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Making the Movement

Nikesha Elise Williams WATCH AS NIKESHA ELISE WILLIAMS READS THE PROLOGUE TO MAKING THE MOVEMENT: 8:46. Eight minutes and forty-six seconds. That’s the length of time it took for former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, to kill 46-year-old George Floyd after his arrest for trying to use a counterfeit twenty-dollar bill to buy a pack of cigarettes in a convenience store. This egregious act of mercilessness captured on camera and streamed around the world via traditional news outlets and social media proved to be the final straw for tens of thousands of people; Black and white alike. 8:46 became a …

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Building Bonds

John Phillips Bail bond company owners Joanna Peterson and Tasha Thomas have seen the reality shows about the bail bonds industry. And the terrible commercials. Those shows get ratings and those ads get clients–they also do damage to their profession. For every television advertisement selling any types of legal services, there are many in the industry who loathe the fast food model of justice. You won’t see Joanna or Tasha riding a cartoon jaguar to the jail or pretending to be something they aren’t. They have too much work to do and too many people to help. Thomas bailed out …

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Folio Weekly Wraps Up

story by SAM TAYLOR Dear Folio friends, The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live. Folio Weekly has experienced the economic freefall of this outbreak, and I have picked this moment to retire and conclude our business operations. If you have been among our loyal readers, you are a treasure to me. If you have been an advertiser in Folio Weekly, you made a worthy choice in locally owned media. If you sold us products or services, you did us right. If you allowed distribution of Folio Weekly at your business, your generosity cast light in this corner of …

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Esteemed Colleagues

story by DAVI THE DACHSHUND With a considerable increase in the number of people working from home these days, there has never been a better time to be a dog. Our owners no longer leave for large chunks of the day anymore. They don’t even get dressed. Some of them rarely shower. But it can be stressful for pet parents working remotely for the first time. Dogs (as well as cats) can associate presence with having unfettered access and attention. However, there are some simple steps you can take to help your pet adjust to your new work-from-home lifestyle. Structure …

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Counting Clucks

story by SUSAN CLARK ARMSTRONG Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels’ proverbial chickens are coming home to roost … and they are foul. The roosting didn’t start when the new sheriff turned the Clay County Sheriff’s Office into a place where civilians and officers flew the coop in surprising numbers. It didn’t start last year, when the sheriff’s wife discovered his affair with young Cierra Smith—or when the Florida Department of Law Enforcement found cause to investigate the sheriff for having his pregnant lover arrested for stalking. It started in 2014, when Daniels hatched a plan to be the sheriff of …

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The Pet-Owning Prepper

story by DAVI THE DACHSHUND Amid new rules and regulations, pet owners may be wondering how to get necessities for their furry friends. I spoke with local retailers and pet service providers to see what they are doing to meet owners’ needs during the ongoing pandemic. These pet shops and pet care facilities are putting measures in place to protect customers while providing for pets. They have temporarily changed operating hours to allow for restocking, set aside time for sanitizing, and staffed up services, such as curbside pickup and delivery, to support social distancing. PET RETAILERS   Earth Pets Natural …

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Home Away from Home

story by BRIANNA BOSTICK JASMYN, the only LGBTQ+ center in Northeast Florida, celebrates its 26th birthday this year. In 1993, Ernie Selorio Jr., an LGBTQ+ teenager, was new to Jacksonville and feeling isolated—even suicidal—in his new surroundings. He and his sister decided to start a support group at Willowbranch Library to allow other young people experiencing the same feelings to come together and support one another. The group went from an idea to a remarkable reality that is JASMYN today. The organization is now headquartered in a Brooklyn campus comprising three large houses in which health services, housing support and …

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Bad Cop, Bad Cop

story by SUSAN CLARK ARMSTRONG Sandra Hartley has long been considered a human resource guru by people who know her. “She’s one of the smartest people I know,” said one officer at the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, “and one tough broad.” (When Folio Weekly interviewed her, Hartley laughed at the “tough broad” remark. “It’s true,” she said.) She started toughening up at age 17, when she launched a career in human resources, eventually becoming the first female director of administration at the Jacksonville Port Authority. Next, she was promoted to director of external affairs (EA). Then she went to Tallahassee, …

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