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Past articles by Michael:

Locally made body armor saves Illinois officer

Phalanx Defense Systems, a Gainesville-based body armor manufacturer, recently tallied its first save when its gear prevented an Illinois police officer from receiving more serious injuries from a shotgun slug. → Read More

3D, mobile tech enhancing real estate market

Area real estate agents are using new technologies — 3D online property tours and a mobile app just for the agents — to streamline the process of selling properties for themselves and their clients. → Read More

Love-relationship startup catches eye of investors

A Gainesville startup that offers classes on how to better choose loving partners for relationships has attracted local investor Jamie Grooms, known for co-founding two publicly traded companies out of Alachua County, RTI Surgical and AxoGen. → Read More

Jones Edmunds secures $20M contract renewal from NASA

NASA has re-upped its contract with Gainesville-based civil engineering firm Jones Edmunds for work primarily on the space agency’s Space Launch System manned deep-space program. → Read More

Domino's, CareSpot, Mattress One named as Archer Centro West tenants

Construction will be done in a week or so on the new Archer Centro West complex in the 3500 and 3600 blocks of Archer Road, said the complex's owner, Paul D'Alto. → Read More

Local company plans to launch hair-growth product

Gainesville-based Prometheon Pharma was testing its insulin patch on hairless rats in early 2014 when something unexpected happened. → Read More

Steamers to return in downtown Bethel Station

Artie Guy, known in Gainesville for his Artie's Tempeh product that graces the menu of many local eateries, is set to resurrect his own restaurant. → Read More

White Apron owner moves from catering to specialty foods

Jules Gollner, owner of White Apron Catering, has announced her retirement, but will be staying busy by developing specialty foods. → Read More

Gator fans now can buy tickets via text

A men’s basketball game is approaching. The University of Florida sends out a text message to fans. Fans send a quick text back and get seats to the game. → Read More

Legislature and lawsuit taking on Florida's 64-ounce growler ban

Among craft-beer enthusiasts, the growler has emerged as not only a trendy way to have a cold one but also the standard for enjoying a tasty draft on your couch instead of the barstool. → Read More

Still in debt, Gator Stompin' pushes on with 'contained' budget

The debt owed to restaurants, bars, contractors and others following last year's Gator Stompin' event has been chopped to roughly half — or about $65,000 from an amount that once approached $150,000. → Read More

Cigars, liquor being added to wine at Half Cork'd

The space holding Half Cork'd — an upscale wine-tasting room that opened in late 2011 in downtown Gainesville — is planning to again welcome customers as a reformed business in a few weeks. → Read More

Can a business name offend? Government mum

The name of the new bar and restaurant Crafty Bastards is obscene and should not be seen by children, according to one Gainesville resident who called the Sun to complain, adding that he got no relief when he took his complaint to the city. → Read More

Craft beer, award-winning chili on tap at new eatery

Crafty Bastards restaurant and bar opened Jan. 29 in the former Kazbor’s space in Magnolia Parke at 4860 NW 39th Ave. → Read More

Burrito Bros turns to crowdfunding as construction costs rise

Veteran campus-area restaurant Burrito Brothers is raising money through the Go Fund Me crowdfunding website for an expansion that is exceeding original cost expectations. → Read More

Apartments for UF students and for seniors and veterans in the works

Three more apartment projects are in the planning stages between the University of Florida and downtown Gainesville — two geared toward students and the other for seniors and veterans. → Read More

Outback moving to old Hops location; Tuesday Morning, Carter's coming to Butler

Butler Plaza soon will be welcoming two new tenants -- a Tuesday Morning home goods store and a Carter's children's store -- while the Outback Steakhouse will be relocating to the former Hops Restaurant. → Read More

Veteran nonprofit settling into Millhopper library

A Gainesville nonprofit that provides outdoor excursions for area veterans is settling in to the new location of its coffee shop, a move made to increase the organization's visibility and provide a boost in customers. → Read More

Greek food in, sushi out at Stadium Club

A new eatery offering Greek dishes started welcoming customers a few weeks ago at the Roberts’ Stadium Club across from the University of Florida campus. → Read More

Gainesville-based HyGreen helping hospitals with Ebola plans

A Gainesville company is working with U.S. hospitals to promote good hygiene among health-care workers as the threat of Ebola lingers. → Read More