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The Florida Star Welcomes New, Talented General Manager

Posted on 15 August 2015 by The Florida Star Online

OpioIt is with great honor that we inform our readers of our new General Manager, Opio Sokoni. Many in the city know Mr. Sokoni from his work as the president of the local SCLC. His term there was marked with action. Under his leadership the name “Forrest” finally came down from the high school that was named after the confederate general. He was also instrumental in organizing the vigilance in front of the courthouse during the Michael Dunn trial. Dunn was convicted and sentenced to prison for killing Jacksonville teen, Jordan Davis for refusing to turn down his music. TContinue Reading

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Universal Teen 2015 Children With Class Fashion Show

Posted on 13 July 2015 by The Florida Star Online

fashionCrowning of Universal Teen 2015 and the Crowning of Tween USA 2015 occured on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum, in Jacksonville.
Details and pictures are in the latest edition of The Florida Star

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Mayor Alvin Brown, reflects back on his term as Jacksonville Mayor

Posted on 30 June 2015 by The Florida Star Online

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As I close my term as mayor, I look around our neighborhoods and I see one thing: communitywide partnerships. TContinue Reading

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Mayor Alvin Brown Accomplishments for Jacksonville

Posted on 08 May 2015 by The Florida Star Online

alvinbrownOver the past four years, Mayor Brown has worked with numerous partners and achieved the following accomplishments under his leadership:

1. 36,000 new jobs were created.
2. Jacksonville was rated the No. 1 city in America to start a business.
3. Jacksonville was rated the No. 2 city in America to find a job. TContinue Reading

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Matthew W. Gilbert High School Grand Reunion

Posted on 10 January 2015 by The Florida Star Web Editor

reunionMatthew W. Gilbert High School Grand Reunion Class of 1965 celebrated their 50th reunion at the 17th Annual all class reunion, held the weekend of January 2nd-4th, 2015. TContinue Reading

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Posted on 10 November 2014 by The Florida Star Web Editor

vetMost city government offices and facilities will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day. TContinue Reading

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Posted on 20 June 2014 by The Florida Star Web Editor

excutedThe men behind two notorious crimes in Florida and Georgia have been executed within hours of each other. TContinue Reading

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Mayor, Donor Issue Challenge to Help Teens

Posted on 20 September 2013 by Admin Arthia

Mayor Alvin Brown

During an end-of-summer celebration for JaxParks Summer Night Lights (SNL) initiative on Wednesday evening, Mayor Alvin Brown recognized attorney Wayne Hogan of the Terrell Hogan Law Firm for his substantial financial commitment to the youth anti-crime, anti-violence initiative that operates in select parks each summer. Brown then joined TContinue Reading

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Congresswoman Corrine Brown Testifies On Medicaid Expansion

Posted on 23 April 2013 by Admin Arthia

Congresswoman Corrine Brown testified this week in the Florida House Select Committee on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the dire importance of the Florida state legislature’s willingness to accept federal Medicaid dollars. The state of Florida stands to lose TContinue Reading

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Local Rapper Killed In Gruesome Accident

Posted on 23 April 2013 by Admin Arthia

Aspiring rapper Norman Spalding, 26 was killed last weekend when a pickup truck drove in the path of his motorcycle in Jacksonville. The young man was thrown from the motorcycle and hit by several vehicles. TContinue Reading

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Posted on 18 March 2013 by Admin Arthia

He won’t be returning next season but CB Rashean Mathis is taking his leave from the Jacksonville Jaguars like a gentleman.

After the news was official last week, he stated: “I can only praise God. He allowed me

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57 ARRESTED: Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll Resigns

Posted on 18 March 2013 by Admin Arthia


Fmr Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Caroll Resigns

As of Thursday, Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll’s official page was displaying ‘Page Not Found’ error. The page was most likely removed after she tendered her resignation on Wednesday – the same day 57 people connected to the Allied Veterans of the World, were arrested on charges related to racketeering and money laundering. It is further alleged TContinue Reading

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President Swears In For Second Term Using Bible That Belonged To First Lady’s Grandparents

Posted on 20 January 2013 by Admin Arthia

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath of office to President Barack Obama during the official swearing-in ceremony in the Blue Room of the White House on Inauguration Day, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. First Lady Michelle Obama, holding the Robinson family Bible, along with daughters Malia and Sasha, stand with the President. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Today, in two separate, private ceremonies, President Obama and Vice President Biden were officially sworn into office, marking the start of the second term. (The Constitution mandates that the President takes the oath on January 20. Since that date falls on a Sunday this year, the public inauguration ceremony and festivities will take place tomorrow, January 21) TContinue Reading

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Jax Congresswoman Corrine Brown To Be Portrayed In Left To Die on LMN Debuting This Weekend

Posted on 18 January 2013 by Admin Arthia

LEFT:The real Tammi Chase-Wright with actress Michael Hyatt who plays Congresswoman Brown in Left To Die film. RIGHT: Congresswoman Corrine Brown

By Florida Star Staff

(Jacksonville, Florida) Congresswoman Corrine Brown is coming to the small screen. Jacksonville’s leading lady in politics will be portrayed by Michael Hyatt, an actress known for appearances on HBO series and her performance in Broadway’s Ragtime will play Corrine Brown in Left to Die.

The movie is set to debut on Lifetime Movie Network (LMN) this weekend.

Academy Award® and Screen Actors Guild® nominee and Emmy® and Golden Globe® winning actress Barbara Hershey (“Once Upon a Time”, “Black Swan”) stars in the Lifetime Original Movie “Left to Die” as Sandra Chase, an American mother of two wrongly sent to an

Ecuadorian prison for TContinue Reading

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Martin Luther King Charged With Murder – Alledged FL Criminal Shares Name With Civil Rights Icon

Posted on 18 January 2013 by Admin Arthia

Martin Luther King - Man named for civil rights leader arrested

Martin Luther King – Man named for civil rights leader arrested

By Florida Star Staff

(Jacksonville, Florida) His parents apparently had high hopes for their son by choosing to name him after one of the greatest historical figures of the Civil Rights Movement.
However, the week commemorating the birthday of the late Dr Martin Luther King, birthday, 33 year old Martin Luther King (who is understood not to be related to the family of the civil rights icon) has been charged with murder. Using an assault-rifle attack on January 9 he killed one person and wounded two others.
King was charged with TContinue Reading

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Violence Against Women Act Expires Nationwide

Posted on 11 January 2013 by Admin Arthia

The News Service of Florida reported that advocates for battered women and sexual assault survivors are totally shocked that Congress adjourned without taking up a bill that would have reauthorized the Violence Women Act.

The report says that the criminal justice system was helping those abused victims by providing services. It stated that since Florida has such a large population of immigrant women, there is a higher risk for violence in relationships.

The act has been reauthorized twice and, TContinue Reading

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Jags Donate 1,000 Holiday Meals To Greater Jacksonville Families

Posted on 20 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

Jacksonville Jaguars spread holiday cheer (Photo Jaguars)

In the spirit of the season of giving, the Jacksonville Jaguars, PEPSI, Winn-Dixie and Second Harvest North Florida are partnering to provide food over the next week for 1,000 families in time for the Christmas holiday. TContinue Reading

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Posted on 11 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

Mayor Alvin Brown, City of Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Nov. 27, 2012 — Mayor Alvin Brown presented a group of 10 military veterans, each now enrolled at Jacksonville University, with a check for

$3,500 to finance a trip to the annual Student Veterans of America national conference in Orlando in January.

“I’m proud to support these brave men and women as they transition to civilian life and embark on a new mission to better themselves through academics,” said Mayor Brown. “More than a donation, this is about our city’s future. TContinue Reading

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SUNSHINE SHOWDOWN: Florida Runs Over FSU With Big Fourth Quarter, 37-26

Posted on 04 December 2012 by Admin Arthia


TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Florida’s running game went into high gear Saturday as the Gators ended a two game losing skid to FSU with a 37-26 win before 83,429 in Tallahassee.
With 140 yards on 24 carries and two TDs senior Mike Gillislee became the first Florida player to surpass 1,000 yards rushing in a season since Ciatrick Fason in 2004. Florida rushed for 244 yards on 47 carries and scored three touchdowns on the ground – FSU had been giving up 70.6 yards per game.
“We had a lot of confidence coming in here being able to run the football.  We’ve run it well versus everybody.  We’ve run it well versus better defenses,” said Florida coach Will Muschamp.

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Jordan Davis, Teen Shot At Jacksonville Gas Station Over Loud Music, Laid To Rest

Posted on 03 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

Hundreds attended the memorial of Jordan Davis, 17 who was shot by Michael David Dunn at a gas station in Jacksonville.

It has not been nine months since Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Florida. Now, another black teenager has been laid to rest after being killed under suspicious circumstances.

Michael David Dunn, the 45-year-old vice president of Dunn & Dunn Data Systems in Vero Beach, was in Jacksonville recently weekend for his son’s wedding. According to records, on Friday when Dunn, a gun collector, encountered Jordan Russell Davis, 17, a student at a Jacksonville magnet school, Samuel W. Wolfson High, in a SUV in the parking lot when Dunn pulled up next to them in a car and asked them to turn down their music. Davis and Dunn exchanged words, and Dunn pulled a gun and shot eight or nine times, striking Jordan twice. TContinue Reading

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FAMU Freshman From Jacksonville Continues to Excel After Inventing Surgical Technique at Age 14

Posted on 30 November 2012 by Admin Arthia

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Tony D. Hansberry is not your average college freshman. Perceived at as a child prodigy after developing an innovative suture method that decreases hospital stay and increases efficiency during operations for hysterectomies, the then 14-year-old said he just wanted to bring a prize back home from the science fair.

“People think I’m a genius,” Hansberry said. “It’s not that at all, I just like medicine.” TContinue Reading

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17 Arrested In Operation Zig Zag

Posted on 30 November 2012 by Admin Arthia


31 year old Larry Worth is considered one of the ringleaders in a group of 17 who were arrested in connection to identification theft recently. At least 185 people are said to be at risk of having their identities used to file fraudulent tax returns and cash refund checks according to State Attorney Angela Corey and other investigators. TContinue Reading

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New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church Again Celebrates a Mortgage Burning

Posted on 09 June 2012 by The Florida Star Online


In 1919 a small church was organized as Palmer Grove Baptist and after several name changes and locations, in 1978 moved to 1824 Prospect Street, Jacksonville. Lining up with its new address, the church became prospective, changed its name to New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church and relished in its growth in membership while continuing its achievements. Under the leadership of its deacons, officers and members, the church paid off the mortgage in 1983.

With no debt, in 1984, the Reverend Joe Calhoun became their pastor and the church was able to purchase all of the land surrounding their existing church. With this acquisition, a decision was made to construct a new building to accommodate the growth in membership. In 1997, the present building went under construction and on May 17, 1998 they were able to move into their new sanctuary. The Rev. Landon Williams of The Greater Macedonia Baptist Church was the guest speaker.

The challenge was again met and on March 18, 2012 the last mortgage check was written and the church was again, mortgage free. A pre-mortgage burning service was held on May 17, with Rev. E. L. Griffin of Shalom Missionary Baptist Church presiding and on Friday, May 18, their Service of Thanksgiving was held with a theme, “To God Be the Glory,” with Rev. Johnny L. Johnson of Philadelphia Baptist Church delivering the word.

On Sunday morning, May 20, Pastor Emeritus Joe Calhoun delivered the sermon with Rev. W. L. Phillips presiding. The congregation and guest returned that afternoon at 4:00 p.m. The Rev. Landon Williams again gave the sermon, and Pastor Emeritus Calhoun stood between chairman of the Deacon Board Robert Jackson and Brother Lawrence Starling, chairman of Finance & Trustee to light the fire, and burn the mortgage. And the church joyfully said: “Amen!”

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Members of White Supremacist Goup Arrested

Posted on 13 May 2012 by The Florida Star Online

[Left] Marcus Faella, 39 and wife, Patricia, 36,leaders of American Front.

So far, eleven members of a white supremacist group who was reported plotting to kill Jews, minorities, and immigrants in Central Florida were arrested in Osceola County on hate crime and conspiracy charges.

Seven were arrested over the weekend, three were taken into custody Tuesday and another Thursday.
Investigators say the group was conducting paramilitary training with AK-47s and hand-to-hand combat for a race war they believe is impending.

What is really frightening is the report earlier this week of a monthly newsletter published by the Greene County Republican Committee in Virginia. In it, McPhee urges readers to encourage other conservatives to vote in November. He goes on to warn that the consequences of not defeating Obama, a so-called “ideologue unlike anything world history has ever witnessed or recognized,” would be dire.

“[W]e shall not have any coarse [sic] but armed revolution should we fail with the power of the vote in November,” McPhee writes. “This Republic cannot survive for 4 more years underneath this political socialist ideologue.”

The laws of the United States must be more tough and strickly enforced.

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New Trial Denied Battered Wife

Posted on 04 May 2012 by The Florida Star Online

Written by: Dan Evans, The Florida Star
Photographer: Angie Nixon

Justice Rally for Marissa with SCLC, NAACP, Hurting Families, and many more.

Supporters, community leaders, and organizers gathered outside the court house to voice concerns for Marissa Alexander, facing a 20 year prison term for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The law is 10-20-Life.

A jury, deliberating only 12 minutes March 16, convicted Marissa Alexander on three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. A 20-year mandatory minimum sentence unless she could win a new trial. Thursday morning, Judge James H. Daniel denied Ms. Alexander a new trail. TContinue Reading

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