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  • Jacksonville Landing awaits city decision on Florida-Georgia events
    by David Bauerlein on October 18, 2018 at 1:53 am

    The Jacksonville Landing has been a gathering spot for decades when party-ready fans roll into town for the Florida-Georgia game, but this year, the Landing and the city are locked in a bitter legal fight and the city has not yet issued a special events permit for concerts during that football game weekend.The Landing, built in 1987 as a festival marketplace staging year-round events, is challenging the city's demand that the Landing apply for special events permits. The dispute is [... […]

  • Migrants moving again in Guatemala, Trump targets Democrats
    by The Associated Press on October 18, 2018 at 12:47 am

    A day after warning Central American governments they risk losing U.S. aid if they don't do something and saying that anyone entering the U.S. illegally would be arrested and deported, Trump turned his sights on Democrats and urged Republican allies to campaign on border security. […]

  • UK, EU agree to take more Brexit time after no-result summit
    by The Associated Press on October 17, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    BRUSSELS — European Union leaders gave themselves several more weeks — perhaps until the end of the year — to clinch a friendly divorce with Britain before their separation, after a Brexit summit Wednesday avoided any friction but also produced no tangible results.British Prime Minister Theresa May provided none of the substantial new proposals that EU Council chief Donald Tusk had urged her to bring to the table, giving the 27 other leaders little more than a [... […]

  • Jacksonville paramedics return from helping devastated Panhandle
    by Dan Scanlan on October 17, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    They volunteered to drive in behind the worst hurricane to hit Florida in decades to evacuate a hospital near Panama City, then help victims after 155-mph winds demolished their world in Washington County 20 miles inland from the tattered shoreline.Fifty-eight Jacksonville firefighters went to Florida’s Panhandle Oct. 9 to help post-Hurricane Michael after state officials asked the city for an urban search and rescue team, then rescue units with paramedics.The 12-member [... […]

  • Nevada's famous pimp expected to win election despite death
    by The Associated Press on October 17, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    Dennis Hof's fame made him an attention-grabbing figure in an otherwise quiet industry. And, despite being found dead on Tuesday, he's poised to win an election to the state Legislature in less than three weeks. […]

  • Jacksonville girl, 3, hospitalized with rare condition that strikes children, causes paralysis
    by Matt Soergel on October 17, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    On Oct. 10, Aamira Faircloth, 3, had a fever that kept her home from school. She threw up the next day, and a doctor noted she wasn't using her right arm. She then stopped her moving her left arm, which continued through Saturday.The once energetic girl woke up Sunday in her Oceanway home and, like a newborn baby, could no longer stand or walk. That's when her mother, Reba Faircloth, took her to the emergency room.Aamira is now listed in fair condition Wednesday afternoon in [... […]

  • Cummer hires new leader from Toledo Museum of Art
    by By Matthew Farina mfarina@jacksonville.com on October 17, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    After an 18-month national search, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens announced Wednesday that Adam Levine is the institution's first George W. and Kathleen I. Gibbs director and chief executive officer.Levine, who is currently the deputy director and curator of ancient art for the Toledo Museum of Art, will begin his new role in January 2019 thanks to a $4 million gift from the Disosway Foundation of New York. The foundation was established by Dudley Johnson, a current Cummer [... […]

  • Prosecutors disclose more misconduct by Weinstein detective
    by The Associated Press on October 17, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    The Manhattan district attorney's office detailed the alleged misconduct in a letter to Weinstein's lawyer that was made public Wednesday. […]

  • Second case of mysterious polio-like disease suspected in Jacksonville
    by First Coast News on October 17, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    A second case of the rare disease known as Acute Flaccid Myeltis (AFM), which is an illness similar to polio, is being tested for in a child by Wolfson Children's Hospital.First Coast News first learned about the disease after a local mom spoke out about how AFM bound her son to a motorized scooter and ventilator 24/7.The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that there were 62 cases were reported across 22 states in the U.S. So far, the disease has claimed one [... […]

  • California police say teenager baked grandfather's ashes into cookies
    by Paul Elias, Associated Press on October 17, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    A high school student mixed her cremated grandfather's ashes into homemade sugar cookies and shared them with several classmates, police in Northern California said Wednesday.The student and a friend baked the cookies and shared them with at least nine classmates at their public charter high school near Sacramento on Oct. 4, said Davis Police Lt. Paul Doroshov. He said the Da Vinci Charter Academy students told some of their classmates that the cookies contained human ashes.He [... […]

  • Jacksonville boy was first child to get high-tech brain aneurysm surgery
    by Dan Scanlan on October 17, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    Jaydon Hogan couldn't sit still in the Wolfson Children's Hospital lobby as he reunited with the doctors who saved his life.Checking out the activity center nearby, the 6-year-old stopped as Baptist Health endovascular neurosurgeon Ricardo Hanel ruffled his short-cropped hair near where ground-breaking surgery repaired a leaking aneurysm."How are you feeling?" Hanel asked."I'm feeling good," Jaydon responded. "But I'd love to go to Chick-fil-A."The hospital said [... […]

  • 1956-2018: Justice Coalition leader Michael Liles passes away
    by Dan Scanlan on October 17, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    The man who took over the helm of Jacksonville's Justice Coalition in the wake of his wife's murder has died at 62.Michael Liles hadn't shown up for work, so police were called to check up on him at his Panama Park home, Justice Coalition board chairman Robert Bracewell said. Officers found him dead of apparent natural causes Tuesday afternoon.Bracewell, his voice catching sometimes, said his friend was one of the best people he ever met."Mike was a great guy. He had a [... […]

  • Florida Supreme Court: Amendments 7, 9, 11 will be on ballots
    by Andrew Pantazi on October 17, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    An effort to strike Amendments 7, 9 and 11 failed Wednesday when the Florida Supreme Court unanimously OK’d the three initiatives for November’s ballot.A former Supreme Court justice had sued the state arguing that the three amendments violated voters’ First Amendment rights by bundling unrelated topics in a single amendment proposal. Although a Leon County judge had agreed with him, the Supreme Court vociferously smacked down that argument.“Neither [... […]

  • Radio-controlled boats hit Jacksonville lake Saturday for annual regatta
    by Dan Scanlan on October 17, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    Radio–control boat modelers from around the Southeast are set to sail from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the annual North Florida Operational and Radio Control Association of Shipwrights (O.R.C.A.S.) regatta at the lake at Losco Regional Park, at 10851 Hood Road S.Along with a radio–controlled boat parade, small–scale tugboats, towboats, barges, submarines, cargo ships, shrimp boats, paddle wheelers and more will be on display. The event is free at the [... […]

  • Mega Millions jackpot soars to $900 million, second-highest
    by The Associated Press on October 17, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    Lottery officials raised the estimated prize from $868 million to $900 million Wednesday, less than a day after another drawing without a winner. […]

  • Puppeteer who played Big Bird on 'Sesame Street' retiring
    by Associated Press on October 17, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    WOODSTOCK, Conn. — The puppeteer who has played Big Bird on "Sesame Street" is retiring after nearly 50 years on the show.Caroll Spinney announced in a statement Wednesday that he's handing over Big Bird and his other character, Oscar the Grouch, to younger performers. The 84-year-old joined "Sesame Street" at its inception in 1969.Spinney says he didn't feel like his work was important until Big Bird helped him find his purpose.Spinney says the physical [... […]

  • Mexico Beach residents return home 1 week after Michael
    by The Associated Press on October 17, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Residents who rode out the storm at home have been in Mexico Beach since Michael hit, but authorities told others to stay away for a week after the Category 4 storm ravaged the beach town with 155 mph winds and a strong storm surge. […]

  • Puppeteer who played Big Bird on 'Sesame Street' retiring
    by The Associated Press on October 17, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Caroll Spinney announced in a statement Wednesday that he's handing over Big Bird and his other character, Oscar the Grouch, to younger performers. […]

  • Turkish police search Saudi consul's home in Khashoggi case
    by The Associated Press on October 17, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Saudi Arabia's green national flag flapped overhead as forensics teams walked into the residence, only 1.2 miles from the consulate where Khashoggi vanished Oct. 2 while trying to pick up paperwork to get married. […]

  • Mexico Beach residents return home 1 week after Michael
    by Jay Reeves, Associated Press on October 17, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    MEXICO BEACH, Fla. — Residents of hard-hit Mexico Beach began returning home for the first time Wednesday since Hurricane Michael to see homes devastated by wind and water and pieces of their lives scattered across the Florida sand.Nancy Register sobbed uncontrollably after finding no trace of the large camper where she'd lived with her husband Taylor. She was particularly distraught over the loss of a black-and-white photo of her mother, who died of cancer.Husband [... […]

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