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 Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission hosts the first statewide nonnative fish catch. The contest was created to raise awareness and help reduce the growing population of invasive fish species in Florida’s waters.
Antique dealers wary of ivory ban bill – A bill before the Legislature would impose a statewide ban on ivory, making it illegal to sell without proper documentation of its origins. Orlando Sentinel Senate panel votes to confirm Loretta Lynch […]
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The Preservation Hall Jazz Band performed on Bo Diddley Community Plaza on Thursday as part of a street fair. The fair was part of day three of the 2015 frank conference.
Local farm practices sustainable farming techniques through community supported agriculture. The University of Florida Office of Sustainability has been working with the farm to provide sustainable food options to the community.