Man pleads guilty to killing parents, gets life

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 21-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday and was sentenced to life in prison for shooting and killing his parents in 2012. Charles Fritzner III was charged with two counts of murder after Jacksonville police said he shot his mother and father in their Lake Shore home in the 4500 block of Colonial […]

Lower fuel prices saving city dollars

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It’s a continuing trend we’re not getting tired of seeing: fuel prices steadily dropping. The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department isn’t complaining either. Every year it allots a certain amount of money for fuel, basing it on the yearly average for gasoline prices. Their most common fire truck holds 60-70 gallons — […]

UF Health North nearly complete

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – In two months, UF Health North will open its doors to patients. The facility, located at the northeast corner of Interstate 95 and Max Leggett Parkway near Jacksonville International Airport, will be a 210,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art, 28-bed emergency department. UF Health officials said it is something the Northside of Jacksonville needs. “This is […]

Parole commission hears ‘prison Houdini’ case

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Mark DeFriest was sentenced to four years in prison as a teenager for stealing tools his dead father left to him before he could legally take possession of them. That was in 1980. DeFriest is still in prison and will likely die there unless the state Commission on Offender Review decides to […]

St. Johns Town Center restaurant named one of Florida’s ‘Best New’

According to Florida Trend, Jacksonville is home to one of the state’s best new restaurants for 2014. In its annual Golden Spoon Awards edition released this week, the magazine named Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails among 21 of the state’s “Best New” restaurants, offering the following accolades: “Mais oui, ne c’est pas, Bistro Aix. Tom Gray is […]

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 […]

Jacksonville Armada soccer team will play first game April 4 at EverBank Field

Local soccer fans can now mark down April 4 as Day One on the Jacksonville Armada’s voyage. The city’s new North American Soccer League franchise released the spring schedule for its inaugural season Wednesday, setting the stage for Jacksonville’s first professional soccer club since the Cyclones ceased operations in 1999. The fall half of the […]

NASCAR driver Kurt Busch testifies he repeatedly asked ex-girlfriend to leave motorhome

DOVER, Del. — Kurt Busch has testified that he repeatedly told his ex-girlfriend to leave his motorhome the night she claims the NASCAR driver assaulted her. Busch testified Wednesday in a hearing in which his ex-girlfriend is seeking a court order directing him to stay away from her. Busch says Patricia Driscoll came to his […]

Sen’Derrick Marks needs half a sack in the final two games to earn a $600,000 bonus

When defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks signed a new deal with the Jaguars last December, the two sides agreed on a bonus clause that will pay him $600,000 for getting eight sacks in a season. Since Marks had a total of seven sacks the first five years of his career, it didn’t seem likely he would […]

Watch Ryan O’Halloran: Looking ahead to the 2015 Jaguar defense

Times-Union beat writer Ryan O’Halloran looks ahead to the 2015 Jaguar defense. Follow Ryan on Twitter, @RyanOhalloran.  Source Article from http://feeds.jacksonville.com/~r/JacksonvillecomSports/~3/1OU5iKSIh3Q/watch-ryan-ohalloran-looking-ahead-2015-jaguar-defense

State to seek death penalty of sex predator charged in fatal stabbing, rape and abduction in Middleburg

Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Donald Hugh Davidson in the Dec. 1 stabbing death of a woman at her Middleburg home and abduction of a child, according to the State Attorney’s Office. The Clay County grand jury indicted the 34-year-old registered sexual predator Wednesday morning on charges of first-degree murder, attempted sexual battery, […]

Pre-trial agreement frees former St. Johns sergeant from jail, requires monitoring, mental-health evaluation

The now former St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman arrested after triggering an Amber Alert by taking her son against court orders has entered into a pre-trial intervention agreement to avoid prosecution. Catherine Payne, who was a sergeant at the time of her arrest two months ago, was released from the Nassau County jail Monday. […]

Around the Region: Amelia Island Museum presents talk on MaVynee Betsch and more

BEACHESCeltic Christmas Concert Beaches Museum and History Park presents the Celtic Christmas Concert 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, at the Historic Chapel in History Park, 381 Beach Boulevard. Concert features performances by Ed Miller, Jil Chambless and Don Penzien, as well as food by MoJo’s Southern Soul BBQ Kitchen. Tickets are $20 […]

Carmike Cinemas pulls ‘The Interview’ with Sony’s support

LOS ANGELES — Carmike Cinemas has decided to cancel its planned showings of “The Interview” in the wake of threats against theatergoers by the Sony hackers. Carmike has one location on the First Coast: Carmike 12, which is located at 1820 Town Center Boulevard in Fleming Island.  Sony Pictures Entertainment told theater owners on Tuesday […]

‘Birdman’ tops Golden Globes with 7 nominations

NEW YORK — “Birdman” squawked loudest in the Golden Globes nominations, flying away with a leading seven nods including best picture in the comedy or musical category. In nominations for the 72 annual Golden Globes announced Thursday morning by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, “Boyhood” and “The Imitation Game” trailed with five nods apiece. Those […]

‘Star Trek’ studio in Georgia open for festival this weekend

Ever wanted to explore strange new worlds? Seek out new life and new civilizations? Boldly go where no one has gone before? Then Kingsland, Ga., is the place for you this weekend. Farragut Fest, a two-day celebration of all things “Star Trek,” is Saturday and Sunday. MORE INFORMATION: Farragut Fest website This is not a typical […]

‘Frozen’ short headed to theaters next year

LOS ANGELES — “Frozen” favorites Anna, Elsa, and Olaf are headed back to the big screen in a new short film. Walt Disney Animation Studios announced Wednesday it plans to show “Frozen Fever” in front of the live-action “Cinderella” that opens in theaters March 13. The short reunites the Oscar-winning directing team from “Frozen”: Jennifer […]

Departing GOP Chairman Rick Hartley apologizes for fellow party leader’s comments about Ferguson, Mo.

In one of his last acts as chairman of the Republican Party of Duval County, Rick Hartley met Monday with Southern Christian Leadership Conference leaders and apologized for controversial online comments a county party officer made about Ferguson, Mo. Among the comments made by Kim Crenier, secretary for the county GOP, was one on Nov. […]

Mandarin Garden Club a growing showcase for area’s master gardeners

The couple came to get married under the butterfly garden arbor adorned with white coral and passion flower vines. Becky Bathen was there pulling weeds, her arms and gloved hands stained with soil. The justice of the peace who performed the ceremony asked her to be a witness. The surprised Bathen took off her gloves […]

Viosergy Rosa’s baseball journey: From being cut in high school to SL Championship MVP

The most incredible run in Jacksonville Suns baseball history, which ended Friday night with champagne flowing from its sixth Southern League championship, would have never been possible without Viosergy Rosa, a late bloomer who was cut three times from his George Washington High team in Bronx, N.Y. “I wasn’t good enough, that’s pretty much it,” […]

Tonyaa Weathersbee: It’s been a cruel winter for the poor

It’s a perfect storm spawned by man and nature. First, some 47 million people lost food stamp benefits after $5 billion in funding expired late last year. And in Florida, many people still don’t have the jobs they need to fill their tables or pantries. According to a report by Pew Charitable Trusts, the employment […]

Aldi testing accepting credit cards

Aldi, the grocery chain that recently opened its first Northeast Florida store, is very unusual in the business in that it doesn’t take credit cards. But it’s starting to experiment with it. The chain recently began testing accepting credit cards in Minnesota and upstate New York. Aldi is based in Germany and also recently started […]

Obama Unveils ‘New Approach’ On Cuba As Former Foes Chart New Course

Updated at 12:20 p.m. ET President Obama announced today the most significant change in U.S. policy toward Cuba in more than 50 years, paving the way for the normalization of relations and the opening of a U.S. Embassy in Havana. Obama said “we will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance […]

Obama Unveils ‘New Approach’ On Cuba As Former Foes Chart New Course

Updated at 12:20 p.m. ET President Obama announced today the most significant change in U.S. policy toward Cuba in more than 50 years, paving the way for the normalization of relations and the opening of a U.S. Embassy in Havana. Obama said “we will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance […]

Obama Unveils ‘New Approach’ On Cuba As Former Foes Chart New Course

Updated at 12:20 p.m. ET President Obama announced today the most significant change in U.S. policy toward Cuba in more than 50 years, paving the way for the normalization of relations and the opening of a U.S. Embassy in Havana. Obama said “we will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance […]

Obama Unveils ‘New Approach’ On Cuba As Former Foes Chart New Course

Updated at 12:20 p.m. ET President Obama announced today the most significant change in U.S. policy toward Cuba in more than 50 years, paving the way for the normalization of relations and the opening of a U.S. Embassy in Havana. Obama said “we will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance […]

Obama Unveils ‘New Approach’ On Cuba As Former Foes Chart New Course

Updated at 12:20 p.m. ET President Obama announced today the most significant change in U.S. policy toward Cuba in more than 50 years, paving the way for the normalization of relations and the opening of a U.S. Embassy in Havana. Obama said “we will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance […]

Obama Unveils ‘New Approach’ On Cuba As Former Foes Chart New Course

Updated at 12:20 p.m. ET President Obama announced today the most significant change in U.S. policy toward Cuba in more than 50 years, paving the way for the normalization of relations and the opening of a U.S. Embassy in Havana. Obama said “we will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance […]

Obama Unveils ‘New Approach’ On Cuba As Former Foes Chart New Course

Updated at 12:20 p.m. ET President Obama announced today the most significant change in U.S. policy toward Cuba in more than 50 years, paving the way for the normalization of relations and the opening of a U.S. Embassy in Havana. Obama said “we will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance […]

Obama Unveils ‘New Approach’ On Cuba As Former Foes Chart New Course

Updated at 12:20 p.m. ET President Obama announced today the most significant change in U.S. policy toward Cuba in more than 50 years, paving the way for the normalization of relations and the opening of a U.S. Embassy in Havana. Obama said “we will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance […]

Obama Unveils ‘New Approach’ On Cuba As Former Foes Chart New Course

Updated at 12:20 p.m. ET President Obama announced today the most significant change in U.S. policy toward Cuba in more than 50 years, paving the way for the normalization of relations and the opening of a U.S. Embassy in Havana. Obama said “we will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance […]

Obama Unveils ‘New Approach’ On Cuba As Former Foes Chart New Course

Updated at 12:20 p.m. ET President Obama announced today the most significant change in U.S. policy toward Cuba in more than 50 years, paving the way for the normalization of relations and the opening of a U.S. Embassy in Havana. Obama said “we will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance […]

Obama Unveils ‘New Approach’ On Cuba As Former Foes Chart New Course

Updated at 12:20 p.m. ET President Obama announced today the most significant change in U.S. policy toward Cuba in more than 50 years, paving the way for the normalization of relations and the opening of a U.S. Embassy in Havana. Obama said “we will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance […]

Obama Unveils ‘New Approach’ On Cuba As Former Foes Chart New Course

Updated at 12:20 p.m. ET President Obama announced today the most significant change in U.S. policy toward Cuba in more than 50 years, paving the way for the normalization of relations and the opening of a U.S. Embassy in Havana. Obama said “we will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance […]

Obama Unveils ‘New Approach’ On Cuba As Former Foes Chart New Course

Updated at 12:20 p.m. ET President Obama announced today the most significant change in U.S. policy toward Cuba in more than 50 years, paving the way for the normalization of relations and the opening of a U.S. Embassy in Havana. Obama said “we will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance […]

Obama Unveils ‘New Approach’ On Cuba As Former Foes Chart New Course

Updated at 12:20 p.m. ET President Obama announced today the most significant change in U.S. policy toward Cuba in more than 50 years, paving the way for the normalization of relations and the opening of a U.S. Embassy in Havana. Obama said “we will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance […]

Obama Unveils ‘New Approach’ On Cuba As Former Foes Chart New Course

Updated at 12:20 p.m. ET President Obama announced today the most significant change in U.S. policy toward Cuba in more than 50 years, paving the way for the normalization of relations and the opening of a U.S. Embassy in Havana. Obama said “we will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance […]

Obama Unveils ‘New Approach’ On Cuba As Former Foes Chart New Course

Updated at 12:20 p.m. ET President Obama announced today the most significant change in U.S. policy toward Cuba in more than 50 years, paving the way for the normalization of relations and the opening of a U.S. Embassy in Havana. Obama said “we will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance […]

Obama Unveils ‘New Approach’ On Cuba As Former Foes Chart New Course

Updated at 12:20 p.m. ET President Obama announced today the most significant change in U.S. policy toward Cuba in more than 50 years, paving the way for the normalization of relations and the opening of a U.S. Embassy in Havana. Obama said “we will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance […]

Behind The Scenes At The Lab That Fingerprints Microbiomes

The gut microbiome may soon reveal important answers to questions about our health. But those answers aren’t yet easy to spot or quick to obtain. The week after I mailed off my family’s microbial samples to be analyzed for the American Gut Project, I followed them down the road from my home to the University […]

First Read: Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Jeb Bush, tuberculosis at Raines and the death of Norman Bridwell, creator of ‘Clifford The Big Read Dog’ are all in the headlines today. Welcome to WJCT First Read, your daily weekday morning round-up of stories from the First Coast, around Florida, and across the country. We’ll also preview some of WJCT’s upcoming news programming. […]

Citizen’s Police Academy

Lhokseumawe this group is focused about people who have hometown in Lhokseumawe, Aceh. Lhokseumawe is the second largest city in Aceh Special District, in the north of Sumatra, Indonesia. The city covers an area of 181.06 square kilometres. Being between Banda Aceh and the large southern city of Medan, the town is a key […]

A View from the O-Zone: What we see from Bortles still very OK

JACKSONVILLE – This is what we wanted, and this is what we got. We wanted this. You did, too (really). We – and you – wanted to play the kid. We wanted Blake Bortles to start. Not later, but now. Remember the uproar? The emails? The callers to radio shows? The cheer when the Jaguars’ […]

O-Zone: Triple-dog dare

JACKSONVILLE – Let’s get to it … John: This is a common refrain, but let’s be clear here: special teams coordinator Mike Mallory will return. I’d be stunned if he doesn’t, and even beyond that … he just will. First, if you’re going to get rid of a coach you need to make sure you […]

City of Jacksonville to Host 28th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast

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