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Dina is a reporter for WUFT News and can be contacted by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news@wuft.org.

Falling in love with “Love Letters”

Gainesville’s AcrossTown Repertory Theatre is falling in love this month with the play “Love Letters” by A.R. Gurney. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Dina Lewis spoke with a unique couple, the actors in the play, Jerry Rose and Vivian Dick. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/LoveLettersQA.mp3] The AcrossTown Repertory Theatre will hold a benefit preview show Thursday night …

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Taking a nip out of feral cats

And now a story that would make Bob Barker proud. As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Deena Lewis reports, Alachua county’s “Operation Catnip” is offering free services to spay and neuter stray cats. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPDinaCatsFINAL.mp3] Operation Cat nip is preparing to nip the amount of stray and feral cats that are euthanised at its annual “Sunday Spay day.” …

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Florida loses oldest cypress tree

Florida’s oldest cypress tree was known as “The Senator.”  The tree which survived more than 3,500 years burned to the ground on Monday in Longwood, Florida.  Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Dina Lewis has more. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/oldesttreedepth.mp3] Source:  Retired University of Professor of Botany Daniel Ward

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Area religious leaders join “Campaign for Fair Food”

Several Gainesville area religious leaders are joining a “Campaign for Fair Food” involving the Coalition of Immokalee workers.  As Dina Lewis reports, they want the Publix Supermarket chain to improve pay and working conditions for tomato pickers by paying more per pound for their tomatoes. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPTomatowrap2.mp3] WUFT made several calls …

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Campaign for fair food comes to Gainesville

Fifteen religious leaders in Gainesville signed a joint open letter to Publix Supermarkets today urging the corporation to help end what they’re calling worker abuse in Florida’s tomato fields. The letter encourages Publix to meet with the Coalition of Immokalee Worker’s Campaign for Free Food, which seeks to improve wages …

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Remembering man’s first lunar step

Today marks the 42nd anniversary of mankind’s first step on the moon. It also marks the upcoming end to America’s manned space program. The Space Shuttle Atlantis crew will land on Thursday, finishing the last of the space missions. WUFT- FM reporters Dina Lewis and Kareem Sandy talked with Gainesville residents who recall where they were when they received the news about the first man landing on the moon.

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Parking fees may change in downtown Gainesville

Gainesville residents could soon see changes in parking fees for downtown. The proposal has been approved by the City Commission’s Recreation, Cultural Affairs and Public Works Committee. The 100 free spots may soon be replaced with parking meters. If given the final okay from the City Commission, the price would change from 25 cents an hour to 50 cents an hour for all parking lots and from 50 cents an hour to $1 an hour on the street. Gainesville native Corey Sawyer is very upset about the proposed changes because it will keep him from frequenting downtown.

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