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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Gainesville’s annual Labor Day event, Labor Daze Fest, attracted visitors for fun as well as for political conversation. Minimum wage and labor unions were among the topics some attendees hoped to hear more about.
National Report, a satirical news website, drew attention to the Williston Police Department after publishing an article about a deal made with Walmart to supply the town with a new, privatized police force. Williston PD pointed out the satirical nature of the story on Facebook.
A plan, under development, would allow the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office to supervise Waldo police operations after allegations that the former chief and interim chief established illegal ticketing quotas.
A risqué picture attributed as picturing some members of the University of Florida Alpha Omicron Pi sorority surfaced on Twitter this week. UF officials have not confirmed the image pictures members of the sorority, but they believe it does.