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November 30, 2022

UF quarterback Jalen Kitna booked on child porn charges

University of Florida quarterback Jalen Kitna has been arrested on charges related to child pornography. Gainesville police say Kitna was booked Wednesday after he shared images of child sexual abuse via the Discord social media network. According to the Alachua County Clerk of Courts website, the 19-year-old faces 10 second-degree felony charges of possession with intent to promote. Kitna was

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November 30, 2022

Duval Schools terminates contract with LGBTQ+ support organization

Duval County Public Schools has ended a 20-year relationship with JASMYN, Northeast Florida’s leading LGBTQ support organization for young people. In an email to principals Wednesday, Superintendent Diana Greene said the decision was because of “inappropriate program materials.” CEO Cindy Watson called the move “an overreaction to a far right extremist website spreading inflammatory misinformation about our HIV prevention work

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November 30, 2022

Squawking PETA protest targets schools and chicken restaurants

A national animal rights group, dissuading people from eating chicken, will protest this week outside Jacksonville restaurants that serve the feathered fowl. But the protest won’t stop there. PETA — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals — also plans to drive past three Southside schools with its “Hell on Wheels” protest truck, its sides depicting caged chickens as its

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November 30, 2022

Georgia school threats among hundreds of hoaxes across US

Twelve Georgia school districts saw beefed-up police presence Wednesday morning after they received threats that turned out to be hoaxes, according to state law enforcement officials. One of those hoaxes was called in to the Camden County 911 Center about an active shooter situation at Camden County High School, while a similar calls came into Glynn County officials about issues

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November 30, 2022

Opinion: Silence is not assent

As a child I would sometimes get in trouble in school, and then again at home, for trying to express my point of view when I disagreed with something my teachers or parents did or said. To my insistent protestations I was rebuffed with standard parenting quips: “Stay in a child’s place” or “Stay out of grown folks’ business.” At

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November 30, 2022

Jacksonville University plans city’s first 4-year medical school

Jacksonville’s first four-year medical school program is coming to a private university on the banks of the St. Johns River. Jacksonville University’s announcement of the new medical school comes about eight months after the private institution announced its new law school in the VyStar Tower. Its first class of medical students are expected to begin coursework in 2026. JU announced

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November 30, 2022

Growing Clay County considers new fee on homebuilders

Clay County commissioners are considering introducing a new fee that will affect builders for every new home that’s constructed as a way to raise money for developments such as roads, fire stations and sheriff’s offices. The City Commission met Monday to hear the proposed plan to implement impact fees, which would be placed on top of other current fees. Right

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November 30, 2022

The Mossfire Grill in Five Points has been sold

The Mossfire Grill, a Five Points area mainstay at 1537 Margaret St., has been sold. Ben Franco bought the restaurant from owners Drew and Scooter Cavins on Nov. 28. Drew Cavins declined to release the sale amount. Franco purchased the restaurant and its recipes. Read the rest of this story at the Jacksonville Daily Record, a Jacksonville Today news partner.

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November 29, 2022

Your tabletop Christmas Village is illegal under modern zoning laws

You may think your miniature Christmas Village is a quaint tribute to the building traditions of yesteryear. However, its walkable, mixed-use, architecturally diverse layout is a flagrant violation of modern zoning laws and an affront to the single-family development ascendancy. Christmas villages are popular seasonal displays in no small part because they have the qualities that make real neighborhoods and

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Featured image for “$500K idling, facilitators ghosted: A timeline of Jax Confederate monument inaction”
November 29, 2022

$500K idling, facilitators ghosted: A timeline of Jax Confederate monument inaction

Advocates for removing Jacksonville’s Confederate monuments are growing impatient, as two pots of money for addressing Confederate monuments on public land – half a million dollars in Jacksonville’s city budget, and a philanthropic offer to fund a facilitated community discussion – are sitting idle, and Jacksonville City Council stalls promised action on Confederate monuments. Over the past year, the Council

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