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Jacksonville shipping authorities say Puerto Rico financial meltdown unlikely to impact interests there
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 21:12:10 +0000

As Puerto Rico’s financial woes continue to deepen each day, many in Jacksonville’s shipping and port industries are watching the crisis unfold with keen interest.

“We have always viewed Puerto Rico as a long-term proposition for us,” said Brian Taylor, CEO of JaxPort. “It is a trade that has 3.6 million people that consume goods of which 95 percent of them arrive by maritime transportation.”

The U.S. territory’s government is swamped with $72 billion in public debt.

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Sunday Notebook: Riverside draws more attention from Miami investor
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 20:10:19 +0000

Miami real estate broker and investor Jeff Morr continues to buy up little chunks of Riverside. In April he bought the office building at 2008 Riverside.

In the last couple of weeks he added the four-store building at 813 Lomax St. and the Fans and Stoves Antique Mall building at 1059 Park St., paying $475,000 and $1,250,000, respectively.

The Lomax Street strip has three tenants: Hair Peace, Sin City Smoke and Bakery Ribault, which hasn’t opened yet. Bakery owner Alex Podlyas said the change in ownership slowed him down, but he’s still expecting to open this summer.

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Mike Davidson Ford becomes a Coggin
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 20:30:53 +0000

Mike Davidson Ford is now part of Coggin Auto Group

Asbury Automotive Group of suburban Atlanta, which owns Coggin, paid $13 million for the Atlantic Boulevard dealership and its body shop on Mill Creek Road.

The 80-year-old dealership generates about $90 million a year in revenues and has already been rebranded as Coggin Ford.

It joins six other Coggin dealerships in Jacksonville with a seventh in St. Augustine.

Asbury has not responded to the Times-Union’s questions about changes and impact of the sale.

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Channel 4 to launch Jacksonville arts & entertainment show in fall
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:24:42 +0000

WJXT TV-4 will be adding new locally generated programming in the fall and it will be aimed directly at the arts and entertainment community.

WJXT General Manager Bob Ellis confirmed Thursday to the Times-Union that hiring is already underway to bring on more on-air and production personnel to generate the show. Ellis acknowledged the program is still in the planning stages but it will reflect the television station’s claim that it is “The Local Station.”

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Solid hiring, lower U.S. unemployment rate, but wages flat
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:41:45 +0000

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent, a seven-year low. But wages failed to budge, and other barometers of the job market painted a mixed picture.

The economy gained 223,000 jobs last month, and the unemployment rate fell from 5.5 percent in May, the Labor Department said Thursday. But the rate fell mainly because many people out of work gave up on their job searches and were no longer counted as unemployed, which may reflect rising discouragement.

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Commercial drones now in use in North Florida, helps environmental research of Nassau Sound
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:24:14 +0000

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Jacksonville's Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 10: Recording artist Darius Rucker arrives at the American Country Awards 2013 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 10, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)

Darius Rucker returns to St. Augustine Amphitheatre

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) shake hands after the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.  Matthew Emmons, USA TODAY Sports

AFC Championship: Patriots vs Broncos

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January 2014 Mugshots

 	Jan 19, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks fans celebrate in the streets after the 2013 NFC Championship football game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

NFC Championship: 49ers vs Seahawks

 	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

Reflections of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Soledad OBrien, Key Speaker, at the 27th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast that took place January 17, 2014 at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center in Jacksonville. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Duckworth)

27th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast

WASHINGTON - JANUARY 20: U.S President Barack Obama (L) takes the oath of office from U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts (R) as first lady Michelle Obama (2nd L) holds the bible and daughter Malia (C) and Sasha looks on in the Blue Room of the White House January 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden were officially sworn in a day before the ceremonial inaugural swearing-in. (Photo by Larry Downing-Pool/Getty Images)

First Lady Michelle Obama's iconic looks

First Coast feasting with Circus elephants

A referee gets into the action of Puppy Bowl IV on Oct. 17, 2007.  Animal Planet

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Riverside, San Marco street art done by 'Keith Haring's Ghost'

Jacksonville Landing, present-day

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Courthouse preparations underway for Dunn trial

"Danny Bradford. He wont go out in the rain unless he has his raincoat on. Our little Gortons fisherman. He is a rescue and the best dog ever!" Photo courtesy of June Bradford

It's National Dress Up Your Pet Day

Storm leaves major damage at North Main Baptist Church

DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 15: Audi shows off their RS6 during the media preview at the North American International Auto Show on January 15, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The auto show will be open to the public January 19-27. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

'New and cool': 2014 North American Auto Show

Have you seen this strong armed robbery suspect?

Police seeking two suspects, person of interest in armed robbery investigation

Lupita Nyong'o L-U-P-I-T-A. Learn this name fast, because the supporting-actress nominee is headed straight for the A-list. She ruled the red carpet in a caped Ralph Lauren dress and Fred Leighton ring. “So far I've only worn things that I feel speak to me,” she told E! of her newly minted fashionista status.  Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY

Photos from the 2014 Golden Globe Awards

TV personality Maria Menounos attends the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Stars on Red Carpet at Golden Globes 2014

 A view of houses and an area covered by ash after the village hit by ash and mud from eruption of Mount Sinabung on January 12, 2014 in Sigarang Garang, Karo District, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The number of displaced people has increased to around 25,000 in Western Indonesia as Mount Sinabung continues to spew ash and smoke after a series of several eruptions since September. Eleven deaths have now been recorded as a result of the eruptions with hundreds more falling ill. Officials expect the

Mount Sinabung erupts in Indonesia

Bayan Bay apartments off San Pablo Road near Atlantic Blvd. Photo courtesy Donna McCrum

Viewer submitted weather photos from stormy Saturday

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (C) talks with New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani (R) as they look out over the wreckage of the World Trade Center terrorist attack site 30 November 2001, in New York. (Photo credit should read BETH A. KEISER/AFP/Getty Images)

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Mandarin Middle School at about 10:45am. Brrrr..... Submitted By:Janet from: Jacksonville, FL

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Rental home of Aubrey Price

SJSO seeks to identify TV theft suspect

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