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Jacksonville, FL, United States

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Recent articles by Emily:

Duval School Board holds firm on mask policy and criteria used to lift it

Duval Schools' mask mandate will remain in place. A meeting to discuss safety criteria was cut short with general counsel citing legal ramifications. → Read More

'An inspiration': Beloved Stanton history teacher, Lisa Koehler, dies

Lisa Koehler, a social studies teacher at Jacksonville's Stanton College Preparatory School, has died. She was 46 years old. → Read More

In the spirit of 'lerp', a Jacksonville non-profit's logo is making headlines for the wrong reasons

Smart North Florida announced its branding this week, but a confusing letter 'M' that looked more like an 'H' led to dozens of jokes on the internet. → Read More

How Will the Pandemic End? Vaccines Are Still the Answer

As cases continue to surge, vaccines remain the best way out. → Read More

Duval Schools says health department 'hasn't been able to keep pace' on contact tracing, announces new strategy

Duval County Public Schools officials the health department hasn't been able to keep up with COVID-19 contact tracing since school started. → Read More

Two Duval district employees die the first week of school. Both had COVID-19.

The newly-appointed assistant principal at Arlington Middle School and a Duval County Schools locksmith had both recently contracted COVID-19. → Read More

Back to School FAQ: What you need to know in Duval County

It's back-to-school season in Duval County. Here's what you need to know about masks, virtual school options magnets and more. → Read More

Back to School FAQ: What you need to know in Nassau County

It's back-to-school season in Nassau. Here's what you need to know about masks, virtual school options and more. → Read More

Duval Schools announces adults-only mask mandate

Duval Schools employees will be required to wear masks for the next 30 days — but students still won't have to. → Read More

New state testing scores give better look at 'COVID slide' in Duval Schools

Testing scores show achievement dips throughout Florida across the board, and Duval County is not an exception. → Read More

The Space Between in Murray Hill offers a posh co-working space for local creators

The Space Between — a new co-working space on Edgewood Avenue in Murray Hill — is the brainchild of Jacksonville native, Brittney McColgan. → Read More

Lost in Surfside: Theresa Velasquez made mark in music; her parents on neighbors, customers

Julio and Angela Velasquez had lived in Champlain Towers South for nearly a decade. Their daughter, Theresa, came to visit the night it collapsed. → Read More

Jacksonville schools renaming underway: Riverside High reveals new logo but nickname will stay 'The Generals'

Duval County Public Schools says progress to rename six schools formerly named after Confederate leaders is on track. → Read More

Surfside victims: In No. 801, the LaFonts danced, laughed, became a family. Then the tower buckled.

Manny LaFont's condo at Champlain Towers South was the site of smiles, celebrations, heart-to-heart talks and off-key songfests - and finally sorrow. → Read More

Mandarin High's Jim Schmitt heads to Orlando as Florida Teacher of the Year finalist

Jim Schmitt, a Mandarin High School teacher, will find out Thursday if he'll receive the state's top honor: 2022 Florida Teacher of the Year. → Read More

22 Duval County principals reassigned; did your school make the list?

Twenty-two Duval principals will be reassigned ahead of the 2021-22 school year. Use our database to see if your Jacksonville school is affected. → Read More

Surfside victims: Ruslan Manashirov, Nicole Doran-Manashirov were newlyweds

The couple, a doctor and a physician's assistant, had married in May and moved into unit No. 703 at Champlain Towers South. → Read More

Lost in Surfside: Bonnie and David Epstein were 'unforgettable, extraordinary duo'

The Epsteins retired from Pennsylvania and moved into unit 901 in the south tower. They loved water sports, marine life and sunny days in Surfside. → Read More

'A monumental type of glory': Edward Waters University becomes a reality

Edward Waters College announced Wednesday it would become Edward Waters University, making it the first Historically Black University in the area. → Read More

Former JSO Assistant Chief Greg Burton nominated for Duval Schools Police Chief position

On Tuesday, the school district announced that Superintendent Diana Greene will recommend Gregory C. Burton for the role at an upcoming school board meeting. → Read More