How This Conservative Florida County Became A Surprise 2020 Battleground

Before COVID-19 and before the death of George Floyd, Monique Sampson said she thought Joe Biden and President Trump were "different wings on the same bird." The 23-year-old American history teacher with dangling earrings that proclaim, "A woman's place is in the struggle," had been hoping for a Bernie Sanders presidency. She still doesn't like plenty of Biden's policies — and she's not thrilled he's the presumptive Democratic nominee. But a summer of chaos has made her reassess her own...

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The Confederate War Memorial in the Plaza de la Constitucion.
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In a 3-to-2 vote Monday night, the St. Augustine City Commission approved a plan to move the Confederate monument in the Plaza de la Constitucion to the Trout Creek Fish Camp.

Hemming Park pillar, with nothing at the top, buildings, sky and trees in the background.
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Ahead of Tuesday’s Jacksonville City Council meeting, Councilman Garrett Dennis is filing five emergency bills to rename parks throughout the city to honor veterans. 

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Meeting for the third time since it’s June inception, Jacksonville’s Special Committee on Social Justice and Community Investment spoke at length about potential action items to create racial equity and more economic development in Jacksonville’s underserved communities. 

NS Mayport Welcomes New Ship, The USS St. Louis

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The U.S. Navy’s USS St. Louis was officially commissioned over the weekend at Naval Station Mayport, where it will be homeported.


Jacksonville-based attorney John Phillips announced that he is representing the family of Don Lewis, the missing millionaire who was married to Big Cat Rescue founder Carole Baskin. 

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Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes Resist Insecticide

Aug 10, 2020

Researchers have found that two breeds of mosquitoes common in Florida have become resistant to pyrethroids, a class of insecticide commonly used against them.

Dr. Keira Lucas, Director of Research for the Collier Mosquito Control District, participated in published studies showing the resistance.

University of South Florida President Steven Currall announced Friday that the school has moved to a modified Phase II of its return-to-campus plan.

Tourism in Florida has taken a big hit due to the coronavirus pandemic. The losses are especially bad in the cruise industry. 

More people are using rentable electric scooters for essential activities according to data from scooter-sharing companies like Lime and Spin. The two-wheeled vehicles offer Floridians a way to stay physically distant from others amid a deadly pandemic.

As the Florida High School Athletic Association looks into pushing the start of fall sports to the end of November, Gov. Ron DeSantis is urging schools to play on.

DeSantis says just as he believes parents should have options when it comes to sending their kids back to the classroom, he thinks parents should choices when it comes to sending kids back to the athletic field.

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Textbooks censored. Teachers investigated for improper speech. Students arrested and charged with secession for their social media posts.

Just over a month after Beijing imposed a national security law in Hong Kong, authorities are targeting in rapid succession figures at all levels of Hong Kong's civil society and education sectors, despite assurances from Beijing officials and Hong Kong's top leader that the law would only be used to target a small minority of people.

At least 97,000 children tested positive for the coronavirus during the last two weeks of July, according to a new review of state-level data by the American Academy of Pediatrics and Children's Hospital Association. The increase represents a 40% surge in the nation's cumulative total of child cases.

In Indiana, school has started up for many students — or will in the next week. It's one of a majority of states where local districts will make most of the decisions about what school will look like this year.

In June, Marcel Lopez and his cousins set up a Zoom video call to say goodbye to their grandfather. Retired physician, José Gabriel López-Plascencia — Dr. López for short — was near death at his home in Phoenix. He was unable to speak, but he let his grandchildren know he was listening.

Stuck at home for months on end, plans canceled and upside down, the Reyes family felt like so many others during this pandemic-blighted summer: "We were just going crazy," says Ricardo Reyes. "We had to get out."

They rented an RV, packed daughter and dog, and drove from North Carolina to a getaway they assumed would be quiet. Three days into a trip at Yellowstone National Park, they could see their need to escape was in no way unique.

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