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Tuesday, May 28, 2024


Drag queen Elena La Fuega performs at University Club on Saturday Dec. 2, 2023.

‘It’s a start’: Gainesville drag community celebrates temporary lift on Florida ban of children at shows

On Nov. 16, the United States Supreme Court refused the state of Florida’s request to re-enact a law punishing businesses for allowing children into drag shows. Artists like Garrepy are taking the opportunity to celebrate the rare legal victory, which follows a flurry of Florida anti-LGBTQ laws passed over recent legislative terms.

Yarin Levin answers the crowds questions after sharing his story about the Nova Festival at the Chabad UF Jewish Student & Community Center on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023.

Nova Festival survivor shares story with Gainesville Jewish community

Yarin Levin, a 24-year-old former Israeli Defense Force officer, was standing outside the entrance of the Nova Festival in southern Israel on Oct. 7 when Hamas started dropping missiles around 6:20 a.m. He had stayed up all night chatting and drinking with other festival goers, thanking his friends for inviting him and wasn’t alarmed by the missiles as a former combat soldier. 

Costco Wholesale’s Perimeter Warehouse is seen on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023 in Sandy Springs, Ga.

A Costco desert: Gainesville residents pine for Kirkland Signature

Costco Wholesale, beloved big-box warehouse chain and world’s largest organic food retailer, has 31 Florida locations. But Gainesville residents must drive two hours north to Jacksonville or two hours south to Orlando if they want to stock up on industrial-sized bags of coffee beans, browse free samples or feast on $1.50 hot dogs from the food court. 

Meg Boria-Meyer installs support for the tomato sprouts at Gainesville Giving Garden on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023. She is the founder and director of the nonprofit.

Changing climate, changing gardens

Community gardens, like the Grace Grows Garden, are green spaces in neighborhoods and towns for residents to grow their own plants and vegetables. These gardens can reduce urban heat islands, provide ecosystem services, increase stormwater retention and support food security, according to the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center.

Bread and Roses Women’s Health Center on Friday, Nov. 10, 2023.

Petition to limit protests on Gainesville abortion clinic’s sidewalk reaches 700 signatures

Andrew Scholberg has been arrested 13 times. But that doesn’t deter the 71-year-old freelance writer and pro-life activist from continuing the work he’s been doing for almost 50 years — standing outside abortion clinics to pray and offer alternatives to women entering the building. A MoveOn petition created Nov. 2 asks the Gainesville City Commission to deter abortion critics like Scholberg from gathering outside Bread & Roses, one of Gainesville’s two abortion clinics. The petition, which gathered over 700 signatures in the week and a half since its creation, encourages signers to ask the commission for “No Loitering or Solicitation” signs along Northwest 10th Avenue.

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