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Innocence Stolen, Fear on the Rise: Mass Shooting Anxiety Marks a generation

Words by Mallory Pace Not even a full month into the year and there have been three school shootings across the country. The Gun Violence Archive has documented 32 mass shootings up until January 28th, with more coming in every day. With that math we’re on track for at least one shooting a day. Twenty-seven days into the year and at least 54 victims have been killed from gun violence, even more injured. Three killed outside an apartment complex in North Carolina; six bodies found near a highway in California; a block party in Katy, Texas left three dead; in one …

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Florida Bill to Ban Social Media for Minors 16 and Younger

Words by Ambar Ramirez and Carmen Macri Earlier in the month, legislators introduced a bill aiming to prohibit minors under the age of 16 from using social media. This entails the deletion of existing accounts, including their personal information. The bill also calls for platforms to employ a “non-governmental,” independent third-party service to verify the age of users, though it does not specify which social media platforms will be banned, only anything that “utilizes addictive, harmful, or deceptive design features, or any other feature that is designed to cause an account holder to have an excessive or compulsive need to …

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The Specktator

Words by Kerry Speckman Shout out to River City Pride and anyone and everyone who make Pride Month such a beautiful success. A personal highlight was seeing Mayor Donna Deegan serve as grand marshal of the Pride parade. It should be a requirement for all future mayors. If you thought you were in a Taylor Swift/Travis Kelce-free zone, you are mistaken as this Traylor Swelce tale involves little ol’ Jacksonville. Turns out Travis was shopping at a Kansas City boutique called Fetch looking for a vintage Kansas City Chiefs jacket for Tay-Tay and spied a prayer candle with her likeness …

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The Land of the Free… and Designer Drugs. 

The Land of the Free… and Designer Drugs.  “One pill can kill”    Words by Carmen Macri and Ambar Ramirez    A novel synthetic substance is rapidly spreading through Jacksonville — with potentially deadly consequences. Known as “N” for N-Dimethyl Pentylamine (hydrochloride), this drug falls under the category of cathinone, which are natural stimulants derived from Khat, a plant that is illegal in the United States. However, the version of the drug surfacing in Jacksonville is entirely synthetic, combining a hazardous blend of chemicals designed to imitate the effects of the natural stimulant.    The narcotic is a white or …

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