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Sharks Host Orlando Predators on Saturday

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sharks will be looking for revenge this Saturday at Veterans Memorial Arena when they host the Orlando Predators at 8:00 p.m.

Last year, the Predators eliminated the Sharks from the playoffs.  This year, the two teams will be battling it out again for the South Division title.

After losing their first game of the season in Arizona, the Sharks (5-1) have won five games in a row.  Meanwhile, the Predators are (4-2).

Sharks quarterback Aaron Garcia needs just three touchdown passes to reach 1,000 for his career.  He is the Arena Football League's leader in career touchdown passes and passing yards.

Jacksonville Loses 28% of Downtown Workers According to Study

Louisviile company Downtown Development Corp. used U.S. Census Bureau and other data, and found Jacksonville currently has 26,950 downtown workers — a 28 percent decrease from 2002 to 2009. It was the largest decrease among the downtowns of peer cities, including Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Nashville, Tenn.

PHOTOS | Iconic Downtown Jacobs Clock Leaves Laura Street

PHOTO GALLERY: CLOCK ON THE MOVE

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- What time is it when a bus shatters your clock into hundreds of pieces? Time to get a new clock?

In 1973, the landmark clock sitting on Laura Street outside Jacobs Jewelers was hit and the store opted to restore the clock, rather than get a new one. According to Jacobs President Roy Thomas, the clock is one of only 12 left from the original 100 built in 1901.

A similar effort was undertaken today to preserve the clock even as the foundation under it is disappearing. The ongoing project to make Laura Street more of a pedestrian corridor is moving up to Adams Street, the corner where the clock resides.

Energy Audit Employee Quits Job Over Harrassing Calls

Energy Audit Employee Quits Job Over Harrassing Calls

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Vincent Beneduce says he worked for energy audit companies for eight days before he quit.

He did not like their sales techniques, he said, calling them relentless and misleading. "They way they're harassing people to get these appointments is unethical and it is dishonest."

In fact, there have been viewer complaints to First Coast News of incessant calls from companies offering free energy audits, and ultimately sales of energy saving products.

Beneduce still has his appointment book of glossy graphics and lists of reasons a homeowner should buy energy saving devices at a high price.

"If they were honest they wouldn't have to call people 30 times and that is the dishonest part that I am talking about," he said.

When asked about his employer, Beneduce gave the names of several companies. It's not a quick answer.

Energy Audit Employee Quits Job Over Harrassing Calls

Energy Audit Employee Quits Job Over Harrassing Calls

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Vincent Beneduce says he worked for energy audit companies for eight days before he quit.

He did not like their sales techniques, he said, calling them relentless and misleading. "They way they're harassing people to get these appointments is unethical and it is dishonest."

In fact, there have been viewer complaints to First Coast News of incessant calls from companies offering free energy audits, and ultimately sales of energy saving products.

Beneduce still has his appointment book of glossy graphics and lists of reasons a homeowner should buy energy saving devices at a high price.

"If they were honest they wouldn't have to call people 30 times and that is the dishonest part that I am talking about," he said.

When asked about his employer, Beneduce gave the names of several companies. It's not a quick answer.

Garrard Discusses Lockout and NFL Draft

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- During a Tuesday morning visit to the First Coast News studios, David Garrard answered a few questions about how the NFL Lockout is affecting the players' preparations for this season and about the possibility that the Jaguars might select a quarterback in next week's NFL Draft.

Garrard is among a group of team leaders that are organizing workouts for the players that will take place at a private location beginning this Wednesday.  Because of the NFL lockout, the players are not allowed to lift weights, work on conditioning, or take part in other football-related activites at EverBank Field.

David expects that "75 percent" of the team will be regular participants in these player-organized workouts while "10 or 15 guys" will be in and out for various reasons.

Voter Registration Deadline Today

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- With less than a month until the election to decide, among others, the city's next mayor, today is the last day to register to vote in the election.

Voters have a few options until the end of the business day.

Anyone wishing to register can do so in person at either of the two Supervisor of Elections offices -- 105 E. Monroe St. or 5200-2 Norwood Ave.

Voters can also mail an application to 105 E. Monroe St., Jacksonville, Fla. 32202, with today's postmark.

Applications can be picked up at the offices, at any regional branch library or online.

Today's deadline is only for new registrations.

Currently registered voters have until, and including, Election Day, to update a signature, address, name or party affiliation.

The May 17 election features a runoff for mayor between Republican Mike Hogan and Democrat Alvin Brown.