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Up to the Eyeballs

BACKPAGE EDITORIAL FOLIO WEEKLY welcomes Backpage submissions. They should be 1,200 words or fewer and on a topic of local interest and/or concern. Send your submissions to [email protected]. Opinions expressed on the Backpage are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Folio Weekly. story by DAVID JAFFEE Student loan debt reached $1.6 trillion, in 2019, and continues to grow. The average student loan obligation is now around $35,000. While there seems to be no end in sight to this madness, it is finally getting the attention of the political class. Some Democratic candidates have proposed ideas …

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Hemp, Hemp, Hooray!

story by SHELTON HULL Since medical marijuana laws went into effect in early 2017, the market has revolved primarily around CBD, a variant of the cannabis plant whose THC content is negligible (it’s legally capped at three-tenths of one percent). That market has been lucrative so far, and until the stuff is fully legalized by voters down the road, users will have to make do with that, and that alone. Up to this point, patients and providers alike haven’t had much in terms of official rules and regulations of the product, which has led to complaints about the quality and …

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World Citizen

story by GEORGIO VALENTINO It’s 6:59 p.m. Cameras are about to roll on the set of St. Augustine Tonight with Jorge Rivera. The YouTube talk show streams live every Tuesday evening through March 31. It’s now in its fourth season, and as Laurence Fishburne’s drug-dealing John Hull says in Deep Cover (check it out at your local video store), “Business is improving, from almost nothing to almost something.” Rivera, a New York-born Puerto Rican, dove headfirst into video production five years ago and has since become St. Augustine’s de facto chronicler. He can be seen at every city event with …

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Accountability Now

story by JUAN P. GRAY Former Mayor Jake Godbold toldthe world and anyone who would listen why this JEA scandal belongs to Mayor Lenny Curry: because Curry purged the JEA board and replaced its members “with his own hand-picked cronies.” The frightening reality, however, is that every board, commission and agency in Jacksonville today is occupied by Curry cronies. Joe Peppers, Dr. Barbara Darby and a few others are an exception. As for the JEA privatization scheme, Folio Weekly Editor Georgio Valentino wrote in a recent article, “…I reckon this merits federal attention. This isn’t a simple sweetheart demolition contract …

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Building an Alliance

BACKPAGE EDITORIAL FOLIO WEEKLY welcomes Backpage submissions. They should be 1,200 words or fewer and on a topic of local interest and/or concern. Send your submissions to [email protected]. Opinions expressed on the Backpage are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Folio Weekly. story by ALBERT SYELES Do you enjoy all the wonderfulactivities St. Augustine has to offer? Dining, shopping, gallery hopping, pub-crawling, carriage rides or museums? And what about all the concerts, plays, shows, exhibits, nightlife and festivals that seem to never end? If you do, we need your help. Did you know that even …

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Great Lakes Tidal Wave

story by SHELTON HULL January 1 marked the start ofsomething big in Illinois, as it became the 11th state in the U.S. to legalize the use of recreational marijuana. As Folio Weekly has noted many times before, there are essentially two routes to legalization. One route involves organizers getting voters to sign petitions and vote in favor of a bill via the ballot (which seems to be a dead issue in Florida, for now). The other route, the one that has proven perhaps even more popular, involves a state’s legislature approving a bill and sending it to the state’s governor, …

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Do Right Down Under

story by DAVI THE DACHSHUND Bushfires are all too common in Australia, but this season has set a grim record. Fires have raged for months across the continent, devastating wildlife and their habitats. As a result, koalas, kangaroos and even bats are injured, orphaned or homeless. When one local family heard about the catastrophe, they knew they wanted to help. That’s why Rebecca Hughes and her husband, Chris, are sewing wildlife pouches for animals and collecting material, supplies and handmade pouches from local makers.   Davi: How did you become involved in the Australian wildlife relief effort? Rebecca: Seeing such …

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Swing for the Fences

JANUARY GRAND SLAM 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, Babs’ Lab, Riverside, barbaracolaciello.com, $15 Babs’ Lab603 King St.Jacksonville, FL 32204 View larger map story by TIM GILMORE On Friday, Jan. 17, Babs’ Lab will kick off the new year with its third semiannual Grand Slam competition. The event features the winners of the Riverside black box theater’s most recent story slams. For the last several years, the venue, situated in CoRK Arts District, has provided a home stage for playwrights, poets, musicians and (since August 2018) monthly story slams, in which storytellers have eight minutes to tell a true story based …

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