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First Read: Closing Out A Stormy Chapter For The Florida Standards Assessment


An investigation into a cyberattack launched earlier this year against Florida's computer-testing platform for public schools has ended with no suspects and no apparent motive. The Jacksonville City Council will decide whether the city’s newly elected Planning Commission Chair Lisa King stays on the board at all. A building on the University of North Florida campus is getting high marks from voters in an American Institute of Architects poll.

It’s Friday, September 18, 2015. Welcome to WJCT First Read, your daily weekday morning round-up of stories from the First Coast, around Florida and across the country.

Here are 6 stories you don’t want to miss.

No Suspect, Motive Uncovered In Cyberattack On Florida Standards Test

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said 29,000 IP addresses were used in the cyberattack. "While some of the IP addresses used in this attack were based in the United States, most were believed to be in foreign countries," the agency said. "FDLE did not identify a suspect or a motive for the DDoS attacks."

Jacksonville City Council To Vote On Fate Of Planning Commission Chair-Elect

Mayor Lenny Curry asked King and two other planning commissioners to resign this week, saying he wants people who better align with his business-friendly vision. But King wrote Curry back, saying she won’t quit the board. The City Council must vote whether Curry can remove her.

Governor Scott Honors 29 Year Old Jacksonville Businessman With Entrepreneur Award

A young Jacksonville businessman was singled out for recognition by Florida Governor Rick Scott Thursday. Scott was in town to present 29-year old Dane Gray, founder and president of Elite Parking Services of America, with the Young Entrepreneur Award. Scott says the award is bigger than a single individual, however.

UNF Health Complex Makes Top Ten Architecture List

UNF’s student-wellness complex is ranked this year’s seventh-best designed in Florida. The 75,000 square foot building is the only Jacksonville structure in the top 10, beating out the Duval County County Courthouse for the honor.

Florida Lawmakers Push For $15 Minimum Wage

Two Democratic Florida lawmakers are announcing a new push to increase Florida’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. Florida’s current minimum wage stands at $8.05 an hour, equaling just over $15,000 a year. This issue strikes a chord with some lawmakers and protesters.

Do You Really Need Antimicrobials In Your Soap?

Korean scientists found that antibacterial soap with the active ingredient triclosan was "no more effective than plain soap at reducing bacterial contamination when used under 'real-life' conditions," according to a study published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy this week.

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Ray Hollister can be reached at, 904-358-6341 or on Twitter at @rayhollister.