Jacksonville Councilman Robin Lumb said he’ll put aside his political aspirations to avoid primary in-fighting

Jacksonville City Councilman Robin Lumb said he’ll put aside his own political aspirations if it would prevent a primary battle between two high-profile Republicans in next spring’s mayoral election. Lumb is running for Duval County Supervisor of Elections, but he said he’d withdraw from the race if Republican Mike Hogan wanted to run for the […]

Fifteen school districts agree to join state’s bid for Race to the Top

Florida’s Department of Education said today that 15 districts have signed agreements to join the state’s application to compete for federal education funds. Clay County schools is the only Northeast Florida school district that has agreed to join the state’s application for a share of $4.4 billion in education funds.   If Florida wins grant money, the state will […]

St. Augustine’s Bridge of Lions reopens

St. Augustine Record The completely restored 83-year-old Bridge of Lions re-opened Wednesday to a large, appreciative crowd — many dressed in St. Patrick’s Day green — which spilled onto the historic spans and walked and biked over just minutes after the red ceremonial ribbon was cut about 10:15 a.m. Doing scissor duty was Isabella Ingraham […]

St. Augustine’s Bridge of Lions reopens

St. Augustine Record The completely restored 83-year-old Bridge of Lions re-opened Wednesday to a large, appreciative crowd — many dressed in St. Patrick’s Day green — which spilled onto the historic spans and walked and biked over just minutes after the red ceremonial ribbon was cut about 10:15 a.m. Doing scissor duty was Isabella Ingraham […]

Variety: Robert Downey Jr. likely to star in ‘Captain America 3′

Variety is reporting Robert Downey Jr. is “on the verge of signing on to do ‘Captain America 3′ with his Iron Man character set to play a key role in bringing the Civil War storyline from Marvel’s comicbooks to the big screen. That lines up with what Downey told David Letterman during a guest appearance […]

Director Paul Feig to make new female-led ‘Ghostbusters’ movie

NEW YORK — After years of rumors, there are finally plans for a new “Ghostbusters,” and it will be led by a female cast. “Bridesmaids” filmmaker Paul Feig said Wednesday that he will direct a reboot of the ghost-fighting comedy franchise starring, as he said on Twitter, “hilarious women.” Feig will direct the film for […]

A ‘trophy’ deer can mean many things depending on the hunt

Trophy deer. All whitetail hunters have heard that line, especially these days as deer seasons open throughout the Southeast. But the term trophy deer has relative and personal meaning, depending on where one hunts, how, and for how long. For example, in scrub-oak Northeast Florida a symmetrical 6-point buck having a rack about as wide […]

Review: ‘Trip to Bountiful’ evokes sense of place, humanity

American playwright and screenwriter Horton Foote (1916-2009) is best known for his screenplay for Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962) and his own screenplay for “Tender Mercies” (1983). Both won Academy Awards for Foote. But I most recall with fondness his play, “The Trip to Bountiful.” Although I didn’t see the original film released […]

JSO traffic homicide responding to crash at Lem Turner and Leonid roads

A 16-year-old girl suffered life-threatening injuries Monday morning after being struck by a vehicle while crossing Lem Turner Road at Leonid Road, police said. The 75-year-old driver told police she was driving north on Lem Turner about 6:30 a.m., had the green light and didn’t see the teen, who was crossing in the crosswalk. Neither […]

Ponte Vedra library packs them in as hearts still melt over ‘Frozen’

It wasn’t just that the parking lot was full. Motorists began circling, looking for any possible spot where they might be able to fit. When it was obvious that there was absolutely nowhere else to park, they went next door. Then across the street. Then blocks away at a nearby grocery store. This last-minute event […]

Repairs to Willowbranch library continue, could finish by January

The city is continuing to repair flood damage to the Willowbranch Library in Riverside and could finish by January. The library has been closed since September, when heavy rains flooded the building and triggered mold growth. Jacksonville Public Library spokeswoman Kathy Lussier said the city’s Public Works Department already completed a good deal of work. […]

Thrasher’s FSU deal similar to what other Florida college presidents make

COMPARING UNIVERSITY PRESIDENTS Here is a rundown of compensation and benefits from the state’s other public university presidents as well as Florida State College at Jacksonville. Pay and benefits are generally paid by the school and private foundations that support the schools. This list doesn’t include some typical benefits for presidents — health plans, enrollment […]

Southern Women’s Show satisfies crowd’s cravings for food, fashion, beauty tips and personal growth

Yourself Expression, an interchangeable accessories company founded by the two Jacksonville siblings six months ago, was among 400 exhibits at the four-day show featuring the latest trends and products. Tailored especially for women, the show featured shopping, fashion shows, cooking demonstrations, beauty tips, decorating ideas and personal growth opportunities. The idea for their company took […]

Patient ‘tickled pink’ after being first to undergo new angioplasty procedure at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville

His leg was always cold. But Wednesday he was Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville’s first patient to undergo a new angioplasty treatment for peripheral artery disease, which had caused his leg pain and circulatory problems. By Thursday, thanks to a tiny drug-coated balloon that reopens clogged arteries, he was feeling almost spry for his 68 years. […]

‘Dolphin Tale 2′ set in Florida, opens in theaters

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The sequel to the 2011 “Dolphin Tale” movie is hitting theaters, and it’s again inspired by the real-life rescue and rehabilitation of sea animals in Florida. “Dolphin Tale 2″ opens Friday. It’s set at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Like the first movie, Winter the dolphin and her prosthetic tail figures heavily into […]

Attention ladies: ‘Magic Mike XXL’ looking for 300 volunteers to watch men strip in Savannah

We have completed casting for the core group of paid background for the convention who will work Thursday-Saturday (October 23, 24, 25), but we are offering 300 women (sorry guys) per day the opportunity to be a part of what we are calling The MAGIC MIKE Experience. So what does that mean? You will not […]

AMC’s ‘Walking Dead’ season premiere sets new cable TV ratings record

NEW YORK  — The Nielsen Company says the 17.3 million people who watched the fifth season opener of “The Walking Dead” Sunday is a record both for the show and for a cable television program. Nielsen said that represented the biggest audience ever for a single non-sports program on cable TV. The AMC drama beat […]

Variety: Robert Downey Jr. likely to star in ‘Captain America 3′

Variety is reporting Robert Downey Jr. is “on the verge of signing on to do ‘Captain America 3′ with his Iron Man character set to play a key role in bringing the Civil War storyline from Marvel’s comicbooks to the big screen. That lines up with what Downey told David Letterman during a guest appearance […]

Director Paul Feig to make new female-led ‘Ghostbusters’ movie

NEW YORK — After years of rumors, there are finally plans for a new “Ghostbusters,” and it will be led by a female cast. “Bridesmaids” filmmaker Paul Feig said Wednesday that he will direct a reboot of the ghost-fighting comedy franchise starring, as he said on Twitter, “hilarious women.” Feig will direct the film for […]

Review: ‘Trip to Bountiful’ evokes sense of place, humanity

American playwright and screenwriter Horton Foote (1916-2009) is best known for his screenplay for Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962) and his own screenplay for “Tender Mercies” (1983). Both won Academy Awards for Foote. But I most recall with fondness his play, “The Trip to Bountiful.” Although I didn’t see the original film released […]

Ponte Vedra library packs them in as hearts still melt over ‘Frozen’

It wasn’t just that the parking lot was full. Motorists began circling, looking for any possible spot where they might be able to fit. When it was obvious that there was absolutely nowhere else to park, they went next door. Then across the street. Then blocks away at a nearby grocery store. This last-minute event […]

‘Dolphin Tale 2′ set in Florida, opens in theaters

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The sequel to the 2011 “Dolphin Tale” movie is hitting theaters, and it’s again inspired by the real-life rescue and rehabilitation of sea animals in Florida. “Dolphin Tale 2″ opens Friday. It’s set at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Like the first movie, Winter the dolphin and her prosthetic tail figures heavily into […]

AMC’s ‘Walking Dead’ season premiere sets new cable TV ratings record

NEW YORK  — The Nielsen Company says the 17.3 million people who watched the fifth season opener of “The Walking Dead” Sunday is a record both for the show and for a cable television program. Nielsen said that represented the biggest audience ever for a single non-sports program on cable TV. The AMC drama beat […]

Variety: Robert Downey Jr. likely to star in ‘Captain America 3′

Variety is reporting Robert Downey Jr. is “on the verge of signing on to do ‘Captain America 3′ with his Iron Man character set to play a key role in bringing the Civil War storyline from Marvel’s comicbooks to the big screen. That lines up with what Downey told David Letterman during a guest appearance […]

Director Paul Feig to make new female-led ‘Ghostbusters’ movie

NEW YORK — After years of rumors, there are finally plans for a new “Ghostbusters,” and it will be led by a female cast. “Bridesmaids” filmmaker Paul Feig said Wednesday that he will direct a reboot of the ghost-fighting comedy franchise starring, as he said on Twitter, “hilarious women.” Feig will direct the film for […]

Review: ‘Trip to Bountiful’ evokes sense of place, humanity

American playwright and screenwriter Horton Foote (1916-2009) is best known for his screenplay for Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962) and his own screenplay for “Tender Mercies” (1983). Both won Academy Awards for Foote. But I most recall with fondness his play, “The Trip to Bountiful.” Although I didn’t see the original film released […]

Ponte Vedra library packs them in as hearts still melt over ‘Frozen’

It wasn’t just that the parking lot was full. Motorists began circling, looking for any possible spot where they might be able to fit. When it was obvious that there was absolutely nowhere else to park, they went next door. Then across the street. Then blocks away at a nearby grocery store. This last-minute event […]

‘Dolphin Tale 2′ set in Florida, opens in theaters

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The sequel to the 2011 “Dolphin Tale” movie is hitting theaters, and it’s again inspired by the real-life rescue and rehabilitation of sea animals in Florida. “Dolphin Tale 2″ opens Friday. It’s set at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Like the first movie, Winter the dolphin and her prosthetic tail figures heavily into […]

Variety: Robert Downey Jr. likely to star in ‘Captain America 3′

Variety is reporting Robert Downey Jr. is “on the verge of signing on to do ‘Captain America 3′ with his Iron Man character set to play a key role in bringing the Civil War storyline from Marvel’s comicbooks to the big screen. That lines up with what Downey told David Letterman during a guest appearance […]

Director Paul Feig to make new female-led ‘Ghostbusters’ movie

NEW YORK — After years of rumors, there are finally plans for a new “Ghostbusters,” and it will be led by a female cast. “Bridesmaids” filmmaker Paul Feig said Wednesday that he will direct a reboot of the ghost-fighting comedy franchise starring, as he said on Twitter, “hilarious women.” Feig will direct the film for […]

Review: ‘Trip to Bountiful’ evokes sense of place, humanity

American playwright and screenwriter Horton Foote (1916-2009) is best known for his screenplay for Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962) and his own screenplay for “Tender Mercies” (1983). Both won Academy Awards for Foote. But I most recall with fondness his play, “The Trip to Bountiful.” Although I didn’t see the original film released […]

Ponte Vedra library packs them in as hearts still melt over ‘Frozen’

It wasn’t just that the parking lot was full. Motorists began circling, looking for any possible spot where they might be able to fit. When it was obvious that there was absolutely nowhere else to park, they went next door. Then across the street. Then blocks away at a nearby grocery store. This last-minute event […]

‘Dolphin Tale 2′ set in Florida, opens in theaters

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The sequel to the 2011 “Dolphin Tale” movie is hitting theaters, and it’s again inspired by the real-life rescue and rehabilitation of sea animals in Florida. “Dolphin Tale 2″ opens Friday. It’s set at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Like the first movie, Winter the dolphin and her prosthetic tail figures heavily into […]

AMC’s ‘Walking Dead’ season premiere sets new cable TV ratings record

NEW YORK  — The Nielsen Company says the 17.3 million people who watched the fifth season opener of “The Walking Dead” Sunday is a record both for the show and for a cable television program. Nielsen said that represented the biggest audience ever for a single non-sports program on cable TV. The AMC drama beat […]

Variety: Robert Downey Jr. likely to star in ‘Captain America 3′

Variety is reporting Robert Downey Jr. is “on the verge of signing on to do ‘Captain America 3′ with his Iron Man character set to play a key role in bringing the Civil War storyline from Marvel’s comicbooks to the big screen. That lines up with what Downey told David Letterman during a guest appearance […]

Director Paul Feig to make new female-led ‘Ghostbusters’ movie

NEW YORK — After years of rumors, there are finally plans for a new “Ghostbusters,” and it will be led by a female cast. “Bridesmaids” filmmaker Paul Feig said Wednesday that he will direct a reboot of the ghost-fighting comedy franchise starring, as he said on Twitter, “hilarious women.” Feig will direct the film for […]

Review: ‘Trip to Bountiful’ evokes sense of place, humanity

American playwright and screenwriter Horton Foote (1916-2009) is best known for his screenplay for Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962) and his own screenplay for “Tender Mercies” (1983). Both won Academy Awards for Foote. But I most recall with fondness his play, “The Trip to Bountiful.” Although I didn’t see the original film released […]

Ponte Vedra library packs them in as hearts still melt over ‘Frozen’

It wasn’t just that the parking lot was full. Motorists began circling, looking for any possible spot where they might be able to fit. When it was obvious that there was absolutely nowhere else to park, they went next door. Then across the street. Then blocks away at a nearby grocery store. This last-minute event […]

‘Dolphin Tale 2′ set in Florida, opens in theaters

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The sequel to the 2011 “Dolphin Tale” movie is hitting theaters, and it’s again inspired by the real-life rescue and rehabilitation of sea animals in Florida. “Dolphin Tale 2″ opens Friday. It’s set at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Like the first movie, Winter the dolphin and her prosthetic tail figures heavily into […]

This Political Ad Was Paid For By — Oh, Never Mind

When you talk about “outside” money in politics, there’s a good chance you’ll talk about billionaire activists David and Charles Koch. Especially if you’re Harry Reid. The Senate majority leader regularly takes to the Senate floor to slam the Kochs for financing a network of conservative groups. Back in March, he said he was criticizing […]

Turf Shifts In Culture Wars As Support For Gay Marriage Rises

When social norms change, sometimes they change so fast it’s hard to keep up. Only 10 years ago, ballot initiatives opposing gay marriage were helping Republicans win elections. But two weeks ago, when the Supreme Court effectively cleared the way for legal same-sex marriage, the response from Republican leaders was deafening silence. They were so […]

Halting Schizophrenia Before It Starts

The important thing is that Meghan knew something was wrong. When I met her, she was 23, a smart, wry young woman living with her mother and stepdad in Simi Valley, about an hour north of Los Angeles. Meghan had just started a training program to become a respiratory therapist. Concerned about future job prospects, […]

From Mannequin To Actor: Geena Davis’ ‘Ridiculous, Ridiculous’ Break

As part of a series called “My Big Break,” All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers. Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis has played unforgettable roles in movies like Beetlejuice, Thelma and Louise and A League of […]

From Mannequin To Actor: Geena Davis’ ‘Ridiculous, Ridiculous’ Break

As part of a series called “My Big Break,” All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers. Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis has played unforgettable roles in movies like Beetlejuice, Thelma and Louise and A League of […]

Why Did The Mountain Lion Cross The Freeway? To Breed

In Los Angeles’ Griffith Park, there is a mountain lion known as the “Hollywood Lion.” The big cat — known as P22 to ecologists — somehow made it across two very busy freeways to get there. Mountain lions like solitude, but if P22 wants to find a mate and have some cubs, he’ll have to […]

Many Views Of Muhammad, As A Man And As A Prophet

The Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam, was one of the most influential men in human history — but there’s little we can say about his life with historical certainty. The details of his life have been debated and manipulated ever since he walked the earth in the seventh century AD. Boston University professor Kecia […]

Oehser: Well-deserved revelry

JACKSONVILLE – Boy, did they need this. But you know what? Don’t let how much the Jaguars needed Sunday’ 24-6 victory over the Cleveland Browns overshadow something as important. The Jaguars deserved this one, too. This one was earned. The Jaguars earned it on Sunday, and they earned it the last few weeks when they […]

Open Locker Room: Toughing one out

JACKSONVILLE – Gus Bradley figured something extra mentally would be needed in this one. The Jaguars’ head coach told players before a 24-6 victory over the Cleveland Browns at EverBank Field Sunday to expect a battle of wills, with the Browns believing they could run to win and the Jaguars believing they could stop it. […]