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Ron Salem and Donna Deegan at her 2023 budget presentation
February 25, 2024

OPINION | The reality of divided government

For Mayor Donna Deegan and this City Council, it will take negotiation and the time-honored principle of “getting to yes”…

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February 20, 2024

OPINION | Southbank storage units are a bad deal

After repeated attempts, against significant community opposition, a self-storage proposal for a prime corner in Downtown’s Southbank is back.…

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A visit to Doro in Neptune Beach was Alphabet Challenge taker Rachel Monaco's 'D' pick | Rachel Monaco
February 19, 2024

‘X’ marks the spot where the Alphabet Challenge can go awry for Jacksonville diners

There are no rules for the Alphabet Challenge, except players can’t skip a letter. And in Jacksonville, it’s hard to…

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Jaguars linebacker Josh Allen celebrates a turnover during the first quarter of an Aug. 12, 2022 preseason game against the Cleveland Browns. The Jaguars led 13-0 when both teams removed their starters. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
February 18, 2024

SPORTS | Key offseason decisions loom for Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars face several key decisions in the offseason after a disastrous second-half collapse.…

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Beyonce performs in Cleveland, Ohio, on Nov. 4, 2016. | AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File
February 14, 2024

OPINION | Joy is not an afterthought

I write a lot about the ongoing injuries to Black people to connect the dots of history to this present…

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February 11, 2024

OPINION | Did white supremacists kill the Confederate monument bill?

If the bill is dead, thank the loud-mouthed racists who got it through the Senate’s head what monument-protection bills are…

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February 7, 2024

OPINION | Jacksonville Classical Academy changes course after learning lessons

Jacksonville Classical Academy charter school has pivoted in its approach in the three years since founder John Rood opened it…

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January 31, 2024

OPINION | Talking back to your betters: The difficulty of commenting at Council, School Board meetings

City Council needs to stop shielding its members from direct criticism. It also needs to provide more opportunities to receive…

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January 30, 2024

OPINION | James Weldon Johnson Park redesign must be informed by Bryant Park’s success

We risk backing ourselves into another 50-year corner if we don’t learn from our past and our peers and again…

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Former President Donald Trump stands on stage at the Republican Party of Florida Freedom Summit, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
January 29, 2024

OPINION | Will Donald Trump unite Jacksonville Republicans?

Republicans, led by the chair of the Duval County party, are being compelled to unite behind Trump weeks before the…

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Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke watches as players warm up before an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday, Dec. 17, 2023, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
January 28, 2024

SPORTS | A disconnect with Jaguars leadership?

Two men continue to be in the crosshairs of disgruntled Jags fans: offensive coordinator Press Taylor and general manager Trent…

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January 16, 2024

OPINION | Changing the urban landscape in 2024

In 2024, here are four trends that could permanently change urban Jacksonville for the better.…

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January 15, 2024

OPINION | Where is the stadium deal?

The set-up couldn’t have been better for stadium negotiations. Now, it’s the same old Jagwires, bumbling on the field and making…

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Neighborhood Shooting Philadelphia
January 10, 2024

OPINION | American fiction 

Opinion writer Nikesha Elise Williams reflects on an encounter with a police officer in Murray Hill Friday night.…

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January 8, 2024

REVIEW | Salumeria 104

Salumeria 104 offers warm and knowledgeable service, a cheery atmosphere, moreish pasta dishes, and swanky cocktails.…

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Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Evan Engram (17) is tackled by Tennessee Titans safety Terrell Edmunds (38) during their NFL football game Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
January 7, 2024

SPORTS | Jaguars’ freefall ends outside of playoffs

The biggest collapse in Jaguars history is complete, ending with a 28-20 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.…

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The Women of the Confederacy monument is lifted off its base at Springfield Park on Dec. 27, 2023. | Dan Scanlan, WJCT News 89.9
January 3, 2024

OPINION | The monument is gone! What happens next?

After Mayor Donna Deegan’s removal of the Springfield Park Confederate monument, it’s clear there will be political ramifications for years…

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Evan Engram surpassed the 100 catch mark to help the Jaguars snap a four-game losing streak. The Jaguars closed their 2023 home schedule with a 26-0 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2023. Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
January 1, 2024

SPORTS | Familiar scenario for Jaguars’ regular season finale

The Jaguars will face the Tennessee Titans this Sunday, the final week of the season, needing a win to clinch…

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December 19, 2023

OPINION | Rail funding is coming – is Jacksonville paying attention? 

Jacksonville’s entry into the federal rail corridor program is a chance for the city to seize its transportation future. Local…

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Donna Deegan celebrates with supporters at Estrella Cocina after winning the Jacksonville mayoral election Tuesday, May 16, 2023. | Dan Scanlan, Jacksonville Today
December 18, 2023

OPINION | Donna Deegan needs a political machine

With three-and-a-half years to go in Deegan’s administration, it’s apparent that she could use more political cover on the City…

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Jaguars receiver Zay Jones catches a pass over the outstretched arm of Baltimore defensive back Brandon Stephens late in the second quarter of a Sunday Night Football game. The Jaguars hosted the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday Night Football on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2023. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
December 17, 2023

SPORTS | Jags not ready for prime time with third straight loss

If the Jaguars’ Sunday Night Football matchup with the Baltimore Ravens was a playoff audition, the Jaguars will have to…

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December 13, 2023

OPINION | Mayor Deegan is just getting started 

The criticisms levied against Mayor Deegan’s administration are small things. The good news is that big things are on the…

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December 12, 2023

THE JAXSON | Cultural heritage trails increasing in popularity

With a cultural heritage trail proposed for Jacksonville’s LaVilla, here are how other cities have honored their historic African American…

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Cleveland Browns cornerback Martin Emerson Jr. (23) breaks up a pass intended for Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Zay Jones (7) during an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Kirk Irwin)
December 10, 2023

SPORTS | Bad start, bad finish as Jaguars lose in Cleveland

It was a grey day in Cleveland and a muted performance by the Jaguars in a 31-27 loss to the…