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Florida Declares State of Emergency Before Alt-Right Speech

Richard Spencer to speak in Gainesville Thursday

(Newser) - White nationalist Richard Spencer is scheduled to speak at the University of Florida on Thursday, and authorities are treating him like an approaching hurricane: Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in Alachua County, which includes the Gainesville campus where Spencer will speak, the New York Daily News... More »

Music Streaming Pioneer Found Dead in Bed

Grooveshark co-founder Josh Greenberg 'looked like he was sleeping,' mom says

(Newser) - The co-founder of an online music streaming service has mysteriously died just months after the company was forced to shut down, the Gainesville Sun reports. Josh Greenberg, who helped start Grooveshark in 2006 and inspired fellow startup pioneers, was found dead by his girlfriend last night in Gainesville, Fla. His... More »

Woman Held in Jail for Weeks Over SpaghettiOs

Georgia cop thought sauce residue was meth

(Newser) - When Ashley Gabrielle Huff was pulled over by a police officer in Gainesville, Ga., on July 2 for a tag light violation, the officer immediately became suspicious of her appearance and demeanor. After finding a spoon in her car with residue on it (and supposedly field-testing it), the officer was... More »

School Locked Down After Auto-Correct Texting Mishap

Phone changes 'gunna' to 'gunman' in message sent to wrong number

(Newser) - A Gainesville high school student who apparently flunked Texting 101 caused a school lockdown yesterday. The West Hall student intended to peck out "gunna be at west hall today," but his cell phone's automatic spelling correction feature changed "gunna" to "gunman" in a text message... More »

Fire Sparks Mile-Long Car Wreck That Kills 10

Officials investigate whether arsonist set blaze

(Newser) - A fire near Gainesville, Fla., sent smoke billowing across Interstate 75 that caused a horrific multi-vehicle pileup and left at least ten people dead and 18 others injured today. Officials are investigating whether the blaze was arson or started by accident, the AP reports. In the darkness of early morning,... More »

Terry Jones Faces $200K Security Bill From Cops

But it's not clear whether he'll have to pay up

(Newser) - Some would argue that the damage inflicted by Terry Jones' aborted plan to burn Korans is incalculable. Gainesville police think about $200,000 should do nicely. The city plans to present the pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center with a bill for $100,000 to cover the cost of... More »

Koran-Torching Pastor Was Run Out of Germany

And his church is currently for sale

(Newser) - Rev. Terry Jones was ranting against Islam long before his plan to burn Korans on the anniversary of 9/11 made him internationally infamous. According to the church blog, Jones has been preaching Islamophobia since before 9/11, when he ran a sister church in a poor area of Cologne, Germany. The... More »

Florida Church Determined to Burn Korans on 9/11

City says no, but 'Dove World' just won't listen

(Newser) - A Florida church has vowed to go ahead with its plan to hold a Koran burning on 9/11 , in defiance of a city ruling that states such an act would violate fire codes. The city of Gainesville turned down the Dove World Outreach Center’s application for a burn permit,... More »

Donovan Leaves Orlando at the Altar

Gators coach finds it too hard to say goodbye, will stay in Gainesville

(Newser) - After signing a $27.5 million deal on Friday to coach the NBA's Orlando Magic, two-time champion coach Billy Donovan has decided he wants to stay in Gainesville after all.  This makes him the third college coach since June 2006 to renege on a new deal in order to... More »

Florida Coach Mulls Move To Kentucky

After Gainsville triumph, does he still want dream job?

(Newser) - In the wake of his second straight championship, Gators coach Billy Donovan has a difficult, if enviable, decision.  The 41-year-old workaholic can continue stewarding the historic program he has built in Gainesville, or he can fill the vacancy at basketball powerhouse Kentucky, where he was assistant coach for five... More »

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