Measles Is A Killer: It Took 145,000 Lives Worldwide Last Year

The number of measles cases from the outbreak linked to Disneyland has now risen to at least 98. But measles remains extremely rare in the United States. The rest of the world hasn’t been so fortunate. Last year roughly 250,000 people came down with measles; more than half of them died. Currently the Philippines is […]

Fresh Air Weekend: Benedict Cumberbatch, ‘American Sniper’ Review And ‘Teenage Brain’

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week: Benedict Cumberbatch On Alan Turing’s Awkwardness And Sherlock’s Sex Appeal: The actor […]

Atlantic Beach joins call for Gov. Rick Scott to order pension fund investigation

ATLANTIC BEACH | Momentum is building in support of a state investigation of the Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund. Atlantic Beach city commissioners voted 3-0 — with one recusing himself and another absent — to approve a resolution Monday asking Gov. Rick Scott to order an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement […]

ROONEY BIN: Winter getaways to South Florida leave me cold

The Rooney Bin recently went in search of an early spring. We spent part of the second week of January in Miami’s South Beach. It was sunny but chilly, and the weather inside was iffy because the ice maker in our room’s refrigerator spewed snow in the freezer and a half-inch deep river of water […]

Business calendar

MONDAY Beaches Business Association, noon, Jacksonville Beach Public Golf Course clubhouse, Penman Road. Speaker: Ken Jefferson, crime analyst for News 4 Jax, on Crimes Against Businesses in Duval County $8, lunch. (904) 476-0607 or bbajax.org.   TUESDAY Arlington Breakfast Networking Group, Jacksonville Real Estate Investors Association, 9 a.m., Cracker Barrel Restaurant, 438 Commerce Center Drive, […]

$7 million renovation expands Brumos Lexus of Jacksonville

By Dan Scanlan A $7 million renovation that almost doubled the size of Brumos Lexus of Jacksonville with more service bays and a car wash was celebrated with a grand opening Wednesday. Begun in April 2013, the project at 10259 Atlantic Blvd. included demolition of the 42-year-old used-vehicle sales building next door and upgrades to […]

San Pablo apartments sell for $56.6 million

The Seagrass Apartments on San Pablo Road have been sold for the second time a little more than a year. A South Carolina firm under the name Seagrass Apartment Complex Operating Co. LLC paid $56,628,000 for the 397-unit complex. Mesa Capital had paid $35.6 million for it in November 2013 before the complex was finished. […]

Slow-starting JU can’t recover in home loss to South Carolina Upstate

After a 17-minute delay to open the game, Jacksonville University had trouble getting started. The Dolphins fell behind early and trailed by double digits for much of a 78-65 Atlantic Sun Conference loss to South Carolina Upstate on Thursday night. After the delay, caused by lighting issues at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, the Dolphins (7-16, […]

Democrat’s bill would let voters who move inside Georgia register at new precincts on election day

ATLANTA | Registered Georgia voters who move inside the state could register instantly at new polling places on Election Day under legislation introduced Thursday as part of the Democrats’ legislative agenda. Rep. Gloria Frazier, D-Hephzibah, introduced House Bill 146 to streamline registration and boost turnout. It would apply to anyone who was already registered to […]

Camden County man charged with selling insurance without a license

A Camden County man whose insurance license was revoked in 1998 was charged with three misdemeanors in the solicitation of insurance sales without a license, Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said. James Patrick Shores, 53, was arrested Wednesday and Hudgens revoked the licenses of the two St. Marys agencies where he is suspected of working, […]

Hospital authority votes to lease St. Marys, Brunswick hospitals to new private nonprofit

BRUNSWICK | Come May 1, the Brunswick and St. Marys hospitals will be operated under a new private nonprofit under a lease agreement signed Thursday by the Glynn-Brunswick Memorial Hospital Authority. The board also adopted a resolution to affiliate with Baptist Health System in Jacksonville and Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine, but Christy Jordan, the […]

Jacksonville Zoo announces birth of female giraffe

A 193-pound female giraffe born Jan. 17 at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is now on exhibit in the zoo’s Giraffe Overlook. The reticulated giraffe — the kind with large brown spots separated by cream-colored lines — was 6 feet 2 at birth. This is the fourth calf for Naomi, its mother, and the 14th […]