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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

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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%

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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

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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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The American fencing team is not happy to have Alen Hadzic representing the U.S. at the Tokyo Olympics.

Almost immediately after making it on to the roster, the 29-year-old was accused of sexual misconduct between 2013 and 2015 by three women.

Hadzic denies the allegations and successfully appealed a suspension that would have kept him off the U.S. team.

TOKYO — American swimmer Katie Ledecky is once again the Olympic champion at the 800 meter freestyle.

She touched the wall first at 8:12.57, besting her Australian rival Ariarne Titmus who cruised to silver at 8:13.83. Italy's Simona Quadarella took the bronze. American Katie Grimes was fourth.

It was Ledecky's second individual gold at the Tokyo Olympics, after her win in the 1,500 meter freestyle.

And it was another showdown between Ledecky and Titmus.

U.S. star swimmer Caeleb Dressel has beaten his own world record in the 100 meter butterfly at the Tokyo Olympics.

The 24-year-old led for the entire two-lap sprint and clocked it in 49.45 seconds. After winning, he celebrated with his closest competitor, Kristof Milak from Hungary.

Updated July 30, 2021 at 10:35 PM ET

U.S. superstar gymnast Simone Biles will not compete in the uneven bars or vault individual finals on Sunday, after pulling out of the team and all-around finals to focus on her mental health.

"After further consultation with medical staff, Simone Biles has decided to withdraw from the event finals for vault and the uneven bars," USA Gymnastics said. "She will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether to compete in the finals for floor exercise and balance beam."

Updated July 30, 2021 at 9:59 PM ET

This year's Olympic Games has been an event unlike any other before it. The ongoing pandemic has changed so much, most noticeable being the ban on spectators with even families barred from attending. Still, despite these difficulties, athletes are blazing trails and making history.

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