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David Lawrence Jr.: A Champion for Children

After participating in a state commission for education, Lawrence dedicated his life to improving early childhood education. David Lawrence Jr., former publisher of the Miami Herald, has made strides to improve early childhood education. By Stefanie Cainto (BSJ’13) David Lawrence Jr. (BSJ ’63) retired from a career he loved to become a full-time advocate for […]

Gainesville’s gun-related crimes slowly decreasing

(co-authored with Samantha Shavell) WUFT News compiled police reports of all the crimes involving guns handled by the Gainesville Police Department in the past five years. Overall, the news is good. From Jan. 2008 to March 2013, there were 1,577 reported gun-related crimes. In 2008, 309 gun-related crimes were reported. In 2009, the number increased to […]

Senate Judiciary Committee approves Florida bill that bans texting while driving

The Florida Senate approved in a Monday meeting a bill that would ban texting while driving. This is the last committee the bill was referred to before it can be voted on by all Senate members. Florida is one of five states without texting restrictions for drivers. This is the fourth year the issue has […]

Students wear empty holsters to protest campus ban of concealed weapons

Members of Students for Concealed Carry at the University of Florida are holding an empty holster protest 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day until Friday at Turlington Plaza. The protest is designed to bring awareness to the law and let the public know there are people who want it changed, said Michael Porter, a […]

IHOP’s National Pancake Day benefits children’s hospital

Nathan Ferrell sat at a booth Tuesday at the Gainesville IHOP on 13th Street. He dipped a ladle into a plastic container of pancake batter and poured its contents onto a portable pancake griddle. It’s not hard, the 4-year-old said. Ferrell, a Children’s Miracle Network ambassador, was making pancakes for National Pancake Day. It’s an annual […]

Hazardous tire waste found in Jacksonville property

Two men have been cited for failure to obtain proper permits and for the health hazard posed by their property, which is located in the 2600 block of Rogero Road. Curt Douglas Hatton, 46, of Jacksonville, and Richard Allen Hayes, 46, of Mayo, operate RL&C Services, a tire disposal and used tire sales company in Mayo. […]

Armed robber flees home when women chant ‘Jesus’

An armed robber broke into a Lake City home hosting a jewelry party Friday night, but fled the scene when the women attending chanted “Jesus” at him. Derick Jeremy Lee, 24, was arrested Friday for home invasion robbery. Lee, of Lake City, is the suspect in two armed robberies. He is booked at the Columbia County […]