In The News: Plaza To Undergo Redesign, One-year Anniversary Of Boston Bombing, Gainesville Firefighters Recognized Statewide, Military To Open Combat Jobs To Women
Plans to redesign plaza beginning to take shape – After four years of discussing the redesign of Bo Diddley Community Plaza, city commissioners are working on a plan. The proposed project would open up the plaza to University Avenue in hopes of bringing in more people, according to the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency. Gainesville Sun
A Year After the Boston Bombing, a Day of Reflection and Hope – A year after the Boston Marathon bombing, the city honors those who were injured and killed with remembrance services throughout the day. Last year, three people were killed and more than 260 people were injured when bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line. New York Times
Two Gainesville firefighters honored as among state’s best – Gainesville firefighters Joe Morris and Tom Hand won the Restoration Specialists’ Firefighter of the Year Award. Firefighters from more than 19 counties in Florida were nominated. Gainesville Sun
First women move to Army platoon artillery jobs – Female lieutenants are going to lead a cannon platoon at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. By 2016, the U.S. military has to open all combat jobs to women, or give reasons why any remain closed. Gainesville Sun
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The University of Florida has suspended the Zeta Beta Tau chapter on an interim basis while it investigates allegations of disrespectful behavior over the weekend. UF Vice President of Student Affairs Dave Kratzer wrote in a release: “I am personally […]
A local non-profit organization is lighting up children’s faces at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. Caleb’s Pitch, which coordinates hospital activities for children battling cancer, was founded in 2010 by Tim Jacobbe, a Gainesville resident, after his 8-year-old nephew, Caleb Jacobbe, passed away.
Senate Bill 186 could end a long war between craft brewers and big beverage distributors over regulation of beer sales. The bill lifts the problematic requirement that craft breweries operate as tourist attractions and allows the breweries to sell beer in the popular 64-ounce, refillable “growler.”
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The Florida Legislature is sending Gov. Rick Scott a bill that would let children who are victims or potential victims of rape and other violent acts secretly record their attackers. The bill applies to victims who are under the age of 18.