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Negro American League Jacksonville Red Caps Instrumental On, Off the Field

Icons of America’s pastime such as Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig have laced their cleats up at present day J. P. Small Park on Jacksonville’s . What if we told you they’re not the biggest sports heroes to round the bases, though? Now, the is the birthplace of many of the Bold City’s networking and business dreams. In 1937, the then-railroad-station was the unassuming birthplace of one of the boldest, most influential stories in the First Coast’s extensive sports history. Employed as Pullman porters and tending to sleeper cars for the passengers coming in and out of the Jacksonville Terminal, our …

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Jason Fischer’s bill J-1 seeks to override Florida’s Constitution

Jason Fischer’s proposed bill J-1 is working on the premise that the state legislators can change a city’s charter without the vote of the citizens or the city council. That’s outrageous! On August 8, 2019 the legislative aid to Representative Fischer, in a meeting with some of the citizens of Jacksonville, said the unique structure of Jacksonville’s consolidation allows the power behind the bill J-1. Also another aid to the Duval Delegation let me know (via email) that he was told there were special rules highlighted in the Florida Constitution dictating what a “consolidated government” can and cannot do, and …

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Photo by Josh Andrews, Socially Relevant Drama "Sweat" Depicts American Working Life at The 5 & Dime Theatre

Socially Relevant Drama “Sweat” Depicts American Working Life at The 5 & Dime Theatre

A DUAL CRITICS THEATRE REVIEW The 5 & Dime, Jacksonville’s theatre company, , which will remain on stage through August 18, 2019. The production was made possible by the financial support of . The play, written by Lynn Nottage, debuted at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2015, was awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and opened on Broadway in 2017, where it received three Tony nominations, which included Best Play. The story is that of factory workers facing unforeseen and unimaginable changes in what Nottage has described as the American de-industrial revolution. The script is based on two years …

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Freewill Astrology

story by ROB BREZSNY ARIES (March 21-April 19): When it was time to write your horoscope, I felt unusually lazy. I could barely summon the energy to draw up the planetary charts. I prayed weakly to astrological muses, “Don’t make me work too hard to discover the message Aries people need; make the message appear in my mind.” A voice in my head said, “Try bibliomancy.” I walked to my bookcase, shut my eyes, pulled out the first book I felt and flipped to a random page. Here’s what I read when I opened my eyes: “The Taoist concept of …

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Florida Highway Patrol Wasting Technology Dollars

I was recently involved in a minor traffic accident on I-295 while driving home after visiting my father’s grave at the Jacksonville National Cemetery. (Fortunately, no one was injured.) I was unhappy with the actions of the Florida Highway Patrol trooper who investigated the accident, so I filed a complaint with Jacksonville’s Troop G. When I met with another trooper assigned to follow up on my complaint, I was told that the trooper who investigated the accident turned off the body microphone that remotely transmits to a receiver in her car when she arrived on the scene and didn’t turn …

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Live + Local Music

Live Music Venues AMELIA ISLAND, FERNANDINA SALTY PELICAN, 12 N. Front St. Davis Turner Aug. 8 SJ Brewing Co., 463646 S.R. 200, Ste. 13 Shawn Layne Aug. 10 SLIDERS, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. Tad Jennings Aug. 8. Joe King Aug. 12. King Eddie & Pili Pili Wed. Mark O’Quinn Tue. The SURF, 3199 S. Fletcher The Macys Aug. 7. Shawn Layne Aug. 9. John Waters Aug. 10. Full Moon Folk Aug. 11. Kyle Freeman Aug. 13   THE BEACHES (All venues in Jax Beach unless otherwise noted) BLUE JAY Listening Room, 412 N. Second St. Coles Whalen Aug. 8. Sean …

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Open-Faced Ease

story by CHEF BILL THOMPSON I serve a variety of sandwiches at my fast/casual lunch restaurant in historic downtown Fernandina Beach. The other day, a guest came in and requested that her sandwich be served open-faced. Now, that’s a term we don’t hear often in the restaurant industry. I began to wonder why. I also began to wonder if any of you are aware of the enthralling history of the sandwich. If you’re not up on your food lore, let me enlighten y’all. The sandwich is said to have been invented by a fellow with the last name of …. …

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Forever Friends

story by DAVI I don’t like to think about death. Who does? I’d rather be in the mountains, sniffing wildflowers, thinking about life. Nevertheless, whether you’re the proud owner of a miniature box turtle or massive Irish wolfhound, you have an obligation to ensure that your four-legged friends are cared for when you are no longer around. Think about it. Your pets are totally dependent upon you. That’s why it’s so crucial for you to make careful, detailed plans for their future care in case you’re no longer able to take care of them yourself. For a long time, the …

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Victims of the Dance

DANCING WITH GHOSTS, NOBODY’S DARLINGS, HARVEY HAMPTON 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, The Roadhouse, Orange Park, roadhouseop.com, $3 The Roadhouse231 Blanding Blvd.Orange Park, FL 32073 View larger map story by JASON IRVIN “Westick out like a sore thumb, for people who like sore thumbs,” says Josh Cannon, one-half of the electronic rock group Dancing with Ghosts. Along with Stephanie Conner, Cannon has worked hard to stick that thumb out as far as possible in the Jacksonville music scene. The group itself is relatively new, but both Cannon and Conner have been performing locally for many years. Cannon founded Dancing with …

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Golden Boys of the Golden Age

story by DAN HUDAK The freshness of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, from writer/director Quentin Tarantino, is in its performances and atmosphere. Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt are superb, while the production and costume designs, cinematography and ’60s soundtrack create a warm, nostalgic look at a picturesque Hollywood in the year 1969. DiCaprio is Rick Dalton, an actor with a careworn career after he left his successful television show to try his hand at movies (this character’s career trajectory has been likened to Clint Eastwood’s). Pitt is Cliff Booth, his stunt double, driver, drinking buddy and best friend. The …

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Reefer Sadness

story by SHELTON HULL The first entry in our new list of moviesabout marijuana easily merits an entire column of its own. It’s the infamous, over-the-top 1936 cautionary tale Reefer Madness. What is there to even say about this notorious piece of drug-war propaganda that isn’t (probably) a lie? Well, here’s one truth: People took such blatant nonsense quite seriously at the time. The film features tropes that would define perceptions of cannabis for generations: unscrupulous dealers pushing weed on teenagers, precipitating a rapid descent into rape, hallucinations, suicide and, of course, jazz. Reefer Madness was released at the height …

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Silence Speaks Volumes

story by BILLEE BUSSARD There are times when what isn’t said tells the story. That was the case at the July 31 organizational meeting of the Jacksonville Charter Revision Commission, where no mention was made of the previous CRC’s decade-old recommendation that a politically appointed school board replace the current elected board. Still, thanks to maneuvers by city powerbrokers (see Florida Rep. Jason Fischer’s new local bill) and veiled signals by the incoming CRC members, Duval public schools now appear to be at greater risk of takeover than before. The CRC meets every decade to see if the consolidated government …

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Comic-Book Villain

story by TERRY D. BORK In the last two Avengers movies,our heroes had to deal with Thanos, a cosmic villain who sought to make half of the galaxy’s inhabitants disappear with a snap of his Infinity Gauntlet. Jacksonville has its own Thanos. Emboldened by reelection, Mayor Lenny Curry is doing his best to make the great things about Jacksonville disappear—all the while lining his cronies’ pockets and padding his political legacy. Lately, I have written about Duval County Public Schools’ efforts to hold a sales-tax referendum in order to pay for repairs to deteriorating schools. Flouting the Florida Constitution, Jacksonville …

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This Kid Is Wild

story by MADELEINE PECK WAGNER “That house was paid for with hip hop,” says Shannon Coleman as we stand chatting outside her home. We’re looking at a low-slung Modernist construction in Arlington. It’s hot, and I make awkward jokes about sweating, then small talk about graphic novels, all while stumbling over my words, trying to convey sympathy and compassion. Because Paten Locke, aka DJ Therapy, aka Boris Ortiz, one of Jacksonville’s hip hop ambassadors, is inside, and he is dying. Coleman is Locke’s fiancée. She is graceful and kind; she’s been communicating with me, trying to finesse a meeting between …

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Fantasy Feud: Wide Receiver Room Looks to Shine in Jacksonville Jaguars' Offense Attack, D.J. Chark

Fantasy Feud: Wide Receiver Room Looks to Shine in Jacksonville Jaguars’ Offense Attack

Jacksonville Jaguars Fantasy Draft Analysis Fantasy draft season is upon us. In the coming weeks you will see countless mock drafts, player analysis, and excessive 29-hour fantasy specials. We’re looking at you, Matthew Berry. Tired of losing the water cooler debate to someone with excessive time that can remember a player’s usage rate on odd numbered weeks when he’s wearing green cleats on turf instead of his typical blue? Well … that’s actually us. Sorry to get your hopes up. We’re on your side, though!   is here to bring you top-shelf fantasy information all season. Our staff has over 100 …

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Art Teachers are Artists: Group Exhibition at Spliff’s Gastropub and 1904 Music Hall in Downtown Jacksonville, Jasmine Aldershoff Vicious Cycle

Art Teachers are Artists: Group Exhibition at Spliff’s Gastropub and 1904 Music Hall in Downtown Jacksonville

Art Teachers Group Exhibition at The Elbow Okay, so this may come as a complete shocker … but believe it or not folks, the teachers who your children spend their days with actually know a lot about the subjects that they teach! Most of them even practice the subjects they teach! And contrary to (un)popular belief, the ARTS are a very necessary, relevant, and beneficial subject in your child’s education. Mind blown yet?  Duval County happens to boast nearly 180 art teachers in our public schools. You have the chance to support and celebrate some of these hard-working art teachers …

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2019 Jacksonville Jaguars 53-Man Roster Prediction

The Jacksonville Jaguars have recently begun their 2019 training camp after an offseason of changes. There were multiple changes on the offensive side of the ball including the most important position — quarterback. For this season the will have some hard choices to make on both sides of the ball, however, as we head into the grueling hot summer of training camp there is no better time than now to predict the 53-man roster. There are some position groups that are stacked too heavy, and some are too thin. The Jaguars will have to make the choices by the end …

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Urge City Council President Scott Wilson to Call a Special Meeting to Ask the City Council to Let the People Vote

Mike Hogan, Duval Supervisor of Elections, was quoted in a news article (ref 6) as saying he could get the school board’s referendum on a 2019 ballot if the Jacksonville City Council will let him know by August. Time is running out for 2019. Please urge the city council to let the people vote in 2019. The state legislature has steadily been reducing their capital outlay funding to the school districts. Most counties have, therefore, passed referendums giving their school districts a dedicated revenue source for capital outlay. Duval County needs to do it in 2019 so the repairs and …

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Pump It Up, Indoor Playgrounds, Trampoline and Adventure Parks, Bowling, Skating, and Other Indoor Activities Around Jacksonville, Florida

Indoor Playgrounds, Adventure Parks, Bowling, Skating, and Other Indoor Activities Around Jacksonville

As summer stretches on and the temperatures tick skyward, Florida families know that sometimes the best place to play is inside where the AC is cool and sunscreen is not required. Thankfully, the First Coast is home to plenty of indoor activities so you’ll never be bored while beating the heat.  Indoor Playgrounds Bay & Bee (locations at the Beaches and Bartram Springs, www.baynbee.com) Bay & Bee is a locally owned, eco-friendly indoor play space inspired by Montessori and Waldorf educational principles and geared toward children, infant to age 5. In addition to open play, classes and workshops are available …

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A Cautionary Tale: 5 & Dime A Theatre Company Presents Pulitzer Prize-Winning Drama 'Sweat', Photo by Josh Andrews, David Girard, Rashaud Sessoms, Joren

A Cautionary Tale: 5 & Dime A Theatre Company Presents Pulitzer Prize-Winning Drama ‘Sweat’

5 & Dime A Theatre Company is taking a step away from the “living room” plays into the dingy pall of a blue-collar Pennsylvania bar with Sweat, the 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Lynn Nottage. Sweat explores the complex ecosystem of a factory town collapsing under its own weight.  Poverty isn’t entertaining but it makes for compelling theatre when it’s dissected down to the bone. , a founding member of 5 & Dime, is thrilled to present this stark portrayal in its Northeast Florida premiere.  “It is definitely a very serious, important story. It will definitely make people think. It’s …

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In Wide-Open NBA Eastern Conference, Orlando Magic Rely on Youth, Orlando Magic NBA Roster Projections, Jonathan Isaac

NBA Roster Projections: In Wide-Open NBA Eastern Conference, Orlando Magic Rely on Youth

Orlando Magic NBA Roster Projections This offseason has been one to remember. With many of the league’s top stars changing teams, it seemed like everyone was getting in on the action. Everyone except the , that is.  Sure, the Magic didn’t make any flashy moves, but that doesn’t mean that free agency has been a loss. All-Star center Nikola Vucevic and sharp-shooting guard Terrance Ross both re-signed with the team to multi-year contracts. Newcomer Al-Farouq Aminu signed a 3-year, $29 million-dollar deal to join the squad from Portland. With Summer League over for Orlando, how does the roster look, and …

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Universal Orlando Resort Announces Ambitious New Theme Park Coming to Florida: Universal’s Epic Universe, Concept Art

Universal Orlando Resort Announces Ambitious New Theme Park Coming to Florida: Universal’s Epic Universe

“Universal’s Epic Universe” Will Bring Experiences Beyond Your Wildest Imagination to Life Universal Orlando Resort is building a new, fourth, theme park to be called Universal’s Epic Universe. The vision: create an entirely new level of experience that forever changes . Universal’s Epic Universe will take guests on a journey where beloved stories expand into vibrant lands – and where that journey is as much a part of their adventure as the ultimate destination. “Our new park represents the single-largest investment Comcast NBCUniversal has made in its theme park business and in Florida overall,” said Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and …

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Mohamed Bamba, Orlando Magic Venture to Vegas, NBA Summer League Spotlight on Mo Bamba, Mo Bamba looks to avoid a sophomore slump in Orlando after a brief but impressive showing at Summer League, Feud Sports

Orlando Magic Venture to Vegas, NBA Summer League Spotlight on Mo Bamba

NBA Spotlight: Orlando Magic’s Mohamed Bamba The NBA Summer League has become a destination event for elitists and fans alike. It gives newly drafted players their first taste of NBA action. Not to be outdone, sophomores looking to avoid the slump lace them up to show they have made improvements from their rookie season. Even undrafted players get a look and attempt to impress the NBA’s brass in hopes of scoring a roster spot. Summer League for the Orlando Magic faithful isn’t nearly as exciting this time around as it has been in recent years, with all eyes on the …

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5 Things You Didn't Know About a Trip to New Zealand

5 Things You Didn’t Know About a Trip to New Zealand

Traveling to New Zealand? New Zealand is one of the world’s most alluring destinations, regularly appearing on travellers’ bucket lists thanks to its lush rainforests, deserted beaches, snow-capped mountains and towering glaciers.  Its majestic scenery is only surpassed by the warmth of its people – if you ask anyone who has visited this wonderful country, no one will have a bad word to say about it. It is, of course, famous for its natural beauty, which has played a starring role in films such as The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and The Last Samurai among many others. This …

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