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National Crime Victims’ Rights Week began in Jacksonville on Monday.

Advocacy groups, including Families of Slain Children and the Justice Coalition, joined family members of victims at City Hall to kick off the observance. Many held photos of lost loved ones and wore t-shirts printed with their photos.

 

Jacksonville Association of Firefighters

There will be no more legal wrangling over a nullified 30-year pension agreement between the city of Jacksonville and the Police and Fire Pension Fund.

An appeals court Wednesday upheld a decision, voiding the 2001 deal because it was put together behind closed doors in violation of the state’s Sunshine Law. The Pension Fund Board appealed.

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Entrepreneurs and wanna-be entrepreneurs were in downtown Jacksonville Thursday for the second day of the One Spark crowdfunding festival, Creator Innovation Day.

The conference is meant to help people take their businesses or ideas to the next level.

 


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Warnings have been circulating on social media about a police crackdown against jaywalkers in Jacksonville.

It’s true, jaywalkers may be more likely to get ticketed this month and next. Lauri-Ellen Smith, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Public spokeswoman, said more officers are out looking for illegal crossers.

 


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Jacksonville’s crowd funding festival is back today under a new name and new terms.

Spark Walk is a combination of One Spark and the monthly downtown Art Walk.

Ashton Elder

“Hope hop” music is a blend of gospel and hip hop — and it’s growing in popularity in Jacksonville.

A local artist and youth pastor hopes the music will keep teens from going down the wrong path.


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The last of Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry’s “community conversations” on public safety is tonight at WJCT Studios.

The focus will be how health and wellness affect civic well-being.


Jacksonville City Council building
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The Jacksonville City Council is looking at how to enforce a new state law requiring human-trafficking-awareness signs to be posted in certain businesses and public areas.

Councilman Tommy Hazouri is sponsoring a bill requiring businesses to pay up to $500 if they don’t post a sign.

The required sign urges people to call a national human-trafficking hotline if they or someone they know are being forced to engage in work or prostitution and can’t leave.

Farryn James

Jacksonville’s Riverside Arts Market is looking for writers to participate in this month’s Local Authors Expo.

RAM features writers from Northeast Florida in its fourth annual expo.

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More than 200 web developers and technology professionals will be in St. Augustine to hear from local and national tech experts during the Ancient City Ruby Conference, which runs April 6-8 at the Casa Monica Hotel.

Bridge of Lions To Close For Maintenance

Apr 1, 2016
Bridge of Lions
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Bridge of Lions will be closed from 8 p.m. Sunday until 6 a.m. Monday, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

The St. Johns River Ferry is now under the control of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority. The city signed over ownership Wednesday.

But without more funding for renovations, the ferry’s fate is far from certain.


School Board Candidate Withdraws After Investigation

Mar 30, 2016
Ricky King campaign photo

A candidate for a seat on the Duval County School Board has withdrawn from the race after police investigated a report that he texted a 16-year-old charter school student, asking her to send him a photo of her in a bikini.

Generation W Profile: Sharry Cramond

Mar 30, 2016

In our Generation W Profiles series, we highlight influential women

Sharry Cramond is the executive vice president of marketing and communication for Southeastern Grocers. Born in the United Kingdom, Cramond has headed marketing for numerous brands around the world, including Kraft foods, Tesco PLC (U.K.) and Coles Supermarkets (Australia). She now lives in Jacksonville, where Southeastern Grocers is based.


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Duval County is well on the way to accomplishing its goal of reducing veteran and chronic homelessness to what’s called “functional zero” by the end of this year, the group Changing Homelessness announced Tuesday night.


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