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November 3, 2022

PHOTO ESSAY | Unity vigil to denounce anti-Semitism in Jacksonville

Mariam Feist was direct: It is going to take a community-wide effort to “combat the root causes of bias.” Feist, CEO of the Jewish Federation & Foundation of Northeast Florida, was among the hundreds who gathered at James Weldon Johnson Park on Thursday evening for a unity vigil to denounce the series of anti-Semitic incidents in Jacksonville last weekend. “Jacksonville

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October 9, 2022

PHOTO ESSAY: Northwest Classic in pictures

The Northwest Classic is more than a football game. It’s an opportunity to be the Kings of Moncrief for a year. Raines has held that crown for the last six seasons. The Vikings held on to beat Ribault 30-19 on Saturday afternoon in front of a sold out Earl Kitchings Stadium. The meeting was the 53rd time the two programs

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September 18, 2022

PHOTO ESSAY | Jaguars win home opener shutout

The Jaguars thumped Indianapolis 24-0 on Sunday afternoon in their 2022 home opener. The paid attendance of 58,360 may have been one of the smallest for a home opener, but the players and coaches certainly fed off the energy. “I thought we had a really good crowd today. They got loud on a couple of defensive fourth down plays, you

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August 31, 2022

PHOTO ESSAY | Eastside Jax ‘on the right path’

Photos and captions by Dennis Ho | Editing by Matthew Shaw | Intro by Jessica Palombo The Eastside, or Out East, as residents know it, is the poster community for “withintrification” in Jacksonville. The once-vibrant historically Black neighborhood has struggled economically, but residents say they don’t need outsiders to drive improvements. For Jacksonville Today, photographer Dennis Ho shares portraits of

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August 14, 2022

PHOTO ESSAY | Jaguars show flashes in preseason loss to Cleveland

The Jaguars lost their second straight preseason game on Friday night, falling 24-13 to Cleveland. Jacksonville led 13-0, however, when both teams pulled their starters in the second quarter, which Jags coach Doug Pedersen called an encouraging sign. Pederson said, “We did get a couple of field goals early, which was good, and then ultimately the touchdown there in the

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August 8, 2022

PHOTO ESSAY | What is Jacksonville today?

What is Jacksonville Today? Florida State College at Jacksonville students answered that question through images.

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May 3, 2022

PHOTO ESSAY | Hauling It

A driver shortage in Jacksonville triggered missed garbage pickups by the thousands. Through it all, the men and women who take away our trash go to work day in and day out. For Jacksonville Today, photographer Dennis Ho spent a couple of recent days documenting their work.

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February 16, 2022

PHOTO ESSAY | The Skyway in Transit

As the pace of development in the city’s urban core continues to ramp up, Jacksonville’s Downtown is beginning to look different. Amid the relatively new arrival of cranes and swinging steel beams, it endures: 2.5 miles of concrete track we call the Jacksonville Skyway. Opened in 1989, the automated people mover has been a point of contention for nearly as

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November 10, 2021

PHOTO ESSAY | Downtown Jacksonville dresses up for Toni Smailagic

Introduction by Matthew Shaw | Photographs and captions by Toni Smailagic When Toni Smailagic brings out his camera, it seems, Jacksonville tends to get all dressed up for him. Since moving back to Jacksonville from New York five years ago, Toni Smailagic has embedded himself in the cultural scene of the city’s urban core at concerts, art exhibit openings and

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November 3, 2021

PHOTO ESSAY | Jacksonville through the lens of Michael Rakim

Introduction by Matthew Shaw | Photographs and captions by Michael Rakim The first time I saw the work of Wesley Michael Rakim Edwards — who publishes his photography under the name Michael Rakim — I could tell he was a people person. I’d engage with Rakim’s imagery in the way most of us view photography these days — mostly on

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