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Police Identify Shooter as FSU Alumnus

The gunman who shot three people at Florida State University’s library early Thursday before being killed by police was a lawyer who graduated from the school, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.

Construction On Main Street Causes Inconvenience

The S Main Street northbound lane closed on Nov. 10 for construction at its intersection with Depot Avenue. The construction proved to be an inconvenience for motorists, business owners and residents alike.


Gainesville High School Receives Two Additional, Identical Bomb Threats

Parents of Gainesville High School students line up at Planet Fitness to pick up their students after a bomb threat. Students and staff were evacuated from GHS after a threat was called in around noon.

Gainesville High School received a bomb threat and subsequently evacuated all students and staff to a nearby Planet Fitness parking lot on Wednesday. GHS received two additional, identical threats Thursday morning, but the school has not been evacuated.



Around the Region

In The News: Tampa Airport Expansion Breaks Ground, Muschamp Plans To Coach Again, Gas Station Robberies Possibly Connected, County Commisioner Resigns From Run



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Nov. 11, 2014: Afternoon News in 90

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Commodore Mullet and his dog Missy share a sleeping bag to keep warm. Temperatures reached 20 degrees below average.

Alachua County Homeless Seek Relief From Cold

Homeless individuals in Alachua County find ways to cope with the cold weather. Some choose to sleep inside at shelters like Grace Marketplace, while others prefer to stay outside with their possessions, rely on friendship to stay warm.


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St. Francis Houses Up To 80 Extra Homeless During Cold Weather

Due to cold weather, St. Francis House opens its doors for extra individuals to sleep inside. St. Francis, which houses families and children, requires individuals to have a “blue card,” which lists whether the person has any outstanding arrest warrants or is a sex offender.


In The Loudest Stadiums In America, The Noise Is Deafening — Literally

The University of Florida’s Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is ranked one of the loudest in the nation. Will this become a problem for fans and what can be done to protect fans.


Victoria Warfel, shows dog owner, Beverly Gilbertson, techniques on how to relax her dog Peedee, before releasing him from his kennel.

Finding Your Dog’s Zen

Peedee Gilbertson had a knack for launching off the ground and jumping onto beds, and the hyperactive terrier-mix’s owners were running out of answers on just how to keep up with him. “We’ve had him in classes before to no […]


The fountain in the garden of the Historic Thomas Center is in need of repair. The Center has applied for a $75,000-grant to make the necessary improvements.

Thomas Center Applies For Grant To Restore Historic Fountain

Because of years of deterioration, the Thomas Center has applied for a $75,000-grant from the Division of Historical Resources Bureau of Historic Preservation to restore a fountain some say dates back to 1928. The Thomas Center had to match 25 percent of the requested funds in its own budget to be considered eligible by the Florida Department of State.


Patrons talk to the vendors of the Union Street Farmers Market on ednesday, Nov. 12, 2014.

Gainesville Market Vendors Voice Concern Over Bo Diddley

After learning about the Bo Diddley Community Plaza redevelopment efforts come early 2015, local Gainesville market vendors are raising concern about the possibility of being relocated to a different area.


Florida Head Coach Will Muschamp speaks at a press conference Monday afternoon regarding his dismissal.

Foley, Machen, Players Address Muschamp’s Dismissal At Press Conference

President Bernie Machen and Athletic Director Jeremy Foley spoke of Muschamp’s dismissal at a press conference held Monday. Will Muschamp commented at the conference that he is leaving with no regrets or hard feelings.


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UAA Confirms Florida’s Will Muschamp Fired After Four Seasons

Jeremy Foley – the University of Florida’s Athletic Director – announced Sunday that head coach Will Muschamp will step down at the end of the season, according to Gatorzone.com.


After having his helmet ripped off during the previous play, South Carolina’s Mike Davis and Florida’s Jalen Tabor exchange words.

South Carolina Defeats Florida In OT

In a game that lived up to its hype, the South Carolina Gamecocks defeated the Florida Gators 23-20 in overtime yesterday down in Gainesville, Fla. Coming off the heels of this tough loss, the Gators also say farewell to Coach Will Muschamp.


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Reports Indicate Florida Football Coach Muschamp Out at End of Season

ESPN 850 WRUF has also confirmed media reports that head football Coach Will Muschamp will be leaving his post at the end of this season. No official word on when the University Athletic Association will make an announcement. Follow along on this developing story.


Sister Cities

From Gainesville with Love and Jacmel Haiti

From Gainesville With Love, a part of the Sister City Program, hosted Haitian visitors in a cultural exhibition that introduced locals to traditional Voodoo rituals through live mural paintings and music. The partnership between the two groups was formed to educate the two cities about each other by bringing artists and volunteers from Gainesville to Jacmel and Jacmel to Gainesville. Jacmel was once the capital of the french colonial empire, which is one of Haiti’s only tourist cities and has been called Haiti’s cultural capital.


Undated arrest photo of Chadwick Banks.

Chadwick Banks Executed By Lethal Injection For Double-Murder

Chadwick Banks became the 20th person executed under Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday. The 43-year-old was put to death after being convicted in the 1992 slaying of his wife, Cassandra Banks, as well as the rape and murder of his 10-year-old stepdaughter, Melody Cooper. Eighty-nine people have been put to death in Florida since executions resumed in the state in 1979.


Pastor Zach Zehnder of theCross Church in Mount Dora speaks to the crowd in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for world’s longest speech marathon. Zehnder ultimately spoke for more than 53 hours.

Mount Dora Pastor Attempts To Break Guinness World Record For Longest Speech

A Mount Dora pastor may have broken the Guinness World Record for the Longest Speech Marathon. The speech, which lasted over 53 hours, was used to raise money for a local cause.


A rabbit under the care of Gainesville Rabbit Rescue looks out from its cage. The rescue currently has around 100 rabbits in its care, spread out among 21 foster homes in the area and a bunny barn in Williston, Fla.

Rabbit Rescue Fundraiser Aims For More Awareness, Less Baby Bunnies

Gainesville Rabbit Rescue hopes that by selling humorous shirts, they can not only help raise funds but also spread awareness. GRR hopes that by spreading awareness to promote spaying and neutering rabbits, they can avoid over-crowding their facility and control the local pet rabbit population.


Dr. Ellen Zimmerman, 58, is a gastro neurologist at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida and a professor at the UF College of Medicine.  In her opinion, not the opinion of the university, medical marijuana has quite a few risk factors for patients with Crohn’s Disease, giving rise to her vote of “no” on the failed Amendment 2.

Crohn’s Disease Patient Still Looking For Answers After Amendment 2 Fails

Amendment 2 failed in Florida by a narrow margin, resulting in outrage from the bill’s supporters. A student who suffers from Crohn’s disease gives his perspective on the use of marijuana for medical purposes in the wake of continued debate.


This octagon-based receptacle, which looks as if its been opened, sits in front of Dragonfly Sushi in downtown Gainesville. Morgan Kalish, a downtown worker, smokes a cigarette as he walks by it on Monday morning.

Cigarette Receptacles Making Impact Downtown

The local Cigarette Litter Prevention Program is seeing success after the installation of more than two dozen cigarette receptacles in the downtown area. The program hopes to expand into midtown, despite vandalization by the homeless.


Cameron Adamson, 13, accepted the first donation at the Red Kettle Kickoff on Wednesday.

Marion County Salvation Army Hosts Holiday Kick-Off

Marion County Salvation Army had its annual Red Kettle Kickoff on Wednesday. The organization hopes to raise an extra $11,000 this holiday season.


 

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