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1 Florida Confederate memorial removed, another vandalized

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Crews on Monday were removing one Confederate statue in a Florida city and authorities said someone had splashed red paint around a Confederate memorial park in another city.

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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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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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Winners and losers of Gators game switch to LSU

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So the Gators will be playing at LSU after all. Despite a firm assurance the game would only be played in The Swamp, Florida will be traveling in the direction of a real swamp in Louisiana. It has been an acrimonious two weeks between two of the SEC’s top programs. If a detailed account described in a Fox Sports publication called Outkick the Coverage accurately describes the last 10 days, Florida does not come off well. It details LSU providing…

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Keith Perry apologizes for striking a man after a dispute over campaign signs

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A disagreement over a yard sign turned into a physical altercation between Rep. Keith Perry and a Gainesville resident over the weekend, according to records released by Gainesville police Wednesday. The Gainesville Police Department released the incident report, surveillance video and a sworn complaint affidavit related to a Saturday incident involving Perry. In an email Wednesday, a police spokesperson said while the department generally does not release information on “open criminal cases where an arrest has not yet been made,”…

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After Hermine, restoring power state’s top priority, Gov. Scott says

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The first hurricane to hit Florida in more than a decade wiped away beachside buildings, toppled trees onto homes and left hundreds of thousands without electricity before plowing inland on a path that could send it rolling up the densely populated East Coast with heavy rain, high winds and flooding. Hermine quickly weakened to a tropical storm and was spinning along the North Carolina coast early Saturday. But the National Hurricane Center predicted it would regain hurricane strength late in…

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Indians acquire all-star and Gainesville native Andrew Miller

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The Cleveland Indians made a cannonball splash in Saturday’s trade market by acquiring all-star reliever Andrew Miller from the Yankees. The Gainesville, Fla. native and his 97 mph fastball now makes the Indians the clear favorite to capture the American League’s Central Division title. Less than a week after shipping Aroldis Chapman and his 100 mph heater to the Cubs, New York officially gave up on the 2016 season. Cleveland, on the other hand, is betting their future with the…

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