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The news isn’t all bad. There are people in Gainesville and across the rest of our slice of Florida doing good work and trying to make their community a better place. These are their stories.

Paying respect to fallen soldier Lamarol Tucker

The body of a Gainesville soldier who died in the line of duty last week in Afghanistan was returned to Gainesville earlier today. Hundreds of people lined the street as the procession moved from Gainesville Regional Airport to Chestnut Funeral Home in Gainesville. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Alexa Padilla was at …

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Tackling Islamophobia in America

In reaction to anti-islamic rhetoric, University of South Carolina Arabic studies professor Stephen Sheehi will be speaking at the Civic Media Center at 7 p.m. Saturday night. He will be discussing his book titled Islamophobia: The Ideological Campaign Against Muslims. WUFT-FM’s Dan Katz spoke with him about the book. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/SheehiQA.mp3]

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Food drive brings more than just letters to mailboxes

The nation’s largest food drive is hitting North Central Florida tomorrow in an effort to “Stamp Out Hunger”. North Central Florida United Way Marketing and Communications Vice President Mindy Underberger says families in the community need this help, especially at this time of year. “It provides much needed staples for …

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Honoring twenty five years of advocacy

An advocate for displaced women is being honored at Santa Fe College as she retires after 25-years of service as the coordinator of the Displaced Homemaker program. Nancy Griffin says there is still a need to help women. “There was much more I think counseling involved in the beginning of …

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Food Drive This Saturday

Gainesville’s Bread of the Mighty food bank and four other charities are gearing up for this weekend—when the U-S Post Office will help with a food drive. Food bank director Anne Voyles says non-perishable food left at your mail box Saturday morning will be picked up by the carrier for …

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Hunger knows no season in Alachua County

As Gainesville heads into the hot summer months, the staff at Bread of the Mighty Food bank is as busy as ever. WUFT-FM’s Forrest Smith talked with Bread of the Mighty director Anne Voyles about an upcoming food drive the postal service is involved with—and some other issues on her …

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One hardware store chain is showing support for tornado victims

Only days after hundreds of twisters ripped across six states, one local business is already reaching out to victims of the devastating tornados. Alachua Ace Hardware Manager Christy Miller has stepped up and coordinated donation drop-off points at seven local Ace Hardware stores. Although not personally effected by the destruction, …

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Operation Homefront-Florida salutes military moms

Military moms, spouses and grandmothers will be honored tomorrow with a Mother’s Day Social provided by Operation-Homefront-Florida in Jacksonville. The non-profit organization will show appreciation to these women for their service and sacrifice by showering them with with gifts and treats. Operation Homefront-Florida Director Christy Campbell says the event hopes …

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Community celebrates volunteerism

Alachua County came together tonight to honor community activism. The 39th Annual Work of Hearts Awards recognized individuals and groups of volunteers for their work in business, education and 10 other categories. Haven Hospice Communications Coordinator Jenni Williams says it is important to recognize the work of local volunteers. “This …

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