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Crews have been laying grass this week at the site of the now-demolished Jacksonville Landing.
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From Rubble To Grass: The Jacksonville Landing Site's Transformation

What a difference a few months make. Crews are laying grass at The Jacksonville Landing site this week as they finish the festival marketplace’s demolition.

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The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season starts Monday and forecasters expect it to be a busy one.

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Attorneys for the families of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd are calling for justice in the recent high-profile deaths.

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In their last planned COVID-19 update, Clay County officials announced that beginning in June, the Board of County Commissioners meetings will be held in person again. 

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During Thursday’s meeting, the first since February, Jacksonville’s Special Committee on Resiliency voted to establish three new subcommittees, which residents are being encouraged to join.

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Today, Synthia Roy works at a tattoo parlor in Jacksonville’s Edgewood area, she does set design and makeup for horror films and recently produced her second movie. 

But seven years ago, in her mid-30s, her life was a blur. In college, she’d turned to alcohol and drugs, finding they helped her express herself. Roy was a closeted transgender woman living a life that felt like a lie. Over time, the coping mechanism became a crutch.

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SpaceX will try once again to launch two NASA astronauts from the Kennedy Space Center Saturday but weather could delay the launch once more.

Aventura Police confirmed a shooting Friday morning at Aventura Mall.

Police spokesperson Hans Maestre told WLRN two people were hurt and taken to Aventura Hospital. One person is in critical but stable condition. The other person is in normal condition.

WSVN first reported the incident.

The shooting happened at about 11:20 and officers that normally patrol the mall responded to the area and took the suspects into custody after a brief chase.

The family of Malik Jackson held a candlelight vigil to honor his life last night. Jackson, age 21, was killed Wednesday after being stabbed. The person who stabbed him was later killed by a police officer. That person has been identified as Tony McDade. Malik’s aunt, Abigail Jackson, says Malik "had a great smile and positive attitude towards life." She says she's seen a lot of things said about the incident and wants people to take a step back.

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Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried asserted Thursday the governor and state Cabinet members should have been jointly coordinating the response to the coronavirus pandemic, as a new report showed another 173,731 first-time unemployment claims were filed last week in Florida.

The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a system that has the potential to become the third named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.

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Earlier in this pandemic, the shortage of tests for coronavirus was a major problem in fighting the spread of COVID-19. The shortage was such that many hospitals and clinics would only test someone who had traveled to a country with an outbreak, had a known exposure to a positive case or showed symptoms of the disease.

But access to tests has improved significantly, and in some places, people can now get tested without having to demonstrate any symptoms at all. So if you can get tested, should you?

In Navajo culture to speak of death is taboo. But since the tribe's coronavirus infection rate has become the highest in the country, they can't help but talk about it.

Police and demonstrators clashed in dozens of cities across the U.S. on Saturday during another night of protests in response to the death of George Floyd.

At least one person is dead after being shot in Indianapolis. Police are investigating whether the incident was connected to demonstrations in the city.

In Los Angeles, protesters blocked the 110 freeway downtown and were seen breaking windows of stores at The Grove mall.

Shortly after NASA astronauts blasted off from U. S. soil for the first time since 2011, President Trump painted a dire picture of what the space agency had looked like when he first came to office.

"There was grass growing through the cracks of your concrete runways — not a pretty sight, not a pretty sight at all," he said at NASA's enormous Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where he had come to watch two astronauts launch to orbit in a vehicle owned and operated by SpaceX.

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Officials with the European Union are urging President Trump to rethink his recently announced plans to pull the United States from the World Health Organization.

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