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
Alachua County Animal Services is urging people to foster animals over the Thanksgiving holiday. Already more than two dozen animals over capacity, ACAS will need to begin euthanasia if foster owners are not found.
More than 20 organizations have joined Gainesville’s Compost on a mission to divert waste from landfills and from it create valuable soil feed.
After a young boy and his mother were killed in a car crash, several people were saved by their choice to be organ donors.
Jacksonville Man Killed By Police In Traffic Stop, Unarmed Man Fired Upon By Police – Leonardo Little was killed after fighting with a police officer during a traffic stop for an expired tag on Monday. Brian Dennison, an un-armed man, […]
Peaceful protests took place in Gainesville after the news that Officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted for the shooting of Michael Brown.