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Jest Fest!, a celebration of merriment, begins in April

Jest Fest!, a monthlong event featuring jugglers, jokesters, magicians and acrobats, will begin April 6. Gainesville's Parks and Recreation Cultural Affairs Department is bringing a host of variety acts to Bo Diddley Community Plaza for the entire month of April. All events are free and open to the public from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Pedestrian killed on State Road 200

A pedestrian was struck by two vehicles and killed on State Road 200 in front of the Steeplechase Plaza. The man has been identified by fingerprints, and investigators are looking to notify family members.

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UF scientists construct the mammal tree of life

The study of the largest tree-of-life database ever created was published to the journal Science Thursday. A group of University of Florida scientists worked to create this database as part of an international team that researches genetic and physical characteristics of placental mammals, which evolved into many of the mammals on Earth today.

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