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Pop star Britney Spears hasn't been in charge of her personal life or her finances for 13 years — that's how long she has been in a court-dictated legal arrangement called a conservatorship.

But on Wednesday, the artist will be speaking directly, albeit from a remote location, to a Los Angeles Superior Court judge about her situation. What exactly she intends to say in her appearance and what her goals might be are anyone's guess.

The Harlem Globetrotters say it's high time for the NBA to make them a part of the highest professional basketball league as a franchise.

In an open letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, the Harlem Globetrotters called on Silver to recognize the team's decades of contributions to the league. "As the NBA grew, you were able to attract the best Black players, but we remember who helped the NBA get it all started," the letter read.

The commander of Clear Space Force Station says a new sign outside the main gate may be the only change the public will notice since the name of the facility formerly known as Clear Air Force Station was changed last week. But Lt. Col. Bill Hassey says the insignia of the newest branch of the military that’s emblazoned on the sign symbolizes a change in culture that’s under way at the installation.

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The Fourth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office have agreed to build an adult civil citation program to keep low-level offenders out of the criminal justice system. 

The Teamsters want to go after Amazon.

That was the message on opening day of the three-day, virtual convention of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Members from 500 Teamsters local unions are meeting to lay out priorities for the next five years. Delegates will vote Thursday on a resolution vowing support for Amazon workers across the country.

Pop star Billie Eilish is apologizing for mouthing a racist slur after questions were raised by an old video of her that quickly went viral on TikTok. Eilish says she is "being labeled something that I am not," after critics said her actions were insensitive at best and racist at worst.

Updated June 22, 2021 at 6:23 PM ET

Democrats' massive election overhaul bill aimed at protecting and expanding voting rights and reforming campaign finance laws has stalled in the Senate.

In a Tuesday evening vote, the legislation, known as the For the People Act, didn't have the support to advance over a procedural hurdle that would allow the bill to come up for a debate. It fell short of the 60 votes needed to overcome a GOP filibuster.

Smino, "Rice & Gravy"

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It's been a while since I've heard an ode to my hometown of St. Louis, Mo. Leave it to a fellow STLien to deliver a dedication that stretches from North County to the South Side. Smino locked with his go-to producer, Monte Booker, for a midtempo, bass-heavy bop that's almost as colorful as his own cadence. As with most Smino cuts, his gift of melody elevates the production, he pushes the limits of conventional song structure and some things could go over your head if you're listening too slow.

Miranda Lambert, 'They've Closed Down The Honky Tonks'

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Over five days last November, collaborators Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert and Jon Randall recorded their album The Marfa Tapes in the small town of Marfa, Texas. And though "They've Closed Down the Honky Tonks" doesn't appear on that collection, the track finds Lambert in Marfa Tapes mode. As on that record, "Honky Tonks" is an aching acoustic affair; produced by Randall, it's a lament to what was lost during the quietude of quarantine.

Ky. Lawmakers Grill Beshear Officials On Unemployment

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Republican lawmakers clashed with officials from Gov. Andy Beshear’s administration during the first meeting of the legislature’s Unemployment Insurance Reform Task Force Tuesday.

Morella's Forest 1988, 'Sweet Charity'

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Many musicians cringe at their teenage band: they can be messy tributes to the rock stars on their bedroom walls, with lyrics not far beyond 8th grade poetry. To wit: Six years before releasing Starflyer 59 and Joy Electric's debuts, respectively, teenage brothers Jason and Ronnie Martin were signed to a small label, Narrowpath, that went bankrupt. "Sweet Charity" – which comes to us from Tales, an album recorded in 1988 but unreleased until recently – has a sparkling sweetness heavily indebted to New Order and The Cure.

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Jacksonville Democratic State Representative Angie Nixon is criticizing the actions of some local businesses and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office in the wake of the Orange Crush Festival.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis’ net worth grew nearly 20% in his second year as the state’s top executive.

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Some three months after a barge ran aground off the Jacksonville coast, spilling thousands of tons of a coal waste product, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has released its report on the environmental damage. 

An artist's rendering visualizing the MOSH on Jacksonville's Northbank. The rendering is not meant to indicate a final design, but rather a general vision.
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Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and History (MOSH) is planning to move to a bigger, more resilient home.

Pictured is a street in the Secret Woods subdivision on Jacksonville's Southside.
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Jacksonville is among 20 large U.S. cities with the most to gain from planting trees, according to a new tracking tool unveiled by American Forests, which is the nation’s oldest national conservation commission.

An important election takes place Tuesday in New York City.

But beyond who wins the mayoral primaries there, what happens could have consequences for how millions of Americans vote in the future.

That's because the city, for the first time, is using ranked-choice voting. The method, which allows voters to rank candidates by preference rather than selecting just their top choice, has gained some traction throughout the country, pushed by reformers who say it's a better election system.

A file photo of a cyclist competing in the 2020 Road Cycling World Championships in Imola, Italy.
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More than 400 young cyclists are coming to Clay County Thursday, June 24, for the four-day 2021 USA Cycling Amateur Road Nationals.

At the end of his new novel, Light Perpetual, Francis Spufford describes how he was inspired by a London plaque:

[F]or the last twelve years, I've been walking to work at Goldsmiths College past a plaque commemorating the 1944 V-2 attack on the New Cross Road branch of Woolworths. Of the 168 people who died, fifteen were aged eleven or under. The novel is partly written in memory of those South London children, and their lost chance to experience the rest of the twentieth century.

A federal judge has dismissed claims that former White House officials conspired to forcibly remove peaceful protesters last year from Washington, D.C.'s Lafayette Square so that then-President Donald Trump could pose for a photo holding a Bible at a nearby church.

Regulators Get Input On FPL Rate Hike Proposal

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The state Public Service Commission has started a series of customer hearings about a four-year proposal that would lead to base-rate increases for Florida Power & Light.

FL House of Representatives

State Representative Angie Nixon joined us to discuss her thoughts about how the Orange Crush Festival was handled other issues related to recent policy changes in Florida from the 2021 Legislative Session.

DeSantis Signs School CPR Bill, 43 Others

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Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed 44 bills, including a measure that will require high-school freshmen and juniors in Florida to take one hour of instruction on how to administer CPR.

VIDEO: An Immigrant Family Navigates Generational Trauma

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Colette Baptiste-Mombo, a television engineer and community organizer, was born in 1958, at the height of the civil rights movement.

Baptiste-Mombo's parents came from different immigrant backgrounds — while her mother was from northern England and immigrated to the U.S. from Wales, her father was born in the Bronx. His family was from Jamaica.

While Baptiste-Mombo was growing up in New York City, African Americans across the country were fighting to end racial discrimination.

VIDEO: Priya Krishna And Her Mom Explore 'Indian-ish' Food

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When Ritu Krishna first arrived in the U.S., ingredients for her Indian recipes were hard to come by.

Over time, Ritu's cooking started to evolve. The biggest influence was watching cooking programs on TV.

"I had really unknowingly embarked on an educational endeavor where watching TV was the way I was teaching myself. Julia Child was probably the most influential," Ritu says.

She started to learn basic French cooking techniques and recipes, like corn timbale, even if the execution wasn't always successful.

This reventuring illustrates a Four Seasons hotel and office building that is part of the 1st Downtown Jacksonville plan.
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Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan made a fresh pitch for his plan to redevelop the Shipyards Monday, writing, “I personally pledge that we will do everything we can to serve our community, be responsive, and make you proud.”

New York City Democrats select their candidates for mayor on Tuesday, in a primary race that's being seen as an indicator of how voters balance priorities such as crime and police reform. The diverse field also suggests New York could be on the verge of sending its second Black candidate – or perhaps its first woman – into the mayor's office.

The White House on Monday opened the door to revisiting the filibuster — a hotly contested issue across political lines — setting the stage for a bitter congressional fight to do away with the controversial debate tactic.

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