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People wait in line to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center at Jackson Hospital, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Miami.
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Questions Remain About Florida COVID-19 Vaccine Wastage

With so much riding on the successful distribution of the coronavirus vaccine, both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health say their policy is to do everything possible to prevent any vaccine doses from going to waste. That sometimes means vaccinating people who don’t meet current eligibility requirements.

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The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) sails in the Mediterranean Sea, Aug. 26, 2020.
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Indra Beaufort / U.S. Navy photo

COVID-19 Outbreak Reported Aboard Mayport-Based USS Philippine Sea

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Dozens Turned Away From Edward Waters College Vaccination Site

Feb 26, 2021
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Scores of people who made appointments to get the COVID-19 vaccine at the new Edward Waters College community site Friday morning were turned away because they had been allowed to preregister even though they didn’t meet the qualifications.

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Here’s a sign that life may be slowly getting back to normal: the return of toll charges for people who want to drive on St. Johns County beaches.

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Melanin Market

Jacksonville's largest outdoor marketplace showcasing Black-owned businesses, arts, and culture is back this Saturday, February 27. 

A man paddles a kayak near a flooded home after storm surge from Hurricane Irma pushed water into the low lying area.
Chris O'Meara / Associated Press

The Jacksonville City Council’s Special Committee on Resiliency has unanimously approved its final report. The recommendations in that report will serve as the foundation for the work that will be undertaken by the city’s future Chief Resiliency Officer.

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To help celebrate Black History Month, Fort Mose Historic State Park in St. Augustine is launching a self-guided educational tour experience along the Flight to Freedom Trail, bringing to life the history of the park year-round.

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Lawmakers are facing pressure this session to fund environmental projects at the behest of Governor Ron DeSantis. This comes as money is tight due to constraints caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Lawsuit Protections Weighed For Florida's Long-Term Facilities

Feb 26, 2021
Marta Lavandier / Associated Press

The Republican-led Legislature has promised to fast-track legislation to protect Florida businesses from COVID-19 lawsuits, but shielding the state’s long-term care industry at the same time is proving thorny.

FWC Proposes New Reptile Rules

Feb 26, 2021

Rules being considered by the FWC would eliminate commercial breeding and pet ownership of reptiles such as pythons, tegus, and green iguanas, in order to protect Florida’s environment and economy. The proposed rules will place these reptiles on the Prohibited species list, limiting possession to permitted facilities engaged in educational exhibition, research, or eradication or control activities.

The Florida Department of Education has decided that the annual standardized tests in math, science and English will go ahead this spring, and be held in-person only, leaving some parents concerned about how remote learners will manage that safely as coronavirus infections continue to mount.

Kelly Spezzano, a Polk County mother of three, says parents are still juggling the added stress of the pandemic, along with difficulties that children have faced in remote learning, and concerns about the health and well-being of their extended families.

Florida State University will hold in-person commencement ceremonies for its spring graduates.

President John Thrasher has announced that the university will hold 11 smaller commencement ceremonies at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center over the course of two weekends – April 17-18 & 23-24. Thrasher will serve as the featured speaker at each ceremony.

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The release of a U.S. intelligence report finding that Saudi Arabia's crown prince had approved the 2018 killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi is prompting calls for penalties against the man next in line to the Saudi throne.

Dozens of students abducted from a school in northwest Nigeria last week have been rescued, the state government announced Saturday.

Gov. Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state said that 38 abductees, including several staff members, were rescued around 4 a.m. Bello met with the victims, all of whom were present at a press conference Saturday afternoon, except for one who was being treated at a local hospital for exhaustion.

A third COVID-19 vaccine is on the way, and this one requires only one shot for immunization.

The Food and Drug Administration authorized Johnson & Johnson's vaccine for emergency use Saturday, a day after a panel of advisers to the agency voted unanimously (22-0) in its favor.

Calling it an "exceptional discovery," researchers at Pompeii have announced the uncovering of an intact ceremonial chariot from a villa near the famous archaeological site.

The announcement Saturday called the chariot "an extraordinary find" which "has no parallel in Italy thus far."

One day after the House advanced President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, Vice President Kamala Harris championed the proposed round of aid as much needed help for Black Americans, calling the pandemic an "accelerator" for "the fissures and the failures, the defects, the flaws in our system."

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