Newly drawn Congressional seat brings former state senator Tony Hill back into the races
By Staff WriterAnthony “Tony” Hill, labor leader and former Florida State senator and legislative aid to Congressman Al Lawson, announced his candidacy for the Florida Fourth Congressional District, the newly drawn seat covering half of Duval County plus all of Nassau and Clay counties. Former state senator Tony Hill will run for the newly drawn Northeast Florida congressional district, bringing a campaign-tested Democrat into the race for a seat covering half of Duval. But it does include Jacksonville where Tony Hill, a leader in the A. Phillip Randolph. This has to do with constituents in the Fourth District “Hill has been immersed for decades in politics. Portions of this article originally appeared on Florida Times-Union: Tony Hill jumps into race for Congress in redistricted seatthewestsidegazette.com
DeSantis slams ‘cabal’ at White House correspondents’ dinner after program wrongly said he attended
"I think it just shows you why that cabal of people in D.C. and New York are so reviled by so many Americans," Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday. "I think it’s a reputation that’s been well deserved.”sun-sentinel.com
Miami track and field ends regular season at UNF Invite
Miami track and field closed out the regular season this weekend at the UNF Invite in Jacksonville, Fla. at Hodges Stadium on Friday and Saturday. Jeffrey Williams led the way, registering a 17.77m mark in the shot put for the fourth-farthest throw in program history. On the women’s side, Debbie Ajagbe highlighted the weekend by finishing first in the hammer throw with a 57.78m hurl. In the discus, Williams and Hannah Hall both came in third, throwing 53.69m in the men’s event and 52.35m in the women’s, respectively. Now, the Canes enter postseason action, competing in the 2022 ACC Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Durham, N.C., on May 12-14.themiamihurricane.com
Blue Rhino expands home delivery service to 4 cities, including Miami
Nationwide propane tank exchange brand leader Blue Rhino recently announced today it has expanded its home delivery service to four new markets — Brooklyn, NY, as well as Miami, Orlando and Jacksonville, FL. Now, in addition to buying a ready-to-grill tank at any of the tens of thousands of Blue Rhino exchange locations across the country, residents of these cities can exchange and/or purchase a fresh tank and have it dropped off at their front doorstep. “We know from decades of experience that these are four of America’s best grilling cities,” said Tamria Zertuche, chief operating officer of Blue Rhino parent company Ferrellgas. Users can exchange their empty tank or receive a fresh tank without exchanging. First launched in Atlanta and Tampa in 2021, Blue Rhino’s home delivery service now operates in 17 U.S. cities.communitynewspapers.com
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson fields questions during her Supreme Court confirmation hearings
For a second day, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson fielded more questions from senators during her confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court. CBS News congressional correspondent Nikole Killion reports from Capitol Hill.news.yahoo.com
Man arrested in car show shooting that killed 1, wounded 26
Arkansas authorities on Wednesday arrested a 22-year-old man in a shooting at a car show that killed one person and left 26 wounded. Arkansas State Police said it arrested Brandon Deandra Knight, of Jacksonville, who has been charged with first-degree battery and aggravated assault. Knight was taken into custody as he was being released from a Dumas hospital Wednesday morning, police said.news.yahoo.com
Bellarmine wins ASUN, hands NCAA bid to Jacksonville State
CJ Fleming scored a career-high 27 points, Dylan Penn added 22 and Division I newcomer Bellarmine defeated Jacksonville 77-72 in the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament, handing the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament to regular-season champion Jacksonville State.
When it Comes to COVID-19, Consider the Messenger
Research shows that men are more likely to die of Covid-19 and, in particular, Black men aged 35 to 44 are dying at nine times the rate of white men in the same age range. This Black History Month, the theme is Black Health and Wellness. Improving the health of the Black community is our core mission. Covid-19 continues to disproportionately impact Black people, and in 2020, Covid-19 reduced the overall life expectancy of Black people by a staggering three years. Through repeated, face-to-face interactions in the community, Black Men Engaged will continue to be a source of reputable information about the virus as the science continues to evolve.thewestsidegazette.com
Miami hiring Charlie Strong as linebackers coach
A prestigious defensive coach is taking a trip down I-95 from Jacksonville to Miami, as Charlie Strong, who served as the Jacksonville Jaguars’ assistant head coach and inside linebackers coach in 2021, is finalizing a deal to become the Hurricanes’ linebackers coach. The Batesville, Arkansas native coached in various defensive roles at the college level before accepting a head coaching position at Louisville in 2010. After an 11-win season with the Cardinals in 2012, Strong departed from Louisville to become the 29th head coach in Texas football history. Unsuccessful coaching tenures at both Texas and South Florida followed, and Strong served one season as a defensive analyst at Alabama in 2020. Strong will join defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, defensive line coach Joe Salava’a and defensive backs coach Jahmile Addae on Miami’s defensive coaching staff.themiamihurricane.com
Vaccines, Testing, Covid Infections, Deaths Center in Political Community Drama
Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis seems focused only on treating covid infected people who are overwhelming hospitals and not preventing the disease. Governor DeSantis, running for governor this year, is obviously campaigning for President of the United States in 2024. Rubio supports DeSantis covid measures. Val Demings running for U.S. Senate and Crist for governor will provide a lot of drama that will spill over into Georgia. The political drama is becoming community drama, in Jacksonville where the Northside Coalition and its leader Ben Frazier have called on DeSantis to resign.thewestsidegazette.com
How 15,000 ceramics are made a day in Gujarat, India
In 2001, the founder of Mitticool ceramics learned many of his customers in India don't have regular access to electricity. So he invented a fridge made out of clay. It keeps food 8 degrees cooler than the outside air, but it doesn't need any electricity to run. And while other ceramics companies in the region shut down, Mitticool is thriving thanks to the success of the powerless, eco-friendly fridge.news.yahoo.com
Jaguars sponsor sues to have name removed from 'clown game'
The title sponsor for Jacksonville’s season finale against Indianapolis is suing the Jaguars in hopes of having its name disassociated from the game during which disgruntled fans are planning to dress as clowns to protest team owner Shad Khan’s decision to retain general manager Trent Baalke.
‘The governor is an enemy of the people,’ well-known activist says as he’s handcuffed ahead of DeSantis news conference
Gov. Ron DeSantis had a scheduled COVID-19 news conference Tuesday morning at the Florida Department of Health – Duval County in Jacksonville, but it was a well-known activist who showed up at the news conference ahead of the governor who stole the show.
Clown party? Frustrated Jags fans trying to elicit GM change
If a 40-point drubbing at New England didn’t get Jacksonville owner Shad Khan’s full attention, then what’s being planned for the team's season finale just might. Frustrated fans are revolting against the Jaguars and have Khan in their crosshairs. Hundreds, if not thousands, have changed their social media profile pics to a clown donning Khan’s signature mustache.news.yahoo.com
He wore a wire, risked his life to expose who was in the KKK in Florida
Joseph Moore worked for nearly 10 years as an undercover informant for the FBI, infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan in Florida, foiling at least two murder plots, according to investigators, and investigating ties between law enforcement and the white supremacist organization.sun-sentinel.com
He wore a wire, risked his life to expose who was in the KKK
Working undercover for the FBI, the U.S. Army veteran donned a white robe and hood as a hitman for the Ku Klux Klan in North Florida. He attended clandestine meetings and participated in cross burnings. He even helped plan the murder of a Black man.
Innocent man imprisoned for 8 years for crime he never committed freed from prison
After spending eight years in prison for a crime he never commit, Dustin Duty is now a free man.“I’m just overwhelmed with joy,” Duty said on Wednesday. “I’d like to thank my legal team, without them I couldn’t have done it. I’m just ready to get on with my life, that’s all.”
COVID-19 hospital visitor rules: Families want more access
Families of COVID-19 patients are asking hospitals to rethink visitor policies a year and a half into the pandemic that has killed 700,000 people in the U.S. The relatives say they're being denied the right to be with loved ones at a crucial time.
COVID-19 hospital visitor rules: Families want more access
Banned from the Florida hospital room where her mother lay dying of COVID-19, Jayden Arbelaez pitched an idea to construction employees working nearby. “Is there any way that I could get there?” Arbelaez asked them, pointing to a small third-story window of the hospital in Jacksonville. The workers gave the 17-year-old a yellow vest, boots, a helmet and a ladder to climb onto a section of roof so she could look through the window and see her mother, Michelle Arbelaez, alive one last time.news.yahoo.com
Haitian-American delegation travels to earthquake-stricken nation to meet with new prime minister
A delegation of The National Haitian American Elected Officials Network, a nonprofit organization based out of Orlando, traveled to Haiti on Monday to meet with Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry and officials with President Joe Biden’s administration who are working to help the earthquake-stricken nation.
South Florida population tops 6.1 million, but growth lags rest of state
Long-awaited results from the 2020 Census released Thursday showed the three big South Florida counties kept growing over 10 years, reaching a total of 6,138,333.That represents an increase of 10.3% since the 2010 Census. It lags the rest of the state, which grew 14.6% to 21.5 million during the 10 years. Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties are still the three largest in the state, but that isn’t going to last, and may even have changed since people were counted on April 1, 2020.sun-sentinel.com
Man Sentenced to 420 Months in Prison for Enticing and Sexually Abusing a Minor
A North Carolina man was sentenced today to 420 months, or 35 years, in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release for enticing and sexually abusing a minor. Emilio Moran, 39, of Jacksonville, pleaded guilty on Aug. 17, 2020, to sexual abuse of a minor and enticement of a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity. Moran, a former U.S. Marine, used text messages and gifts to entice the minor into the illicit sexual relationship, and he took cellphone videos of some of the sexual abuse. The sexual relationship ended when it was reported to investigators with the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.justice.gov
Florida Pride Month controversies span from lighting of bridges to DeSantis’ decisions
When the city of St. Petersburg asked the state to light up the Sunshine Skyway bridge in rainbow colors for LGBTQ Pride month last year, the request was denied. The decision was mildly controversial — Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist wrote a letter to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis about it. Crist’s office didn’t get a response. The St. Pete Pride parade was canceled because of the pandemic, Pride month came and went, and other institutions glowed with rainbows. But not the Skyway.news.yahoo.com