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Chris Hong: Christmas in the Keys

This is a little tough to admit, but here it goes: I spent four days in the fishing capital of the world and returned with little to write about, at least for an outdoors story.To be fair, the mission of my trip to Key Largo was to spend time with my future bride and her family, not to fill the pages of The Florida Times-Union with stories of fishing exploits.On the day I set aside to do some serious fishing, my boat suffered an untimely electrical failure that […]

Top stories: A year of controversy at JEA

JEA will head into 2019 hoping to shake off the most politically tumultuous year in its recent history.Jacksonville’s city-owned electric, water and sewer utility found itself either combating controversy from the outside or ensnared in the viper pit of City Hall politics for much of the past year: The departure of its veteran chief executive officer, the controversial selection of his replacement, a contentious debate over whether JEA should be privatized and the fight to invalidate […]

2 shootings the day after Christmas in Jacksonville, 1 a boy

At least two people were shot a mile apart from each other the night after Christmas in Jacksonville, one a teenager with multiple wounds, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Both happened Wednesday evening near Moncrief Road.Police haven’t released any names, but the boy was able to get to a neighbor’s house about 7:45 p.m. He told police the shooter appeared to be a juvenile in jean shorts and a black T-shirt, and ran to a silver older-model Lincoln that drove north […]

Group drops plans for USS Adams museum, looks for new options

A group that campaigned for years to make the decommissioned destroyer USS Adams a museum in downtown Jacksonville says it’s starting from scratch after being rejected by the U.S. Navy.“We believe our mission of bringing a naval warship museum to Jacksonville is a just cause,” said Dan Bean, an attorney who is president of the nonprofit Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association.The group, organized in 2008 to pursue an Adams-class destroyer, told […]

Sulzbacher teams visit Jacksonville's homeless on their turfs to provide services, friendly faces

“Knock, knock.”On a recent morning, James Christopher and Colleen Bell, one of the Sulzbacher homeless center’s outreach teams, walked through a wooded area off San Pablo Road. As they approached Paul Gilkerson’s camp site, they slowed and Christopher called out to the man asking if they could visit.Gilkerson asked for a few minutes to prepare.So they stood in the woods and waited.Medical outreach specialist Christopher and psychiatrist Bell regularly seek out the […]

Jacksonville police identify victims in recent homicides

Jacksonville police provided the identities of recent homicide victims over the holidays, including a pair of cousins gunned down in separate shootings.Victoria Latricia Wyche, 48, died Christmas Eve after being shot along with two other people about 11:55 p.m. Sunday while sitting on a porch in the 3300 block of North Pearl Street in the Brentwood neighborhood, the Sheriff’s Office said.Investigators said gunfire erupted when a group of four people walking past the home got […]

Orange Park police investigating fatal shooting Christmas Eve

An Orange Park man was shot to death Christmas Eve in the northern Clay County municipality where homicides are rare.Kendrick Lenard Walker, 41, died after being taken to Orange Park Medical Center, said Orange Park police Sgt. Cody Monroe in a news release.About 8 p.m. Sunday, police received a call reporting gunfire in the Floyd Circle area of the town. While en route, officers learned that the wounded victim — identified as Walker — had been taken to […]

Clinical researcher says eye disease on rise; rapidly expanding number of youths have myopia

Children are the most vulnerable to the century’s biggest threat to eye health, says a Jacksonville-based researcher.But there’s a simple step that can reduce that danger: Putting down digital devices and simply going outside to play.Noel Brennan, a clinical research fellow at Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, is an expert on myopia, or nearsightedness, which he calls “the biggest threat to eye health in the 21st century.”Johnson & […]

Fishing report: A few pictures are worth plenty of words

KEY LARGO - I am on vacation, so I will not be be writing a full fishing report this week.Instead, I’ll leave you with some photos of what people caught this week.I haven’t even looked at the weather forecast for Jacksonville, and I have no plans of doing so until I get back in town.But if you can get on the water, there’s plenty of fish to be caught. It sounds like plenty of folks got on the wahoo, cobia and bottom fish over the weekend. In the river, […]

Katrina Brown's attorney asks to be removed from fraud case

Suspended Jacksonville City Councilwoman Katrina Brown’s attorney wants a judge’s permission to withdraw from defending Brown on federal fraud charges.Attorney Darcy Galnor’s motion to withdraw doesn’t detail the reasons behind the request, which says “effective representation .. cannot be accomplished.” But it cites irreconcilable differences and a federal court rule barring withdrawal “absent compelling ethical considerations” if the move is […]