In the News: City Commission Discusses Homeless Shelter Background Checks, Fort Hood Gunman Did Not Appear Violent, Silver Springs Film Fest 2014, Stanford Mom Facing Death Penalty
City Commissioners Voice Opinions on Homeless Center Background Check Policy – City Commissioners showed support for the Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless & Hungry’s plan to allow homeless people to the shelter regardless of a homeless individual’s criminal background. The center will run all those admitted through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement criminal background checks and sex offender’s database but will not turn anyone away based on check results. The center will open May 1 for meal services and storage space and July 1 for adult admittance. Gainesville Sun
Fort Hood Gunman Had No Violent Signs – Specialist Ivan Antonio Lopez was being treated for depression, anxiety and possible post-traumatic stress disorder. Military officials say Specialist Lopez, who killed three people and himself and injured 16 others on Wednesday, showed no violent or suicidal tendencies. The New York Times
Silver Springs International Film Festival 2014 – The 2014 Silver Springs International Film Festival is going on through Sunday. Film screenings and events will take place at the Marion Theatre at 50 S. Magnolia Ave. and a few surrounding locations. Ticket prices and more information can be found at www.springsfilmfest.com. Ocala Star Banner
Sanford Mom Faces Death Penalty in Daughter’s Death – Prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty against Rachel Fryer, who is accused of murdering her 2-year-old daughter before burying her in a shallow grave. Orlando Sentinel
Dixie County residents are being pushed out of their homes as flood waters rise after a deluge of rain in the past 24 hours. About 45 homes and 30 roads have been affected throughout the county. Emergency responders said they rescued seven people so far including a family of five, one elderly woman in her car and one man.
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.
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.
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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.