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Greene: DeSantis Ties Hands On Kids' Masks As Duval Schools To Require Them For Adults

Duval Schools employees will be required to wear masks for the next 30 days — but students will not.

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Rev. Mark Griffin of Wayman Temple A.M.E. Church gives a speech on  June 8, 2020.
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A Jacksonville pastor is offering $25 gift cards to young adults who get vaccinated at his church’s vaccine event in a couple of weeks.

Downtown Pop-up Holiday Ice Rink On Hold Until 2022

Jul 30, 2021
Jacksonville Daily Record

Downtown Vision Inc. will not bring a pop-up ice rink to Riverfront Plaza for this year’s holiday season.

Johnson & Johnson Vision Sales Jump 70.1%

Jul 30, 2021
Jacksonville Daily Record

Johnson & Johnson reported big second-quarter sales gains last week in its Jacksonville-based vision care business as it rebounded from last year’s COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns.

The exterior of TIAA bank field, the stadium home of the Jacksonville Jaguars and host for musical events like the upcoming "Hella Mega" tour.
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Its been a hot minute since the Rolling Stones made River City history.

Caffeine & Octane - Jacksonville is pictured July 10, 2021 at The Avenues mall.
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Following up on its biggest event ever, Jacksonville Car Culture announced Friday a new automotive event is coming Saturday, September 4. Called 904 Octane, it will be held at WJCT Public Media in Downtown Jacksonville.

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Food Network Magazine has made its picks for the best ice cream flavors in all 50 states. The Florida selection is a Tallahassee creation.

There’s no denying that COVID-19 has changed the way we communicate. And well before the pandemic, many people were already embracing video conferencing, online chats and text messaging as a substitute for in-person conversations.

But is all this reliance on technology destroying our grammar and spelling skills?

DeSantis To Sign Executive Order Preventing School Mask Mandates

Jul 30, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday he will issue an executive order to prohibit school districts from imposing mask-wearing requirements as students return to classes in August.

Scoffing at revised COVID-19 guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DeSantis questioned potential health effects of forcing students to wear masks for hours at a time and said parents should be allowed to decide whether their children use face coverings.

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In a campaign email this week from the Friends of Ron DeSantis political action committee, Gov. DeSantis called for the nation’s leading infectious disease doctor to be fired and investigated.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said Tuesday that the concealed-weapons licenses of 22 people involved in the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol have been suspended.

“This is an ongoing effort, and as charges and sentences continue in the wake of this despicable attack, we will further suspend and revoke any additional licenses granted to insurrectionists,” Fried, whose Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services oversees concealed-weapons licensing, said in a prepared statement.

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When U.S. shot putter Raven Saunders is competing, she calls herself the "Hulk." It's the alter ego that bursts onto the field to fight for championships.

Saunders — with the help of her "Hulk" persona — took silver in the women's shot put final at the Tokyo Summer Olympics. She hurled the heavy ball 19.79 meters, or nearly 65 feet. It's the third medal ever for the U.S. in the women's event and it's Saunders' first.

Pockets of the American West continued to burn over the weekend, as another nine large fires were reported on Saturday in California, Idaho, Montana and Oregon.

The 87 fires still active in 13 states have consumed more than 1.7 million acres. Just shy of 3 million acres have been scorched since the start of 2021, with months left in what experts predict will be a devastating fire season.

TOKYO — U.S. star sprinter Caeleb Dressel is on a hot streak. He added two gold medals to his haul from the Tokyo Olympics, departing the Games with five golds.

Dressel and his teammates Ryan Murphy, Michael Andrew and Zach Apple set a world record in the 4x100 meter medley relay.

Earlier today, Dressel touched the wall first in the 50 meter freestyle, setting an Olympic record in the shortest and fastest swimming distance with a time of 21.07.

Across the country, many DoorDash drivers have stopped dashing to your door.

They've logged off the app for the day as part of a strike organized on social media against the food delivery service, demanding tip transparency and higher pay.

Here's why.

Nigerian athlete Chioma Onyekwere, who had trained for years to hone her discus skills, considered competing at the Tokyo Games to be the pinnacle of her career.

"This is supposed to be one of the happiest moments of my life," she said.

Instead, because Nigerian athletic officials hadn't conducted enough drug tests over the past several months, Onyekwere and nine other Nigerians unexpectedly found themselves disqualified this week.

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