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Student balances school with animal care​

It’s 4 p.m. on a Monday when Bret Denney gets a call from his boss. One of the pigs is in serious trouble.

A veterinary student accidentally castrated a pig with a hernia earlier in the day, and now its intestines are falling out. This happens sometimes when a pig has a weak abdominal wall.

The pig has no name. In agriculture, they never do. It would be too hard to keep track of all the animals. Denney knows the pig as No. 176 by the notches on the ear.

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The dilemma of DNA

When Daniel and Amara Estrada’s first child arrived, they knew something was wrong.

Born June 28, 2002, at Tampa General Hospital, Aiden weighed less than other babies of the same age. He had a small head and cleft palate. His fingers were fused together. A single crease ran across the palms of his hands.

The director of medical genetics at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, Dr. Boris Kousseff, examined Aiden a few days after his birth and then again a month later at his office in the USF Genetics Clinic. Kousseff couldn’t find an explanation for Aiden’s condition.

In his first year, it became clear that Aiden had severe developmental delays. He couldn’t eat and had to have a gastronomy tube surgically implanted in his stomach to deliver food.


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Show your colors

There's no place like the Swamp, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, on game day. A tide of orange and blue, 90,000 people strong, descends upon the city from all corners of the state ready to cheer on the Gators to another title. But the excitement starts way before the game. Here's how to make the most of your Gainesville tailgating experience.


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Politics playing bigger role in children’s books

Katharine DeBrecht was watching the 2000 Republican National Convention and was explaining to her oldest son why she wanted George Bush to be elected.
"I told him, 'The harder Daddy works and the more money he makes, the more liberals take that money away from him,' " she said.
Her son's eyes grew wide as he looked under the bed, asking where these liberals were.


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During my final semester at the University of Florida, I was the editor-in-chief of the student magazine Orange & Blue. I supervised a staff of 20 that produced a print and digital edition centered around the theme of "play." I also conceived and co-wrote a story centered on "Playing God" about the dilemma of DNA testing and produced a flash presentation on autosomal recessive diseases. Read the print and digital editions here.

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