Author Archives: Samantha Schuyler

Protesters Clash Over Confederate Statue

By on July 14th, 2015 | Last updated: July 14, 2015 at 9:10 am

Both sides of the struggle over the downtown statue of the Confederate soldier protested feet away from each other Thursday night. Over 100 people crowded at the foot of the statue with chants, talks and conversation over the statue’s symbolism.

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Bookstore Co-Owner Creates Inclusive Space Downtown

By on July 12th, 2015 | Last updated: July 12, 2015 at 2:08 pm

Erica Rodriguez Merrell is a co-owner of Wild Iris, the last feminist bookstore in Florida. She has shaped Wild Iris over the last few years into a radically inclusive community, providing everything from safe spaces to emotional support.

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Protesters Appeal To City Commission Over Confederate Statue

By on July 3rd, 2015 | Last updated: July 3, 2015 at 2:47 pm

Protesters seeking to remove the downtown statue of the Confederate soldier spoke to city officials for the first time since the campaign began in late June. This is the first of several efforts that will go on over the next two weeks among protesters who call for the County Commission to take down the statue.

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City Commission Passes Ordinance To Regulate Uber

By on June 19th, 2015 | Last updated: June 30, 2015 at 1:05 pm

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 taxi drivers.

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Investigation Clears UF ZBT Members

By on June 15th, 2015 | Last updated: June 18, 2015 at 5:53 pm

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.

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The Complete Timeline Of Gainesville’s Homeless Shelter Saga

By on November 13th, 2013 | Last updated: November 13, 2013 at 5:26 pm

The idea of a homeless center was born eight years ago alongside an ambitious plan to end homelessness in Gainesville. In the years since, the city’s plan to construct a permanent shelter has taken many twists and turns, all of them captured in this timeline.

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Florida’s Alcohol Sale Laws Remain A Widely-Varying Patchwork

By on August 25th, 2013 | Last updated: August 24, 2013 at 11:57 am

Only three Florida counties remain dry for liquor sales, including Lafayette County, which struggles to retain business. Suwannee County went wet in 2011, though some of its towns did not follow.

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With cleanup effort, is it enough to remove contaminants from the Koppers Superfund site?

By on May 30th, 2013 | Last updated: October 15, 2013 at 9:40 am

Two feet of soil needs to be removed from the neighborhood near Gainesville’s Koppers Superfund site. And over the course of seven hours Thursday afternoon, Mitchell Brourman presented four times to the public the step-by-step plans for doing so.

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