Caution for Teachers Who Blog and Facebook

Caution for Teachers Who Blog and Facebook

Words of caution for teachers that Blog and Facebook about their classrooms and student’s, there should be serious consideration on how words are perceived and interpreted. The ability to communicate between teachers and parents is complicated by the limiting of physical access that teachers have with parents, students and the community.

VIDEO | SLIDESHOW: Endeavour Launches on Penultimate Shuttle Trip

VIDEO | SLIDESHOW: Endeavour Launches on Penultimate Shuttle Trip

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Endeavour blasted off on NASA's next-to-last shuttle flight, thundering through clouds into orbit Monday morning as the mission commander's wounded wife, Gabrielle Giffords, watched along with an exhilarated crowd estimated in the hundreds of thousands.

NASA is winding down its 30-year-old shuttle program before embarking on something new. The event generated the kind of excitement seldom seen on Florida's Space Coast on such a grand scale - despite a delay of more than two weeks from the original launch date because of an electrical problem.

The shuttle quickly disappeared into the clouds.

"That was four seconds of cool," said Manny Kariotakis, who was visiting from Montreal. The 50-year-old got goosebumps watching the liftoff with thousands along Highway 1 in Titusville.

Just before launching, commander Mark Kelly thanked all the who put hands "on this incredible ship."

Early Voting Numbers Released

DUVAL COUNTY, Fla. -- 2,768 voters have cast a ballot on the Tenth day of Early Voting for Jacksonville's 2011 Unitary General Election.

The Supervisor of Elections Office reports early voting totals now stand at 24,445 votes. In addition, 21,054 Absentee Ballots were verified by signatures and have been validated to be opened and processed by the Canvassing Board.

There are 518,620 registered voters in Duval County.

Early Voting continues at ten locations throughout Duval County through Sunday, May 15th.

The election is May 17th.








If a JSO Cruiser Damages Your Vehicle, Who is Liable?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- When Laural Wilson's Chevy stopped running on Normandy Boulevard, she was stuck in the turn lane, until Jacksonville Sheriff's Office deputies came to her rescue.

"A couple of gentlemen from JSO, officers stopped to help and they were going to push my vehicle up into the median," said Wilson.

She said she already had called her towing service but let the officers use a squad car bumper to push her TrailBlazer across the street into the FHP parking lot.

The process broke her bumper. "They were very polite and gave me an incident report and told me the city would take care of it," she said.

However, when Wilson filed a claim for the April 27 incident with the city's Risk Management Office, she was surprised it was denied. Now she wants to know why she is now liable for damage she did not cause from a service she said she didn't really need.

Spotlight on Students and Their Interest on Homeless Pets

Spotlight on Students and Their Interest on Homeless Pets

Students at Fletcher Middle Participate in the Opening of the Beaches Parade

Four students from Fletcher Middle School participated in the Opening of the Beaches Parade with Friends of Jacksonville Animals (FOJA). The girls were asked to participate by the FOJA beach committee.

In addition to walking the dogs and hyping the crowd during the parade, the girls designed posters, flyers and decorations for the float. The theme was “Rock Star” and they gave the dogs names such as “Mick Wagger” and “Elvis Pawsley.” The girls continued volunteering at FOJA’s adoption event after the parade. Four of the dogs found potential homes thanks to students’ efforts.

This project began in December during a service-learning lesson in the classroom. During a unit on research and communication, the students studied and discussed pet overpopulation.

Mom Knows Best; Children Share Pearls of Wisdom

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Every mother has her words of wisdom. Always wear clean underwear. Act like a lady. Study first, play later. A mixture of practical advice and stern warnings, these verbal pearls are polished by years of repetition. 

But, even when they seem to fall on deaf -- usually teenage -- ears, the maternal messages are received. Today, on Mother's Day, they are especially cherished. See, Mom? We're listening, after all.

Growing up, Stacie Sauers never rolled her eyes at her mother's advice. Well, not that she can recall. "There were things we didn't necessarily agree on, but I've always respected her," Sauers, a Pensacola resident, said of her mother, Charlotte Teston. "She's the best. I learned how to be a good mom and a good person from her."

Florida Uses Twitter to Encourage Families to Adopt Children in Foster Care

Florida Uses Twitter to Encourage Families to Adopt Children in Foster Care

Florida is using Twitter to spread the word that about 850 children in foster care are waiting to be adopted.

Floridians are getting news and information about children in foster care available for adoption, plus support and resources for adoptive families, by following @ExploreAdoption on Twitter.