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To become mayor, Brosche must impress Democrats

City Councilwoman Anna Lopez Brosche faces a considerable challenge in her race against fellow Republican Mayor Lenny Curry and his well-funded political machine: To have any shot at winning, she must earn widespread support from local Democrats, who for the first time in two decades will not have a candidate from their own ranks to support in the race for Jacksonville’s top elected office.Energizing a party’s base is a heavy lift for any candidate, and it will be […]

Mayoral candidates go to different MLK breakfasts

While Mayor Lenny Curry spoke Friday morning from the stage at the Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast hosted by the city, mayoral challenger Anna Brosche was across downtown at a dueling MLK breakfast presented by civil rights organizations.Brosche, who is an at-large City Council member, said afterward she agrees with those organizations that there should be a single MLK breakfast in the future, with the city supporting the event and the civil rights groups in charge of planning it. […]

2 events, 2 themes, but the day in Jacksonville is for MLK and his message

Shortly before Jacksonville’s annual city-sponsored breakfast celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, keynote speaker Chris Gardner and Mayor Lenny Curry toured the site of the event, the historic Prime Osborn Convention Center.”The Pursuit of Happyness” author and entrepreneur Gardner, who is black, and Curry, who is white, sat down on a bench that dated back to the building’s opening as a rail station in 1919.”It wasn’t that long ago that you and I couldn’t sit on this […]

Rethreaded's newest line is from 'Project Runway'

Rethreaded, a Jacksonville nonprofit that hires female victims of human trafficking to make women’s accessories, has a partnership with Southwest Airlines to recycle materials that the airline no longer needs.”Last year we saved 9.4 tons of materials from landfills,” said Kristen Keen, Rethreaded’s founder.She said that the newest line — from handbags to earrings — that Rethreaded is selling is “the best we’ve ever made.”That’s in part because Irina […]

'Tragic,' but no basis for prosecution, says report on Jacksonville boy's shooting death

State law and a lack of evidence will keep anyone from being charged with last year’s fatal shooting of 7-year-old Tashawn Gallon outside a Jacksonville home, a State Attorney’s Office report released Friday said.The death “is a tragic and unintentional by-product of the law governing justifiable use of deadly force,” said the report released three days after police made public investigators’ reports about the Feb. 18 killing.Tashawn was shot […]

On the Road: Slow down and move over is this month's message

The rear-end collision is brutal, the video showing a Mazda5 minivan slamming into the back of a Florida Highway Patrol SUV seconds after it pulls off Interstate 75 in Fort Myers to help someone in the emergency lane.Shattered glass and mangled metal flies on impact, just seconds after the trooper’s emergency lights start flashing, then flames erupt under the Mazda’s hood as the trooper rushes to wrench open its door […]

Grants available to help unpaid federal workers, Jacksonville City Hall says

Jacksonville City Hall is offering about $500,000 in small grants to help federal workers who aren’t being paid cover food, housing and utility expenses, city officials said Friday.Only four families have received help from the program so far, but a city news release said the city’s Social Services Division can help Duval County residents who can document their need and that they’ve been furloughed from federal jobs or had their federal pay stop. […]

Nate Monroe: Mayor Curry ran on crime. Now, he should be forced to confront it

COMMENTARY | In my first reporting job at a small newspaper in south Louisiana, the top editor stubbornly held onto a belief that created a lot of work for his meager staff but that in hindsight seems wise: We covered every involuntary loss of life — or as many of them as we could — with the kind of substance and care we’d put into any other news story. These incidents were not supposed to be reduced to news briefs.This wasn’t limited to homicides. Fatal car crashes […]

Cold Noses: Adoptable Pets of the Week

Cold Noses, the Times-Union’s weekly pet column, features pets available for adoption at area government-run shelters. For more go to and search for Cold Noses.Finley is a 3-year-old male German shepherd mix (ID No. A1007239). He is sweet, smart and loves to run and play. Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services, 2020 Forest St. Regular hours: noon-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. (904) 630-2489, […]

Palm Coast jewel theft suspect behind bars in Savannah

DNA from blood left behind when a thief smashed a Kay Jewelers display case with a sledgehammer five months ago helped investigators track a suspect to Georgia this week, according to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.Now 25-year-old Tyrone Lamar Walker is behind bars at the Chatham County jail in Savannah, charged Wednesday on a warrant for armed robbery, grand theft and criminal mischief for the damage caused to the store in Palm Coast’s Town Center, the Sheriff’s […]