BREAKING: JEREMY BANKS’ COMPLAINT AGAINST FDLE AGENT DISMISSED (FOR NOW)

Last Friday, a federal court judge dismissed the complaint that Jeremy Banks, the St. Johns County Sheriffs deputy best known as the boyfriend of Michelle O’Connell — who may or may not have committed suicide back in September 2010 — filed last year against Florida Department of Law Enforcement Agent Rusty Rodgers, Folio Weekly has learned. That complaint alleged that Rodgers lied to and manipulated O’Connell’s family members into believing that Banks had killed her, and made false and derragotory statements about Sheriff David Shoar, including that he was helping cover up a homicide by one of his deputies. 

"Over a year ago,” Shoar said in a statement when the lawsuit was filed, “I personally made a complaint to FDLE regarding the egregious behavior of Rusty Rodgers and [fellow FDLE Agent] Dominic Pape during the investigation of the death of Michelle O'Connell. While Rodgers is currently the subject of an ongoing criminal …More

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THE CULT OF DAVID CARR

LIVING UP TO OBSCENE HYPE

The world is divided into two distinct groups: Those offended by The Book of Mormon and those still laughing at the jokes days or even weeks later.

If you're still not sure where you belong, consider:

• "F-You, Heavenly Father?! Holy, moley! I said it like 13 times!"

• "I know you're really depressed, what with all your AIDS and everything."

• "I can't believe Jesus called me a dick!"

• "I have maggots in my scrotum!"

I'm laughing as I type these, and you'll have to trust that they're even funnier when sung on stage than read off a computer screen.

With Mormons in the cross hairs, Trey Parker and Matt Stone (the creators of South Park) are unrelenting. They skewer from every angle. They know God has a plan, and one of their stars believes "that plan involves me getting my own planet."

Stone and Parker have made a career (and millions) off vulgarity and sacrilege. They've pushed the line so far that most of the crowd at the Times-Union …More

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COO COO FOR YOKO

CASUAL FALAFEL

If you're hungry and cruising Downtown in search of something different, head straight down Main Street into historic Springfield and look for the brightly colored Wafaa & Mike's Café. (I hear the adjacent auto shop, which shares an owner, is excellent, too.)

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, the Mediterranean (their sign says "Mid-Eastern") restaurant has been in town for five years. It's a decidedly casual spot, so don't come expecting pressed linens and silver. But it's solid for what it is.

We started with baba ghanoush ($4.99). It was delightfully smoky and creamy, topped with a drizzle of olive oil and paprika, and served with a basket of pita triangles for dipping. The pita was stiff and room temperature, so we asked for fresh, warm pita. Moments later, we were given a new batch.

Platters seemed to be the way to go. Each of the dozen or so platters includes a choice of two side items. I went with the falafel ($10.99), and it was fantastic …More

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THE ARTE OF THE PIE

Not Feeling It

Q: Touch screen phones don't work very well for me. When I touch the screen of a smartphone it often doesn't recognize that I've touched it. The strange thing is my mom has the same problem with touchscreens. We've always figured it had something to do with our circulation or something, but neither of us has cold or clammy hands. So my question is two part. First, what's up with that? Why don't touch screens like me? And second, I'm getting to the point where I need to upgrade my old phone which has a fold-out keyboard. Can you recommend a new phone that has a keyboard?

A: That does seem kind of unusual. I did a little Googling though, and you're not alone in your complaint. Some people refer to it as 'zombie fingers'. But don't worry, you're probably not about to develop a taste for brains.

The first thing you need to know is that there are two types of touchscreens - resistive and capacitive. Resistive screens are pressure sensitive. They are composed of two layers, and when …More

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Go Big or Go Home?

Please Don't Stop The Music

Cleanin' Out My Closet

Wrap It Up

Christmas is next week; so is Kwanzaa. As a rule, I avoid participating in major holidays (I’m counting the days until National Grilled Cheese Day, though). But that doesn’t mean I don’t imagine the presents I would give. Here, then, are some gifts I would hand out to some well-known locals and businesses. I mean, it’s the thought that counts, right?

Mayor Alvin Brown: I can’t decide which he needs more, a thesaurus or a sense of humor

 

Mrs. Mayor Alvin Brown: what does one get an invisible woman?

 

Fred Durst: a trip in a time machine back to 1999 when anyone actually cared about Limp Bizkit

 

Blood Alliance: as much A-negative blood as they need so they can stop stalking me 

 

Capt. Sorensen of Firehouse Subs: a restraining order against me 

 

Public Defender Matt Shirk: a good divorce attorney, preferably one who has never worked at Whisky River and doesn't like to take showers

 

Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert: a one-way …More

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Shopping Small = Bigger Impact

Be a Star

Thanks a Million

I CAN’T BREATHE: WEEK 16, JAGS VS. TITANS

After Brent Martineau and Dan Hicken tweeted out the picture of Cecil Shorts and the Jags wide receivers in the I Can’t Breathe shirt, I checked Hicken’s Twitter feed, where the responses were full of nothing but condemnation and venom.

What else would be there? Hicken is right now the ultimate sports host in the region; he knows he can say whatever he wants and he won’t lose his audience. Part of that is that he connects with the local sports fan. And, quite frankly, the local sports fan doesn’t like black athletes very much. They bury them sooner or later, every time.

Byron Leftwich and Dave Garrard got The Treatment. Jimmy Smith and Reggie Williams and Rashean Mathis, too. Not at first. But after a while. And those cats kept it non-political. Not our Jags WRs.

They aren’t the first athletes this week to take a stand on police brutality. But they are the ones who did it here, in a city where the sheriff and the mayor came together just last …More

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ONE SPARK 101

The city will soon ignite again. Many remember last April, the inaugural One Spark festival, when downtown was transformed into a creator’s utopia.

One Spark is a five-day, crowd-funded festival that serves as a platform for creators to exhibit their ideas. The projects will be exposed to more than 100,000 people with the idea of connecting creators to the resources they need to make their ideas a reality.

People will display projects from the five categories: art, music, science, technology and newly added, innovation. They will have the chance to win from $310,000 of crowd funds and awards.

Last year the top winner was Rethreaded, a creative company with the mission to break the cycle of the sex trade. The project brought home more than $6,000 in crowd-funds.

The founder of Rethreaded, Kristen Keen, said that One Spark was a game changer and not only because of the winnings.

“It put us on the map,” Keen said, ”most people in Jacksonville heard …More

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CONNECTING JACKSONVILLE

STAYING ON GUARD

STAYING POSITIVE

Tricky Bullets

T ricky bullets beget tricky problems, death-wise, legal-wise and otherwise. The yearly appearance of ammunition new and strange reminds me of the kaleidoscopically colorful fishing lures that change constantly on the merchandise hooks at Walmart. They're designed to catch anglers, not fish.

The new bullet on the block this year is a dazzler. The Multiple Impact™ Bullet (MI™ Bullet) is made by Advanced Ballistic Concepts. When fired, the slug separates into three pieces tethered by cords. The array spins like a propeller and upon impact saws a salad-bowl-sized slice out of the bad guy.

The advertising emphasizes that, because of the array's 14-inch spread, even dithery amateurs (your name goes here) can't miss. The photos show targets zapped impressively at 25 feet. You might infer that, with such ammo, you can shoot attackers from farther away!

Dream on.

When you fire in self-defense, you have two problems: staying alive and staying out of prison. Behind the attacker …More

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Stand Your Wallet

Open Season