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With New Year’s Eve and the Taxslayer Bowl fast approaching, there’s plenty to do downtown between now and the end of the year. 

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79 First Coast children will have a brighter Christmas thanks to the kindness of others.


There is much to do and enjoy during the week of Thanksgiving. Jacksonville and the surrounding areas will host events for everyone to partake in during the holiday weekend.

Girl Scouts of Gateway Council

A tradition for generations of Jacksonville area Girl Scouts has come to an end.

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The Jacksonville nonprofit Changing Homelessness is asking for volunteers next month to help survey the city’s homeless population, especially those who once wore a uniform.

Michel Curi

The National Endowment for the Arts awarded Jacksonville’s Museum of Contemporary Arts a $30,000 grant.

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Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams says he wants the community to help JSO do a better job.

He’s announced the creation of four community task forces. They’ll review JSO training, transparency, resources and community engagement.

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New free events for the Jacksonville community are planned, as the Unity Plaza urban park officially opened its grounds on Tuesday.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked phase one of the community spot in the riverfront Brooklyn neighborhood.


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For home renters without insurance, a fire or burst pipe can ruin everything they own. One Jacksonville lawmaker wants to require landlords to spell that out clearly in writing.

Sen. Audrey Gibson (D-Jacksonville) wants to make it mandatory for leases to say renters’ insurance is required to protect your belongings—and for renters to check a box saying they understand.

The sweater drive to honor the children's programming legend Mr. Rogers has grown tenfold since it was launched, benefiting over 2,500 homeless people with donations of over 15,000 items last year.

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A Northeast Florida man is being called a “pint-sized hero” by the the local medical community.

Harold Green, of St. Augustine, donated his 100th gallon of blood Monday.

"Donating blood means to me helping other people," said Green.

Green started giving blood at the Jacksonville Blood Alliance in 1986 - one pint every two weeks. Today marks his 503rd donation.

The Blood Alliance distributes the blood to local hospitals. Green’s donations have helped about 1500 patients on the First Coast.

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This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, the landmark legislation that outlawed discriminatory voter registrations practices. But in Florida and Duval County, voting  among minorities remains disturbingly low, say a group of local leaders and activists.

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The health of Northeast Floridians ranks among the best and the worst, depending on where you live. St. Johns County ranks best in the state, but nearby Baker County falls just short of the bottom of the list--number 62 of 67.  Duval County ranks number 47.

But across the five-county region there is plenty of work to do. Only about a quarter of adults get an adequate amount of physical activity and about half of adults in the region suffer from chronic illness.

Fluid repellent scrubs, summer camp, and Five Points are in the headlines today.

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At age 17, Antjuan Kimbrough considered himself worthless. With two kids, he had no diploma, no father-figure and no future.

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Just a stone’s throw from the planned site of the new set of apartments for the homeless, dozens of residents voiced their thoughts Thursday night.

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Parts of Jacksonville's Main Street Bridge are slated to be closed at various times for at least the next year.

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Four years ago this month, a powerful earthquake ripped through the tiny island nation of Haiti, killing approximately 300,000 people and leaving millions injured and homeless.

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Jacksonville's interfaith coalition focusing on issues of poverty, crime, social justice and more has some new leadership for 2014.

In collaboration with the program Arab American Stories, which is airing on WJCT TV on Friday's at 6:30 p.m., WJCT is interviewing Arab Americans in Jacksonville.

The First Coast has one of the largest Arab American communities in the country.

In today's interview, WJCT’s Melissa Ross spoke with Duval County Court Judge Michelle Kalil Taylor.

Funding for “Arab American Stories – A National Dialogue” was provided through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Detroit Public Television.