In the News: Obama to Visit Orlando, Daytona Human-trafficking Sting, ACLU Files Same-sex Lawsuit, and Obama on Russia and Ukraine
Transcript: Obama Warns Russia of ‘Consequences’ on Ukraine – In a meeting with Ireland’s prime minister Enda Kenny this morning, President Obama said that he hopes to find a “diplomatic solution” regarding Russia and Ukraine. Washington Wire – WSJ
Obama to visit Orlando – President Obama is going back to Orlando Thursday for an “event on the economy,” according to a White House statement. Orlando Sentinel
ACLU Sues Florida Officials Over Recognition Of Same-Sex Marriages – The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Wednesday night challenging the state’s refusal to recognize same-sex marriages in other states. The lawsuit names Governor Rick Scott as a defendant, in addition to other officials. Florida Center for Investigative Reporting
Teen prostitute ‘Lola’ rescued in Daytona human-trafficking sting – A 17-year-old prostitute in Daytona Beach helped police arrest a woman on human sex-trafficking charges. She was arrested after meeting with an undercover detective and the girl at a hotel. The arrest was part of the city’s first human trafficking sting. Orlando Sentinel
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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.