Florida bears becoming more active as winter nears

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Florida black bears number more than 4,300 and can be found in preserves, rural lands and neighborhoods. These critters can grow as large as 700 pounds and eat as much as 20,000 calories a day during the fall. Chad Gillis/News-Press

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials are reminding rural residents that bears are becoming more active as they try to add calories in preparation for winter. Full Story »

Shirtless Micanopy Man threatens parents with rifle and dead possum

William Markham

The town of Micanopy doesn’t have much going on, except for a fully nude strip club that serves mediocre coffee (I-75 makes me sleepy, don’t judge).

54-year-old William Markham is one of the rare folks who actually lives in Micanopy.

His home is across the street from Micanopy Cooperative School on Northwest 2nd Avenue, and he often complains about all the parents parking on the street outside as they wait to pick up their pesky children. Full Story »

UF Prepares for White Nationalist Leader

The University of Florida is coordinating with local and state law-enforcement officials in anticipation of the potential appearance in Gainesville of a white nationalist leader affiliated with this weekend’s deadly confrontation in Charlottesville, Va.

UF President Kent Fuchs sent an email to staff this weekend, alerting them that National Policy Institute President Richard Spencer, who made an appearance at the Charlottesville event, could speak at the university next month.

Spencer is a leader in the “alt-right” movement, blamed for a deadly outburst following a “Unite the Right” rally Saturday in Charlottesville that left one person dead after a car plowed into a group of counter-protesters.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has been in contact with University of Florida officials regarding Spencer’s potential visit. Full Story »