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While he wasn’t actually born in Florida, Jeff Klinkenberg's parents moved to Miami from Chicago when he was 2 years old, and Klinkenberg is about as Florida as it gets.


He grew up in pre-air conditioned Miami, fishing in the Everglades and Florida Bay. He wrote his first book about Davy Crockett when he was just 6. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1971 and got his first job in journalism at The Miami News, where he worked until moving to what was, at the time, called the St. Petersburg Times, before becoming the Tampa Bay Times where he wrote his Real Florida column until retiring in 2013.

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Genetically modified foods attract a lot of criticism.

Traditionally speaking, GMO, or genetically modified organism, is a term that means DNA from another organism has been added to an organism in order to make it grow better, or faster or be more resistant to things like drought or disease. But, as technology advances, new techniques are becoming available to researchers to make genetic improvements more precisely and in a way that mimics natural mutations and does not use DNA from other organisms.

Tim Cowley

A new University of Florida study suggests that there could be even more felled trees the next time a hurricane makes landfall in the state — not because of the rise of super storms or stronger wind conditions but because of termites.

It's a tradition for culturally black sororities and fraternities to "stroll" across the graduation stage and perform their Greek organization's signature dance, but that tradition was interrupted Saturday at the University of Florida by an "aggressive" graduation marshal.

Video footage showed the orange-and-blue clad marshal physically hustling the celebrating students off the graduation stage — at one point bear-hugging a male student and dragging him away. The videos have spread widely on social media, with many critics calling the actions racist.

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A new Florida beer launched last Friday, but the brew is not only for beer lovers. It’s also for butterflies.

Bartram’s Blonde Beer gets its name from the Bartram's Scrub-Hairstreak Butterfly, which is a federally endangered species. Under the Endangered Species Act of 1972, to get that severe of a marker, a species has to be at risk of complete extinction.


The unique method of environmentalism via brewing was made possible through a partnership between Gainesville-based First Magnitude Brewing Company and the Florida Museum of Natural History at University of Florida.

Both John Denny, the founder and head brewer at First Magnitude, and Dr. Jaret Daniels, the program director at the natural history museum’s McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, join Gulf Coast Live to share the tale of how beer first met butterfly.