Facing The Stigma Of HIV And AIDS In Jacksonville

Jun 11, 2014
Lindsey Kilbride

Many people may disregard AIDS as the terrifying epidemic of the 1980’s and 90's, but others say there is still a colossal problem with new infections.

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It’s a chance for children with diabetes to develop confidence, bond with other kids and have fun!

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A brand new food bank is open in Jacksonville. Feeding Northeast Florida will deliver millions of pounds of food to hundreds of thousands of hungry and food insecure people across North Florida.

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National conservation officials say Jacksonville is notable for it's abundance of public lands, but that the quantity and quality of parks could be improved.

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Courtney Lewis, the newly appointed music director and musical director of the the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, is ready to bring his talents to the First Coast.

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Courtney Lewis got an early birthday present on Wednesday as he was named Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra's new conductor and music director.

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Officials celebrated the son of Broderick Brown and Angela Criswell in a way they will never forget, but it was also an honor they never wanted.  

"Really you don’t want to be here," said Brown, standing beside the Veterans Memorial Wall in Downtown Jacksonville. "You want him to be here."

Twenty-two-year-old DeAngelo Brown of United States Army was one of four fallen servicemen added to the wall Monday morning.

Brown died last August, after being shot at a Colorado Springs bar. 

Gov. Rick Scott, pension reform, and Communism are in the headlines today.

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Jacksonville officials have issued an ozone warning as temperatures push into the 90's.

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Jacksonville officials have given the green light on long-delayed plans to reconstruct the city's Southbank Riverwalk.


Some of the First Coast’s top philanthropists will be honored Thursday night.

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Jacksonville's Museum of Science & History has unveiled a compelling new exhibit celebrating the 450th anniversary of historic Fort Caroline.

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A plan to replace Jacksonville's Southbank Riverwalk behind the Crowne Plaza Hotel with concrete instead of wood is waiting on a final okay from the city's public works department.

Ability Housing, tornadoes, and Jameis Winston are in the headlines today.


Stark and somber on the outside, FreshMinistries' Eastside Resource Center inside is a bright and bubbling wellspring of hope in a Jacksonville neighborhood more often seen as afflicted with poverty and crime.

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There is some good news out this month for local job seekers.

He's seen as a thought leader on the changing attitudes about growth, change, aging and wellness in this country, and now physician and author Dr. Bill Thomas is coming to Jacksonville to share that vision.

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Talks are underway on how to reform Jacksonville’s Police and Fire Pension Fund in a way that both the city and first responders can agree on.

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Gov. Rick Scott kicked off his reelection campaign at a Jacksonville auto dealership Monday morning, touting his recently approved plan to rollback nearly $400 million in car registration fees.

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Grammy award-winning drummer, Julliard graduate, and Jacksonville native Ulysses Owens Jr. has performed with world-class musicians from Patti Austin to Wynton Marsalis.

Jacksonville has placed 49th out of 50 on a ranking of the funniest cities in the country, as compiled by a University of Colorado professor and the Humor Research Lab.

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Virtual reality isn’t just going to be for high-tech video gamers anymore.

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The re-naming of a local restaurant and the opening of a new market has raised the question: What do you call someone who lives in Jacksonville?

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One Spark is not only a platform for innovators and entrepreneurs, it’s also a showcase for Jacksonville’s urban core.

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Time is getting short to Jacksonville residents to apply for a permit to raise hens in their backyards. 

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Jacksonville's One Spark festival kicks off Wednesday and city officials have outlined road closures and parking options connected to the crowd funding festival.

One of the best options is to park at the Prime Osborn Center's Houston Street lot for free and take the Skyway to Hemming Plaza. There is also free parking in Lot E at EverBank Field with a free shuttle heading to the events.

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Taking a proactive stance rather than reactive stance on the city's most pressing issues was the message relayed to about 3,000 attendees at the annual ICARE Nehemiah Assembly Monday night.

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If the mountains of old tires at EverBank Field are any indication, it appears the city’s tire and sign buy-back this weekend was a big success.

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What is Jacksonville’s brand? Some say we may be getting closer to an answer.

The Barnett building, food trucks, and gun trafficking are in the headlines today.