Monthly Archives: May 2015 (page 10)

Class Action Suit Filed Against Southside Pediatric Dentist

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – An embattled Southside pediatric dentist has been served with a class action lawsuit, News4Jax learned Thursday.

The complaint, on behalf of four plaintiffs, alleges negligence and that Dr. Howard Schneider is a “pathological sadist,” who inflicts physical and psychological pain for sexual excitement or gratification. The plaintiffs contend Schneider set up the dental practice catering to poor and uneducated clientele so he would have a “constant supply of defenseless indigent children to victimize.”

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Florida Legislature Prepares To Return For Special Session

Lawmakers walked out of Tallahassee three days early — but now they’re coming back.

The state House and Senate will go into a special session on June 1 to try to pass a budget and come to terms on health care funding.

After abruptly adjourning three days early, the Florida House and Senate have tentatively agreed to a special session from June 1 to June 20 to hash out lingering budget issues.

The House and Senate were at odds over whether to expand Medicaid in the state to cover low-income patients.

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TEDxJacksonville To Highlight Solutions, Best Practices For Challenges Facing City Leadership

With the Jacksonville city elections less than two weeks away, the issues affecting our community are on the forefront of many residents’ minds.

TEDxJacksonville is hosting a conference this weekend at Hemming Park showing TED talks that highlight innovations and best practices to overcoming challenges like the ones faced in Jacksonville. At least one city councilwoman and five city council candidates will be in attendance.

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NRA: Campus Carry Bills ‘Will Be Back’

Failed efforts to allow people to carry concealed weapons on Florida college campuses and to allow some public-school employees and volunteers to be armed will be back before lawmakers next year.Marion Hammer, lobbyist for the National Rifle Associatio…

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FSCJ, UNF Partner To Help Students Earn Bachelor’s Degrees

A new partnership will make it easy for students at Florida State College at Jacksonville to transfer to the University of North Florida after two years of study.

The Connect program lets students entering FSCJ this fall declare their intention to earn a bachelor’s degree at UNF and reserve a spot for when they’re ready to make the switch.

FSCJ Spokeswoman Jill Johnson says it’s a way for everyone to win.

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Jax Arts Education Program Wins National Endowment Grant

Jacksonville’s Cathedral Arts Project has won a $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The initiative partners with Duval County Schools and several private organizations to provide arts education in public schools.

The Collective Impact Grant is one of eight awarded nationwide.

In her grant application video, Cathedral Arts President Kimberly Hyatt touted the program’s success since it began in 2013.

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Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Honors Fallen Officers

Wednesday has been proclaimed “Police Memorial Day” in Jacksonville.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office held a ceremony to honor the city’s fallen officers.

At the memorial, Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford said his agency strives to make a positive difference in the lives of those who are troubled. But they are far too often called upon to bury their own.

Rutherford said, “This year is especially poignant as we change our roll call and add the name of Mark Larson.”

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