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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Two Alachua County law enforcement officers were reprimanded after using an armored vehicle to pull a man over. Lucas Jewell was on his way home after the Orange and Blue game with one other passenger in his car.
Gainesville resident Thomas Sanders has produced about 800 Vine videos and amassed an army of 5.8 million followers on the social app. Despite this new-found fame, Sanders is still an active member of the local community.
Ichetucknee Springs is reopening the northern entrance of the park for Memorial Day weekend. 4,000 are expected to be in attendance during the three-day weekend.
A University of Florida student combines faith and spirituality with the ancient art of henna to comfort cancer patients. Jeena Karr uses henna paste made from the flowering plant, Lawsonia inermis, to create intricate designs on the heads of those who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy.
Gainesville City Commission passes a motion for the management of Dignity Village. The motion begins the process of addressing safety issues and concerns regarding the logistics of the community.