Jacksonville’s Hemming Park might be a step closer to becoming a designated city landmark. The Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission is expected to vote Wednesday evening whether to protect the historic park and its confederate monument. Jacksonville has more than 150 historic landmarks, including the street clock downtown. For a site to become a historic landmark it has to meet certain criteria, like: Is the site a significant reminder of a historical event or is it suitable to preserve? If the historic designation is supported by the owner of the site or structure at question, it only has to meet two criteria, but if the owner doesn’t want the historic listing, it has to meet four. The city owns Hemming Park. While the Parks Department opposes the park becoming a landmark due to it’s Confederate statue, it meets the criteria, qualifying it for a vote. According to the historical proposal, the city acquired Hemming Park in 1866 and named it after Jacksonville Confederate
She doesn’t talk about it much on the campaign trail. But as she is lauded at home with a historic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton is being praised abroad for decades of quiet work that put the rights of women around the world at the top of the agenda. “She’s a strong voice for women since Beijing and that strong advocacy has not gone unnoticed by women around the world,” says Martha Karua, Kenya’s former justice minister, referring to a pioneering UN conference in 1995 on women. Although the US press corps rarely asks her about it, Clinton is considered a champion of gender equality globally. Many know of her speech at that 1995 conference in Beijing in which she declared “women’s rights are human rights.” Fewer understand the ins and outs of the feminist foreign policy she unrolled as America’s top diplomat. Gender equality, she said, is critical both in itself and to achieve economic growth, security, health improvements and reduction of terrorism. A so-called feminist
Click here to listen to the storyDemocrat Patrick Murphy must have seemed like the perfect candidate when he announced he was running for U.S. Senate. The 33-year-old Palm Beach Congressman is young, telegenic and politically moderate. But recently, a spate of controversies, along with GOP incumbent Marco Rubio’s surprise entry into the race, have called Murphy’s front-runner status into question.So just who is Patrick Murphy?He grew up in the Florida Keys. His mother became addicted to drugs, so he was raised by his father – first in Weston, in Broward County, then in Miami.He paints himself as a moderate Democrat, and in fact, he used to be a Republican. He champions issues affecting lower-and middle-income people, but he attended elite prep schools. He favors changes to campaign finance law that would have prevented him from accepting the millions of dollars he’s received from his father, who owns one of the largest construction businesses in the state.Murphy’s aides declined to
Florida’s health regulators announced the appointment of 13 health care professionals to a board tasked with assessing the viability of telemedicine. The taskforce will recommend solutions for reimbursing doctors who use distance medicine technology to treat patients.
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07/27/16: Florida Creamery Controversy; Food Policy Council; Eco-Friendly Shirt Printing; Judy Wells
Florida Creamery We begin the hour with a discussion about the controversy surrounding Angela Wilcox, owner of the Florida Creamery ice cream shop in Avondale. In a recent Facebook exchange with another local business owner, Wilcox vented about everything from liberals, to ISIS, to people who don’t sign paychecks. The posts have since been taken down, but not before they went viral, and were viewed more than 30,000 times. People around the country then used Yelp and Google reviews to voice their displeasure with Wilcox and her business because of her views. Others came to her defense. Jacksonville Business Journal reporter Alexa Epitropoulos joins us to discuss how social media can affect businesses. Food Policy Council For years, food policy experts here in Jacksonville have decried what are known as “food deserts,” large areas of this city where fresh, healthy food is not readily available. If you don’t have transportation to what can sometimes be a faraway grocery store, buying
With antibiotic-resistant super bugs on the rise, researchers are on an urgent hunt for other bacteria that might yield chemicals we can harness as powerful drugs. Scientists once found most of these helpful bacteria in soil, but in recent decades this go-to search location hasn’t delivered.Now, researchers at the University of Tübingen in Germany say that to find at least one promising candidate, we need look no further than our own noses.The scientists report Wednesday in the journal Nature that a species of bacteria inside the human nose produces a substance capable of killing a range of bacteria, including the strain of drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus known as MRSA.The Tübingen team is delighted with their find. “It was totally unexpected,” says study author Andreas Peschel.The scientists already knew that S. aureus lives in the noses of about 30 percent of humans, usually without causing harm — most people never know they are carriers of the bacterium. But if the body becomes