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Mayor-elect Brown Highlights Public Safety, Jobs and Education on Westside Tour

Mayor-elect Brown Highlights Public Safety, Jobs and Education on Westside Tour

Mayor-elect Alvin Brown toured the Westside this morning, visiting Fire Station 32, the Jacksonville Aviation Authority, Baldwin Middle/High School and several businesses with Council Member Doyle Carter and Fire Department Deputy Director Randy White.

Who's Behind Effort To Save High School Sports?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Golfing is one of the high school sports in jeopardy, but not if Mike Lynch can help it.

"We can't let this happen, this is silly," said Lynch.

A dozen varsity and middle school programs are targeted to be cut in Duval County Public Schools to save an estimated $500,000. The school board started its budget cutting mission needing to slash $91 million from the budget.  

Now, several groups headed by sports advocates like Lynch are organizing to solicit money from private donors to keep the sports.

Lynch heads the NF-PGA Northern chapter. He and Boots Farley of the North Florida Junior Golf Foundation created a non-profit group to raise the money to save high school golf.

"We have had situations in the past and we came through; we will take care of this," said Farley.

High Honors for Ad Agency

At the American Advertising Federation’s National ADDY competition, one small multicultural agency truly shined. Playing in the big leagues, Brunet-García Advertising won three gold and one silver national awards – the most of any agency in Florida and the Caribbean. Only one other multicultural/Hispanic agency received an award at the national level. The winners were selected from 1,382 entries from a full range of advertising agencies around the country.

BG received Gold ADDY awards for the Block x Block Illustrations, the Players by the Sea “The Full Monty” poster and the Players by the Sea poster series. A Silver ADDY was also awarded for the Players by the Sea building design.

Pulmonologist from St. Vincent's Warns of Health Effects from Wildfire Smoke

Pulmonologist from St. Vincent's Warns of Health Effects from Wildfire Smoke

Phyisicans at St. Vincent's Medical Center are warning people about the health effects of the smoke from recent wildfires.  Doctors say they are seeing a rise in the number of patients complaining about irritation from smoke.

Pulmonologist Dr. Thomas Szwed, who works at St. Vincent's Medical Center, says people exercising outdoors may feel the effects.

Chaffee Trail Elementary is WILD ABOUT LEARNING!!!

Chaffee Trail Elementary is WILD ABOUT LEARNING!!!

Listen up! Anyone can see that these kids are CRAZY about books and everything inside of them. Anyone can see that when they roam through the animal themed hallways accessorized with cheetah and zebra prints.

Hands-Only CPR Takes 60 Seconds to Learn and Could SAVE the Life of Someone You LOVE

Hands-Only CPR Takes 60 Seconds to Learn and Could SAVE the Life of Someone You LOVE

Did you know, CPR Week runs from June 1 to June 7? In celebration of National CPR Week we want you to know that anyone can learn CPR – and everyone should! Sadly, 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed. This alarming statistic could hit close to home, because home is exactly where 80 percent of cardiac arrests occur. Put very simply: The life you save with CPR is mostly likely to be someone you love.

 This June, in honor of National CPR Week, the American Heart Association is calling on all Americans to learn how to give Hands-Only CPR by watching a simple one-minute video at heart.org/cpr.

New Census Data Released; Interactive Map

New Census Data Released; Interactive Map

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The nation's population is up nearly 10 percent, and Jacksonville is the country's 11th most populated city. 

Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released more details about who Americans are and where they live.

Florida is the fourth most populated state in the 2010 Census, trailing New York by about half a million residents. Jacksonville has 821,784 citizens in the city limits, and just over 59 percent are listed as white, almost 31 percent are African American, and slightly under 8 percent are Hispanic.

Slightly over half of the city is female, and the largest age segment is those 35-49, comprising more than one in five residents.

Significantly more people own homes than rent, and there are 43,167 vacant houses in the city.

INTERACTIVE MAP: SEE THE DATA FOR YOUR CITY