In the News: foreign driver permits, meteor over Russia, Dixie courthouse Commandments, Midtown robberies arrests, ship passengers on land
State won’t enforce permits for foreign drivers – Foreign visitors will not need a permit to drive in the state after the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles determined the new law violated an international treaty. Tampa Bay Times
Hundreds injured as meteor fireball screams across the sky in Russia – A meteorite flared through skies over Russia’s Chelyabinsk region early Feb. 15, triggering a powerful shock wave that injured hundreds of people. Spokesman for the Russian Interior Ministry, Vadim Kolesnikov, said the fireball caused an explosion and sonic boom that broke windows in Chelyabinsk. NBC
Ten Commandments stand at Dixie courthouse, after lawsuit is dismissed – The Ten Commandments are allowed to be displayed in front of a courthouse in Dixie County after the American Civil Liberties Union’s motion to dismiss the cause was granted by a judge. The Gainesville Sun
Two arrested in connection with consecutive Midtown robberies – Gainesville Police arrested two people in connection with two January robberies. Rasheem Kwamaine Roddey, 18, of Jacksonville and a 16-year-old boy now face unarmed robbery, fraud and misdemeanor marijuana charges, according to a GPD arrest report. The Independent Florida Alligator
Carnival Triumph passengers finally off the ship – 3,143 passengers and 1,086 crew aboard the disabled Carnival Triumph docked in Alabama around 10 p.m. Feb. 14. All passengers were off the ship by about 2 a.m. Friday and arrived at a New Orleans hotel at about 3 a.m. The Miami Herald
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The Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Park exists as a way to remember Florida history… But the workers there are doing something extra to “preserve” memories. WUFT’s Marie Edinger reports.
The historic bluff oak tree on the University of Florida’s campus was torn down over one weekend, and now advocates are moving forward after the removal of the tree they tried to save.
Supporters of medical marijuana legalization went to court houses all over Florida on Friday in an effort to acquire the signatures needed to put the issue on the 2016 ballot. They need a total of 683,149 signatures, according to Ben Pollara, campaign manager for United for Care, an organization dedicated to legalizing medical marijuana.
Country Music Television’s new docu-series “Gainesville” is set to air back-to-back episodes on Aug. 20 at 10 p.m. Some residents are worried that the show will not accurately portray Gainesville.
Two people are dead after a single-engine aircraft crashed in Weirsdale, Fla. today. Marion County officials conducted early investigations before handing over to the FAA and NTSB.