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Payroll data show gulf in pay between men and women at UF

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New payroll data show that only eight women are among the top 100 highest-paid faculty members at the University of Florida. The Independent Florida Alligator reports that the top woman earner at Florida earned $524,450 and the top male $984,759. Of the top 20 highest paid faculty, one is a woman. Dr. Shahla Masood, a professor at the College of Medicine, is the fourth-highest paid female faculty member. She told the paper that several factors contribute, including that some female…

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Success brings questions about coach Jimbo Fisher’s future

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Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher says he would rather be talked about than not, even if it is about his coaching future. Fisher was frequently asked about his interest in LSU the past two months after Les Miles was fired. Those questions were put to rest Saturday after Ed Orgeron had the interim title removed. This has been the second straight season Fisher’s name has been mentioned about openings. He doesn’t think it will be the last.  “When you’re successful, people…

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Before the Pilgrims, Floridians celebrated the ‘real’ first Thanksgiving

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It’s that time of year when children make cardboard turkeys and draw the Mayflower, while we prepare to fill our tables with stuffing and pumpkin pie the way most of us imagine the Pilgrims did at the first Thanksgiving in 1621. But there’s just one catch, according to archaeologists at the Florida Museum of Natural History: The Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving wasn’t the first. The nation’s real first Thanksgiving took place more than 50 years earlier near the Matanzas River in St.…

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ACC teams on a roll vs. SEC in state rivalry showdowns

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Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson wants to see the ACC continue its two-year run of dominance in state rivalry games against teams from the SEC. Atlantic Coast Conference teams are 7-1 against Southeastern Conference teams from the same state the last two years. That includes a 4-0 sweep in 2014 of the state rivalries that will be renewed on Saturday: Clemson-South Carolina, Louisville-Kentucky, Georgia Tech-Georgia and Florida State-Florida. “Best of luck to all those guys competing against the SEC,” Watson said…

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Florence Snyder: On Veterans Day, a Valentine to UF’s bug-busters

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The bad news is that a variety of bed bug not seen in Florida in 60 years is back. The good news is that the University of Florida is on the case. Like its cousin the “common bedbug,” the tropical bed bug under investigation by UF researchers will drain your blood and your bank account. The difference is, the tropical bed bug can do it faster. Doctoral candidate Brittany Campbell and her colleagues at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural…

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Airbnb hosts in Tallahassee, Gainesville score during football season

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Airbnb scored a touchdown in Florida college towns this football season. A new report from the home-sharing company showed the hundreds of Airbnb listings in Tallahassee and Gainesville “substantially increased the cities’ lodging capacity for football games,” allowing both communities to host more visitors during home games. And a boost in lodging options means football travelers are more likely to stay for the whole weekend, driving up spending on foods, beverages and shopping. According to the Airbnb report, Gainesville’s host…

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Florida consumer sentiment ticks downward before the election

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Consumer sentiment among Floridians declined 1.5 points in October to 90, according to the latest University of Florida consumer survey. The reading is the last one before the November election. “Consumer sentiment is 1.5 points lower than the current year’s average,” said Hector Sandoval, director of the Economic Analysis Program at UF’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research. Among the five components that make up the index, three decreased, and two increased. Perceptions of one’s personal financial situation now compared…

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