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The Florida Capitol Complex is viewed, Tuesday, March 29, 2022, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
October 2, 2023

OPINION | The Florida Legislature raided $2.6B in affordable housing funds

For every $100 available for affordable housing, the Florida Legislature took $46. But recent reforms offer hope.…

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Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Darious Williams (31) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown during an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley stadium in London, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
October 1, 2023

SPORTS | Jaguars show some improvement in London win

In their 23-7 win over the Falcons on Sunday, the Jaguars showed they are improving in some areas.…

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The First Coast Relief Fund has raised more than $1 million since being reactivated in the wake a white supremecist killing three people at a Dollar General in the Grand Park neighborhood. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
September 27, 2023

OPINION | Living with the past

Throwing money at a problem is easy. What is not is remaining committed to creating equitable communities for all people…

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Jaguars running back Travis Etienne Jr. is tackled by Houston Texans linebacker Will Anderson Jr. and former Jaguar Shaquille Griffin. The Jacksonville Jaguars lost 37-17 to the Houston Texans on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023. The defeat was the second straight home loss at EverBank Stadium for the Jaguars. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
September 24, 2023

SPORTS | Jags’ brutal loss raises questions

In the course of three hours on Sunday’s sun-soaked afternoon, the Jaguars’ season took a dramatic turn. Facing the perennial…

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Jacksonville Sheriff T.K. Waters speaks at a news conference announcing the results of "Operation: Hot Summer." | Dan Scanlan, WJCT News 89.9
September 21, 2023

OPINION | Reading the tea leaves: What poll means for Sheriff Waters, Mayor Deegan

Typically, one poll does not garner this much attention. But the latest University of North Florida Jax Speaks poll gives…

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September 20, 2023

OPINION | Jacksonville should act to reverse the legacy of racist housing policies

The U.S. government created ghettoes.  Government action produced racially segregated communities in the U.S., including in Jacksonville. This was no…

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September 18, 2023

OPINION | Where did Deegan go wrong? Lessons from the failed Ferraro and DeFoor nominations

Two failed nominations reveal a surprising lack of understanding of how the City Council actually works and thinks.…

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Patrick Mahomes meets with Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence after helping the Chiefs win their first game of the 2023 season. The Jaguars lost their 2023 home opener 17-9 to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Jaguars (1-1) have lost their last eight games against Kansas City. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
September 17, 2023

SPORTS | Lots of work to do for Jaguars

In game two against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Jaguars showed they have a long way to go to reach…

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A gunman opened fire around and inside the Dollar General in the Grand Park neighborhood on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2023. Three people died during a rampage fueled by racial animus. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
September 13, 2023

OPINION | This American life

Though it it comes as an affront to the immoral imbalance of white supremacy, disenfranchisement and early death be damned.…

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September 12, 2023

THE JAXSON | 4 mass transit projects comparable to the U2C in price

Here are 4 mass transit projects that were recently completed for a similar cost per mile to Jacksonville’s proposed Skyway…

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September 11, 2023

OPINION | What St. Johns County teaches us about affordable housing

Even with proven, successful ways to provide affordable housing, funding at the state and local levels is not nearly strong…

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Anthony Richardson (5) and Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence hug following an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 10, 2023, in Indianapolis. The Jaguars won 31-21. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
September 10, 2023

SPORTS | It wasn’t pretty, but Jags win opener

The Jaguars won their season opener against the Indianapolis Colts, but the box score looked better than the Jaguars’ performance.…

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A City Council committee approved an ordinance that would require certain businesses to provide changing tables for adults. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
September 7, 2023

OPINION | Deegan, DeFoor and the paradox of change

Mayor Deegan’s war with the City Council will only alienate her against Council leadership, opinion columnist Andrew Moss says.…

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September 4, 2023

OPINION | The ultimate pragmatist: E. Denise Lee’s inclusive politics

We need Denise Lee’s clarity of vision to be actualized by a new generation, her ability to unify people who…

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August 30, 2023

OPINION | Time to cut bait on JTA’s driverless Skyway replacement

There are other options for public transit that are cheaper, carry more passengers and are available right now. …

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Jamil Davis of Black Voters Matter speaks to hundreds of people at James Weldon Johnson Park in downtown Jacksonville during a demonstration against white supremacy on Monday, Aug. 28, 2028. The rally was initially slated to observe the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, but was switched following racial violence in Grand Park on Saturday. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
August 28, 2023

OPINION | This hate is ours to hold 

I didn’t want to write this, but here I am using my words to process a pain that runs too…

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Jacksonville Jaguars running back D'Ernest Johnson (25) runs into the end zone to score a touchdown during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2023, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)
August 27, 2023

SPORTS | After unbeaten preseason, are Jaguars ready to contend for a title?

There’s almost nothing more that the Jaguars would have wanted to accomplish with their starters in the preseason finale on…

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Gov. Ron DeSantis visits Florida State College at Jacksonville on July 18, 2022. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
August 22, 2023

OPINION | No sleep till Milwaukee: A Republican presidential debate preview

Ron DeSantis must show the American people the aggressiveness and ability to confound his opponents that elevated his national profile.…

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August 21, 2023

OPINION | Jacksonville isn’t Ron DeSantis’ town anymore

What’s clear is that Ron DeSantis has taken his eye off Jacksonville — like the rest of the state — and…

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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Tank Bigsby (4) runs as Detroit Lions defensive end John Cominsky (79) defends during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2023, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
August 20, 2023

SPORTS | What we learned from the second Jaguars preseason game

Only two Jaguars who are expected to be starters got playing time in Saturday’s preseason game against Detroit.…

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August 16, 2023

OPINION | Resiliency begins with us 

Will we look back and say we did our best on an individual level to fight climate change?…

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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Nathan Rourke (18) is seen during the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2023, in Arlington, Texas. Jacksonville won 28-23. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
August 13, 2023

SPORTS | Canadian Minshew? Jaguars’ third-string QB Rourke opening eyes

After Nathan Rourke’s performance in Dallas, will the Jaguars keep three quarterbacks on the active roster?…

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Mayoral candidate Al Ferraro is proposing a Confederate monument voter referendum | Photo: Al Ferraro for Mayor via Facebook
August 9, 2023

OPINION | Al Ferraro’s appointment deserves scrutiny 

What makes Mayor Deegan’s appointment of Al Ferraro to lead the city’s Neighborhoods Department, so baffling.…

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August 8, 2023

OPINION | 6 recommendations for JTA’s new LaVilla facility 

A Jacksonville Transportation Authority facility planned for LaVilla doesn’t align with the vision for Downtown. These 6 recommendations could fix…