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With sales starting Thursday, Black Friday's becoming less hectic for many stores
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 20:32:48 +0000

On the morning of Black Friday, the Toys “R” Us in Orange Park was calm, orderly and not horribly crowded. The aisles weren’t clogged, parking wasn’t hard to find and the lines at the registers were only one or two shoppers deep.

Black Friday hasn’t always been this way, store manager Ben Speed said. About six years ago the line of shoppers was so long it wrapped around the store twice, veered across the front of a nearby mini-mall and reached all the way to Wells Road, about 200 yards away.

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Business calendar
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 18:06:53 +0000


Beaches Business Association, noon, Jacksonville Beach Public Golf Course clubhouse, Penman Road. Program: “Investing 101: The Basics of Investing,” presented by professionals from D2 Capital Management and Edward Jones Investments. $8, lunch. (904) 476-0607 or



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WOKV's Tyler says she'll stay in Jacksonville after being let go from news/talk station this week
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:59:58 +0000

A manager at Jacksonville’s WOKV radio stations confirmed that long-time news anchor Roxy Tyler has been let go this week.

WOKV Director of Branding and Programming Mike Dorwart said the station did inform Tyler that she would no longer be employed at the broadcast news outfit on 690 AM and 104.5.FM. Beyond that, Dorwart said the news operation would use current staff to fill Tyler’s shift which airs from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and would have no further comment.

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Area shoppers happy to spend Thanksgiving lining up for deals
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:35:50 +0000

When you’re making a frenzied, last-minute Christmas Eve shopping run, they’ll be nice and warm at home.

They earned that right as they were in line for hours — some for days — while everyone else was at home nursing full stomachs. These shoppers are the first people through the doors at Best Buy, Toys “R” Us and other retail meccas as the doors opened Thanksgiving evening, part of a national trend of stores opening their doors earlier and earlier to offer post-turkey shopping deals.

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First new Alfa Romeo sports car due at Fiat of Orange Park in weeks
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:25:09 +0000

A new Italian stallion is coming to Jacksonville.

After a 20-year absence in showrooms, the first Alfa Romeo 4C coupes are being shipped to America’s 82 dealerships beginning this week, with Fiat of Orange Park at 8105 Blanding Blvd. due to get its first by the end of December.

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JAX Chamber announces 2015 board of directors
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:12:53 +0000

Former mayor and University of North Florida President John Delaney will serve as chairman of the JAX Chamber board of directors in 2015.

Audrey Moran, the senior vice president of social responsibility and community advocacy at Baptist Health, will become chairwoman of the board of governors. Moran, who served as Delaney’s chief of staff and ran an unsuccessful campaign for mayor in 2011, is set to become chairwoman of the board of directors in 2016, according to a news release from the chamber.

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Roxy Tyler, WOKV radio anchor in Jacksonville, dismissed from job
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:11:36 +0000

A longtime voice on Jacksonville radio has been dismissed. Roxy Tyler has parted ways from WOKV (690 AM and 104.5-FM).

A Financial News & Daily Record report states that Tyler, who has been on the air as a co-anchor on “Jacksonville’s Morning News,” was dismissed from her job Tuesday, two days before Thanksgiving. She was told that the stations were letting her go after her morning shift ended at 9 a.m.

Tyler had been with WOKV for almost two decades . She had also done on-air work with WQIK (99.1 FM) and WJXT TV-4 and WTLV TV-12.

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Businesses poised for legalized medical marijuana are undeterred by failure of Florida referendum
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 02:46:01 +0000

The scene was similar to a gold-rush bonanza: Cottage industries were springing up, ready to provide supplies.Seminars were taking place on how to make money off the new crop, and lots of high-falutin’ financial figures were being thrown around.

Then the bonanza became fool’s gold when Florida voters fell short Nov. 4 of passing constitutional Amendment 2, a measure to legalize medicinal marijuana.

That disappointed plenty of entrepreneurs hoping to cash in on the would-be bumper crop of pot.

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On the frontlines for Black Friday: 'We have a good time,' Best Buy camper says
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:09:01 +0000

Tuesday’s rain didn’t bother Justin Hudson too much as he waited outside Best Buy. He just stepped inside his tent, zipped it up and waited it out.

It was no problem. After all, he’d been there since Sunday just so he could be first in line for the sales when doors open Thursday afternoon.

He’s got his eye on the 50-inch Panasonic TV for $199.

“It was originally $549 or something like that,” he said. “I’m still waiting on my family for the rest of the stuff. I usually have one item for me, and then my grandmother and cousins tell me what they want.”

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Market numbers at close of business barely differ from those at opening bell
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:25:37 +0000

NEW YORK -- The U.S. stock market is ending the day pretty much it started, leaving indexes near record highs.

Investors were weighing an upward revision in U.S. economic growth Tuesday against a drop in consumer confidence.

Energy stocks fell 1.6 percent after the price of oil resumed its slide ahead an OPEC meeting Thursday. Many expect the group won't be able to agree on production cuts.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell two points to 2,067.

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The 14 best deals of Black Friday
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:57:10 +0000

How about an iPad Mini and a $30 gift card for $199? A Samsung washer-dryer pair knocked down from $1,800 to $1,000 to $79.9?

And then there’s the 50-inch Panasonic HDTV for $199.

Black Friday is about the sales and U.S. News & World Report has compiled the 14 best deals of the day.

Almost all were electronics and home entertainment like the iPad at Walmart or the TV at Best Buy. But there were also women’s boots at JC Penney and Sears, the washer-dryer at Sears.

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Work Wanted: This Thanksgiving, have gratitude for the good -- and the bad, which you can learn from
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:51:18 +0000

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and not just because of the food. I love the fact that we dedicate a national day to being grateful for our blessings. If you’re working, here is a list of things you can be grateful for.

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News of economic growth gives markets an early boost
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:52:55 +0000

U.S. stocks are opening higher after news that the U.S. economy grew at a solid 3.9 percent annual rate in the July-September quarter.

The rate of growth reported by the government early Tuesday was even faster than first estimated. The expansion gave the U.S. its strongest six months of growth in more than a decade.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose three points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,072 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time Tuesday.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 26 points, or 0.2 percent, to 17,845. The Nasdaq composite rose 12 points, or 0.3 percent, to 4,767.

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Thanksgiving/Black Friday shopping guide: Hours for major Jacksonville-area stores
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:41:25 +0000

American consumers are starting their Black Friday shopping earlier: Last year, 37.3 percent of Black Friday shoppers set out before midnight on Thanksgiving, compared with 3.3 percent in 2008, according to the National Retail Federation.

Some stores are accommodating consumers by opening their doors on the holiday. Here’s a list of the hours for malls and stores:


The Avenues: Open from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Thanksgiving, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Black Friday

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Career Track: Professionals on the move in Jacksonville area
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:04:17 +0000

Zachary Champagne, Duval County teacher and researcher with Florida State University’s Learning Systems Institute, was elected president of the Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics.


Realtor Gail George with Davidson Realty was named to the Board of Directors of the Habitat for Humanity of St. Augustine/St. Johns County.


Local marketing and advertising agency Burdette Ketchum hired Anita Cater as creative services manager and Annesteja Macedonio as media planning and buying manager.

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Last updated at: 11/29/2014 3:34:21 AM ET

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