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Sexual Battery Case Turned Over To Alachua Co. Sheriff’s Office

A sexual battery incident that occurred Sunday has been turned over to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office after University of Florida Criminal Investigations Division (UFCID) determined it did not happen on the UF campus.

Levy County Flooding Leaves Some Areas Damaged

Flooding2: Ron Legler, 61-year-old Yankeetown Fla., resident, peers over his soaked yard. His house avoided significant water damage as it sat six to eight inches above the waterline. Susan Huang / WUFT News

Flooding from heavy rains in Levy County has left both coastal and inland areas overrun with standing water. While normal summer weather patterns are expected to return later this week, a boil water notice was put into effect.


Local Transgender People Struggle for Acceptance

When Tara Lee, 67, transitioned 14 years ago, she never anticipated the backlash. “I hurt people when I came out,” she said. “But I dealt with it because I had no choice.”

Tara Lee is a 67-year-old Gainesville resident and a transgender woman who transitioned from male to female 14 years ago. Lee is just one of the many individuals in the local transgender community struggling to find acceptance.



Around the Region

In The News: Gov. Scott Calls For Investigation Into Florida’s Planned Parenthood Offices, Local Classrooms Will Include Robotics, Guns-On-Campuses Bill To Return To Florida Legislature In 2016, The Search Continues For Missing Teen Boaters



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August 4, 2015: News in 90

Laura Barrero produced this update.

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Jimmy Nelson, owner and host of television show Extreme Fishing Adventures, films for an episode in Key West, Fla., in January 2011. Nelson, 36-year-old Dunnellon resident, gave up real estate in 2008 to host his own fishing show.

Dunnellon Resident Hosts Fishing Television Show

Jimmy Nelson, a resident of Dunnellon, Florida, grew up with an affinity for water and fishing. After his job as a real estate agent was affected by the 2006 housing market decline, Nelson began his journey of turning his fishing hobby into a television career.


Jenica Frederickson paints an original work called “Dream Land.” The artist is also  teacher at Matanza High School and volunteers at the local theater

Flagler County Artist Developing Documentary On Community

Jenica Frederickson’s documentary centered on how students and teachers define community focuses on peoples’ need to feel love, safety and understanding. She is gathering the point of view of artists, teachers and healers to spread awareness of the problems her subjects faced with identity problems.


Thousands Sign Initiative To Get Florida Marijuana On 2016 Ballot

United For Care has turned in about 100,000 out of 683,149 validated signatures needed to put the Use of Marijuana for Debilitating Medical Conditions bill on the 2016 ballot. So far, Marion, Levy and Alachua counties have not yet received any signatures, according to the supervisor of elections offices in these counties.


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Woman Launches Facebook Page For Those Facing Medical Difficulties

Carly Strange was born with her intestines outside her body. To help others not feel alone, she created the Facebook page “The Many Faces of a Survivor.”


Wild Waters park in Ocala, Fla. is scheduled to phase-out and shut down in 2016, much to the chagrin of long-time visitors.

Wild Waters Phase-Out Plan Upsets Visitors

Officials at Wild Waters Water Park in Ocala are moving forward with plans to phase out the park and turn it into an ecotourism site by 2016. Long-time fans of the park are protesting the loss of one of Florida’s crown jewels. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection hopes to curb the 2 million gallons of water the park drains each month from Ocala’s water system.


Sonja Reed’s log-cabin, built in 1912, was one of the 14 homes flooded on her property. She said it had about six inches of water inside the first floor. Maria Valencia / WUFT News

Weekend Flooding Affects An Estimated 200 Homes

Fifteen inches of rain fell over 48 hours throughout the weekend, said Maj. Scott Harden of the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office. According to Harden, 200 homes and 50 streets and roads have flooded.


Captain Dominic Piscitello and Deputy Brandee Smith with Lilly Baumann.

‘The Hunt’ Suspect Megan Everett Captured In Florida

Putnam County Sheriff’s deputies and FBI agents arrested Megan Everett, 23, in Palatka on Aug. 3, for kidnapping her 3-year-old daughter. The child was recovered unharmed, according to authorities.


Physics Bus Gainesville has hosted events around the area to connect people with science. “It supports our mission to make science accessible to everyone and to bridge the gap,” said Medina.

Physics Bus Rolls Into Gainesville To Spark Creativity and Science

Physics Bus Gainesville is a new non-profit organization rolling into Gainesville this spring. It uses air dryers, microwaves and old projector TVs to raise the publics interest in science.


Flooding in front of a home on Sugar Hill Road in Steinhatchee, Fla.

Flooding Forces Dixie County Residents From Homes

Dixie County residents are being pushed out of their homes as flood waters rise after heavy rain in the past 24 hours. About 45 homes and 30 roads have been affected throughout the county.


Bengali, a male Bengal tiger, walks towards the gate of his enclosure as he waits to be transported to another location in the sanctuary. When he originally arrived at Big Cat Rescue shortly after retiring from being used as a circus act, they were told he could kill someone because he was so confrontational. He is said to be much happier now because of his improved surroundings.

New iPhone App Aims To Prevent Big Cat Abuse

A new app called Tiger Selfie hopes to educate people about the abuse big cats endure and discourage people from paying breeders who sell tiger photographs. Fifty percent of proceeds from the app will go to wildlife sanctuaries like Big Cat Rescue.


Members of the University of Florida chapter of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity are under investigation after spitting on and taking flags from wounded veterans. The students and veterans were in Panama City Beach when the incident occurred.

UF Zeta Beta Tau Members Speak Out After Conduct Hearings

The UF chapter of Zeta Beta Tau was suspended indefinitely after they were accused of disrespecting veterans while on a retreat in Panama City Beach this April. In student conduct hearings held July 6, the university found the fraternity in violation of at least three different sections of the Student Conduct Code.


Babe Ruth Softball World Series

Babe Ruth Softball World Series Expected To Boost Local Economy

The Hal Brady Recreation Complex in Alachua and Champions Park in Newberry are hosting teams for the Babe Ruth League World Series. Sixty-one teams will compete in various tournament styles beginning on July 31 and ending with the championship games on August 4.


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Tallahassee Homeless Ordinance Creates Conversation In Gainesville

A potential ordinance in Tallahassee, which would strictly limit the presence of homeless people in public places, was discussed Friday. Some Gainesville officials are advocating for a more collaborative way to address the issue.


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CAIR Florida Files Lawsuit Against “Muslim-Free” Gun Store

Council on American-Islamic Relations filed a lawsuit against Florida Gun Supply in Inverness, Fla. after Andy Hallinan, the owner, declared his store a “Muslim-Free Zone.” Activists question what this policy implicates for all individuals who can be culturally profiled as Muslims in Florida.


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Florida Leads Country In Boating Accidents, Deaths

Florida had 577 boating accidents in 2014 and 67 boating deaths, leading the country in both categories. With the large number of boats registered in Florida, some people advocate for stricter boating laws.


By leppyone (Nine-banded Armadillo) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Armadillos May Be Cause for Rising Leprosy Rates in Florida

Florida health officials are warning people to stay away from armadillos as they may be the cause of recent leprosy cases in the state. There have been nine cases reported in the last seven months, but none have been reported in Alachua.


Boy Scout Flag Saluteat Gerald R. Ford MuseumBoy Scout Flag Salute at Gerald R. Ford Museum.

Boy Scouts Open Doors For Gay Leadership

Boy Scouts of America have lifted the ban on gay leadership, creating opportunities for increased membership and unit formation.


 

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