In the news: New African-American studies major, Clinic owner to face felony, Woman’s body in L.A. water tank, Planned burn at Paynes Prairie, Winter snows no help in drought

By on February 22nd, 2013

UF making moves to offer new African-American studies major The University of Florida is on its way to establishing a new major. African-American studies could be a major starting in Fall 2013, and is pending approval from the Board of Trustees. The major was approved by UF’s Faculty Senate on Thursday. The Independent Florida Alligator

Politically active Hialeah pain clinic owner to face campaign-related felonyFriday afternoon a Hialeah pain clinic owner will surrender on allegations of engineering illegal campaign contributions to candidates across the state. Inspectors believe chiropractor Mark Cereceda, 44, made his clinic employees donate to Florida political candidates and later repaid them in cash and checks. The Miami Herald

How did woman’s body come to be in L.A. hotel water tank?Tuesday morning 21-year-old Elisa Lam’s body was found in a water tank on the roof of the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles. Two days later, the case is shrouded in mystery and unanswered questions. CNN.com

750-acre prescribed burn planned for Paynes PrairieA 750-acre planned burn is scheduled today on Paynes Prairie. The fire will be ignited by a fire bombing from helicopter along Alachua County Road 234. The Gainesville Sun

In Drought-Stricken Heartland, Snow is No SaviorAfter last summer’s drought across America’s heartland, farmers and ranchers who hoped winter snows would replenish the ground and refill rivers will receive no such luck.  The New York Times

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