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Holiday Calendar: Events Across The First Coast Thanksgiving Weekend

There is much to do and enjoy during the week of Thanksgiving. Jacksonville and the surrounding areas will host events for everyone to partake in during the holiday weekend.

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Holiday Flights And Traffic

Track the latest traffic incidents across the First Coast and check the status of flights in Jacksonville and across the country.

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Florida's $2.5 billion request for federal disaster relief for its agriculture industry after Hurricane Irma might not be enough.

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Saying “our community has had enough,” Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams on Thursday announced the arrests of 10 members of a violent criminal street gang known as Problem Child Entertainment.

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Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Florida Times-Union reporter Ben Conarck  about a report that shows blacks in Jacksonville are cited for pedestrian violations at a much higher rate than whites (01:14).

Dr. Sam Suger, founder of the group Americans Against Probate Guardianship spoke about a rally held Thursday afternoon in Ponte Vedra (24:38).

Local TV news producer and author Nikesha Elise Williams discussed her debut book “Four Women” (33:25).

We heard about next week’s Merry Shrimpmas festival with Jekyll Island events manager Nancy Kring-Rowan (46:00).   

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If you’ll be hitting the road this Thanksgiving you’ll have plenty of company, with an estimated 2.6 million Floridians expected to travel 50 miles or more.


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Those who decide to take a walk in Jacksonville’s Hemming Park this week, may also learn about the Ukrainian Revolution of 2014 — that’s because there’s an outdoor photo exhibit on the subject.


Gov. Rick Scott Says Roy Moore Should Exit Alabama's U.S. Senate Race

Nov 16, 2017
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Gov. Rick Scott said Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, accused of sexually inappropriate behavior with girls as young as 14, should drop out of the race, according to the Austin American-Statesman newspaper.

Supporters Pray With Corrine Brown Before Her Sentencing Hearing; Defense Witness Backs Out

Nov 16, 2017
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Not long after word broke that a key witness scheduled to testify in Corrine Brown's sentencing hearing Thursday had backed out, the embattled former congresswoman arrived at the federal courthouse and gathered with supporters for a brief prayer circle before heading in to debate her fate.

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Sleiman Enterprises, which operates the languishing Jacksonville Landing, a riverfront mall on the Northbank of the St. Johns River, is suing the city, “claiming multiple contractual breaches by the city that make it impossible” for the Landing to operate at its full potential.

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Next school year, three low-performing Duval County public schools will be managed by external operators, if they don’t make C grades this school year. Superintendent Patricia Willis had to give her decision to the state by Wednesday.

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People affected by Hurricane Irma who still want to register for federal disaster assistance or whose application has gotten bogged down or rejected can get one-on-one help this week.

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Mosque Attack In Egypt's Sinai Kills At Least 235

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A terrorist attack that targeted a mosque in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula has left at least 235 people dead and as many as 109 wounded Friday, that country's state news agency reported.

The death toll makes it the biggest attack since the conflict in the North Sinai started six years ago.

The Middle East News Agency said the bombing and shooting attack took place in the city of Arish, which is about 30 miles from the border with the Gaza Strip.

The Argentine navy announced evidence Thursday pointing to an explosion occurring near the time and at the location one of its submarines, with 44 crew members aboard, went missing last week.

The news sent families of the crew into tears as they gathered at the Mar del Plata Navy Base, where the sub was originally scheduled to arrive on Monday, the Associated Press reported.

"They haven't come back and they will never come back," said Jesica Gopar, wife of an officer aboard the submarine. "I had a bad feeling about this and now it has been confirmed."

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Björk Invites You To Her 'Utopia'

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Björk's last album, Vulnicura, felt heavy. A chronicle of her separation from longtime partner Matthew Barney, its sounds had a suffocating menace, like when your breath is sucked from your lungs as you race down the highest hill of a roller coaster.

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