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Florida Governor Unveils ‘Major Action Plan’ A Week After Deadly Broward School Shooting

Florida Gov. Rick Scott Friday announced what he’s calling his “ major action plan ” to help prevent mass shootings like last week’s massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

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LGBT advocates are upset with the way the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is identifying a deceased shooting victim who they say was a transgender woman. The killer remains at large.

On a Sunday afternoon in Riverside’s Memorial Park, Maria Garcia was standing in front of a crowd reading a poem she found online at a vigil for Celine Walker.

As Garcia read the final line it was met with applause: “Today I mourn and I remember all of my siblings killed because they were transgender.”

Wondering About ‘E-Town’ On State Road 9B? Here’s What’s Happening There

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David Weekley Homes, the first builder to stake a claim for development at E-Town in South Jacksonville, bought property in the emerging mixed-use community off Florida 9B, the Daily Record reports.

$1.1 Million 'Reimagining' Of Target Store In Mandarin Planned

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Target wants to renovate a second Jacksonville retail store for its “reimagined” format that the Minneapolis-based chain calls its most ambitious store redesign to date.

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Jacksonville Councilman John Crescimbeni wants to call for a straw ballot vote, asking voters if the city should sell public utility company JEA.

Crescimbeni unveiled his legislation Thursday at a public meeting.

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The University of North Florida received a $380,000 forgivable loan from the Downtown Investment Authority on Wednesday to help with the expansion of its business program to downtown Jacksonville.

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Hurriedly crafted state legislation to address last week’s mass shooting at a Parkland high school will include a controversial element that would allow teachers who’ve undergone special training to bring guns to schools, a concept that has divided Republican politicians and faces opposition from Democrats and educators.

School Shooting Survivors Call For Change In Tallahassee

Feb 22, 2018
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Little more than a week ago, some of the biggest problems students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School faced were math tests and the baseball team’s performance.

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A week after a mass shooting at a Broward County high school, survivors and gun-control advocates demanded Wednesday that state lawmakers enact tighter gun and school-safety laws as a rally drew one of the largest crowds at the Capitol since the 2000 election recount.

As high school students who survived the shooting in Parkland, Fla., travel to the state Capitol to demand action on guns, lawmakers offered a glimpse of the battle they face.

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Metal detectors at schools, better coordination between agencies and keeping guns out of the hands of people who are mentally ill were among the solutions three groups of experts handed Tuesday to Gov. Rick Scott, as state leaders search for ways to prevent tragedies like last week’s mass shooting that killed 17 people at a Broward County high school.

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Rick Gates, the business partner of Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, pleaded guilty on Friday to two charges and will begin cooperating with federal prosecutors investigating the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Gates appeared in federal court on Friday afternoon. He told Judge Amy Berman Jackson he was making the plea of his own free will.

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This winter, the Syrian government regained control over the entire city of Aleppo. For years before that, it was the largest urban stronghold of anti-regime rebels. Over those years, there were countless government bombings, and the city was reduced to rubble.

The documentary Last Men In Aleppo, by Syrian filmmaker Feras Fayyad, takes viewers inside the city. "I grew up in the countryside of Aleppo," he says. "And Aleppo — it's my city, where I know every single street and every single store."

EXPO 216

On exhibit at EXPO 216 is the Death & Dying exhibit-and on February 23 (Fourth Friday), there will be a notary at the reception. The public is invited to complete legal documents regarding end-of-life wishes. The reception runs 6pm-9pm. 

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