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Preventing theft this holiday season

With the official holiday shopping season underway, the threat from holiday thieves is also on the rise.  Marion County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Jennifer Lowe says shoppers need to be alert at all times. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/Lowe1.mp3] She says anyone who thinks they may be witnessing a theft in progress should …

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Child abuse surpasses all seasons

Despite the holiday cheer that begins to set in, families can also see building stress this time of year.  WUFT-FM’s Sarah Samuels says local advocates see a spike in child abuse during the holidays. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/CHILDABUSEWRAP.mp3] Children’s Home Society of Florida Executive Director Jennifer Anchors says abuse does not have to …

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Smoke from Olive Fire shifts

Alachua County residents may see less smoke from the Olive Fire as easterly winds shift, but the 700-acre fire continues to burn. The fire in Levy Prairie began about a week ago and slowly grew into the 700-acre muck fire. Over the past weekend weather patterns kept the smoke low to the …

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Remembering those with less during the holidays

For some Americans, unemployment and economic problems are casting a dark shadow over this Thanksgiving. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT F-M’s Laura Christmas reports the Gainesville community is doing what it can to help make the holidays a little brighter for those who have trouble making ends meet. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/HomelessandHungryHolidayFeature.mp3]

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Black Friday starting a day earlier this week

The Day after Thanksgiving is often called Black Friday — a day retailers depend on to put them in the “black” for the year. But Black Friday seems more and more to be turning into Black Thursday. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s, Blake Alderman went shopping to find out why it’s coming earlier — and what …

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Traditions of the Thanksgiving holiday

Thanksgiving is a holiday centered around being grateful for what we have in life but it is also a time of great tradition. As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FMs Samantha Kerrigan reports, many residents of Gainesville have very unique Thanksgiving traditions. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/KerriganThanksgivingWrap.mp3]  

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Gainesville High School’s marching band wins state title

After more than 4 long months and 2 long days of hard work, the Gainesville High School Hurricane marching band  has won the state competition.Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Catherine Awasthi reports how constuctive criticism turned this group of marching students into champions. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/GHSBandChampsFINAL.mp3] (News Sources: Gainesville High School Band Director Bill Pirzer)

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Staying safe on the road this weekend

Alachua County drivers nervous about traveling during the holiday weekend may not have a lot to worry about. WUFT-FM’s Bothaina Saleh says with an increase in traffic comes an increase in traffic patrols. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/THANKSGIVINGTRAFFIC.mp3]

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Remembering the Kennedy assassination

48 years ago tomorrow President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.  While there have been questions and controversy surrounding the circumstances of his death and who the shooter was, few question the long lasting impact the assassination left on Americans. Retired University of Florida History Professor Julian Pleasants looks back on …

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Turkey and the trimmings come at a cost this year

The cost of your Thanksgiving dinner is on the rise this year.  The American Farm Bureau Federation says the retail cost for holiday staples like turkey and cranberries is up about 13%.  AFBF Agriculture Policy Division Director Frankie Hall says the rise comes from a cost increase at the top …

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Smokey conditions from 700 acre fire

The smell of smoke in Alachua County is expected to stay, at least for now. WUFT-FM’s Briana Rittersporn says winds are bringing in smoke from a fire in the east. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/wildfirewrapedit.mp3] Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Ludie Bond says the fire could continue to smolder for weeks, or even months.  The cause …

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“Stuff the Bus” has pulled away, but the need remains

The annual “Stuff the Bus” drive has been extended this year.  WUFT-FM’s Leah Harding says hundreds of homeless students in Alachua county are looking for support. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/StuffTheBusHARDING.mp3] Anyone interested in donating to the continuing drive can contact “Stuff the Bus” committee member Marge Baker at 352-373-9198.

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Rugby team eyes state title

As the Florida football season heads towards its waning weeks, many sports fans in Gainesville will turn their attention to the basketball team. But as Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Marc Whiteman reports, there’s another sport on the rise in town, and it comes from across the pond. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/RugbyFeature mixdown.mp3]

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Qualifying for Gainesville elections ends today

With Gainesville city elections around the corner, the deadline for candidates to qualify is today. Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Pam Carpenter says there are 8 candidates who qualify for the Gainesville At-Large 1 commission seat and two candidates for the District 1 commission seat. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/Carpenter3.mp3] Thomas Hawkins will be …

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Bringing the world to Santa Fe College

The 8th Annual World Humanities Expo at Santa Fe College is winding down today with a key note speaker and student prize presentations. Humanities and Foreign Language Department Chair William Little says the expo aims to shed light on what the humanities are. He says students have been working on …

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Human Signs” to stay in Ocala

People waving and spinning signs advertising a sale or business isn’t an unfamiliar sight on a lot of street corners. The Ocala City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to refrain from regulating these so-called “human signs” or “sign spinners” within the city. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Steven Gallo spoke with City Commissioner and …

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Turning garbage into energy at the Florida DEP

On Tuesday, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection recognized America Recycles Day.  DEP is encouraging communities to re-use and recycle, which is an easy way for people to help reduce landfill space and prevent pollution. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Jessica Becerra reports that aside from recycling, there may also be a new way to …

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