First Read: Friday, December 5, 2014
Tim Deegan, Shad Khan and Edgewood Bakery are all in the headlines affecting Northeast Florida today.
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In Jacksonville, there will be areas of dense fog before 8 a.m. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 73. Northeast wind 6 to 10 mph. Tonight expect areas of fog after 1 a.m. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Northeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the evening.
At the Beaches, expect areas of dense fog before 7 a.m. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 70. Northeast wind 11 to 14 mph. Tonight expect areas of fog after 1 a.m. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. Northeast wind 5 to 13 mph. (National Weather Service)
Meteorologist Tim Deegan sues over photo mix-up
Last year, Action News Jax included a photo of First Coast News Meteorologist Tim Deegan next to an article on their website about a similarly named Gainesville man accused of human trafficking and keeping three women in his home as sex slaves. Deegan has filed a lawsuit claiming defamation of character against Nexstar Broadcasting Group, the parent company of Inergize Digital, which operated Action News' website when the incident occured. (The Florida Times-Union)
Orion scrubbed on Thursday, but hopefully ready to fly Friday
The spacecraft's launched had to be postponed yesterday due to some valves failing to open during countdown, but the problems have been corrected. NASA hopes to launch the first mission of the vehicle that will eventually take humans to Mars on Friday morning at 7:05 a.m., but there is only a 40% of favorable conditions. (News4Jax)
Shad Khan in dispute with another startup
Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan has filed a lawsuit against the owners of Edgewood Bakery claiming that he owns the majority of the company through his investment firm, Stache Investments. Edgewood Bakery, although it has been in business for almost 70 years, was bought by Tom and Carol Rykalsky and their business partner, Mike Zimmerman, in 2013 using $800,000 in funds from the investment firm. According to the lawsuit, Khan wants the court to declare that Stache has majority ownership and has the sole right to manage" the bakery over concerns about how the company has been mismanaged. (The Florida Times-Union)
Eureka Gardens residents organize tenants' association
Residents of Eureka Gardens voted Thursday night to form the first tenants' association in an effort to reduce crime in the neighborhood. (News4Jax)
Colorado State's Jim McElwain joining UF as new head coach
After working through a contract buyout plan with Colorado State University, University of Florida announced yesterday that it hired Jim McElwain as head coach to take the place of recently fired coach Will Muschamp. (News4Jax)
Today on First Coast Connect, Melissa Ross moderates the Media Roundtable Week in Review as they tackle all the big stories of the week, and travel expert Amy West joins Melissa to talk about Jacksonville's 10 best shopping destinations (just in time for the holidays)!