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Gov. Scott visits St. Augustine dedication of Northrop aircraft center, touts jobs
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:40:01 +0000

In a testament to its impact on the state overall as well as to St. Augustine, Northrop Grumman’s dedication of its new Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence brought Gov. Rick Scott to visit.

The company has already started work on a 368,000-square-foot aircraft production facility, but Thursday was a chance for St. Augustine workers to gather with Northrop Grumman executives and state and local politicians for a formal ceremony.

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Berkman Plaza II condo shell in downtown Jacksonville to go up for auction
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:47:35 +0000

The shell of a condominium tower in downtown Jacksonville worth about $12.4 million will go up for auction this month.

The Berkman Plaza II, a condo complex that stands 23 stories at 500 E. Bay St., has remained unfinished for most of the last decade. Joby Birr, an attorney representing Choate Construction Co., which is the general contractor for the building, said Thursday that the company was granted a foreclosure judgment with a lien this month.

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Unfinished downtown Jacksonville condominium tower to go up for auction this month
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:26:58 +0000

The shell of a condominium tower in downtown Jacksonville worth about $12.4 million will go up for auction this month.

The Berkman Plaza II, a condo complex that stands 23 stories at 500 E. Bay St., has remained unfinished for most of the last decade. Joby Birr, an attorney representing Choate Construction Co., which is the general contractor for the building, said Thursday that the company was granted a foreclosure judgment with a lien this month.

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Recently obtained E-mail indicates company knew of Baker County ball park land swap plan
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:35:08 +0000

Recently obtained e-mails suggest that Oldcastle was aware of the plan to help build a Baker County ball park complex using a land swap between Oldcastle and DuPont.

After the Times-Union reported the plan, both Oldcastle and DuPont vehemently denied any connection to it.

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Jacksonville-based Orange Health Solutions acquires software firm MZI HealthCare
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:16:04 +0000

Orange Health Solutions, a Jacksonville-based company that provides administrative and clerical support to its health care partners, announced Wednesday it had acquired MZI HealthCare, after receiving “a significant investment” from Great Point Partners, a health care-focused private equity firm based in Greenwich, Conn.

Orange Health Solutions works with health care providers to “increase practice efficiencies, achieve quality standards and improve patient satisfaction while increasing incomes,” the company says on its website, www.orangehealth.net.

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Amazon to collect sales tax on Florida purchases beginning May 1
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:13:35 +0000

Internet giant Amazon.com will collect sales taxes on purchases made by Floridians starting May 1.

For Floridians who are supposed to pay the taxes but haven’t, the announcement of Amazon’s entry into the state’s brick-and-mortar retail landscape could mean about $80 million a year in sales taxes, according to one business lobbying group.

Ty Rogers, a spokesman for the Seattle-based retailer, responded simply in an email on Wednesday that “Amazon will be required to collect sales tax in Florida beginning on May 1.”

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iStart Jax invited to represent Jacksonville entrepreneurs in Tennessee
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:15:31 +0000

On the heels of the One Spark crowdfunding festival for the local startup community, Jacksonville is garnering more attention for its development of entrepreneurs.

A national startup conference in Tennessee is tapping iStart Jax to send talent to the event slated to start at the end of this month. Organizers of the second Everywhere Else Tennessee event in Memphis have asked iStart Jax administrators to attend the event which runs April 30 – May 2.

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First Coast home sales, values going up, Realtors report
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:33:05 +0000

The First Coast housing market continues to make strides as closed sales for March showed an increase compared to February, according to recently released figures from the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors.

The NEFAR numbers released in the past week showed there were 1,781 closed home sales in March and the median price for a single-family home was $159,000. The sales figure is up over the February sales number of 1,524 and the median price is up from the $138,743 median price in February.

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Coca-Cola may teach the world to sing, but global consumption slips for first time since 1999
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:57:25 +0000

NEW YORK | Coca-Cola, the world’s biggest beverage maker, said Tuesday that the amount of soda it sold globally fell for first time in 15 years.

The drop in the first quarter was offset by stronger sales of its noncarbonated drinks that include Minute Maid, Powerade and Dasani bottled water. Over¬all volume rose 2 percent, an improvement from the 1 percent increase the previous quarter.

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Work Wanted: Search engines play a key role with online resumes
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:12:30 +0000

By now you know that your online resume is subject to searches by more than human recruiters. Algorithms are in charge of many online recruiting systems, using key word searches to find the right candidates for open positions.

This makes writing a modern resume more about Search Engine Optimization than traditional presentation of skills and experience. Luckily, some search engines are getting smarter.

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What's next for One Spark? Organizers assess crowdfunding festival's future
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:18:47 +0000

Organizers of the five-day One Spark festival that ended Sunday are assessing what happened and are trying to determine where next to take the event that drew 260,000 people downtown this year.

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AAA: Gas prices jump for three weeks straight, more increases expected
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:16:09 +0000

Gasoline prices continue an upward tick, mainly for most of the past month, according to the Florida AAA auto club.

Nationally, the price for a gallon of unleaded gas has increased for 20 straight days, an AAA news release said this week. The current national average for a gallon of regular unleaded is at $3.64. Florida and Georgia prices reflect the national trend.

Florida’s average price is at $3.72 per gallon of regular unleaded and Georgia’s average price is at $3.60 per gallon of regular unleaded.

The local figures also show the same trend of prices moving upward.

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Working on the First Coast: Percussion pro takes center stage
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:11:43 +0000

Steve Merrill has a lot of things to pound on, tap, strike, shake, scrape or crash together. As the principal percussionist with the Jacksonville Symphony, his job is to add color, impact, effect, and sometimes rhythm to the orchestra’s music. The 31-year-old, now in his third season with the symphony, talked about it.

You figure you’ve got pretty good rhythm? How’s your dancing?

No. I think I’ve got rhythm, but it doesn’t quite transfer to dancing.

When did you get into percussion?

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Walmart allows English-speaking shoppers more express lane items than it does Spanish-speaking shoppers
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:30:59 +0000

A Washington D.C Walmart was allowing English-speakers to check out more items through the express lanes than shoppers who speak Spanish.

The Washington Times on Tuesday reported that signs at one of the District’s two Walmarts had disparate information in English and Spanish. English-speaking shoppers were told  they could use the lanes to purchase 25 items or less. Purchases being made by Spanish-speaking customers were limited to 20 items or less.

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One Spark partners with organizations to help nonprofit creators
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:43:48 +0000

In the wake of One Spark 2014, festival organizers announced Monday a partnership with two organizations designed to help the creators involved in the five-day event.

The Foundation Center and the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida are joining forces with One Spark.

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Last updated at: 4/18/2014 10:34:30 AM ET

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 	Civil rights demonstrators, led by Dr Martin Luther King (5th R), civil rights activist Ralph Abernathy (5th L), John Lewis (3rd L) and other civil and religious leaders, make their way from Selma to Montgomery on March 22, 1965 in Alabama, on the third leg of the Selma to Montgomery marches. The Selma-to-Montgomery March for voting rights ended three weeks and represented the political and emotional peak of the modern civil rights movement. The first march took place on March 07, 1965 (Blood

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