Amy Hadden

News Intern

Amy Hadden is a senior at the University of Florida in the College of Journalism and Communications. Her major is telecommunication, pursuing a career in broadcast journalism upon graduation.

 

​Amy fills her spare time volunteering at organizations throughout Jacksonville. In addition to her passion for community work, she loves cooking, writing and relaxing at home with her fiancé and two crazy dogs.

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The University of North Florida is hosting a meet and greet with World War II veterans and prisoners of war Monday.


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Empty storefronts still line both sides of Main Street, which runs through the heart of one of Jacksonville’s historic districts. Many spaces are reminiscent of the area's heyday in the early 1900s. But some of the old haunts are now filled with sounds of construction as new businesses move into the Springfield neighborhood.


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Home furnishing retailer IKEA is making progress on its first-ever Jacksonville store.

The IKEA construction team hit a milestone, as the first blue external wall went up at its site at the corner of Gate Parkway and Interstate 295 on the city’s Southside.

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Sun-Ray Cinema in Jacksonville’s Five Points area is having its first-ever Sleeping Giant film festival, which runs through Sunday.

Visitors can expect screenings of everything from horror movies to westerns. Some of the movies showing at the four-day festival include: “The Unknown,” “Serial Mom,” “Rat Film,” “Donnie Darko,” “The Void,” “Dark Side of Dr. Suess” and “Tampopo.”


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Stanton College Preparatory School administrators apologized this week after students protested fliers they saw as demeaning women. Students raised awareness of the fliers online using the Twitter hashtag, #SCPGoodGirl.


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Updated 11:15 a.m.

The Jacksonville Zoo hopes its gorilla Kumbuka will soon become a first-time mom. But Kumbuka’s journey to motherhood has been complicated by the recent discovery that she’s deaf.  

Jacksonville Zoo veterinarian Dr. Yousuf Jafarey said there is often tension between Kumbuka and the other gorillas because she doesn’t hear social cues. He said helping Kumbuka overcome socialization problems within her gorilla family is an important step to having a baby.

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 Updated 5:15 p.m. 

BRYCEVILLE — An evacuation order for Bryceville residents has been lifted and all roads re-opened after a wildfire raged in Nassau County.

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Duval County School teachers reported improved school culture in the 2015-2016 school year, according to the 2016 Instructional Culture Index survey.

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A Jacksonville afterschool program is going to get new computers and sports equipment, thanks to a $5,000 gift from the Carnival cruise line.

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Smaller restaurants in historic Jacksonville neighborhoods could soon serve liquor under a bill heading to the Florida Legislature.

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Internationally renowned research organization OCEARCH is making Jacksonville University its academic home. The two organizations are partnering to allow students to participate in real-world marine science research.