Sandra McDonald

Sandra is a reporter for WUFT News who can be reached by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing

Florida Supreme Court rules police, crime victims can’t keep their names secret under Marsy’s Law

In a major ruling with broad implications across Florida, the state’s Supreme Court said Thursday that a constitutional amendment voters passed in 2018 known as “Marsy’s Law” does not guarantee victims of crimes a categorical right to keep their names secret.  The justices said the amendment’s provisions to allow crime …

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Exclusive: Florida temporarily suspends political ideology surveys to nearly 2 million in state colleges, universities

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – After only one year, Florida has temporarily suspended a highly controversial, statewide survey required under a new state law compelling public colleges and universities annually to ask students and faculty to identify political bias in college classrooms. The executive vice chancellor of the Florida College System, Clifford …

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Alachua County realtor, veteran enters treatment court after threatening city commission officials

A Gainesville man will enter a diversionary veterans treatment court after threatening Gainesville city commissioners via email and Facebook posts.  Terry Martin-Back was accepted into the diversionary program after an evaluation process. A judge in Alachua County found him an eligible veteran with a “qualified diagnosis” to enter the program. …

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White woman who killed Black neighbor will face manslaughter charges, state attorney confirms

Susan Lorincz, the Marion County woman accused of shooting and killing her neighbor, will face a manslaughter charge instead of second-degree murder. The prosecutor on Monday announced he also dropped charges of misdemeanor assault, misdemeanor battery and misdemeanor culpable negligence. State Attorney William M. Gladson recognized the wishes of the …

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