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Dunn Gets Life in Prison for Killing Davis Over Live Music

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man convicted of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a teenager in an argument over loud music outside a Jacksonville convenience store was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole. The life sentence imposed by Circuit Judge Russell Healey was mandatory for 47-year-old Michael Dunn after prosecutors decided not to seek the death penalty. "Mr. Dunn, your life ...

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Jax Native Johnetta Cole Honored as a Trailblazer

Mayor Alvin Brown presented renowned scholar and Jacksonville native Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole with a Trailblazer Award this week in recognition of her pioneering leadership and distinguished service. A reception in her honor was held inside the Mayor’s Office at City Hall. During the event, Mayor Brown highlighted the impact of Cole’s life. “Even as she’s climbed to the highest levels of success, she has a ...

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Jacksonville Among 25 Cities Challenged by Black Lawyers on Police Brutality

By Freddie Allen In an effort to combat police brutality in the Black community, the National Bar Association (NBA) has announced plans to file open records requests in 25 cities to study allegations of police misconduct. Pamela Meanes, president of the Black lawyers and judges group, said that the NBA was already making plans for a nationwide campaign to fight police brutality when Michael Brown, an unarme ...

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Youth Respond to JLOC, MMM Back to School Free Clothes Give-A-Way

By Brother Andre X Labor day weekend served as a holiday on for the Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee of the Millions More Movement Inc., as they presented a “Youth Back To School Free Clothes Give-A-Way”. Youth, teens and tweens of all ages emptied long and continuous racks of clothes that were filled to capacity to be dressed for success in the upcoming school year. Headquartered in the heart of the ...

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Most Diverse Teach For America Corps Ever Joins Local Efforts to Expand Educational Opportunity

Teach For America, an AmeriCorps program, welcomed almost 100 new teachers to local schools this fall. The organization shares with its local partners in Duval County Public Schools a belief in the importance of engaging talented and committed individuals from all backgrounds and academic interests to bring diverse perspectives and experiences to the classroom. Teach For America also has found that maximizi ...

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Jesse Jackson Inspires Jax Voters to GOTV

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown brought one of her famous friends to town to inspire and encourage Jacksonville voters to come to the polls. Jackson attended a “GOTV” rally Saturday, September 23rd at Gateway Mall with free food, entertainment and local politicos . The rally continued on Sunday for the “Souls to the Polls” rally. On Tuesday, August 26th, voters went to the polls to deliver verdicts on the Governors ...

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Hob Nob Kicks Off Local Political Season

The Duval County Democratic Black Caucus (DCDBC) members were “in the house” representing the Black Caucus and community at the annual political Hob Nob Event at the Hyatt Hotel. While heavy political advertising has been bombarding the media, the HobNob unofficially kicks off the city’s campaign season. It serves as an opportunity to meet, greet, mingle and cast votes for one’s preferred candidates for pub ...

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Public Hearings Continue for JTA’s Route Optimization Initiative

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is changing the way Jacksonville’s public transportation is being routed throughout the city. is continuing their neighborhood public hearings to seek feedback regarding proposed changes to the bus system under the Route Optimization Initiative (ROI). The new initiative is attempting to improve the customer experience by providing reliable on-time service, inc ...

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