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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.

North Florida ceremony honors legendary photographer, scuba diver

Family, friends and colleagues of Wes Skiles, an internationally known underwater photographer and scuba diver, braved rain conditions as they gathered in Peacock Springs State Park just north of Mayo this morning. They turned out to honor the man who died this past summer, doing what he loved, scuba diving. As Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Trent Kelly reports, by naming the state park in his honor, state officials hope to bring attention to the need for protecting the state’s natural springs.

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Remembering those who sacrificed

This summer marked 65 years since World War Two ended. An entire generation who holds the memories that made that war is disappearing every day. There are millions of men and women, those who weren’t the celebrities, who still remember details from their experiences. Kari Beckerman has the story of …

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WW II vets—-the "greatest generation"

Nicknamed the “Greatest Generation,” American World War II veterans are getting older and older. In fact, experts estimate about 1,000 of them die each day. And as these men and women pass away, their great American stories often perish with them. Vic Micolucci spoke with a North Central Florida veteran …

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Gainesville, Alachua County honor vets

Among the many Veterans Day celebrations today (Thursday), an especially touching ceremony happened at Kanapaha Park in Gainesville. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT FM’s Kara Van Hoose has more on the event and the veterans it touched. Reporters Gillian Finklea and Alyssa Hayden gathered the sounds and comments at the cermony. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Vet …

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Remembering the "Alligator Man" Harold Nugent

Services were held yesterday for Harold Nugent at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Gainesville. Mr. Nugent was better known as the “Alligator Man” to the thousands of school children he visited around the state as part of a joint effort with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission to teach kids …

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The body of a Levy County soldier returns home

Amidst the chaotic media frenzy at the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville over whether Pastor Terry Jones would or wouldn’t go through with burning the Quran on September 11th there was a more somber event unfolding at the Gainesville Regional Airport. Army Specialist Jamie Page came home Thursday from …

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A gathering for peace

On the night before the Dove Outreach Center’s original plans to burn Qurans, the Gainesville community filled the Trinity United Methodist Church to send a message of peace and tolerance. Michael Gillespie was there. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/peacegathering.mp3]

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