Human Interest

Medical marijuana usage is increasing in America

Not only did COVID-19 unleash a virus that affected the entire globe, but the growing pandemic also triggered an epidemic of anxiety and depression among America’s Generation Z and millennial populations. And many people turned to cannabis, as opposed to prescribed medication, to calm their minds. In 2021, cannabis sales increased to $30 billion, 40% higher than the previous year. The United States is expected to make up 75% of global cannabis sales in 2026. 

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LGBT app gives queer-friendly businesses a national platform

Finding relevant and accurate information on where queer people can hang out is difficult. The Pride App was created as a way for individuals to find businesses that are either gay-owned or operated or gay-friendly. Jonathon Pritchard, of Wildwood, is the creator of the Pride App, and he said he created the app to support LGBT and ally-backed businesses of all sizes. The app provides a platform where smaller businesses can be seen. 

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Infamous Diamonds dance competition team dazzles Gainesville crowds

Step up and get bucked down. It’s as simple as that. And the Infamous Diamonds of Gainesville always bring their A-game. Majorette-style dance began in the 1960s, with dance lines at historically Black colleges and universities that typically accompanied marching bands. Shows such as “Bring It!” popularized the hip-hop style of majorette dance and competition in 2014, making it a household dance style for many who were unfamiliar with it.

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NASA’s Orion capsule splashes down, concluding Artemis I mission

NASA’s long-awaited Artemis I mission concluded Sunday with the Orion space capsule splashing down west of Baja California in the Pacific Ocean, paving the way for an ambitious program ahead. The 25.5 day long mission began in the early morning hours of November 16 after several false starts going all …

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French game of pétanque finds a home in Gainesville

Sarah Lauerman took an interest in French culture and was intrigued by the sport of pétanque. She wanted to learn how to speak French and engage with the culture further, so she started a club around the sport. Now Lauerman is the president of Gainesville Pétanque, a club she started in 2017 with informal meetings. It has since grown to include 50 members and is played at two public courts in north Gainesville. And she had the sport included in the Gainesville Senior Games.

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