In The News: Gainesville Police Search For Urinator, N.J. Teen Drops Lawsuit Against Parents, Fla. Retiree Receives Medal Of Honor, Fast Food Fight Ends In Flames
GPD releases sketch of ‘urinator’ – Gainesville police have released a sketch of the “urinator,” a man accused by multiple women of urinating on them near the University of Florida campus. After four incidents were reported in late February and early March, three more women have come forward to report being sprayed from behind by the culprit. Gainesville.com
N.J. teen drops lawsuit against parents over tuition – A New Jersey teenager who attracted international attention for suing her parents after leaving home has dropped the case against them and returned to her family. Rachel Canning, 18, was seeking financial support for her private high school tuition, living expenses and future college funds, but she recently lost in the first round of court. Orlando Sentinel
Fla. retiree’s incredible story of Vietnam heroism earns Medal of Honor – A 72-year-old Florida retiree who served as a Green Beret in South Vietnam will receive the Medal of Honor from President Obama today at a White House ceremony. Melvin Morris and 23 other Army veterans whose heroism was not fully recognized because of race or ethnicity will be honored. Morris was previously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in 1970. Tampa Bay Times
Local fight over fast food ends with torched car – A Florida woman is accused of setting her boyfriend’s car on fire after he refused to buy her an ice cream treat at McDonald’s. Witnesses say the enraged woman torched the car and ran away after an argument in line to order food became heated. ActionNewsJax
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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.