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As a teen, Gainesville pivotal to shaping Andrew Gillum’s political rise, ambition

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For the charismatic, 37-year-old mayor of Tallahassee, a day in Gainesville was an opportunity to campaign for Florida governor — the job he hopes to win in next year’s election — but also a chance to reconnect with a place and some people who he describes as “pivotal.” Following an economic roundtable discussion with University of Florida students and local leaders in business and government Tuesday afternoon — at Tower Technology Park, near Interstate-75 in Alachua County — Andrew Gillum,…

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UF law students discuss, debate ahead of Constitutional Revision Commission meeting

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Gainesville — With the Florida Constitutional Revision Commission set to hold a public hearing here Wednesday — the fifth of nine hearings scheduled throughout the state as a part of Florida’s unique, citizen-initiative constitutional revision process, which occurs every 20 years — several dozen law students at the University of Florida assembled Monday afternoon in an auditorium named in honor of the chairman of the state’s first CRC, Chesterfield Smith, to discuss the constitutional revision process with a member of…

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Catholic Gators, nun celebrate Good Friday with Stations of Cross mural near UF

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Gainesville — Braving the midday sun and heavy traffic ahead of the holiday weekend, Sister Ana Galvan, of St. Augustine Church, and Melissa Likamwa, a music education major at the University of Florida, painted the Stations of the Cross on a wall that borders a north-south corridor near the university. “It’s a way to remind people that Easter comes with the passion,” said Galvan, who wore a bright-white habit. “It’s a way to remind them that first we need to…

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In mock court, UF law students argue case echoing infamous FSU ‘Jane Doe’ lawsuit

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The black-robed justices who filed solemnly into a courtroom at the University of Florida law school Thursday morning were not the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, but they were announced as if they were. “All persons having business before the Honorable, the Supreme Court of the United States, are admonished to draw near and give their attention, for the court is now sitting,” a bailiff boomed out as students, law professors and attorneys with Holland & Knight — the…

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North Florida water managers OK first-ever long-term usage, supply plan

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ALACHUA, Fla. — The first-ever long-range plan for water use in a vast, North Florida region — home to around 1.5 million people in 14 counties stretching over more than 8,000 square miles — was approved here on Jan. 17, in a joint meeting of the governing boards of two water management districts. “This plan stands squarely on our science,” said Dr. Ann Shortelle, executive director of the Saint Johns River Water Management District. Shortelle was previously executive director of…

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