Feds, local law enforcement work together to prosecute, cut down gun violence

This spring’s spike in gun violence shows no sign of slowing with at least another 11 Northeast Florida residents shot since Monday including five killed and one not expected to survive. Much of the gunfire this spring has been linked to gangs, drugs or the area’s youth. One such instance culminated in a high-speed chase through three counties ending with two juveniles in custody after a St. Johns County clerk was shot in the head and killed. Another juvenile was arrested Thursday after a manhunt on two counts of attempted murder after bullets struck two teenage girls on a Jacksonville school bus. Also, a football scrimmage between First Coast and …..

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Health Notes: Mayo Clinic honored by the American Nurses Credentialing Center

Free dental clinic opens in Duval Community Health Outreach has opened a free dental clinic, the Healing Hands Clinic, for the nearly 200,000 qualified, low-income adults in Duval County. The clinic, at 5126 Timuquana Road, has six dental stations, six primary-care medical exam rooms, a lab, a sterilization room and administrative offices. At capacity, the clinic will be capable of serving as many as 20,000 patients each year. New patients must complete a pre-qualification questionnaire to join the wait list. For more information on the Healing Hands Clinic, or to download a pre-qualification questionnaire, please visit chojax.org/healing-hands-clinic/. To make a donation to Community Health Outreach, go to chojax.org/donate/. Registration ends …..

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Jacksonville company gets OK from FAA to make money off commercial drones

Officials at Aviation Systems Engineering Co. on Jacksonville’s Westside are gearing up to offer commercial unmanned aviation vehicle services — the preferred industry nomenclature instead of drones — as of June 15. The company has been waiting for years for the Federal Aviation Administration to loosen regulations for the small flying devices to be used on revenue-generating projects. In May, the FAA granted the company an exemption to prohibitions that have strictly prohibited use of drones in the commercial world. FAA Flight Standards Service Director John S. Duncan in a written ruling on the ASEC case in May, said the agency granted the ASEC exemption because they found “good cause… …..

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Dinner-table machete attack leads to Palm Coast man’s arrest

A man was taken into custody Monday after a house guest was struck by a machete during an argument at a dinner gathering in Palm Coast, according to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities responded to a home on Pine Circle Drive Monday night after reports of a disturbance, and deputies found the suspect in a neighbor’s driveway with a box cutter in his pocket and two machetes on the ground, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The victim said he was visiting his girlfriend who lives with the suspect when an argument turned violent at the dinner table, according to the Sheriff’s Office. He said the retrieved two machetes from …..

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter bows to pressure, will resign amid corruption scandal

FIFA President Sepp Blatter will resign from soccer’s governing body amid a widening corruption scandal and promised Tuesday to call for fresh elections to choose a successor. The 79-year-old Blatter was re-elected to a fifth term on Friday, two days after a corruption crisis erupted and seven soccer officials were arrested in Zurich ahead of the FIFA congress. “This mandate does not seem to be supported by everybody in the world of football,” Blatter said Tuesday at a hastily arranged news conference in Zurich. “FIFA needs a profound restructuring.” Elections are expected to take place sometime between December and March. “I will continue to exercise my function (until the new …..

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Jaguars defensive end Jared Odrick to appear in HBO show

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New NASCAR specialty license plate available in Florida

NASCAR fans have a new opportunity to display their passion for racing. The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles last week began releasing a redesigned license plate that features an image of three racecars rounding a banked turn with “THE BIRTHPLACE OF NASCAR” written below. The plate replaces the original specialty plate that was released in October of 2007. According to a release from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, revenue from sales of the plates will go to the NASCAR Foundation, which funds Florida-based charitable organizations and Enterprise Florida, Inc. Article source: http://feeds.jacksonville.com/~r/JacksonvillecomSports/~3/4Vc7JJcQH7U/new-nascar-specialty-license-plate-available-florida

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Ace in the hole? Not yet as Jaguars’ Sanders still smiling as competition grows

Jaguars wide receiver Ace Sanders is enjoying life these days, and he shows it by flashing a big smile. “I’m always happy in the locker room,” Sanders said. “I’m smiling no matter what the circumstances are. There won’t be a day go by you won’t see me smiling. I’m always smiling. I’m just happy to be here.’’ He hasn’t lost his upbeat personality even though Sanders, a fourth-round draft pick in 2013, endured a frustrating season in 2014. He missed the first four games with a drug suspension and when he came back, he caught just six passes and was mainly a punt returner. And he wasn’t effective in that …..

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Jaguars notebook: Team claims former Bills QB Jeff Tuel

The Jaguars claimed former Buffalo quarterback Jeff Tuel off waivers on Monday. Two first-year Jaguars assistants are familiar with Tuel. Offensive line coach Doug Marrone coached the Bills for two seasons prior to joining the Jaguars, Quarterbacks coach Nathaniel Hackett was the Bills’ offensive coordinator. The 24-year-old Tuel was released by the Bills after two seasons with the team. Buffalo signed the 6-foot-3, 221-pound Tuel as an undrafted free agent out of Washington State in 2013. He started one game as a rookie and played in two, but spent most of the 2014 season on Buffalo’s practice squad. Tuel completed 26 of 59 passes for 309 yards with a touchdown …..

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Jaguars offensive coordinator Greg Olson talks Bortles and Yeldon progress

UPDATED: 2:46 p.m. For the first time since early February, Jaguars offensive coordinator Greg Olson had a media session today after the team’s fifth OTA practice. I’ll have a complete report later, but here are some quick hitters from Olson’s presser: *Olson is pleased with quarterback Blake Bortles’ improved mechanics and did offer some specifics. First up was Bortles’ “takeaway” – where he holds the football before winding up to throw. The coaches want Bortles to hold the football higher. Now the emphasis is on the “follow throw,” of the throw. Olson on working with Bortles: “I’m excited; I’ve been excited about him since the day I got here. He’s …..

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