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Tuesday marks 115 years since a fire destroyed 146 blocks of Jacksonville. The inferno began at a LaVilla mattress factory on the corner of Beaver and Davis Streets.

The fire not only destroyed the city, but marked a turning point for one of the city’s African-American leaders, James Weldon Johnson.

The Caregiver Coalition of North East Florida will be hosting its annual Caregiver Expo on May 7, at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront.

Lee Woodruff, who spoke about her personal experiences as a caregiver on WJCT's First Coast Connect, will be the keynote speaker at the Caregiver Expo. 

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A one-room schoolhouse built in 1898 to educate the children of freed slaves opened as a museum in Jacksonville on Saturday. Its new home is Walter Jones Historical Park in Mandarin.

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A pop music star helped motivate students at a Jacksonville elementary school Monday.

Black Eyed Peas rapper, Jaime “Taboo” Gomez, taught the kids at Tiger Academy elementary school some new dance moves, as well as the importance of physical fitness.

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Jacksonville residents will get a chance to take a bite of the world this weekend at the city’s annual World of Nations Celebration.

The 23-year-old festival combines traditional music, clothing and food from a variety of countries.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News


Donieka White was knocking on the front door of Metro Kids Konnection Tuesday afternoon, but it was locked-up.

“Almost every kid goes there, like, from the teenagers down to the babies that’s in Pre-k and VPK and stuff like that,” she said. “So this is like a big part of us just getting out of the apartments.”


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Florida State College at Jacksonville has announced a new partnership with, a Seattle-based nonprofit dedicated to expanding student’s access to computer science education.

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Celebrating successful women is great, but a Jacksonville commission should be doing more to raise all women up — that’s the philosophy of the new chairwoman of the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women.

Tangi Williams says she’s helping her volunteer commission get back to its core mission.

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The City of Jacksonville came out wearing blue Tuesday, as hundreds of people celebrated Ribault High School’s national basketball win with a parade and party downtown.

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Thirty-two years after Jacksonville’s Metropolitan Park opened its amphitheater, the city is closing it down.

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National Crime Victims’ Rights Week began in Jacksonville on Monday.

Advocacy groups, including Families of Slain Children and the Justice Coalition, joined family members of victims at City Hall to kick off the observance. Many held photos of lost loved ones and wore t-shirts printed with their photos.


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There will be no more legal wrangling over a nullified 30-year pension agreement between the city of Jacksonville and the Police and Fire Pension Fund.

An appeals court Wednesday upheld a decision, voiding the 2001 deal because it was put together behind closed doors in violation of the state’s Sunshine Law. The Pension Fund Board appealed.

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Entrepreneurs and wanna-be entrepreneurs were in downtown Jacksonville Thursday for the second day of the One Spark crowdfunding festival, Creator Innovation Day.

The conference is meant to help people take their businesses or ideas to the next level.


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Warnings have been circulating on social media about a police crackdown against jaywalkers in Jacksonville.

It’s true, jaywalkers may be more likely to get ticketed this month and next. Lauri-Ellen Smith, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Public spokeswoman, said more officers are out looking for illegal crossers.


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Jacksonville’s crowd funding festival is back today under a new name and new terms.

Spark Walk is a combination of One Spark and the monthly downtown Art Walk.