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Many violent young offenders were 'born into dysfunction'

Marcus Wilson remembers the first time he saw his mom use crack cocaine. He thinks he was about 9. “She was doing it off a soda can,” he said. “To experience that, it was like, ‘Mom? Are you alright? Are you OK?’ … It’s kind of scary.” Wilson’s life as a child was defined by adversity and suffering. | Continue reading

With Duval County court vacancy, governor has diversity among finalists

While the Florida Supreme Court’s vacancies struggled to attract a diverse applicant pool, the search for a new Duval County judge did not face the same problem.As County Judge Lester Bass prepares to take the circuit bench, leaving behind a county court vacancy, the local Judicial Nominating Commission sent what might be the last list of names Gov. Rick Scott may receive before leaving office. Five of the six attorneys nominated for the vacancy were women, and one of those was […]

Free food available Tuesday at Westside Winn-Dixie

About $25,000 worth of free fresh produce and nonperishable items will be given away Tuesday at a drive-thru community food pantry on Jacksonville’s Westside.The event will be 3 to 5 p.m. in the parking lot of the Winn-Dixie Edgewood Support Center, 5050 Edgewood Court, and is expected to feed about 500 families. Distribution will be on a first come, first served until the food runs out.The giveaway is part of a company-wide Holiday Hunger Relief Program launched by […]

Endangered sandhill cranes hatched in Nassau County take wing in wild

Three endangered Mississippi sandhill cranes that hatched last spring at White Oak Conservation, a nonprofit wildlife refuge in Nassau County, took wing last week in the wild.Released Dec. 10 at the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge near Gautier, Miss., on the Gulf Coast, the cranes were reintroduced to the wild in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Audubon Species Survival Center.About six months old, the three are offspring of a […]

65 people become U.S. citizens at Jaguars game

They traveled different paths — some years long — from 38 countries to reach the Jaguars game Sunday at TIAA Bank Field in downtown Jacksonville.The 65 immigrants became United States citizens during halftime as the Jaguars hosted a naturalization ceremony. The ceremony was held in partnership with the federal judges of the U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Florida, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in […]

65 people become U.S. citizens at Jaguars vs. Redskins football game

They traveled different paths — some years long — from 38 different countries to reach the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Washington Redskins football game Sunday at TIAA Bank Field in downtown Jacksonville.The 65 immigrants became United States citizens during half-time as the Jaguars hosted a Naturalization Ceremony. The ceremony was held in partnership with the federal judges of the U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Florida, U.S. Department of Homeland […]

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 TUESDAY American Legion Riders Chapter 88 Motors and Margaritas: 6-9 p.m., Los Loros Mexican Restaurant, 5210 Baymeadows Road. Bike and car night to benefit homeless veterans. Los Loros will donate 20 percent of your bill to the Sulzbacher Veterans Dorm. (904) 396-3754.Veterans Council of Duval County Meeting: 7 p.m., American Legion Post 137, 5443 San Juan Ave. (904) 662-2325.WEDNESDAY Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 559 Meeting: 11:30 a.m., Double […]

Man slashed with machete outside Jacksonville bar

Jacksonville police arrested a woman after a man was slashed in the face with a machete early Sunday outside a bar in a Northwest neighborhood.The attack happened about 3:15 a.m. outside Ice Lounge Bar and Grill, 5522 Soutel Drive, after an altercation inside the business spilled out into the parking lot, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said.Police found the man with a large laceration to his face. He was taken with non-life-threatening injuries to UF Health Jacksonville, […]

Florida Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis names Clay County manager to senior staff

Florida Governor-elect Ron DeSantis has tapped Clay County Manager Stephanie Kopelousos to serve on his senior staff.Kopelousos will become director of legislative affairs. Her appointment along with that of four other government and political professionals was announced by DeSantis’ transition team Friday.They will start Jan. 9 after DeSantis and Lt. Gov.-elect Jeanette Nuñez are sworn into office.”I am proud to be rounding out my senior team with a group of […]

Jacksonville police investigating 2-month-old child's death

Jacksonville police are investigating the death of a 2-month-old child early Sunday.The infant was unresponsive when police arrived about 3:17 a.m. in the 7000 block of San Sebastian Avenue in the San Jose Forest neighborhood at the request of Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department first responders, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.Efforts to revive the baby – who was rushed to Memorial Medical Center — were unsuccessful, the Sheriff’s Office said. […]

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