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When Eileen Beckler’s daughter, Carrie Ritter, was found wandering in the woods at age 25, mumbling incoherently, she quickly was hospitalized and soon diagnosed with a mental illness.
Exodus begins: With graduations basically done, it’ll be moving van central around here the next few days. The eagle-eyed can also keep watch for random items left behind by departing students — you never know what treasures await.
Last week’s column regarding speed limits on I-75 generated some response and most of it sided with the FDOT’s position that reducing the limit will not improve safety.
Christopher Fillie is trying to keep his own brand of gentrification going in the South Main Street and Depot Avenue area before the more traditional model can take over and push out the artists and small, local businesses that have taken residence there.
A Gainesville man was arrested Saturday after police say he and an unidentified suspect allegedly forced their way into an apartment, held the victims at gunpoint, shot a dog and attempted to flee with property stolen from the apartment
The railroad tracks where Carrie Ritter lost her life last February are tinged with burnt sienna and smothered in gravel as they wind through an industrial slice on the north side of Ocala.
Orlando’s House of Blues was packed last Saturday night, as Gainesville’s own Sister Hazel took the stage to celebrate the recent release of their country-tinged album “Lighter in the Dark.”
A sleep mask that will help at-risk women avoid the onset of premature labor won the $50,000 Cade Museum Prize for Innovation Saturday night.
RTS will be reducing service this week and the full summer schedule will begin on May 9. Some area streets will be closed or otherwise impacted by construction projects.
When organizers of a Saturday event at Majestic Oaks to honor teenager Robert Dentmond asked residents to speak out about concerns and life in the southwest Gainesville apartment complex, none did so publicly.
The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office has released a recording of the 911 call that Robert Dentmond made on Sunday, March 20, that led to his death.
University of Florida President Kent Fuchs told graduates that being a member of the “selfie generation” would serve them well in life, part of a broader message in a commencement speech Saturday that highlighted the benefits of constant connectivity.
Story on Carrie Ritter, a 42-year-old woman who was hit by a train and killed in February. The story focuses on Ritter’s lifelong struggle with severe mental illness, as told by her family, and about how Ritter’s struggle to get good treatment and live a stable life is not unique to her. It’s a challenge that faces many people with mental illness and their families today.
Rain or shine, the graduating class of 2016 will leave the University of Florida this weekend. Most will attend sunset commencement ceremonies at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium while some individual colleges will have smaller ceremonies at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
The University of Florida is ramping up efforts in Innovation Square, hiring an international real estate company to help fill vacant lots around the Innovation Hub and a local firm to fill existing space in Ayers Plaza, which is getting a $1 million makeover.