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State University Board of Governors discuss 2018 budget, praise ‘remarkable progress’

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Thursday, Florida’s University System Board of Governors reviewed its legislative budget requests for the 2018-19 fiscal year which will be sent for consideration by the governor and the Legislature.

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College graduates’ families, friends pump up Airbnb bookings

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Lodging alternative marketing service Airbnb released figures Thursday that shows families and friends of college graduates piled into vacation rental homes from Pensacola to Miami Guests booking rooms in Airbnb-marketed vacation rental homes more than doubled in Gainesville and Tallahassee during the University of Florida and Florida A&M University commencement weeks in April. Tallahassee also saw a significant spike the following week for the Florida State University Commencement, while Pensacola, Jacksonville and Daytona Beach also saw large increases in Airbnb…

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FAMU ‘thick accent’ case referred to mediation

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A lawsuit against Florida A&M University by a Belize native who claims she was wrongly fired is headed to court-ordered mediation. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker last Friday ordered a mediation report by July 27, and tentatively set a jury trial to begin Oct. 16 if the parties can’t resolve the case. Glenda McDougall‘s lawsuit, filed in Leon County Circuit Civil court this August, was transferred to federal court in October, court dockets show. McDougall says the state’s historically black university wrongly got…

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Joe Biden connects with campus crowd in Tallahassee

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A sunglasses-wearing Vice President Joe Biden wanted a Tallahassee crowd on Monday to “imagine” a world with Donald Trump as president. It wasn’t pretty. “We don’t have to make anything up; we just have to say what they want to push,” Biden said during a midday get-out-the-vote rally at Florida A&M University. Several times, he prefaced his comments with, “This is not hyperbole.” For example, “does anyone think a Trump administration will continue with $300 million in Pell grants,” allowing…

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In Tallahassee, Tim Kaine’s ‘Rattler strike’ needs some work

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Give Tim Kaine credit for at least attempting Florida A&M University‘s “Strike, Strike, and Strike Again” chant. The Democratic vice-presidential candidate and U.S. senator from Virginia stopped by the campus of Tallahassee’s historically black university Friday afternoon. He greeted several hundred students, donning a green FAMU cap and giving his best approximation of the Rattler Strike, which involves jamming two crooked fingers (the “fangs”) in the air. The school’s sports teams are named the Rattlers because “when the school relocated to…

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Court tosses out lawsuit over FAMU student election

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An appellate court has thrown out a lawsuit over this year’s student government election at Florida A&M University. A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal unanimously agreed on Monday to reverse a trial judge’s earlier injunction and dismiss the case. The reason: Under state law, Circuit Judge John Cooper “did not have jurisdiction” to rule in the case. Victor Chrispin and Pernell Mitchell lost the race for president and vice president in February to Justin Bruno and Devin Harrison by 1,203 to 1,366…

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No charges related to abuse allegations at Florida school

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No one will be charged in connection with allegations of sexual abuse and murder at a now-shuttered reform school for boys in Florida, with prosecutors saying the passage of time has erased crucial evidence and left many potential witnesses dead. State Attorney Glenn Hess, the lead prosecutor for six north Florida counties, told state investigators in late May there was no way to bring charges after authorities quietly investigated for two years. Fifty alleged victims have come forward. “While wine…

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