U.S. and Arab allies launch airstrikes against ISIL in Syria

An image from a French military video shows the destruction of a munitions and fuel depot captured by Islamic State militants on Sept. 19 in Iraq. An airstrike by French fighter jets destroyed the logistics depot that was overrun and captured by the militants.(Photo: ECPAD via AP) WASHINGTON — The U.S. military, along with Arab […]

Krispy Kreme’s 2,400-doughnut box

Workers load a giant box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts into a truck. The giant box was the prize in a Twitter contest designed to promote the company’s new catering service in the United Kingdom.(Photo: Krispy Kreme) Some doughnuts sell by the dozen. Others, by the double-dozen. But Krispy Kreme in the United Kingdom just concocted […]

World’s best golf destinations: Vote for your favorite

Voting ends Monday at noon in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice contest for ‘Best Golf Destination.’ The contest coincided with the 2014 Masters at Augusta National. 20 golf destinations, each of which has at least one supreme public course, were chosen by an expert panel. Panel members were USA TODAY golf writer Steve DiMeglio; pro […]

World’s best golf destinations: Vote for your favorite

According to Tyler Kupper with USA TODAY, Ponte Vedra’s TPC Sawgrass has “the hardest 18th hole in golf; it requires a perfect drive to a tough approach.” With a golf history dating back to the installation of the first course in 1928, Ponte Vedra has become one of the great golf capitals of the Eastern […]

Ripley’s wants you to name its two-headed turtle

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — The newest member of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! menagerie gives life to the saying “two heads are better than one.” The museum is holding a contest to name the red-bellied slider turtle with polycephaly (the condition of having two heads), according to a release from Ripley’s. The odds of […]

Hospital nurse answers mom’s prayers

Tricia Seaman, left, agreed to become the guardian of her patient Tricia Somers’ son when Somers loses her battle with cancer.(Photo: Tricia Somers via NBC) When doctors told Tricia Somers that her cancer had spread, she turned to her nurse with an urgent question: “Can you raise my son if I die? If the cancer […]

U.S. and Arab partners bomb ISIS in Syria

(CNN) – The United States and several Arab nations rained bombs on ISIS targets in Syria on Tuesday — the first U.S. military offensive in the war-torn country and a forceful message to the militant group that the U.S. would not stand by idly while it carried out its rampage of terror. The airstrikes focused […]

Five things: Ravens owner on ESPN report

(CNN) – It was obvious that Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti didn’t like his organization’s integrity being questioned. On Monday, he sat down (didn’t use a lectern) to talk with sports reporters about last week’s ESPN report that implied the Ravens’ top brass knew early on how bad the Ray Rice domestic violence case was […]

Is the NFL skirting the tax man?

(CNN) – Did the National Football League make $10.5 billion in 2013, pay its chief executive Roger Goodell $44.2 million, yet pay no taxes to Uncle Sam? Well, yes and no. The National Football League pays taxes through its various money-making offshoots such as NFL Properties and NFL Ventures, but the league office in midtown […]

Dream of Vegas team doesn’t involve Sharks

Jeff Bouchy is a rock ’n’ roller at heart. He also happens to own the Jacksonville Sharks. His brother, Brett Bouchy, is the managing partner of the Los Angeles Kiss. His partners are hall of famers Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. Now Jeff Bouchy is getting close to making Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil a […]

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 […]

Gators’ defense shaken in defeat, feeling like not much has changed

TUSCALOOSA, ALA. | Players with heads down, an ineffective offense and yet another loss have the Florida locker room feeling like not much has changed from last year’s 4-8 season. Linebacker Jarrad Davis isn’t content to watch his teammates down in the dumps, so he and other team leaders did their best to change the […]

Gators can’t stop Crimson Tide in 42-21 loss in Tuscaloosa

TUSCALOOSA, ALA. | Allowing an 87-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage wasn’t an aberration, but a sign of things to come for the Florida defense on Saturday. The Gators recovered from that opening salvo, but never could stop the Alabama offense. The No. 3 Crimson Tide racked up 645 yards of total […]

Gene Frenette: Alabama exposes Gators’ flaws, which could put Jeff Driskel’s job in jeopardy

Well, you know what former NFL coach Denny Green would say about Florida’s quarterback-challenged, secondary-challenged, receiver-challenged team after Saturday’s 42-21 debacle against No. 3-ranked Alabama? He’d scream out: “The Gators are exactly who we thought they were!” Just as many suspected after Florida narrowly escaped an upset by Kentucky last week, the Crimson Tide continued […]

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 […]

Jaguars Notebook: Denard Robinson earning more carries with impressive play

Robinson earning more carries with impressive play Denard Robinson appears to be a serious contender for more carries. The second-year running back ran the ball eight times for 33 yards against Indianapolis in Sunday’s 44-17 loss. Robinson had three carries for eight yards in the first two games combined, but Jaguars coach Gus Bradley is […]

Jaguars in Review: Colts 44, Jaguars 17

A review of the Jaguars’ 44-17 loss to Indianapolis on Sunday: OFFENSE ■ Playing time: All 60 snaps for Zane Beadles, Luke Joeckel, Brandon Linder, Luke Bowanko and Cecil Shorts. Other notables — Blake Bortles (right) 42, Toby Gerhart 30, Denard Robinson 20, Allen Hurns 52, Allen Robinson 42, Marcel Jensen 24. ■ Allen Robinson’s […]

Q&A: Jaguars WR Mike Brown’s work habits remain the same

In his third season with the Jaguars, wide receiver Mike Brown, who started six games and caught 32 passes last year, is noted for his ability to play all three receiver positions. This year, he started only one of the first three games when they opened in a three wide receiver set in Washington because […]

Gene Frenette: There’s little defense for the Jaguars’ defensive ineptitude

Remember two weeks ago when the absence of concussion-impaired safety Johnathan Cyprien for the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles was floated as a huge factor in the Jaguars’ 34-17 collapse? Clearly, that excuse has zero traction now. The issues this pitiful defense must confront are multiple, and not all instantly correctable. You don’t fix […]

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley tackling tough issues on defense

Ranking the Jaguars’ concerns during a 0-3 start: 1. Can’t stop the opponent’s passing game (eight touchdowns allowed). 2. Missing too many tackles (17 more in Sunday’s 44-17 loss to Indianapolis). 3. Frequent three-and-outs on offense (15). 4. Allowed most sacks in NFL (17). 5. Slow-to-fire running game (ranked 31st). Yep, the start of the […]

World Golf Hall of Fame going on the road

The World Golf Hall of Fame is going to the game’s birthplace to welcome its next class in 2015, part of a new strategy to hold the ceremonies near historic courses during the weeks of major championships. Could Augusta National during Masters week be far behind? It’s not off the table, especially since the Augusta […]

Jimbo Fisher: Suspension ‘hit home’ for FSU’s Jameis Winston

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston was welcomed back to his starting position Monday by Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, who said he didn’t believe the quarterback’s leadership role with the top-ranked Seminoles has suffered because of the notoriety that has followed Winston in recent months. Winston stood by on the Seminole sidelines […]

Owner: ‘No misinformation’ by Baltimore Ravens on Ray Rice

Bisciotti held a news conference Monday to respond to an ESPN report last week that he, president Dick Cass and general manager Ozzie Newsome pushed Commissioner Roger Goodell for leniency for their star running back. “Their accusations didn’t jibe with what we know is fact,” said Bisciotti, who said he expected Rice to be suspended […]

CoStar’s People of Note (Sept. 14 – 20)

It’s time to update those contact managers with CoStar’s People of Note, reporting news on significant new CRE hires and promotions. This week’s issue includes the following markets: Northern New Jersey, Los Angeles, Seattle, Long Island, New York City, Westchester / Southern Connecticut, Houston, South Florida, Orlando, and Tampa / St. Petersburg. NORTHERN NEW JERSEY […]

CoStar’s People of Note (Sept. 14 – 20)

It’s time to update those contact managers with CoStar’s People of Note, reporting news on significant new CRE hires and promotions. This week’s issue includes the following markets: Northern New Jersey, Los Angeles, Seattle, Long Island, New York City, Westchester / Southern Connecticut, Houston, South Florida, Orlando, and Tampa / St. Petersburg. NORTHERN NEW JERSEY […]

Larger Than Life Jacksonville Children’s Chorus Beautifies Duval Street Building with Singer Photos

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Larger Than Life Jacksonville Children’s Chorus Beautifies Duval Street Building with Singer Photos

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Krispy Kreme’s 2,400-doughnut box

Workers load a giant box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts into a truck. The giant box was the prize in a Twitter contest designed to promote the company’s new catering service in the United Kingdom.(Photo: Krispy Kreme) Some doughnuts sell by the dozen. Others, by the double-dozen. But Krispy Kreme in the United Kingdom just concocted […]

World’s best golf destinations: Vote for your favorite

Voting ends Monday at noon in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice contest for ‘Best Golf Destination.’ The contest coincided with the 2014 Masters at Augusta National. 20 golf destinations, each of which has at least one supreme public course, were chosen by an expert panel. Panel members were USA TODAY golf writer Steve DiMeglio; pro […]

World’s best golf destinations: Vote for your favorite

According to Tyler Kupper with USA TODAY, Ponte Vedra’s TPC Sawgrass has “the hardest 18th hole in golf; it requires a perfect drive to a tough approach.” With a golf history dating back to the installation of the first course in 1928, Ponte Vedra has become one of the great golf capitals of the Eastern […]

Ripley’s wants you to name its two-headed turtle

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — The newest member of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! menagerie gives life to the saying “two heads are better than one.” The museum is holding a contest to name the red-bellied slider turtle with polycephaly (the condition of having two heads), according to a release from Ripley’s. The odds of […]

Hospital nurse answers mom’s prayers

Tricia Seaman, left, agreed to become the guardian of her patient Tricia Somers’ son when Somers loses her battle with cancer.(Photo: Tricia Somers via NBC) When doctors told Tricia Somers that her cancer had spread, she turned to her nurse with an urgent question: “Can you raise my son if I die? If the cancer […]

King of Spain expected to visit St. Augustine for historic city’s 450th celebration

That guest is the King of Spain. City leaders wanted the King of Spain to visit St. Augustine in 2015. After all, Spain founded St. Augustine in 1565. A city leader told First Coast News, there’s a 95 percent chance that King Felipe VI is coming. According to Mayor Joe Boles, St. Augustine has landed […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

Watch MATT ABOUT JAX: A Sneak Peek Inside the New Fresh Market

The all-new Fresh Market will open it’s doors to the public on Wednesday. Here is a video sneak peek inside with Matt About Jax. And for a closer look, see our slideshow. To see where I’m going to be next, follow me on Twitter, @MattPittmanFTU.  Source Article from http://feeds.jacksonville.com/~r/JacksonvillecomMostPopularStories/~3/wxNGbUhmpKM/watch-matt-about-jax-sneak-peek-inside-new-fresh-market

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 […]