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Nate Monroe Didn’t Start the Fire

  John Aloszka Nate Monroe has had quite the year.  The Times-Union columnist has gotten engaged, set up shop in Neptune Beach and continued to report on the controversies that swirl around City Hall. His columns, which range from statewide news to block-specific local issues, have become must-read-material for the Jacksonville political sector. They say that all press is good press, but no one from City Hall wants to find themselves the subject of a Monroe column.  Interviewing Nate Monroe is like stepping back in time, a time before Twitter, the 24-hour news cycle or Qanon. I was expecting to …

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The Heavy Lift

Crafted with notes of blues and brass, peppered with hints of rag and rhythm, and an irresistible swing of soul: you may know it as jazz. As the one of the only true genres endemic to the USA, jazz also holds over a century’s worth of influence in Jacksonville. Historically, Downtown’s LaVilla neighborhood was home to many popular jazz venues in the early to mid- 20th century among Black musicians. During its hey-day, the night-life hub had gained so much traction it was referred to as the Harlem of the South and even played host to a young Ray Charles. …

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Sheer Force of Will: The EU Magazine will join the Folio Brand

by Shelton Hull By any appreciable standard, 2020 was, among other things, the worst year ever in the long, complex, storied history of print media in this country. Dozens of daily and weekly papers were closed, crippled or curtailed, from coast to coast, and Florida was no exception. Indeed, our community was hit harder than many with the shuttering of two long-standing pillars of print: Folio Weekly closed after publisher Sam Taylor retired, while EU finally ceased publication a couple years after the death of Will Henley, its publisher. In July 2020, Folio Weekly returned to the stands—as a monthly …

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Pandemic could put Jaguars’ traditions on ‘timeout’

Lindsey Nolen Remember the basketball game HORSE? Well, on Thursday nights during the National Football League regular season the Jacksonville Jaguars’ offensive line comes together for their own version of the game, “CAT.” They’ve also been known to play a game of Rock Band or two. This is because on Thursdays after practice, Center Brandon Linder typically hosts the OL for a 7 p.m. dinner at his house. Often accompanied by a quarterback (yes, Gardner Minshew has been there) or running back, a food truck will roll up and park in front of Linder’s house. Then, the linemen get to …

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Why is Jacksonville, FL a Cryptocurrency Hotspot?

Jacksonville, FL has become something of a cryptocurrency hotspot over the last few years, with several landmark moments and occurrences strengthening the city’s bond with digital currencies. As far back as 2010, Jax was making history with bitcoin. It was the location of the first-ever bitcoin transaction, something that is commemorated on a plaque at Papa John’s on Atlantic Boulevard. Back then a computer programmer called Laszlo Hanyecz decided he wanted to buy pizza with bitcoin. Action News Jax explains how a resident from the UK sent pizza to his home in exchange for 10,000 bitcoins, worth around $100m in today’s climate. …

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JACKSONVILLE ZOO AND GARDENS ASKS FOR HELP TO RAISE $250,000 BY SUNDAY 

When COVID-19 forced Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens to close its gates for two months, the nonprofit lost critical revenue during its busiest months. The Zoo is now asking for the community’s help to recover through the ZOO-A-THON, which aims to raise $250,000 in donations by Sunday. “Many people are surprised to learn how expensive it is to maintain our day-to-day operations, even after we closed to the public on March 14. We still had to feed and care for our animals daily, as well as employ the dedicated staff who worked through our closure. We were closed during our busiest …

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The Exit Interview: Calais Campbell

Quinn Gray September 10, 2017. The first Jaguars game of the 2017 NFL season. The Jacksonville Jaguars, who finished the previous season 3-13, are looking to bounce back after drafting LSU running back Leonard Fournette with the 4th round pick in the draft. The Jaguars are playing the division rival, The Houston Texans in Houston. Veteran defensive end Calais Campbell, who just signed with the Jaguars, is looking to prove that while he may be older, he is still a huge threat in the pass-rush and worth his large contract. On one of Campbells’ first plays, Texans QB Tom Savage …

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