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University of Florida President W. Kent Fuchs talks with reporters Wednesday about white nationalist Richard Spencer's planned speech on Thursday. He said of Spencer: "In a small way, he is causing us to redouble our focus on supporting actions that are the opposite of what he wants." [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]

UF president Kent Fuchs: 'Charlottesville changed everything' (w/video)

GAINESVILLE — Wednesday evening, hazy rumors of an impending Neo-Nazi march reached some wary protesters. A few quickly rallied to denounce the marchers in downtown Gainesville, only to find plazas empty but for police. The march that never was served as another reminder of the fear and tension in this college town …


Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, and Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, in Tallahassee during a Senate committee meeting.

Another Bright Futures boost? Florida lawmakers propose higher ed expansions

Veto be darned.

Gov. Rick Scott may have nixed a huge higher education bill in June, but Florida lawmakers are already renewing their push to overhaul the state's higher education system in the coming legislative session, starting with the tuition bills of top students....


Rick Kriseman didn't skip recent NAACP event, but Rick Baker radio ad claims he did

Rick Baker's radio ad said Rick Kriseman missed NAACP event---but he didn't.

A radio ad narrated by St. Petersburg civil rights activist Sevell Brown and paid for by a political-action committee supporting Rick Baker asserts that Mayor Rick Kriseman "couldn't be bothered to show up" for a recent NAACP event....


Florida Board of Education chairwoman Marva Johnson said she would like to see more Schools of Hope grants awarded to struggling district schools such as Robles Elementary in Tampa.

Eleven Florida turnaround schools awarded 'Schools of Hope' grants

Eleven schools from four Florida counties will receive state "Schools of Hope" grants of up to $2,000 per student to help them implement improvement plans....