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This week in Gainesville

April 12, 1965: The U.S. Department of Education awards UF a $400,000 grant to start up a proposed Graduate School and Center for International Studies. The money comes as good news for the expanding graduate program, which projects its enrollment will be at about 3,000 by 1970.


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April 7, 1979: About 5,000 people, ranging in age from 16 months old to 72 years old, gather at Lake Alice Field and smoke out in public as part of a “toke-in” benefit concert supporting the legalization of marijuana. A Tallahassee-based lobbying group collects 2,280 signatures in support of a bill proposing that posession of one ounce of marijuana be a violation, as opposed to the existing law, which makes posession of five grams a misdemeanor.


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March 31, 1978: Lums, a restaurant that used to be at 1621 SW 13th St., offers a deal of two eggs, two strips of bacon or hash browns and toast for 99 cents. It also offers a deal of a quarter–pound burger, fries and a beer or a soda for $1.50. Cedar River Seafood & Oyster Bar is in that location now.


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Mormon musical hits broadway

Since the 1990s, Trey Parker and Matt Stone have made their buck throwing everything from the sacred to the unmentionable under the comedic bus. They have taken on topics ranging from Scientology to the Shake Weight and everything else in between.


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March 21, 1966: John Due becomes the first African-American to run for state Senate since the days of Reconstruction when he announces his candidacy for the District 6 seat in Gainesville.




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