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Pastor Lynn Fonfara, 75, stands at the podium at the front of the University Lutheran Church in Gainesville Sunday, March 19, 2023. “There's always some personality things that have nothing to do with my being a man or a woman,” she said. “It's just the nature of the congregation sometimes is a little funky...around 1990 I started seeing women as pastors. But that's 20 years after women were first ordained in ELCA.”

Gainesville religious leaders field sexism, pushback

Less job opportunities, lower salaries or being labeled “heretic” is nothing new for women who lead Gainesville’s religious congregations. Although the city’s female religious leaders face adversity, they continue to fight for diverse initiatives and new perspectives of their beliefs.

José Nieves and Miguel Cardona sit in front of their food truck in Gainesville.

DJ's Cast Iron Burgers: Two Gainesville entrepreneurs set out to establish chain restaurant

Today, passersby can find the pair sweating it out inside the foodtruck of DJ’s Cast Iron Burgers. Parked on University Avenue, the latest ’80s tunes play from the speakers and mingle with the sizzling of burger patties. When they open the window to greet their customers, the smell of caramelized onions and hot peanut oil escape. The heat from their cast iron planks bleed out, offering respite from the rare Florida cold.

The front entrance of the James W. “Bill” Heavener Football Training Center Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022.

UF balances exclusivity, program competitiveness with new $85 million football complex

As Florida comes off the high from Saturday’s win, players can use its new football complex to continue training between games. The new James W. “Bill” Heavener Football Training Center is part of an effort to match the dominance of Southeastern Conference rivals Alabama and Georgia, both on the field and, more importantly, on the recruiting trail.


FOLLOWING UP: Checking in on anti-racism initiatives in Gainesville

A year ago, the murder of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement reverberated around the world. Petitions, social media campaigns and demonstrations called for attention to racial equality within local law enforcement and university campuses. Now, The Alligator is checking in on how much progress has been made in Gainesville.

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