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December 8, 2022

USS Orleck causes riverfront hotel ‘significant’ financial hit; Council poised to move it

Efforts to move an historic warship parked on Jacksonville’s Downtown waterfront to its permanent home accelerated during City Council committee action this week in advance of a final decision at next Tuesday’s full council meeting. The hotel where the Korean War-era U.S.S. Orleck is docked is asking that the move be expedited. The historic attraction has caused “significant negative financial

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December 8, 2022

Jacksonville city shelter stops taking dogs after virus case

Jacksonville’s city-run shelter is refusing most new dogs for at least two weeks after pneumovirus was detected. While just one dog has tested positive so far, another has shown mild symptoms, leading the shelter to place 130 exposed dogs under quarantine while they monitor for more cases. Pneumovirus is a contagious respiratory virus that causes symptoms like coughing, sneezing and

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December 8, 2022

Is your kid’s teacher a Duval Teacher of the Year finalist?

The Jacksonville Public Education Fund on Thursday announced the finalists for the VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year for 2023. The nonprofit will name one of these five as the Teacher of the Year at the EDDY Awards on Feb. 10, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront: Katrina Bias (Deutsche Bank finalist) School: Garden City Elementary School Grades taught: 3-5

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December 8, 2022

Disagreements surface over the training of public school librarians in Florida

With a Jan. 1 deadline looming, a state Department of Education workgroup is crafting a training that all school-library workers must use in selecting books and other materials. But tension has simmered because some members of the panel don’t believe its recommendations go far enough. The group, which includes parents and school media specialists, was formed to carry out part

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December 8, 2022

A Florida state representative has been indicted on federal fraud charges

State Rep. Joe Harding has been indicted on charges of wire fraud, money laundering and making false statements in an alleged scheme to defraud the Small Business Association and obtain coronavirus-related business loans, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday. Harding, R-Ocala, “obtained and attempted to obtain more than $150,000 in funds from the SBA to which he was not entitled,” the U.S.

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December 8, 2022

Jacksonville Beach Elementary evacuated because of bomb threat

Jacksonville Beach Elementary is cleared after a bomb threat caused an evacuation Thursday morning. “All students and staff are safe, and they have returned to the school,” a Duval Schools spokesperson said in an email shortly after 11:30 a.m. Students were taken off campus as the gifted and academically talented magnet elementary school was locked down for police to search

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December 7, 2022

20th annual Jacksonville Gingerbread Extravaganza brings builders from far and wide

The aroma of gingerbread fills the air inside the historic sanctuary of Old St. Andrews Church as Paisley Engram looks at the intricately built Santa’s cottage she built out of gingerbread, icing and candy. This is the 9-year-old girl’s first entry into the annual Gingerbread Extravaganza, a 20-year holiday tradition that raises funds for the Jacksonville Historical Society’s educational programs, which

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December 7, 2022

Legal drama in Florida court hearing over Marsy’s Law and whether police names can be kept secret

Florida’s Supreme Court on Wednesday wrestled during a hearing in Tallahassee over questions about whether a new law protecting the rights of crime victims can be used to keep secret the identities of police officers who kill a suspect in the line of duty. The immediate case involved separate, fatal shootings by police officers in Tallahassee whose identities remain secret,

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December 7, 2022

Arts Picks | Dec. 9-11

Jacksonville Today Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw shares his top 3 arts and culture picks for the weekend. Friday Milagros: Flutter Zone Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville | Downtown Jacksonville Florida-bred arts collective Milagros returns to Jacksonville to celebrate the installation of the latest Project Atrium exhibit, Flutter Zone. Made up of artists Felici Asteinza and Joey Fillastre, the New

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December 7, 2022

Jacksonville airport opens military lounge 2 months after USO shut center there

Bob Henning smiled as he looked around the comfortable living room-like lounge on Wednesday morning, a Christmas tree and fake fireplace surrounded by new sofas, a table filled with laptop computers and games nearby. The last time he was in the room next to Jacksonville International Airport’s baggage claim area was just before the USO closed the active-duty military member

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