Lebanese Students Speak On Facebook Safety Check Controversy

Students hold the flags of Lebanon and France during a vigil on Nov. 16, in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the recent terrorist attacks. Lebanese students expressed concerns that Facebook  only had safety notifications for those who had relatives and friends in Paris and not in Beirut and other places where attacks occurred. Photo by Ahmad Krecht, Vice President of the Lebanese American Society.

After the Paris attacks people with family and friends in Paris rushed to social media sites like Facebook to check on their status. Many people received notifications saying their friends were safe. For the people who had family and friends anywhere else that was attacked, they received nothing.

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NW 8th Avenue Lanes In Gainesville Closed For Construction

8th Avenue construction

A heads up for your travels around Gainesville over the coming weeks: you will hit a traffic delay or two on NW 8th Avenue. Multiple lanes are closed for construction, and while construction will pause for Thanksgiving and on Friday, it will resume Monday. Gainesville’s Public Works Department has resurfaced the east …

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Unwanted Chicken Farm Prompts Land Regulation, Environmental Concerns


JTC Farm Chicken Houses has started construction of a facility that will house up to 270,000 chickens. Legally, no wastewater permit is required for the operation. But local residents who live close to where the chicken farm is being built as well as the Ichetucknee Alliance have raised concerns about the possible increase on nitrate levels in the Floridan aquifer due to runoff from the chicken farm.

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