Jacksonville infrastructure gets a fresh set of eyes as new committee has first meeting
Preparing for a new mayor and administration in Jacksonville--transition teams are starting to meet to discuss how to better the city. Mayor-elect Donna Deegan takes the oath of office on Saturday, taking over for outgoing Mayor Lenny Curry. Wednesday – we sat in on the first infrastructure committee meeting – it’s a group that covers everything from potholes to police.
Neighbors relieved 5G pole removed from Downtown Jacksonville townhomes
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A controversial 5G cellphone tower has been moved out of a Downtown Jacksonville neighborhood. Some neighbors at the Parks at the Cathedral townhomes were displeased when the tower was installed just outside the building near one unit’s windows, blocking the view of downtown. Parra was one of several of her neighbors who asked the city to have the tower moved. Some feared the radiofrequency waves from the 5G pole could be a health hazard. After months of expressing their concerns, neighbors on Tuesday noticed the tower was gone.
Our Native Daughters bring Black women's voices to forefront
This image released by Smithsonian Channel shows, from left, Rhiannon Giddens, Allison Russell, Leyla McCalla and Amythyst Kiah, of Our Native Daughters, near Parks, La., on Jan. 29, 2018. The group will appear in the documentary "Reclaiming History: Our Native Daughters" premiering Monday on Smithsonian Channel. (Terri Fensel/Smithsonian Channel via AP)NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Playing a banjo as a Black female artist is a form of activism for the four members of Our Native Daughters. Why does someone assume if you’re Black, you must be doing urban music, whatever that means?” said Russell. “Songs of Our Native Daughters” which came out on the Smithsonian Folkways record label in 2019, focused on the stories of women during the transatlantic slave trade, but also the triumphs of Black women.
Some residents of Jacksonville townhomes concerned over 5G tower
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Neighbors tell News4Jax they’re upset about a 5G cellphone tower that’s being installed outside the Parks at the Cathedral townhomes in Downtown Jacksonville. Some said they feel the tower could be a hazard to their health and that it could make their property value suffer. “There was no notice to anyone.”Parra said it was about two months ago when she walked outside and saw the tower being constructed. “Far away from people’s bedroom windows.”RELATED: PGA hits ‘pause button’ on cell tower near Bolles Lower SchoolThe towers hold the network equipment for 5G internet access and emit radio frequency waves. Experts say more research on radiofrequency waves from cellphone towers is needed, but there isn’t any strong evidence cellphone towers cause noticeable health effects.
Broncos' A.J. Bouye suspended six games for PED violation
Denver Broncos cornerback A.J. “Yeah, I was disappointed for him,” Broncos coach Vic Fangio said about an hour after the league suspended Bouye. Missing the final four games of 2020 will cost Bouye $2.34 million. The suspension would hang over Bouye into 2021 when he’d have to sit out the first two regular-season games. Given the injuries and suspension at cornerback, Parks said he was getting a crash course in the Broncos’ 2020 playbook.
Zimbabwe elephants died from bacterial disease, say experts
Wildlife vets take samples from dead elephants found in Hwange National park, Zimbabwe, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. (AP Photo)HARARE – Parks authorities in Zimbabwe said Monday that the recent deaths of elephants have been caused by a bacterial disease that has previously affected elephants in Asia and other animals in southern Africa, although more tests will still be carried out. In recent years poachers in Zimbabwe have poisoned dozens of elephants with cyanide and then have taken their ivory tusks to sell them to illegal traders. Not enough information is known about the disease’s effect on local elephants to predict a long-term outcome, he said. “Yes they die, but honestly this is just nothing, a drop in the ocean because we have over 84,000 elephants in Zimbabwe, which is overpopulation already,” he said.