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Green Cove Springs company a key player in building Mozambique's fishing industry
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 03:28:10 +0000

A First Coast commercial fishing gear and supply company landed a $1 million contract with the government of Mozambique that the coastal African nation hopes can alter its harvest from the sea.

Hi-Liner Fishing Gear & Tackle Inc. of Green Cove Springs was hired to supply the monofilament line, hooks and other gear for a fleet of two dozen fishing vessels that port at the capital of Maputo, Mozambique. The supplies are being used to develop the long-line fishing industry there for catches of swordfish and tuna in the Indian Ocean, mainly north of South Africa.

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Roger Bull's Sunday Notebook: More places popping up on King Street in Riverside
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:28:31 +0000

Riverside’s King Street just keeps getting busier with independent businesses taking over vacant storefronts.

Element Hookah Lounge has opened at 512 King St., just south of Park Street. Owners Will Howard and Ron Crandall sell beer, wine and cigars along with offering pipes and more than 50 flavors of tobacco. All you can smoke for $12.

Next door at 510 King, there are plans for a juice bar but the space is still an empty shell.

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NLRB alleges that McDonald's Corp. violates worker rights
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:13:58 +0000

WASHINGTON — The National Labor Relations Board on Friday designated McDonald's Corp. as a "joint-employer" with franchisees at nearly 14,000 U.S. restaurants, delivering a big win to unions.

The board's general counsel's office ruled that the company violated the rights of employees openly seeking better pay and working conditions. Hearings are set for March on whether to pursue disciplinary steps.

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Middle-class blues: Pay remains stagant for typical American worker
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:49:13 +0000

DOWNEY, CALIF. | One day in 1967, Bob Thompson sprayed foam on a hunk of metal in a cavernous factory south of Los Angeles.

And then another day, not too long after, he sat at a long wood bar with a black-and-white television hanging over it, and he watched that hunk of metal land a man on the moon.

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Edgewood Bakery operators want more time to reply to lawsuit filed by Shad Khan
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:45:15 +0000

The attorney for the management group operating a vaunted Jacksonville bakery is asking for an extension of time in the lawsuit filed by Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan.

Attorney Jack Webb filed a motion this week asking Circuit Court Judge James Daniel to grant an extension in the ongoing case where Khan and his investment group Stache Investments filed a lawsuit to get majority control of Edgewood Bakery in Murray Hill.

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First Coast jobless rate drops; falling gas prices drive down inflation
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:54:56 +0000

Economic figures for the First Coast, Florida and the nation show encouraging signs from November.

Unemployment rates held steady or went down for the majority of the country and the First Coast is no exception. Paul Mason, economist at the University of North Florida, said the market survey area of North Florida saw a seasonally unadjusted unemployment figure of 5.8 percent in November, down about a tenth of a percent from October for the area including Duval, St. Johns, Baker, Clay and Nassau counties.

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High infection rates plague four Jacksonville-area hospitals
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:36:07 +0000

Four hospitals in the Jacksonville area performed below national standards for preventing infections during patients’ stays, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

UF Health Jacksonville was one of seven hospitals nationwide that performed below standards for four of the six types of infections that were analyzed in the study, including urinary tract infections from catheters and surgical infections after hysterectomies. No hospital in the United States was below national standards for more than four of the infection types.

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Peterbrooke Chocolatier plans move to Brooklyn next year
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:16:48 +0000

Peterbrooke Chocolatier is planning a new factory and tourist destination in the quickly growing Brooklyn neighborhood.

Andy Stenson, vice president of marketing for the candy maker, confirmed Friday the company will close the San Marco factory it has operated for almost 20 years and relocating to Brooklyn next year.

The new facility will be larger than its San Marco plant and include factory tours and a factory store. He has been working with Visit Florida, the state’s tourism marketing organization, to make it a destination.

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Video, song promoting Jacksonville draws negative reviews
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:50:23 +0000

An orchestrated video-taped performance of a proposed theme song to show off Jacksonville is garnering some reactions that some say is embarrassing to the city.

A group of musicians, singers and dancers collaborated to make the “I Love Living In Jacksonville, Florida” song and video which was posted on Dec. 13 in hopes of showcasing the city and draw more visitors. (see the video

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Electric Harley-Davidson motorcycles hit the streets as LiveWire bike tour reaches Jacksonville
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:07:01 +0000

The sound of some future Harley-Davidsons may not be the iconic “potato-potato” staccato of its V-Twin gas engine, but a jet engine whine of its electric motor.

And dozens of motorcycle riders got to experience the sound on Thursday as the 111-year-old Milwaukee-based motorcycle company wrapped up its inaugural 30-city tour of prototype LiveWire electric motorcycles at a Jacksonville Harley-Davidson dealership.

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Business calendar
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:05:59 +0000


Beaches Business Association, noon, Jacksonville Beach Public Golf Course clubhouse, Penman Road. Speaker: Lake Ray, from the Florida House of Representatives. $8, lunch. (904) 476-0607 or



Arlington Breakfast Networking Group, Jacksonville Real Estate Investors Association, 9 a.m., Cracker Barrel Restaurant, 438 Commerce Center Drive, Southside Connector, across from Lowe’s. (888) 545-7342 or



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Jacksonville's One Spark ranked among world's best festivals
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:35:15 +0000

After only two years, Jacksonville’s One Spark crowdfunding festival is ranked among the top 300 festivals in the world. In fact, it’s in the top 25, according to Fest300 Magazine.

The magazine’s online site,, listed its ranking of the top 300 festivals in the world and the final 30 festivals on the list were opened to voting from readers. After those votes were tallied, One Spark, which began in 2013, came in at No. 21.

It enters its third year in downtown Jacksonville April 7-12.

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Home sales for November
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:19:04 +0000

Here are the number of homes sold and prices in areas of Northeast florida, according to the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors.

The figures are for last month and November 2013. Click on the image to enlarge it for reading.

Jacksonville building contractor cited by OSHA for putting workers at risk of falling
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:08:17 +0000

The U.S. Department of Labor cited Jacksonville construction firm for a safety citation and proposed fine involving an October incident at a home construction site in Orange Park.

The department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited M. Durrance Construction Inc. for exposing workers to dangerous falls while conducting framing work at a residential building on Hawthorn Way in Orange Park. It’s the fourth time the company has been cited by OSHA since 2010, a Department of Labor news release said Thursday.

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JetBlue adds direct flights to nation's capital out of Jacksonville International Airport
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:23:01 +0000

JetBlue Airways initiated daily non-stop flights to Washington, D.C. from Jacksonville International Airport Thursday.

The direct flights from JIA to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport are happening twice a day, a Jacksonville Aviation Authority news release said Thursday. The move by JetBlue comes two months after the airline began regular flights to Fort Lauderdale from Jacksonville.

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Last updated at: 12/21/2014 5:01:16 AM ET

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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

Jacksonville Landing through the years & proposed changes

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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Marissa Alexander in court and leaving court on Jan. 10

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Rental home of Aubrey Price

SJSO seeks to identify TV theft suspect

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