Recruiting: Grayson Howard helps bring Jackson football back to the forefront
He sees it in the hallways and at pep rallies. He sees it when people ask him where he’s going to play college football at. There’s pure excitement at Jackson High School. There’s pride. And Grayson Howard is a big reason why.
Effort to put Tubman on $20 bill restarted under Biden
With a change of administrations, it looks like Harriet Tubman is once again headed to the front of the $20 bill. Obama administration Treasury Secretary Jack Lew had selected Tubman to replace Andrew Jackson, the nations seventh president, on the $20 bill. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON – With a change of administrations, it looks like Harriet Tubman is once again headed to the front of the $20 bill. Obama administration Treasury Secretary Jack Lew had selected Tubman to replace Andrew Jackson, the nation's seventh president, on the $20 bill. Under the schedule Mnuchin announced in May 2019, the redesigned $20 bill would not have come out until 2028 with final designs for the bill not announced until 2026.
Trump joins a select few in skipping Biden's inauguration
John Adams and John Quincy Adams also opted not to participate in a tradition that began with George Washington. The White House Historical Association points out that John Adams was never formally invited by his successor, Thomas Jefferson, to the event and perhaps didn’t want to impose. He did not call on Adams, nor did Adams invite Jackson to the White House. Some four decades later, President-elect Ulysses S. Grant refused to ride with President Andrew Johnson from the White House to the Capitol for the ceremony. Rather, Ford was administered the oath of office in the White House East Room shortly after Nixon had tendered his resignation to avoid impeachment.
Florida college says its campus belonged to Native Americans
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The University of South Florida acknowledged this week that its campus in Tampa is located on land once occupied by the Seminole people and other Native Americans, an admission meant to give context to the Thanksgiving holiday most Americans are celebrating Thursday. Native Americans were the first people to inhabit the Tampa Bay area. During the Seminole wars of the 1800s, President Andrew Jackson called for the removal of the Seminole people from the area. The acknowledgement “is something that’s been a long time coming,” said Sarah Taylor, a faculty member who chairs the diversity and inclusion committee. “Acknowledging the land you’re on and land you’re using is a traditional behavior of many Native American groups.
Transition of power, throughout the years: Most cases peaceful, some awkward
When President Donald Trump lost November 2020′s election, it marked just the 11th time in U.S. history an incumbent president was beaten in a re-election bid. On the surface, it seems like it might be an awkward transition -- in which the current president vacates his office and is forced to witness the inauguration of his successor. In the middle of the night before the inauguration was scheduled to start, Adams departed Washington, D.C. and started his post-presidential life. 1828There was some bad blood between incumbent president John Quincy Adams and challenger Andrew Jackson, which stemmed from a controversial ending to the 1824 election that involved both men. 1932This was not a peaceful transition of power between outgoing president Herbert Hoover and the man who defeated him in the election, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
The Latest: New Mexico loses ground in COVID-19 spread fight
Three additional deaths from the pandemic also were disclosed Friday by state health officials as fatalities from the pandemic surpassed 900. ___RENO, Nev. -- A recent spike in COVID-19 cases at the University of Nevada, Reno is prompting the school to suspend all in-class instruction effective Nov. 30. County officials previously required bars to cut indoor seating occupancy by half, close dance floors and discontinue live performances and entertainment. On Monday, Yellowstone County Health Officer John Felton announced case benchmarks that would lead to county health officials to limit the allowed capacity of bars, restaurants and churches to 25%. The measures include closing gyms and theaters after Ontario registered a record 939 coronavirus cases on Friday.
3 more Duval County school names under review
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Duval County School Board voted to add three more schools to the list of those being considered for a name change. Board member Ashley Smith-Juarez introduced a bill that would add Andrew Jackson High School, Jean Ribault High School and Jean Ribault Middle School to the list, bringing the total to nine. The Duval County School Board previously voted unanimously to begin the renaming process for six public schools whose names honor Confederate leaders: Joseph Finegan Elementary, Stonewall Jackson Elementary, Jefferson Davis Middle, Kirby-Smith Middle, J.E.B. According to the Duval County School Board, The Jacksonville Public Education Fund created the fund to allow community members to support public school renamings through tax-deductible donations. The fund would help offset the costs of renaming the six schools if the Duval County School Board approves new names.
City crews restore Andrew Jackson statue in downtown Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. The Andrew Jackson statue in downtown Jacksonville has a new shine to it after routine maintenance by city crews Wednesday morning. A pair of city workers washed and waxed the bronze metal statue. An employee of the city confirmed the statue maintenance had been scheduled for a year and was not due to vandalism. Police said Danilo Quilaton spray-painted slave owner on the Andrew Jackson statue and dumped red paint over the head. The Jackson statue was vandalized a second time the next day.
Administration skips hearing on violence against protesters
The White House, however, trumpeted the administration's continuing support of law officers in the now subsiding protests. If there was a shred of evidence, the administration would have presented fact witnesses to support this gaslighting, Rep. Jared Huffman, a California Democrat, said. The clearing of Lafayette Square is the subject of an Interior Department inspector-generals review and at least one lawsuit brought by those wounded. At a separate briefing Monday, a House Oversight subcommittee addressed the treatment of protesters and journalists at demonstrations across the country, including Lafayette Square. The administration has denied that authorities forced protesters from the square that day so Trump could stage a law-and-order photo op nearby, clinching an upheld Bible.
4 men charged in attack on Jackson statue near White House
WASHINGTON Federal authorities have charged four men in connection with a failed effort last week to pull down the statue of President Andrew Jackson near the White House. In a complaint unsealed Saturday, authorities allege that the men damaged and attempted to tear down the Jackson statue, which is located in Lafayette Square, last Monday. The square has been the site of protests in the aftermath of George Floyd's death while in police custody in Minneapolis. Judd was arrested on Friday and appeared in Superior Court of the District of Columbia on Saturday, authorities said. Judd is seen on video trying to pull down the statue while Lane is seen on video affixing a rope to one part of the statue and then pulling on another rope tied to the statue, the complaint alleges.
Trump tweets wanted poster related to statue-removal attempt
Trump on Friday retweeted a FBI wanted poster showing pictures of 15 protesters who are wanted for vandalization of federal property.Trump wrote, MANY people in custody, with many others being sought for Vandalization of Federal Property in Lafayette Park. 10 year prison sentences!Protesters on Monday night attempted to drag the statue down with ropes and chains. The statue stood on federal land and had withstood previous attempts by the Washington, D.C., government to remove it. The targeting of the statues has become a rallying cry for Trump and other conservatives. Immediately after the Pike statute was toppled and set ablaze, Trump called the incident A disgrace to our Country! on Twitter.
Law enforcement struggles with policing in reckoning moment
FILE - In this June 23, 2020, file photo a man gestures to Metropolitan Police Department officers standing guard after police closed the area around Lafayette Park near the White House after protesters tried to topple a statue of Andrew Jackson in the park in Washington. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)
Man arrested, accused of vandalizing Andew Jackson statue
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. A Jacksonville native who lists a California address was arrested Monday on charges of criminal mischief and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. According to the arrest report, a witness saw 35-year-old Danilo Quilaton spray pant slave owner on the Andrew Jackson statue on Independent Drive, near what was the Jacksonville Landing. The report says that witness alerted JSO, which detained Quilaton who had some marijuana in his backpack along with a book on anarchy. The Jackson statue was vandalized a second time a day later, with someone painting Remember May 28, 1830 -- the day, as president, Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act. The same statue was also vandalized in 2005.
Protesters try to pull down Andrew Jackson statue in DC
WASHINGTON Protesters tried to pull down a statue of President Andrew Jackson near the White House Monday night before being dispersed by police. WUSA-TV in Washington reported that police used pepper spray to move protesters out of Lafayette Square, where the Jackson statue is located. The statue shows Jackson in a military uniform, riding a horse that is rearing on its hind legs. The Jackson statue remained on its pedestal Monday night. On June 1, law enforcement officers forcefully cleared peaceful protesters from Lafayette Square so President Donald Trump could stage a photo op at a nearby church.
Trump says he'll issue executive order to protect monuments
President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before departing on Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON President Donald Trump said Tuesday he'll issue an executive order to protect monuments that are coming under new scrutiny as America wrestles with racism during the unrest sparked by the police killing of George Floyd. Trump has been clear that he opposes the removal of monuments of leaders of the Confederacy or other distasteful aspects of American history. Trump had tweeted late Monday that those who tried to topple a statue of President Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Park across the street from the White House faced 10 years in prison under the Veterans Memorial Preservation Act. Jackson is one of Trump's favorite presidents.
Andrew Jackson statue vandalized in downtown Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. A statue in downtown Jacksonville honoring President Andrew Jackson was found vandalized Monday. The statue, which is located at the intersection of South Laura Street and East Independent Drive, appears to have been covered with red paint at some point either Sunday night or early Monday morning. When asked by News4Jax, a spokesperson with the city said they werent aware of the vandalism yet. The statue was also vandalized in 2015. The city of Jacksonville is named after Jackson, though some people think his presidency and the policies he enacted related to Native Americans were part of an ugly chapter in American history.
Lafayette Square could decide Trump's legacy and election
And now Lafayette Square. Trump had briefly been forced to take shelter in the emergency White House bunker and flames had risen from St. Johns Church across from the executive mansion. Lafayette Square was ordered to be cleared. The White House quickly produced a slick ad celebrating the triumph. Some observers believe Trump may be able to cast aside Lafayette Square too.