School families grapple with soaring COVID cases, suspended contact tracing
When the Florida Department of Health opted to suspend contact tracing in Duval County Public Schools Friday, it left families concerned about the rapid spread of COVID-19′s omicron variant confused — and wondering how to surveil a disease that can be transferred between asymptomatic patients.
Report suggests open baggage door might have caused airplane crash that killed 2 people
A 28-year Navy veteran, Arron Sterling, and Louis Pasderetz died in a plane crash on Jacksonville’s Westside one day after Christmas. The plane crashed as they were flying back to Herlong Recreational Airport.
Wild weather Saturday night and Sunday morning
Timing is everything and the winter storm that will seriously impact the mountains areas from Georgia to New England, will time out perfectly here in Jacksonville. The anticipated downpours will most likely take place <i>overnight Saturday and into sunrise Sunday</i>. It won’t just end there, as gusty winds to nearly 40 mph will follow the rains, along with chilly temperatures.
I-TEAM: Federal health agency investigating complaints related to COVID-19 testing company
Federal officials are investigating numerous complaints related to Center for COVID Control, the company that had been operating a rapid COVID-19 testing site in downtown Jacksonville, the News4JAX I-TEAM learned Friday.
Jacksonville sheriff: Trio distributed up to 30 kilos of cocaine per week
An investigation by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Major Case Narcotics Unit aimed at dismantling a local drug trafficking organizations has netted 27 felony arrests, Sheriff Mike Williams revealed during a Thursday news conference.
How 15,000 ceramics are made a day in Gujarat, India
In 2001, the founder of Mitticool ceramics learned many of his customers in India don't have regular access to electricity. So he invented a fridge made out of clay. It keeps food 8 degrees cooler than the outside air, but it doesn't need any electricity to run. And while other ceramics companies in the region shut down, Mitticool is thriving thanks to the success of the powerless, eco-friendly fridge.news.yahoo.com
Clown party? Frustrated Jags fans trying to elicit GM change
If a 40-point drubbing at New England didn’t get Jacksonville owner Shad Khan’s full attention, then what’s being planned for the team's season finale just might. Frustrated fans are revolting against the Jaguars and have Khan in their crosshairs. Hundreds, if not thousands, have changed their social media profile pics to a clown donning Khan’s signature mustache.news.yahoo.com
COVID-19 hospital visitor rules: Families want more access
Banned from the Florida hospital room where her mother lay dying of COVID-19, Jayden Arbelaez pitched an idea to construction employees working nearby. “Is there any way that I could get there?” Arbelaez asked them, pointing to a small third-story window of the hospital in Jacksonville. The workers gave the 17-year-old a yellow vest, boots, a helmet and a ladder to climb onto a section of roof so she could look through the window and see her mother, Michelle Arbelaez, alive one last time.news.yahoo.com
Man Sentenced to 420 Months in Prison for Enticing and Sexually Abusing a Minor
A North Carolina man was sentenced today to 420 months, or 35 years, in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release for enticing and sexually abusing a minor. Emilio Moran, 39, of Jacksonville, pleaded guilty on Aug. 17, 2020, to sexual abuse of a minor and enticement of a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity. Moran, a former U.S. Marine, used text messages and gifts to entice the minor into the illicit sexual relationship, and he took cellphone videos of some of the sexual abuse. The sexual relationship ended when it was reported to investigators with the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.justice.gov
Florida Pride Month controversies span from lighting of bridges to DeSantis’ decisions
When the city of St. Petersburg asked the state to light up the Sunshine Skyway bridge in rainbow colors for LGBTQ Pride month last year, the request was denied. The decision was mildly controversial — Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist wrote a letter to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis about it. Crist’s office didn’t get a response. The St. Pete Pride parade was canceled because of the pandemic, Pride month came and went, and other institutions glowed with rainbows. But not the Skyway.news.yahoo.com
Jacksonville ordered to turn off bridge’s Pride Month rainbow lights. A day later, they’re lighted again.
The decision on the Acosta Bridge in Jacksonville, Fla., which came after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a much-debated transgender girls sports ban on the first day of Pride Month, appears to have been reversed Wednesday amid mounting blowback.washingtonpost.com
How to manage your money, boost your savings and start investing
Before anyone tackles investing, there are a few steps to take to be ready, said CFP Carolyn McClanahan, an M.D. The best way to start saving is to make sure deposits are made automatically. You can start small, saving $25 or $50 a month, and then increase it over time as you can. "You should start investing young and doing as much as you comfortably can." When you have a little bit of money, it's important to be in a broad-based, diversified portfolio, McClanahan said.cnbc.com
Former Subcontractor Sentenced for Obstruction of Justice
The former subcontractor, William Thompson, 56, of Sneads Ferry, North Carolina, previously pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of justice. Public Official 1 was a civilian employee of the U.S. Marine Corps who directed the procurement of information technology services and equipment to be used by the Marine Corps at MCBCL and elsewhere. In March 2018, agents of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), FBI, and IRS-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) interviewed Thompson. At the time of the interview, the investigation was covert and not known to all subjects, including Public Official 1. This case was investigated by the FBI, Department of Defense Office of Inspector General, NCIS, Naval Audit Service, and IRS-CI.justice.gov
Calls mount to drop charges against Black woman who shot officer during raid on her home
Jacksonville, Florida — A group of activists and lawyers is calling for Florida authorities to drop charges against a Black woman who said she was acting in self-defense when she shot and wounded an officer during a raid on her home last year. The report said Ford shot one of the officers with a handgun before running to the bathroom and calling 911. "You don't allow Black women to protect themselves. So we are here to ask you to protect Black women," said Tray Johns, executive director of Dignity Power, which helps formerly incarcerated women. Johns said prosecutors need to protect Black women and drop the charges against Ford.cbsnews.com
More children are going hungry during the coronavirus pandemic
In Jacksonville, Florida, thousands of children are not getting enough to eat and teachers are stepping in to help them. Anthony Winters, a guidance counselor, sees hungry students every day. His lesson plan is to fight food insecurity for students who may go hungry over the weekend. The number of American children facing food insecurity has doubled from 14% to 28%, according to a Northwestern University study. "Sometimes I be hungry and I be going in the back and see what they have there," said Jayden, who is 8 years old.cbsnews.com
No bubbles, but NFL playoff training camps likely if Covid-19 cases continue
Cleveland Browns Quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) hands off to Cleveland Browns Running Back Nick Chubb (24) during the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 29, 2020 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fl. NFL officials have publicly stated the league is against playing in bubble environments, with mental health a primary concern. Under this model, playoff clubs would remain in-market but stay at hotels the entire week leading up to playoff games. The people said keeping clubs in hotels would allow the NFL to better monitor teams while also keeping players and staff near families. One of the individuals pointed to the Aug. 12 through Aug. 20 testing report when the NFL reported no positive cases among players, to support installing the model.cnbc.com
The ‘fight for Florida’ is happening in this once-conservative stronghold
And in 2018, the county voted for a Democrat for governor for the first time in decades. Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s choice of California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate has helped his pitch to Black voters, she noted. “If the Black vote in Duval turns out, it’s not because Duval is special — it’s because Duval is reflective of the Black vote across the state and across the country,” Binder said. Steve Schale, a Florida Democratic strategist, said views of the state’s politics often discount Black voters in the north. Closer to the coast in Duval, Trump signs and flags become more apparent in yards and on trucks and boats.latimes.com
Debris found in Atlantic, but no sign of missing U.S. cargo ship
An air search resumes for an American cargo ship that vanished during Hurricane Joaquin. Searchers found a massive debris field, but it is unclear if it came from the El Faro. The ship was sailing from Jacksonville to San Juan, Puerto Rico, through the Bermuda Triangle. Mark Strassmann reports from Jacksonville, Florida, where relatives of crew members are waiting for word.cbsnews.com