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Florida Man Willing to Part With Truck to Find Missing Dog

'The truck is replaceable, the dog is not'

(Newser) - When it comes to his dog or his truck, there's no question which one Florida man James O'Sicky loves most. "The truck is replaceable, the dog is not," the 31-year-old Jacksonville resident tells Action News Jax . After O'Sicky's 3-year-old pit bull mix Buddy Boy... More »

Couple to Cops: Let Us Do Something 'One Last Time'

Leanne Hunn holds off police with bold remark

(Newser) - A man and woman have been arrested after officials say they prolonged a standoff with Florida police in order to have sex. Police say they responded Wednesday night to a Jacksonville mobile home in search of 34-year-old Ryan Patrick Bautista, who was wanted on several warrants including armed burglary, First... More »

Car Dealer Gives Woman Refund —in Pennies

He empties jars to comply with DMV order

(Newser) - A Florida car dealer ordered to give a refund to a customer whose car had transmission problems grudgingly coughed up—by emptying his penny jars. A 23-year-old international college student says the DMV told Holiday Motors to give her a $400 refund after she was charged for labor costs not... More »

10 Most Dangerous Cities for Pedestrians

Florida in particular does not fare well

(Newser) - Head's up, Florida pedestrians. It just may save your life. A new study about the most dangerous cities for those who get around by foot finds that the top four are in Florida. The top 10 offenders, via Smart Growth America :
  1. Orlando, Fla.
  2. Tampa, Fla.
  3. Jacksonville, Fla.
  4. Miami, Fla.
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Boy 'a Little Upset' After Leg Severed by Train

Florida teen was rushing to make curfew at youth center

(Newser) - A Florida teenager lost part of his leg early this morning rushing to make curfew at a youth center, WJXT Jacksonville reports. Police say Jayson Ahrens, 15, slipped and fell while trying to board a moving train just after midnight, and his leg was severed "slightly above the ankle.... More »

Man Arrested in Fla. Airport Bomb Scare

Police disarm 'destructive' device

(Newser) - A 39-year-old Jacksonville man is in custody in connection with the bomb scare that closed Jacksonville International Airport for five hours, jail records show. Zeljko Causevic has been charged with manufacturing, selling, or delivering a mail hoax bomb, and making a false report about a bomb, the Florida Times-Union reports.... More »

Packages Force Evacuation of Jacksonville Airport

Few details available, but local media say two suspicious devices found

(Newser) - The Jacksonville International Airport has been evacuated because of "police activity" regarding suspicious packages. The airport posted the information on its official Twitter feed this evening, but offered no other details. Airport officials also tweeted that passengers on inbound flights currently on the ground were being bused to offsite... More »

America's Most 'Perfectly Average' City Is...

...Knoxville, Tenn., depending who you ask

(Newser) - New York Times economic policy reporter Annie Lowrey took to Twitter last week with a tough but fascinating question: "What is the most perfectly average place in the United States and why?" George Mason economics professor Tyler Cowen thinks he has the answer: Knoxville, Tenn. Writing on Marginal Revolution... More »

Florida Kept Lid on Worst TB Outbreak in Decades

Strain linked to 13 deaths and 99 cases: Palm Beach Post

(Newser) - Florida is in the midst of the worst tuberculosis outbreak the CDC has seen in two decades—and the Jacksonville outbreak was largely hidden from the public, finds the Palm Beach Post in a disturbing report. The outbreak apparently originated in 2008, when a schizophrenic patient came down with TB... More »

Students Joked Fired Teacher Might Snap

Shane Schumerth had to be escorted out of class, students say

(Newser) - Shane Schumerth was an "awkward man" who didn't seem to fit in, Episcopal High School students say, and when he was fired yesterday morning and escorted off the Jacksonville campus, some of the students joked that he would return to campus and do something. And he did: Police... More »

Fired Fla. Teacher Kills Principal, Self

Spanish teacher ranted about politics weeks before murder-suicide

(Newser) - A teacher fired from a private Florida high school returned several hours later with an assault rifle hidden in a guitar case and killed the school's headmistress before taking his own life. Students say the Spanish teacher, 28-year-old Shane Schumert, had been ignoring the subject this semester, and was... More »

Jacksonville Jaguars Sold, Will Likely Stay in Florida

Move to LA looks unlikely

(Newser) - The Jacksonville Jaguars have been sold but it doesn't look like the deal will end Los Angeles' 17-year wait for an NFL team to replace the Rams and the Raiders. Wayne Weaver, the longtime owner of the struggling franchise, has long sought an "exit strategy" that would keep... More »

Bored Kids Fly Away, Without Parents —or IDs

Teens, little brother have no trouble boarding Southwest flight

(Newser) - Southwest Airlines has some explaining to do after flying a 15-year-old girl, her 11-year-old brother, and her 13-year-old friend from Jacksonville to Nashville—unbeknownst to the kids' parents. The TSA may be in for some questioning, too, because the footloose trio boarded their flight without showing identification. "Everybody else... More »

Cornell Bounces Temple

Ivy League records first win since 1998; Xavier eliminates Minnesota

(Newser) - Louis Dale scored 21 points, Ryan Wittman added 20, and No. 12 seed Cornell sent fifth-seeded Temple home with a 78-65 today in Jacksonville in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. With its first win in five trips to the tournament, the Big Red (28-4) recorded the Ivy League's... More »

America's 10 Cleanest Cities

Forbes picks top 10

(Newser) - Clean air and water makes for happy city dwellers, and clean streets help attract tourists—and businesses. Forbes went coast-to-coast to pick the 10 cleanest big cities in America. The Sunshine State led the way, with four entries:
  1. Miami, Fla.
  2. Seattle, Wash.
  3. Jacksonville, Fla.
  4. Orlando, Fla.
  5. Portland, Ore.
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Florida Chemical Blast Kills 4

Plant explosion injures more than 20

(Newser) - An explosion at a Florida chemical plant today left four people dead and up to 21 others injured in a scene several witnesses likened to a war zone, the Florida Times-Union reports. The Jacksonville blast occurred around 1:30pm and sent billows of smoke into the sky. “Those shock... More »

America's 10 Chubbiest Cities

Sun Belt hogs the lion's share of pudgiest locales

(Newser) - The weather may be great and the lifestyle good, but Southern culinary hospitality might be landing the Sun Belt disproportionately on Forbes' list of America's most obese cities. The most rotund:
  1. Memphis
  2. Birmingham
  3. San Antonio
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Michael Vick, Reincarnated as Chew Toy

Jacksonville-based company enables dog-owner revenge

(Newser) - A company in Jacksonville, Fl., has begun selling Michael Vick-shaped chew toys for dogs, a tasty play on the dogfighting scandal that has incurred the fury of American canine lovers and earned Vick felony charges. The site sells the toys for $7.99 and promises a chewing experience satisfactory even... More »

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