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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.Split is a 5-year-old female beagle mix (ID no. A026206). She is smart, loves to play, gets along with other dogs and can sniff out treats. Her cleft palate does not bother her: She can enjoy anything any other dog can enjoy. Meet her at Clay County Animal Services, 3984 W. Florida 16, […]

10 injured, including 6 children, in West Jacksonville crash

Ten people were injured, including six children, during a crash Friday morning at West Palm Avenue and Norman E. Thagard, according to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.JFRD responded to the scene around 7 a.m. At the time, they said one was trapped and there were multiple patients.All ten were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, JFRD said.At this time, no other information was released.Read more from […]

U.S. Mint unveils Cumberland Island quarter

KINGSLAND, Ga. — The United States Mint and the National Park Service launched a new quarter Thursday that honors the Cumberland Island National Seashore.The newest coin is the 44th release in the mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters Program and the fourth one issued this year.“Georgia’s Cumberland Island National Seashore is made up of pristine coastlines and more than 9,000 acres of wilderness,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. […]

DeSantis: Controversial comment had 'zero to do with race'

Florida Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis told Fox News that his warning to voters not to “monkey this up” by electing his black Democratic rival, Andrew Gillum, had “zero to do with race.”The uproar over the remark continued Thursday and one longtime analyst of Florida political campaigns said she expects it could cloud the contest through Election Day on Nov. 6.DeSantis’ original remark Wednesday morning during an interview on […]

River Life: Plastics, garbage patches and 'The Graduate'

In the 1967 movie “The Graduate,” some of you may remember the scene where Mr. McGuire takes Dustin Hoffman’s character, Benjamin, off to the side and says “Plastics … there’s a great future in plastics.” Little did we know exactly what he meant. I doubt few of us who saw the movie 50 years ago had any idea just how pervasive plastics would become in our everyday life and just how much they would dominate our environment today.Plastics […]

Downtown Jacksonville's Candy Apple Cafe closes

The Candy Apple Cafe, which opened to great fanfare in December 2014 and was recognized as one of Florida’s best new restaurants in 2015, has closed.Owners Jennifer Earnest and Liz Earnest announced the restaurant’s permanent closure on Facebook at around noon Thursday: ”We are deeply saddened to announce the closing of The Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails, which contributed to the growing and thriving restaurant community in Downtown Jacksonville. […]

Hundreds pray at First Baptist Jacksonville Wednesday service at the Landing

Chicago Pizza owner Cliff Comastro stood in The Jacksonville Landing courtyard Wednesday night, holding a daughter as a crowd more than 600 strong sang “Amazing Grace” around him to end a prayer service for victims killed or injured in Sunday’s mass shooting inside his restaurant only feet away.He could only shake his head when asked about a city notice just posted to close the game room where the 1:30 p.m. shooting occurred, and only hours before the prayer service.And when […]

North Florida Land Trust acquires Sixmile Creek property

The North Florida Land Trust acquired just under of 60 acres of land in St. Johns County located within the Sixmile Creek Preservation Priority Area.The property is composed of two parcels of cypress wetlands on the western bank of Sixmile Creek along Joe Ashton Road. The nonprofit conservation organization will add the land to its existing Sixmile Creek Preserve, which is across the street on St. Johns County Road 13 North.The total acquisition cost was $73,230. The two […]

Florida voters set stage for epic match-up of two extremes for governor

Florida politics can be wild, but the state hasn’t seen anything quite like Andrew Gillum versus Ron DeSantis.Think Bernie Sanders versus Donald Trump. Hard right versus far left. Impeach the president versus defund the Mueller probe. Abolish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency versus Build the Wall. Medicare for all versus repeal the Affordable Care Act. The list goes on.In almost every way Gillum — the Democratic nominee for […]

Eight charts show how Andrew Gillum shocked Florida and won the Democratic nomination for governor

In the below charts, you can see how Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum’s Tuesday night results relate to race, voter turnout and past election results. First, though, here is a map of Gillum’s performance compared to Gwen Graham, a former congresswoman and daughter of a former governor and senator. Graham came in second place and was the perceived favorite, but Gillum’s outstanding vote margin in Duval, Broward and Miami-Dade counties brought him the nomination. […]