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Paterno, Spanier out at Penn State

The Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees has fired football coach Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier.  The decision made last night comes after Paterno announced he would retire at the end of the year, amid a scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.  In 2002, a PSU graduate …

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Penn State scandal brings attention to the issue of child sexual abuse

The Penn State sexual abuse accusations are raising local concerns for parents and children. Alachua County Child Advocacy CEO and President Sherry Kitchens says this case brings the issue of child sexual abuse to the forefront. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Kitchens1.mp3] Kitchens says while every child does not react the same, there are signs and symptoms of sexual abuse, parents should be …

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Penn State under fire, could it happen at UF?

Penn State Head Football Coach Joe Peterno announced today he will retire at the end of this football seaon.  This announcement comes after college officials are coming under fire for failing to report allegations of sexual abuse from 2002. However, the University of Florida says its harassment policies are sound. Florida’s 89.1, …

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Legendary NPR journalist Carl Kasell speaks tonight at UF

The legendary NPR Morning Edition newscaster and current scorekeeper and judge of “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me” is in Gainesville today. Carl Kasell will speak at the University Auditorium on the UF campus tonight at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Steven Gallo sat down to …

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Cain campaign may be threatened by controversial You Tube message

Despite his top ranking in the political polls, Herman Cain’s rise to the top may be threatened.  He gained 28 percentage points since September and 57 points since March, the largest gain in recognition for any GOP presidential candidate this year. But as Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Sanika Dange reports, recent …

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Today marks 10 year anniversary of the Patriot Act

A little over one month ago the U.S. remembered the tenth anniversay of the September 11th attacks. Today marks another ten-year anniversary; the signing of the Patriot Act. George W. Bush signed the anti-terrorism Act into law in the aftermath of 9/11. One of its controversial provisions is the monitoring email and telephone communications. As Florida’s …

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Unlike international protests, “Occupy Gainesville” quiet

Protesters continue to demand changes as we enter the third week of “Occupy” protests downtown.  WUFT-FM’s Bothaina Saleh says, in Gainesville, the protests have been quiet so far. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/BETHVOICER.mp3] “Occupy Gainesville” demonstrator Aaron Sachrios says violence does not help achieve the goals of the protest overall, but he can only …

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DREAM Act backers not giving up

Young immigrants are attempting to walk all across the nation, from San Francisco to Washington D.C. for one dream. “Campaign for an American Dream” is a walk which supports the passing of the DREAM Act. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Stephanie Bechara tells us the stories of some of the walkers and …

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UF expert: free trade agreements good for U.S.

[audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/Dewey-QNA.mp3] This week, Congress approved bills which would establish free-trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea. President Obama had sent the bills to Congress last week. WUFT-FM’s Chris Peralta spoke with Director of the University of Florida Economic Analysis Program Jim Dewey about the role of free trade agreements …

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