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An Early Look At Downtown Jacksonville’s Cowford Chophouse

After nearly four years since the building’s purchase, the Cowford Chophouse is set to open for the general public next week on Thursday. The high-end restaurant promises to be a downtown Jacksonville culinary destination.

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After nearly four years since the building’s purchase, the Cowford Chophouse is set to open for the general public next week on Thursday.

The high-end restaurant promises to be a downtown Jacksonville culinary destination.


flooded car
Marc Averette / Wikimedia Commons

A Georgia Disaster Recovery Center will open Saturday, Oct. 21 at 8 a.m. in St. Simons to assist Glynn County residents that still need help recovering from Hurricane Irma.

The center will be open for one week and will be staffed by representatives of the State of Georgia, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Space.com

If you’ve got a wish list that includes shooting stars, this is a great time to dust it off and put it to use.

The Orionid meteor shower peaks this weekend, according to space.com

The meteors are from Halley’s Comet, which swings by the earth every 75 years or so.

The icy comet leaves behind a trail of debris that the earth passes through a couple of times a year.

Mid-October is one of those times.

Drone Aviation Corp.

A Jacksonville drone company has secured a new contract worth more than $800,000 from a U.S. Department of Defense customer.


Friday on First Coast Connect, our weekly Media Roundtable featured Dan Scanlan from The Florida Times-Union, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth, Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons and WJCT contributor Charles Griggs (01:18).   

Reveal host and Jacksonville native Al Letson and Jacksonville Bar Association President Tad Delegal spoke about Al’s talk with the association regarding race relations and Letson’s appearance Saturday in the CoRK Arts District (33:30).

We heard a live in-studio performance by the Kristin Lee Duo (44:00).

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Close Encounters With Congress?

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A congressional candidate in Florida drew a little ridicule this week.

Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, one of the Republicans in the crowded field in Florida's 27th Congressional District, said in 2009 that she was taken aboard a spaceship when she was 7 years old.

She does not mean at Disney World.

"I went in," she says in a 2009 Spanish language interview that appeared on YouTube this week. "There were some round seats that were there, and some quartz rocks that controlled the ship, not like airplanes.

On most days from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mary Grimes can be found pacing along a crowded street in Orlando, Fla., with clipboards in both hands.

"Can I have five minutes of your time?" the 58-year-old says to a parade of passers-by. Those who are in a rush, she quickly wishes well; the others, Grimes directs to a blue and yellow form, reciting her spiel and soliciting a signature from each.

When Annie Dennison was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, she readily followed advice from her medical team, agreeing to harsh treatments in the hope of curing her disease.

"You're terrified out of your mind" after a diagnosis of cancer, said Dennison, 55, a retired psychologist from Orange County, Calif.

In addition to lumpectomy surgery, chemotherapy and other medications, Dennison underwent six weeks of daily radiation treatments. She agreed to the lengthy radiation regimen, she said, because she had no idea there was another option.

Dove isn't the only skin-care company caught up in a controversy about its ads.

Nivea, a German company with global reach, has been called out on social media for ads in West Africa that many described as racist, colorist and tone-deaf.

The ads promote Natural Fairness Body Lotion, a cream that promises, according to the tagline, "visibly fairer skin." The social media storm erupted after the Ghanaian musician Fuse ODG posted the ad on Instagram this week.

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Ryan Benk / WJCT News

After nearly four years since the building’s purchase, the Cowford Chophouse is set to open for the general public next week on Thursday.

The high-end restaurant promises to be a downtown Jacksonville culinary destination.


flooded car
Marc Averette / Wikimedia Commons

A Georgia Disaster Recovery Center will open Saturday, Oct. 21 at 8 a.m. in St. Simons to assist Glynn County residents that still need help recovering from Hurricane Irma.

The center will be open for one week and will be staffed by representatives of the State of Georgia, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Space.com

If you’ve got a wish list that includes shooting stars, this is a great time to dust it off and put it to use.

The Orionid meteor shower peaks this weekend, according to space.com

The meteors are from Halley’s Comet, which swings by the earth every 75 years or so.

The icy comet leaves behind a trail of debris that the earth passes through a couple of times a year.

Mid-October is one of those times.

Drone Aviation Corp.

A Jacksonville drone company has secured a new contract worth more than $800,000 from a U.S. Department of Defense customer.


Friday on First Coast Connect, our weekly Media Roundtable featured Dan Scanlan from The Florida Times-Union, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth, Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons and WJCT contributor Charles Griggs (01:18).   

Reveal host and Jacksonville native Al Letson and Jacksonville Bar Association President Tad Delegal spoke about Al’s talk with the association regarding race relations and Letson’s appearance Saturday in the CoRK Arts District (33:30).

We heard a live in-studio performance by the Kristin Lee Duo (44:00).

If you’re looking for something different to do this Saturday how about a three hour workout at the  Daily’s Place Flex Field?  

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Oct. 20, 1977, three days after Lynyrd Skynyrd released its fifth album, "Street Survivors," lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, vocalist Cassie Gaines, their assistant tour manager and two pilots died and dozens of others were hurt when their twin-engine plane went down in a wooded area in Gillsburg, Mississippi.

3 Richard Spencer Supporters Arrested After Shot Fired At Protesters

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A Texas man who fired a shot at a group of protesters after Thursday's Richard Spencer speech at the University of Florida and the two men who encouraged him to open fire have been charged with attempted homicide, Gainesville police said.

Police: 3-Year-Old, Woman Shot In Northwest Jacksonville

Oct 20, 2017
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A 3-year-old boy is in critical condition after he was shot in the head Thursday night.

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White nationalist Richard Spencer brought his “alt-right” movement to the University of Florida Thursday, calling America a “white country,” but his message was drowned out.

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