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Articles from June 16, 2017

24-Year-Old Shot, Killed
A 24-year-old man was shot and killed early Thursday in the 8100 block of April Street, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Officers were called to a home in the Jacksonville Heights community just south of 103rd Street about 1 a.m....
A New Book Gives 'Cinderella' Fresh Appeal
Byline: Charlie Patton I'm not a big fan of fairy tales in which distressed damsels are rescued by handsome, colorless princes. So I wasn't especially eager to see "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella," which opened Tuesday in the Moran Theater...
Becoming Ikea; Big-Box Furniture Store Moving Closer to Finishing Its New Jacksonville Location; No Opening Date Set
Byline: Roger Bull Almost all the big blue panels are up. So are the yellow ones around the entrance. Ikea is starting to look like an Ikea. Some of the parking lot is paved, but it's still littered with trailers and construction pieces, and...
Biologists, Veterinarians Track 8 Manatees
Byline: Terry Dickson BRUNSWICK, GA. | The tagging of eight manatees will help scientists gain more knowledge on how the half-ton, threatened mammals use the waters of coastal Georgia especially near Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, the Georgia Department...
Coordinators Wrap Up Off-Season Program; Hackett, Wash Discuss Jags' Changes from Last Season
Byline: Ryan O'Halloran Before Thursday, the last time Jaguars offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and defensive coordinator Todd Wash were available to the media was Dec. 29, three days before a miserable season (3-13) ended with a miserable...
Food Trucks, Restaurants Can Coexist
In order to keep accomplishing big things in Downtown Jacksonville, we have to stop viewing the challenges it faces as obstacles. We need to start embracing them as opportunities. That mindset is being adopted by Downtown Vision Inc., which is...
FSCJ Charts New Career Path; Select Group of Duval Students Will Get Workforce Training, Financial Incentives
Byline: Amanda Williamson A white ball of string left Jaylen Johnson's hands, flew through the air and plopped perfectly in his classmate's grasp. For that moment, unfolding in an auditorium at Florida State College at Jacksonville's Downtown...
Indicted Glynn County Lawyer Sought for 18 Months Is Arrested in Florida; Captured in Daytona Beach Shores on Burglary and Petty Theft Charges
Byline: Terry Dickson BRUNSWICK, GA. | A lawyer who has been sought after missing a court appearance on theft charges in December 2015 in Glynn County is in custody in Volusia County, officials said. Douglas J. Mathis was charged with theft by...
Ineffective Counsel Gets Death Order Overturned
Byline: Andrew Pantazi A Jacksonville man convicted of killing a drug dealer and the dealer's 13-year-old son had his death sentence overturned Thursday when the Florida Supreme Court ruled that Thomas Bevel's attorneys were ineffective. Bevel...
In Jacksonville Beach, Businesses Start Effort to Blunt New Noise Rules
Byline: Tiffanie Reynolds Jola Rajta, owner of the Ocean Grille and Bar on First Street North in Jacksonville Beach, is used to customers drinking and eating on the restaurant's boardwalk patio until close to its 2 a.m. closing time. Last weekend,...
Jaguars Notebook; Veterans Done until Training Camp in Late July
Byline: John Reid Jaguars coach Doug Marrone hopes when his players report for training camp in late July, they will be able to take advantage of momentum gained from their offseason program. The Jaguars wrapped up their mandatory minicamp Thursday....
Jaguars' Other Tough Guy Returns
Byline: Gene Frenette Six weeks before Tom Coughlin was hired as Jaguars executive vice-president of football operations, its former head coach was talking about Jimmy Smith being inducted into the Pride of the Jaguars. He emphasized the importance...
'Mamma Mia!' Brings the Music of ABBA to the Thrasher-Horne Center
Byline: Charlie Patton Before he was hired as music director for the national tour of "Mamma Mia!," which visits the Thrasher-Horne Center in Orange Park on Tuesday, Kevin Casey admits he was "a little snobby about" the show. After all, it's...
Missing for Days, Putnam Sailor Located on Ship
Byline: Joe Daraskevich A Navy sailor from Putnam County who was reported missing last week after presumably falling overboard in waters off Japan is alive and receiving treatment after he was found hiding in the ship's engine room. Peter Mims,...
Nelson Fires Former Clay County Sheriff
Byline: Garrett Pelican State Attorney Melissa Nelson fired investigator and former Clay County Sheriff Scott Lancaster last month following an investigation into allegations of misconduct. Lancaster, who was hired in February, was on paid suspension...
Pedestrians Killed in Separate Accidents
Byline: Dan Scanlan Hundreds of commuters on Interstate 95 filed past a grisly scene Thursday morning following a horrific accident in which a 45-year-old man was struck by as many as six vehicles. It was the first of two traffic fatalities handled...
Point of View; Research Drives Economic Growth of Florida's Diverse Economy
Byline: Gianrico Farrugia, Tushar Patel Biomedical research is key to accelerating Florida's diverse economy - and it's a major component in statewide collaborations formed to promote the life sciences. The forces of health care, academic medical...
Program Aims to Equip New Town Entrepreneurs
Byline: Garrett Pelican City, community and business leaders unveiled plans Thursday evening intended to help small businesses grow and prosper in Jacksonville's New Town neighborhood. Mayor Lenny Curry was among those who gathered at Edward...
Raines Coach Back on Job as Spinal Fusion Surgery Doesn't Bench Him
Byline: Clayton Freeman Neither rain nor snow, Steve Bellamy says, will stop his Raines High School runners from practicing. Spinal fusion isn't stopping him. As Bellamy coaches a dozen Raines High School runners through their dash around...
Riverplace Boulevard Will Go from Fast to Slow for Southbank Redevelopment
Byline: David Bauerlein The Southbank's office towers and residential high-rises mark it as part of downtown Jacksonville, but the road running through it seems like something out of the car-dependent suburbs. That would change with a long-studied,...
Scoreboard; High Schools
SOFTBALL ALL-STATE TEAMS CLASS 3A Coach of the Year: Rico Rosado, Fort Pierce Carroll Catholic Pitcher of the Year: Ashley Rosado, Fort Pierce Carroll Catholic Offensive Player of the Year: Chloe Culp, Tallahassee North Florida Christian...
Scott Signs Education Legislation; Bill Gives Millions More to Charter School Operations
Byline: Denise Smith Amos Gov. Rick Scott signed a controversial 278-page education bill Thursday that most school districts and superintendents fought against but pro-charter advocates pushed. Scott signed the bill at a ceremony at an Orlando...
Up on the Roof
Byline: Phillip Heilman Looking to mix up your dining or happy hour routine? Just look up. Jacksonville doesn't boast many rooftop bars and restaurants, but the few that do call the city home are worth bragging about. Here's a look at five worth...
Wahoos Edge Shrimp
Byline: Jeff Elliott Pensacola moved within one win of capturing the first-half Southern League South Division title following the Blue Wahoos' 1-0 win over the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp on Thursday night in a game shortened to 5 1/3 innings because...
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