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Rosemarie Romero, a Gainesville artist, uses nail polish as paint over an image of a naked woman in her studio in Gainesville. Her ongoing performance piece "porn nails" was part of her master's thesis at UF.

Smaller Communities Attracting Young Artists Away From Big City Scenes

Some young artists are choosing lesser known locals over popular art hubs. Though many art students continue to follow the dream of making it big in Miami or New York, smaller cities like Gainesville may offer more freedom for less pressure.

University Suspends ZBT, Three Members Expelled From Fraternity

A veteran sits outside the ZBT fraternity on University of Florida campus in Gainesville, Fla. Friday, April 24, 2015.

The University of Florida has suspended the Zeta Beta Tau chapter on an interim basis while it investigates allegations of disrespectful behavior over the weekend. UF Vice President of Student Affairs Dave Kratzer wrote in a release: “I am personally […]


Local Organization Brings Color Into Cancer Patients’ Lives

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A local non-profit organization is lighting up children’s faces at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. Caleb’s Pitch, which coordinates hospital activities for children battling cancer, was founded in 2010 by Tim Jacobbe, a Gainesville resident, after his 8-year-old nephew, Caleb Jacobbe, passed away.



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In The News: Search For Missing Girl, Man Paralyzed Following Shooting, Stand Your Ground Hearing, Mom Accused Of Severe Child Abuse



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First Magnitude Brewing Company in Gainesville fills growlers in the 32-ounce size (left) and the gallon size (right). A longstanding ban on the popular 64-ounce growler prevents Florida craft breweries from filling or selling containers of that size.

Lawmakers Pass Bill To Aid Craft Brewers, End Growler War

Senate Bill 186 could end a long war between craft brewers and big beverage distributors over regulation of beer sales. The bill lifts the problematic requirement that craft breweries operate as tourist attractions and allows the breweries to sell beer in the popular 64-ounce, refillable “growler.”


The FSU Veterans Center is pushing for a bill to allow student veterans to pay in-state tuition. The attention their cause has received nationwide has given them hope they may succeed this year.

Bill Passed To Let Child Rape Victims Record Attackers

The Florida Legislature is sending Gov. Rick Scott a bill that would let children who are victims or potential victims of rape and other violent acts secretly record their attackers. The bill applies to victims who are under the age of 18.


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Abortion Waiting Period Bill Goes To Florida Governor

A bill to require a 24-hour waiting period for abortions is headed to Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s desk. The Senate voted 26-13 for the measure Friday after about an hour of debate.


University of Florida gymnastics coach Rhonda Faehn has resigned to take a position with USA Gymnastics.

UF Gymnastics Coach Rhonda Faehn Resigns

University of Florida gymnastics coach Rhonda Faehn has resigned to take a position with USA Gymnastics.


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 Under Investigation After Disrespecting Veterans

The University of Florida chapter of Zeta Beta Tau is under investigation after disrespecting wounded veterans at an event in Panama City Beach. While the fraternity has suspended its actions, the university is looking into further sanctions.


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Suspects Involved In Armed Robbery Arrested On UF Campus

Two people were arrested for armed robbery and assault in Gainesville after a car chase and manhunt on the University of Florida campus. The suspects are being charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault and other additional pending charges.


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RISING ABOVE: Motivated By Painful Past, Alachua Native Champions Suicide Prevention

Jeannette Rizzi has written a one-woman show, hosts a podcast, and is working on a documentary she hopes will get picked up by HBO. But the Alachua native’s motivation for her life’s work is rooted in a tragic loss that sent shockwaves through the small-town community two decades ago.


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Eastside High School Culinary Team Wins Sixth Place In National Competition

Students of Eastside High School’s Institute of Culinary Arts competed in the National Prostart Invitational in Anaheim, California, hosted by the National Restaurant Association. The team came in sixth place.


A monitor designed to alert motorists of their exact speed is turned off in Waldo, Florida on September 3. Waldo Police Department is under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement after the former Police Chief was accused of establishing illegal ticket quotas for officers.

Florida Legislature Passes “Waldo Bill” To Outlaw Ticket Quotas

Traffic ticket quotas for law enforcement agencies are now illegal under a bill unanimously passed by the House in the Florida Legislature. Sent to the desk of Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday, the “Waldo Bill” got its nickname from the city of Waldo, which was once considered one of the nation’s worst speed traps.


Flat Land band performs on a stage being pulled by a bicycle in downtown Jacksonville during One Spark. The group used the moving performance to get attention and votes on their music education project.

Gainesville Locals Win $15,000 To Start Music Education Program

Local bands Flat Land and Bells and Robes and event company Phairground won $15,000 for music projects at the One Spark festival in Jacksonville. The group founded Future Music Makers Youth Enrichment Program, a project aimed at creating music programs in local schools.


Oak Hall High School volunteers remove the wooden fence that Bevelle Creek’s previous owners built to stabilize the shoreline. The fence was removed to allow access to the creek during the restoration project.

Beville Creek Restoration Project Underway

The city of Gainesville closed Cofrin Nature Park in order to complete a restoration project on Beville Creek. The goal of the project is to repair the eroding shoreline and provide new areas to the creek where wildlife can gather. The park is slated to reopen sometime in the fall.


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Club Closure A Blow To Local Flow Arts Community

Gainesville’s flow arts and electronic dance community respond to the closing of The Motor Room. The local club, which was best known for its dance nights, closed its doors after seven years.


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Tornado Damages Homes Near Ocala Monday

More than 50 homes were damaged in two separate neighborhoods southwest of Ocala Monday afternoon as severe thunderstorms rolled through.


Wade Swikle, 24, takes a swing during the April 17 home run derby. Swikle, an alumnus, failed to hit any home runs during the contest.

UF Club Baseball Hosts Home Run Derby, Alumni Weekend

The University of Florida club baseball team lost to the University of Central Florida Knights during the April 18-19 series in Gainesville, ending the Gators’ season. The UF club baseball team kicked off its alumni weekend on April 17, which included a home run derby pitting current players against club alumni.


The Alachua County Clerk of Court, located at 201 East University Ave., remained closed Saturday, April 18 during Operation Green Light. Assistant Clerk of Court Edward Stiles said that it would be too expensive to remain open for the promotion.

Waived Fees Help Drivers Save Money On Traffic Citations

As an effort to help traffic violators pay off citations, Clerks in the state of Florida initiated the money saving opportunity Operation Green Light. On Saturday, Alachua County hosted the promotion to waive fees to help residents cut the cost on paying off their citations.


Cars drive past the filled-in potholes and cracks. Permanent road repairs are not expected until after July 2016. Ronnie Socash / WUFT News

No Immediate Fix for SW 62nd Boulevard Road Conditions

Despite continual repairs to Southwest 62nd Boulevard, commuters will still have to drive along the road’s potholes and “alligator cracks” until it is reconstructed in 2016. Once a project development and environment study is completed, the city of Gainesville can work on a $45.2 million project that will turn Southwest 62nd Boulevard from a two-lane road into a four-lane road.


UF football player JC Jackson was arrested yesterday for his involvement in an armed Robbery on Saturday.  He is currently in the ASO jail on a $150,000 bond.

UF Football Player Arrested After Armed Robbery, Released On $150,000-Bond

University of Florida football player J.C. Jackson has been released on $150,000-bond. Jackson was arrested Monday after turning himself in for his involvement in an armed robbery.


 

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