A year after convening its first hearing into the sinking of cargo freighter El Faro, the U.S. Coast Guard wrapped up its third and final fact-finding session Friday in Jacksonville. It could be another year or more before investigators issue recommend…
University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute treated nearly 200 kids with cancer last year. Now doctors there are hoping a new app will help young patients prepare before they arrive for treatment. The Proton U App was developed by UF Health child care specialist Kim Todd. It’s an interactive storybook that introduces kids to the hospital environment to make treatment less intimidating.
What started off as a grin quickly turned into goosebumps . Bestselling children’s author R.L. Stine joined First Coast Connect by phone Friday to discuss his top-selling children’s series “Goosebumps.” Stine will also speak at the Amelia Island Book Festival in Fernandina Beach on Saturday. The event is sold out. Stine said the launch of his Goosebumps empire in 1992 happened unexpectedly. “I never planned to be scary ever. I always wanted to be funny,” Stine said. He wrote about a 100 joke books for children and worked 10 years for a humor magazine called “Bananas” before diving into horror novels. “One day I was having lunch with the editor of Scholastic, and she had a fight with a guy who wrote teen horror novels,” he said. “She said ‘I’m not working with him anymore. You could do a good teen horror novel.” Three months later, after extensive research on the teen horror genre, Stine published the bestseller, “Blind Date.” Since then, he began writing his “Fear Street” terror series
It was our weekly Media Roundtable Friday on “First Coast Connect,” with Florida Times-Union columnist Mark Woods, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth , blogger Fred Matthews and Jacksonville Business Journal Timothy Gibbons. We also heard a recorded interview of “Goosebumps” author R.L. Stine and Jacksonville International Auto Show promoter Barbara Pudney talked about this weekend’s event.
On this episode of Redux, we look at law enforcement in the River City. A recent poll shows mixed reviews for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, but overwhelming support for the use of police body cameras as citizens increase pressure on police to document its interactions on the street. We talk to folks from the sheriff’s office, as well as the police union to find out: What’s the holdup? Then, research shows bees are responsible for pollinating nearly a quarter of the food eaten by humans. We bring to you what’s being done here in Florida to help bees avoid extinction.
The Jacksonville City Council this week approved a bill making it easier for police to ban people from city parks when they break rules. Drinking in the park could get the offender banned for a year, for example. A separate bill approved Tuesday also extends Hemming Park’s boundaries. Now, if someone is banned from Hemming, they can’t hang out on the surrounding sidewalks or under the Skyway platform.
The front windows of Jacksonville’s City Hall are displaying photos and stories about different parts of the city’s history. One of those displays celebrates Jacksonville’s first streetcar suburb, Springfield.
The U.S. Navy’s new drone program will be calling Jacksonville home. Naval Station Mayport beat out fellow Florida base Naval Air Station Key West and a NASA flight facility in Virginia for the contract.
Three Jacksonville police officers have been arrested for tampering with evidence after one of them fatally shot a robbery suspect early this month.
Florida House members took the first step Thursday in seeking to withdraw Florida from a federal refugee-assistance program.