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Jameis Winston, Cherish Perrywinkle, and Nelson Mandela are in the headlines today.

Our Kevin Meerschaert's story on the tenacity of Jaguars fans was featured on this past week's edition of WBUR and NPR's sports program "Only A Game."

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Jacksonville officials are urging Jaguars fans to show their support during Thursday’s nationally televised game against the Houston Texans.

Rick Scott, the Baker Act, and the Jacksonville Jaguars are in the headlines today.

Food stamps, Zeljko Causevic, and Tim Tebow are in the headlines today.

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First Coast Connect regular sports analyst Cole Pepper joined the show as he does most Mondays with "Cole Cuts" straight from the locker room and a look at all the past weekend's games.

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The Jaguars lost  to the Cardinals, but there was a silver lining: they scored their first and second touchdowns at home since last December.

The Jaguars have not won consecutive games since 2010 as they are now 1-9 and for the 6th straight season, they will not have a winning record.

Storms, foreclosures, and the Jaguars are in the headlines today.

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City veterans now have more services available to them at Jacksonville City Hall.

On the popular sports blog Deadspin, editor Barry Petchesky opined, "On a combined index of internal happiness, talent, and ability to make headlines for actual football matters, the Jaguars are Florida's top team. That's not a world I'm prepared to live in."

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The Jacksonville City Council has approved $63 million in improvements at EverBank Field.

A $63 million upgrade to EverBank Field looks to be on it's way to the end zone after Jacksonville City Council members heard a pitch Tuesday from Jaguars owner Shad Khan.

Khan wants to pay $20 million for the upgrades, with the city covering the remaining $43 million.

Jaguars president Mark Lamping told the council the improvements could lead to the hosting of other events at the stadium, including the College Football Championship Game, and that they are designed to meet the changing needs of NFL fans.

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Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan urged the Jacksonville City Council on Thursday to approve a $63 million plan for improvements at Everbank Field.

The improvements include what are being called the "world's largest" scoreboards in each end zone and a water feature.

Khan said the improvements will make Everbank Field a, "world-class kind of attraction that will draw economic power to Jacksonville."

"That's the big mission, having a sustainable long-term franchise that also does good for Jacksonville," he said.

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Jacksonville officials say this year’s Week of Valor won’t be a financial burden to the city and they’re confident last year’s problems won’t happen again.

On Tuesday, Mayor Alvin Brown announced the schedule of events that culminate with the Jaguars Military Appreciation Day game against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Nov. 17.

The city lost about $700,000 last year when plans for a basketball game between Florida and Georgetown on an aircraft carrier went awry, but with no such game on the schedule this year officials expect things to go much smoother. 

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Jacksonville Jaguars fans are upset after former Jags quarterback Mark Brunell ran what could be called an off the field "foot in mouth" play during an appearance on ESPN's Mike & Mike radio program.

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When the Jacksonville Jaguars faced off against the San Francisco 49ers in London’s Wembley Stadium Sunday, Dee Karsan was watching from the stands. 

Karsan, 28, lives in the town of Potters Bar on the outskirts of North London and is a huge fan of the NFL. He said he was lucky enough to snag a couple of tickets to the sold-out event. Sunday marked his first time at an NFL game.

Five Star Veterans get volunteer boost, Bondi challenges marijuana bill, and a deadlocked jury in the Heinze murder trial are in the headlines today.

Nasal flu vaccine comes to local schoolchildren, Mathews Bridge work faces new srtback, and a Democratic challenger to Attorney General Pam Bondi are in the headlines today.

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The Jacksonville Sheriff's office is changing the traffic patterns for Sunday's Jaguars game against the San Diego Chargers.

All lanes on the Hart Bridge will flow into downtown from 9 a.m. until 2  p.m.

Assistant Chief Leonard Propper says the change is being made to be more accommodating to Jaguar fans who normally use the currently closed Mathews Bridge. There will be plenty of signage and a police presence to direct traffic around the stadium.

Rain from former Storm Karen expected this week, Jags go 0-5 for the first time, and Shad Khan's large donation to Rick Scott are in the headlines this morning.

Bail set for JIA bomb hoax suspect, the Klan writes to city school board members, and a possible rash of attempted child abductions are in the headlines this morning.

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The city of Jacksonville and the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars have reached a tentative agreement on how to finance the new scoreboards and other improvements to Everbank Field.

Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown was joined by Jaguars team president Mark Lamping and Gator Bowl CEO Rick Catlett to make the announcement Wednesday at the stadium.

The Jaguars would finance $20 million while city share would be $43 million. City funding would come from the hotel bed tax.


The Jacksonville Jaguars announced Tuesday they’ll induct former quarterback Mark Brunell into the Pride of the Jaguars.

Brunell will join former offensive tackle Tony Boselli (2006), former owners Wayne and Delores Weaver (2011) and running back Fred Taylor (2012) as the fifth member of the Pride.

Brunell led the Jags to the playoffs for four straight seasons and holds almost all franchise passing records but said says this honor is special for him and his family.

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The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is encouraging Jaguar fans to head to Everbank Field about a half hour earlier than usual on Sunday as extra delays are expected due to the closure of the Mathews Bridge.

JSO Assistant Chief Leonard Propper says fans who usually take the Mathews to the stadium should use the Hart Bridge and fans who normally take the Hart should come in on the Main Street Bridge.

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Allied Veterans lawyer trial begins: Jacksonville attorney Kelly Mathis, charged as the "mastermind" in the Allied Veterans of the World gambling ring case, goes on trial today.

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Beth Church has seen her interests lead to career paths she hadn't considered, such as dance leading to business management by way of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan will meet with Governor Rick Scott from 6:30-8 p.m. Sunday evening at the governor's mansion in Tallahassee.

A Scott spokeswoman said the two will discuss "economic development opportunities," but did not say whether the discussion would be specific to Jacksonville or include other areas of the state.

The meeting was first noted in an email release of the governor's schedule sent just before 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

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First phase of Dozier school excavation complete: Researchers from the University of South Florida completed the preliminary dig at the site of the former Dozier School for Boys, finding two skeletons.

1) Saturday, August 24 — The art, food, and music of India and Africa come together at Underbelly for the release of Ivory Lounge, produced by Cyrus Quaranta. Featured artists include Nan Nkama African Drum & Dance Ensemble, Rhythm Bazaar and a 30-man drum circle conducted by African-style percussionist Adrian Rhodes. The show is free, and it starts at 7 p.m. More info at IvoryLoungeMusic.com

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The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens are hoping fans will help name a baby jaguar born last month.

Starting today,fans from across the country will be able to vote online to dub the new cub with one of five names: Khan, Shad, Jaxson, Jax, or Pounce de Leon.

The jaguar cub, born at the zoo on July 18, shares his birthday with Jaguars owner Shad Kahn.