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Sell-by date on foods may be confusing; On Your Side team answers your questions

6:30 PM, Oct 8, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The On Your Side team was hard at work Tuesday, getting answers to your questions and helping you solve problems.

William McKinney, on the Westside, said he's fed up with tall unsightly grass next door at a home that appears to be abandoned.

"It's terrible," he said. "We've got vermin, we've got rodents that come in the back yard."

The city's Municipal Code Compliance Division tells FCN the property was cited in May for nuisance overgrowth and contacted the owner's representative at the time. MCCD recently cited the property again. An MCCD spokesperson said a contractor assigned to the zone will cut a clean the property by Thursday.

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Are you confused by those "sell-by" dates on food?

The avergage family throws away $1,560 dollars worth of food. A new Harvard study finds that those dates are confusing and misleading. The study's lead author said food from cereal, salad dressings, even eggs can be completely safe well past the date. In some cases for weeks, months or even years.

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Billy in Arlington asked FCN to please do something on etiquette at traffic circles, because he feels enough drivers just don't know how to use one.

According to the Florida Department of Transportation's guide to two-lane roundabouts:

-Approach the roundabout like a typical intersection.

-Yeild to traffic already in the circle

-Stay to the right of the center island and slow down.

-Once you're in, you have the right-of-way. Don't stop unless avoiding a crash.

-Look for your street, then exit.

The Department of Transportation's website has more information.

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Drina wants to warn others. She said she got call from someone claiming to be from the government saying she won a federal grant.

USA.gov said the Federal Trade Commission warns that "money for nothing" grant offers often are a scam. The grant isn't free nor guaranteed and it's often not available to you.

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Don asked if police officers were bound by the new "Texting while driving ban" in Florida.

FCN checked with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and spokesperson, Melissa Bujeda, told FCN that according to the 2013 Florida statutes"The law does not apply to a motor vehicle operator who is performing official duties as an operator of an authorized emergency vehicle."

Basically, under the law, police officers (or other emergency personnel) can use their in-car laptops, radios and/or cell phone while driving as long as they are "performing official duties" like patrolling a neighborhood or searching for a suspect.

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