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Florida State College at Jacksonville is looking for people with great ideas to speak at the school’s TEDx event this year.

 

In our Generation W Profiles series, we highlight influential women

Geraldine Laybourne used her passion for youth education to forge a career in children's television with the Nickelodeon and Disney networks. She is also a creator of the women's network Oxygen.

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A young Jacksonville dancer has been invited to workshop with the Royal Ballet in London this summer.

Eleven-year-old Dante Gonzalez is proud to represent a minority in ballet: young boys.

 

 


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New historical markers along Fort Caroline Road in Arlington are commemorating an all but forgotten African-American community in Jacksonville.

A group of committed volunteers refuse to lose hope in a renaissance for the area previously called Cosmo.


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New dining options continue popping up in Jacksonville’s Brooklyn neighborhood, with the latest restaurant HOBNOB, opening next week.

 


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JEA will be contributing more to the city of Jacksonville under a new agreement the utility’s board of directors reached with the city Tuesday.

The vote was the culmination of more than a year of sometimes-tense negotiations with City Council.


Software Glitch Slows Duval County Voting

Mar 15, 2016

 

Updated on 03/15 at 2:00 p.m.

Voters headed to the polls in Jacksonville today may experience a delay after elections officials scrapped an electronic registration verification and reverted to a paper printout of all Duval County voters.

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The Duval Property Appraiser is asking for help cracking down on homestead-exemption fraud.

Homeowners can claim the exemption for their primary residence, and fraud occurs when people claim it on more than one property.  

 


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In our Generation W Profiles series, we highlight influential women. 

Melinda Wolfe is the Chief Human Resources Officer at education company Pearson. A Harvard University graduate, she has worked for elite companies including American Express and Bloomberg.

 


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Hundreds of performers from around the globe are in Orlando this week for the World Clown Association’s annual convention.


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The Jacksonville City Council will soon decide whether to transfer ownership of the St. Johns River Ferry to the Jacksonville Transportation Authority. As part of the ferry negotiations, Council member John Crescimbeni says, JTA asked the Council to extend the local option gas tax that helps fund road construction.

Crescimbeni says the gas tax was set to end in August, but the city has extended it for another 20 years.

Crescimbeni says now the Council must decide how much of the Mayport Ferry to give up.

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An Edward Waters College fraternity is bringing drinking water to Flint, Michigan, next week.

The Chi Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity began collecting bottles and jugs of water after learning about the contaminated water crises in Flint.

EWC Senior Jeffrey Sanders says it’s rewarding to be able to give back.

"I came up with the idea just to help. There is no motive behind it. It was just like, ‘Let’s do something to help. There's no reason why people in America should live without clean water,’” he says. 

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The Jacksonville City Council will vote Tuesday whether the city should oversee Northeast Florida’s first manatee critical care center, slated to open this year.

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens will house the center for rehabilitating and releasing sick or injured manatees back into their habitat.

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The number of heroin-related deaths has sharply risen in Northeast Florida recently. Duval County Sheriff Mike Williams and Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper held a press conference Friday to discuss the growing problem.

Leeper says he is cracking down.

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In our Generation W Profiles series, we highlight influential women.

Tina Lifford is an actress, author, and founder of The Inner Fitness Project. You might know her from roles on “Scandal,” “Parenthood,” or several other television shows and movies.

Lifford says acting continues to be a passion even after being in show business for 25 years.

“The passion that I have for acting is equal to my passion that I have for my community building and life transforming project called the The Inner Fitness Project,” she says.

Lifford speaks about the project around the country.

Lifford says, “The Inner Fitness Project was birthed out of my desire to literally speak to inner fitness in a way that we now understand physical fitness in a well-understood, applicable way to healing and strengthening ourselves on the inside.”

She says she has always envisioned herself happy and joyful while doing what she loves.

“I discovered that the inner work was a part of that,” she says. “So now that I have the career, but I’ve also got the inner experience of myself that fully allows me to not just have success, but success and happiness.”


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