In the News: Sweetbay closes, Nuclear plant retiring, Twitter hacked, Teen almost dies, Teachers with guns
Sweetbay stores to close a week before deadline – Sweetbay Supermarket will be closing its stores a week before the planned deadline. Because of bargain-hunting customers sweeping the inventory shelves, the 33 stores throughout Florida will be forced to close early. As a result, about 2,000 associates will be displaced. Tampa Bay Times
Progress Energy Florida announced Tuesday morning that it will close its Crystal River nuclear plant – Progress Energy Florida announced it will permanently shut down its Crystal River nuclear plant. The company said it will try to place its 600 full-time Crystal River employees in other positions within the company. The plant has been experiencing difficulty with repairs and delays since 2009. Gainesville Sun
Twitter hacked; 250,000 accounts affected – Twitter revealed that the site has been hacked. The attack may have compromised the privacy of 250,000 user names and email address. This is the latest in a series of attacks against large sites like The New York Times’ and The Wall Street Journal’s websites. CNN
Teen narrowly escapes death after smoking synthetic marijuana – Texas teenager Emily Bauer, 16, wound up in the Intensive Care Unit after smoking synthetic marijuana. Purchased from a gas station and packaged as “potpourri,” the synthetic marijuana is composed of an herbal mixture sprayed with chemicals. As a result of the experience, Bauer’s family is starting a nonprofit organization to raise awareness of the dangers of synthetic marijuana. CNN
In wake of Sandy Hook, Pinellas teachers signing up for concealed-carry training – Schools in Pinellas County are offering teachers a concealed-carry training course, as a precautionary measure after the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting. Marketed specifically toward teachers, the course will be offered at a free or discounted rate. Tampa Bay Times
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In exchange for a reduced sentence, some Marion County inmates participate in a prison work program. The program has produced much of the jail’s infrastructure, saving taxpayers more than $9 million in 2013.
Gainesville Post Office participates in the Santa Operation program for the first time. The program started receiving letters from across the country starting Dec. 2, and it will match the benefactors until Monday.
The Angel Tree Charity Project helps make sure struggling migrant families have a normal Christmas. Hundreds of families are helped with the charity project.
While some area law enforcement are struggling to find funding for officer body cameras, Ocala Police Department has been using them since 2009 for specialized units.
The 1,000-plus acres of diverse land west of Newnans Lake in Gainesville will provide bicycle and hiking trails for the public in spring 2015.