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Most animal adoption events are all about cuddly cats and friendly dogs — but not the Extreme Mustang Makeover, which concludes Saturday at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center.

Sherry Spearman

Creatives: This is a perfect opportunity for someone who wants to tell the stories of a burgeoning city.

WJCT is hiring a Producer/Director with a focus on television and digital projects and some crossover with our radio team.

Ashton Elder

A new Florida law allows more military vets to qualify for a diversion program meant to keep offenders out of prison. 

One Jacksonville army veteran said this program saved his life.


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The Jacksonville Symphony and Jacksonville Symphony Chorus will be performing "Holocaust Cantata: Songs from the Camps" Wednesday evening, at the Florida Times Union Center.

Donald McCullough, Jacksonville Symphony director, arranged the piece after a year of researching songs and stories that recounted life in Nazi Concentration camps.

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The WJCT News team is celebrating wins in this year’s Associated Press Broadcasters Awards. The news team took home finalist awards in both categories it entered: Best Continuing Coverage and Best Newscast Under Five Minutes.

Competitors were Florida radio stations with the largest audiences, including public radio and commercial stations in Miami, Tampa and Orlando.

Florida Memory

Tuesday marks 115 years since a fire destroyed 146 blocks of Jacksonville. The inferno began at a LaVilla mattress factory on the corner of Beaver and Davis Streets.

The fire not only destroyed the city, but marked a turning point for one of the city’s African-American leaders, James Weldon Johnson.


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The Caregiver Coalition of North East Florida will be hosting its annual Caregiver Expo on May 7, at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront.

Lee Woodruff, who spoke about her personal experiences as a caregiver on WJCT's First Coast Connect, will be the keynote speaker at the Caregiver Expo. 

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A one-room schoolhouse built in 1898 to educate the children of freed slaves opened as a museum in Jacksonville on Saturday. Its new home is Walter Jones Historical Park in Mandarin.

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A pop music star helped motivate students at a Jacksonville elementary school Monday.

Black Eyed Peas rapper, Jaime “Taboo” Gomez, taught the kids at Tiger Academy elementary school some new dance moves, as well as the importance of physical fitness.


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Jacksonville residents will get a chance to take a bite of the world this weekend at the city’s annual World of Nations Celebration.

The 23-year-old festival combines traditional music, clothing and food from a variety of countries.


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Donieka White was knocking on the front door of Metro Kids Konnection Tuesday afternoon, but it was locked-up.

“Almost every kid goes there, like, from the teenagers down to the babies that’s in Pre-k and VPK and stuff like that,” she said. “So this is like a big part of us just getting out of the apartments.”

 


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Florida State College at Jacksonville has announced a new partnership with Code.org, a Seattle-based nonprofit dedicated to expanding student’s access to computer science education.

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Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Celebrating successful women is great, but a Jacksonville commission should be doing more to raise all women up — that’s the philosophy of the new chairwoman of the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women.

Tangi Williams says she’s helping her volunteer commission get back to its core mission.


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The City of Jacksonville came out wearing blue Tuesday, as hundreds of people celebrated Ribault High School’s national basketball win with a parade and party downtown.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

Thirty-two years after Jacksonville’s Metropolitan Park opened its amphitheater, the city is closing it down.

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