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Articles from July 7, 2015

439 MILES OF REVOLUTION; Savannah Bicyclist Finishes Ride to Revolutionary War Battle Sites in Georgia
Byline: Terry Dickson ST. SIMONS ISLAND | A Savannah bicyclist coasted to a stop at Fort Frederica National Monument before noon Monday for his last visit on a five-day, 439-mile ride to Revolutionary War sites in Georgia. Aside from being William...
A.M. Briefing
GAS AT 6-YEAR LOW FOR FOURTH Gas prices on the Fourth of July were the lowest since 2009, and they're continuing to drop slowly. The national average for a gallon of regular gas was $2.77 on the holiday, according to AAA, 89 cents below last year....
Around the Region
Do you have something to share about your community outside Jacksonville? Send news-related tips to aroundtheregion@jacksonville.com or call (904) 359-4450. 1 FIRST COAST JTA EXTENDS SKYWAY HOURS Jacksonville Transportation Authority offers...
Book Club Meets Michael Wiley
Byline: Jane Crooks Britt Saturday is a good day to visit downtown Jacksonville. The parking on the city streets is free, and if you're hunting for a destination, you can drive slowly in the maze of one-way streets without getting honked at....
Calling for a Neighborhoods Agency; Mayor Is Going to Hear That It Will Fit Perfectly in His Revamp of City Hall
Byline: David Bauerlein In its heyday, the neighborhoods department was a bustling place at City Hall - the department published a glossy magazine, hosted an annual summit, awarded matching grants for beautification projects, and worked closely...
Career Track
Generation Homes hired Sunny Wroten as an accounting and estimating assistant. - - - Dominic C. "Donny" MacKenzie became president of The Florida Bar Foundation. MacKenzie, a member of the litigation department at Holland & Knight, specializes...
Courthouse Protest Ban Attracting Notoriety; Activists, Lawyers Say Limiting Video, Some Protests Is a Rights Violation
Byline: Andrew Pantazi A new ban against some protests outside the Duval County courthouse has attracted national attention and criticism. Last Wednesday, Chief Judge Mark Mahon issued an order that in part banned demonstrations or dissemination...
Florida State Dismisses QB Johnson; Earlier, Attorney Said QB Was 'Embarrassed' by Incident in the Bar
Byline: Garry Smits De'Andre Johnson's college football career at Florida State was over before he could take a snap. The former First Coast High quarterback was dismissed from the Seminoles by coach Jimbo Fisher late Monday, following a day...
Funds Loss Makes JTA Ferry Plan Trickier; Governor Removes $1M in State Funding Expected to Help Project
Byline: Christopher Hong Plans for City Hall to hand off the St. Johns River Ferry could be further complicated by Governor Rick Scott's removal of $1 million in state funding that was expected to cover much of a costly project necessary to keep...
His Faith Deepens despite Shattering Confrontation
Byline: Charlie Patton On the evening of Oct. 17, 2012, Brett Parks, who was training to become a flight engineer at Jacksonville Naval Air Station, and working as a freelance personal trainer, was waiting for a new client outside a fitness center...
Lawmakers Try to Halt Move of Training Site; Feds Planning to Handle Security Training in Virginia, Not Georgia
Byline: Walter C. Jones Georgia's congressional delegation is trying to halt the State Department's plans to build a training center for its security officers in Virginia instead of using the existing Brunswick-based Federal Law Enforcement Training...
Man Found Dead Next to a Bicycle; Resident Heard Gunshots and Went outside to Investigate, Found Body
A Northwest Jacksonville resident who went outside after hearing gunshots late Sunday found a man dead beside a bicycle, police said. Police responded to the 5700 block of Paris Avenue shortly after 11 p.m. to a call of a person shot. Rescue...
NASCAR, NBC Pushed to Avoid Rescheduling Race
Byline: Don Coble DAYTONA BEACH | The decision to wait until 11:42 p.m. to start Sunday night's Coke Zero 400 was part of a long-standing policy to give the fans the race they were promised, on the day they were promised it, NASCAR said Monday....
Personal Checks to Bebanned at Clerk's Office; Starting on Monday, Change Is Made in Payment Policy
Byline: Dan Scanlan Better bring cash or plastic if you want to pay a fee or get a copy of a document at the Duval County Clerk of Courts Office as of Monday when personal checks get banned as payment. That means the only form of alternate paper...
Progressive Climate Aids U.S. Women
Byline: Gene Frenette What Carli Lloyd did Sunday with the fastest hat trick in World Cup history against Japan was affirm the United States' position as the most dominant women's soccer power. But America better enjoy its supremacy while it lasts...
Rain Halts Game in 5th Inning; to Be Made Up Tuesday before the Regularly Scheduled Contest
Byline: Jeff Elliott Mother Nature outlasted the Jacksonville Suns and Chattanooga Lookouts Monday night when a persistent rain forced the game to be suspended until Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The game will resume at that time with Chattanooga holding...
Rash of Guns Stolen from Vehicles in City; Many of the Trucks and Cars Were Unlocked; Police Warn about That
Byline: Derek Gilliam & Dan Scanlan An M-4 carbine and seven handguns were stolen from mostly unlocked cars this weekend in Jacksonville, according to the Sheriff's Office. Car burglaries have been on the increase for months, according to...
Riverside YMCA Land Up for Sale; the Owner Will Have to Wait until the New Y Is Complete before Building
Byline: Roger Bull Much of the land where the Yates Family YMCA now sits on Riverside Avenue is for sale. Of course, the buyer will have to wait until the new Y is finished before he can do anything with it. In early May, not long before construction...
Senior vs. Crime; Remember, 'As Is' Means Exactly What It Says after Buying the Car, You Have Little Recourse, So Proceed with Caution
Byline: Martha R. Tromberg Seniors vs. Crime is a special project that uses the force of the State Attorney General's Office and volunteers to help educate and protect seniors from harmful activity. On the first Tuesday of the month, we will highlight...
Story Ends with Impact; Junior Wins, but Was Shaken by Dillon's Big Crash
Byline: Don Coble DAYTONA BEACH | As soon as Dale Earnhardt Jr. crossed the finish line early Sunday at the Daytona International Speedway he watched an accident in his rearview mirror that instantly put him on the verge of tears. The thunderous...
Too Many Serial Rapists Are Not Caught
Next to murder, rape is the most disturbing crime. Yet it is clear that America has a long-term rape problem. On military bases, on college campuses, serial rapists have too often been getting away with their crimes. Thanks to modern technology,...
Traffic Is about to Get Worse for I-95 Drivers; Northbound, Southbound: A Host of Overland Bridge Projects Set to Begin
Byline: Dan Scanlan Driving along Interstate 95 from downtown Jacksonville to Emerson Street has been a bother since the state began its massive $227 million Overland Bridge project to replace the aging multi-lane road two years ago. But along...
Vitti: Teacher Turnover Not as Big an Issue Now; Numbers Are Better, but Some Parents Have Concerns
Byline: Denise Smith Amos Laura Sullivan got to know a lot of teachers over the past nine years when her children attended Oak Hill Elementary and she volunteered there. Now, as her last daughter enters fourth grade, Sullivan realizes she hardly...
Walker on St. Simons Beach Finds Partial Skull; Authorities Have No Answers about ID; Police Chief Not Sure If DNA Can Help
Byline: Terry Dickson ST. SIMONS ISLAND | A man walking his dog found part of a human skull on an island beach Monday morning, and it has been sent to a crime lab for possible identification, authorities said. The man found the portion of skull...
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