thomas Lynn

The Grace Marketplace Debate Over Improvements

Gainesville’s City Commission approved a $585,525 budget for improvements that will make 10 campus buildings at the Empowerment Center livable. Residents and volunteers look forward to the changes, but some are concerned by the nearby chaos at Dignity Village.


Santa Fe Starts Physical Therapy Assistant Program

Santa Fe College will start the first physical therapist assistant program in Gainesville in fall 2016. The degree is a year-and-a-half long program and will accept 24 students each fall.


Zac Zedalis has announced his candidacy for Alachua County Sheriff's Office in 2016.

Deputy Zac Zedalis Continuing Campaign Despite Investigation

Deputy Zac Zedalis will continue his campaign for Alachua County Sheriff after being placed on administrative suspension last week. An investigation is ongoing for a reported domestic battery incident that occurred last Thursday between the deputy and his wife, Sergeant Kathleen Zedalis of ACSO, who has also been suspended.


Sassyfrass, a male western cougar, yawns as she wakes up from her evening nap. Kept in a tiny backyard cage, his original owner beat him with a shovel, leaving him afraid of humans.

Big Cat Rescue Works To Pass Protection Act

One of the largest accredited wildlife sanctuaries, Big Cat Rescue, want to end private possession and breeding of big cats by November. To reach their goal, the sanctuary and a partnered coalition are pushing to get the “Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act” passed.


The portion of the 34th Street wall dedicated to the five victims of the 1990 Gainesville student murders. This mural does not get painted over and is one of the lasting memorials of the murders 25 years ago. Photo by Alex Maminakis. 
Audio: Spencer Mann discusses his thoughts on the 25th anniversary of the student murders and reflects back a bit on his time spent working the case, as well as what the 25 years since it happened have meant for him and the city of Gainesville.

August Marks 25th Anniversary of Danny Rolling Murders

This August, the city of Gainesville reflects on the 25th anniversary of the 1990 Danny Rolling murders. A memorial service will take place at the Baughman Center.


A Gainesville Fire Rescue truck sits at the downtown fire station July 22, 2015. (photo by Samuel Navarro)

Alachua County Commission Considers GFR Assistance To Combat Ambulance Shortage

The lack of Alachua County Fire Rescue ambulances able to respond to medical emergencies is causing concern for some. The proposal to use additional ambulances from Gainesville Fire Rescue, suggested by the Strengthen Gainesville group, will be reviewed at a county commission meeting on Aug 10.


Artists Steven Speir and Cesar Antonio Evans paint the mural that is located in the back of The Freewheel Project on Sunday afternoon. They have dedicated about 50 hours to the mural by providing free labor to the organization.

The Freewheel Project Advocates for Community Cyclists

The Freewheel Project, set to open this August, is already collaborating with community to bring bike education and accessibility. It hopes to provide training and tools to those who would not otherwise have access in an attempt to help grow the local cycling community.


A student walks by an emergency phone station at the Hub. UF was chosen by the VTV Family Outreach Foundation as a model for campus safety in the nation.

University of Florida Among First To Use Online Safety Program

The families of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting victims created the VTV Family Outreach Foundation to help other colleges with campus safety. The University of Florida was one of the seven pilot schools.


 

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