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Small fire at Oak Park High Rise soon extinguished

Gainesville Fire Rescue Press Release Gainesville Fire Rescue responded to a report of smoke coming from the Oak Park High Rise at NE 8th Avenue at 8:00 p.m. last night.  The building’s fire alarm system activated and the buildings residents, mostly elderly, began to evacuate as firefighters arrived.   The smoke …

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Unregulated foods safer than you might think

A Florida law passed last year is making it easier for residents to turn their love of baking or cooking into a small business. The Cottage Food Law enables people to sell small food goods directly to consumers without food safety regulations. But is it safe? Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Brittany …

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Former Alachua County Sheriff Joe Crevasse dies

Former Alachua County Sheriff Joe Crevasse has died.  Crevasse died yesterday evening at the age of 96.  Crevasse served as sheriff for 21 years, from 1955 to 1976.  Prior to that position he was the University of Florida’s first police chief from 1947 to 1955.  The current Alachua County Sheriff’s Office …

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Civil rights activist Cornel West brings his message to Gainesville

[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Showtease.mp3] A nationally known activist and academician, speaking in Gainesville today, stopped by the Bo Diddley Plaza to lend support to members of the Occupy movement.  Cornel West, who will speak tonight at University of Florida, offered his support to those downtown. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/spotCornellWestbite.mp3] Civil rights activist West, a professor at …

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UF President urges students to be aware

University of Florida President Bernie Machen sent the following e-mail to all University of Florida students to remind them to use caution in light of recent assaults and attempted assaults in or around the University of Florida. Dear students, The armed assault of a University of Florida student that occurred …

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Bustling downtown brings weekend watch for police

UF Homecoming, Hemp Fest and Occupy Gainesville will be at the top of the Gainesville Police Department’s safety watch list this weekend. GPD Corporal Angelina Valuri says GPD is not changing protocol for the Homecoming football game, but will be more concentrated in Downtown Gainesville. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/Valuri04.mp3] Valuri says GPD is …

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Hemp Fest back to encourage action

A festival celebrating hemp is back in Gainesville this year, bringing information and inspiring action in area residents. Florida Cannabis Action Network Executive Director Jodi James says Florida’s laws about marijuana are regressive. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/James2.mp3] She says they will be encouraging people this weekend to petition lawmakers for change. Gainesville Police …

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