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Fire crews battling commercial fire


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An early morning fire Monday damaged police equipment and a city-owned building in the downtown area.

It happened at the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office's pretrial services building around 3:30 a.m. in the 500 block of North Washington Street.

Battalion Chief Neal White with the Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department said firefighters learned of the fire from an alarm inside the building.

Upon arrival, White said it was difficult for firefighters to locate the fire because of the building's large size.

He said the fire itself was on the second floor and relatively small, but that smoke made putting the flames out more difficult.

Art stolen from downtown gallery


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A downtown art gallery is missing two sculptures after a burglary early Sunday morning.

Police responded to the South Light Gallery in the 200 block of North Hogan Street at 2:29 a.m. March 2, according to a release from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

The front window of the art gallery was smashed and two Enzo Torcoletti sculptures were stolen. The artwork is valued at $4,400, JSO detailed.

Jacksonville Home and Patio Show returns this weekend


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's time to get out your to-do lists and get to work on all those home improvement projects you've been eyeing.

The 2014 Jacksonville Home and Patio Show returns to the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center this weekend.

It runs Thursday through Sunday evening, with tickets for adults ages 13 and up starting at $10.

Show manager Christian Moore told First Coast News the show has a particular focus on what's new and trending with outdoor spaces.

"No matter what you want to do at your house, we have something here. This is the best place to come and be able to share, compare, shop and save," he said.

JOBSEEKERS: Job fair to be held at the the Prime Osborn Convention Center Tuesday


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Attention Jobseekers! JobNewsJax.com will host a job fair at the Prime Osborn Convention Center located at 1000 Water Street February, 18.

It will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. allowing jobseekers to talk to several hiring managers and recruiters.

Retired military, active duty and their families will receive early entry at 9:30 a.m.

The industries that will be in attendance include: Accounting

Revitalizing the city center, art invades abandoned spaces

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Revitalizing the city center: It's a collaborative effort between city officials and local groups.

The Downtown Investment Authority is working on several projects to help with downtown revitalization.

And local artists are stepping up to do their part to improve the area.

The first of four exhibitions was revealed Wednesday night, made possible by a nearly $20,000 Spark Grant.

Artists say it's a way to improve abandoned spaces downtown, and the economic landscape.

Joy Leverette grew up in Jacksonville. She left the city as a young adult and now with just two years back in her hometown, she noticed some changes were needed.

More than 500 racers will climb more than 830 stairs in the Bank of America tower.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- On Saturday, more than 500 racers will climb more than 830 stairs in the Bank of America tower in downtown Jacksonville for the American Lung Association's Fight for Air Climb.

"It's literally a fight for air," said spokesperson Nicola Barnack. "You struggle for air after you've climbed all 42 flights, and that's what the people we're raising money for go through every day."

They hope to raise more than $110,000 during this event, which Barnack says is their biggest of the year.

The event is Saturday morning at the Bank of America tower on Laura Street downtown.

MLK parade held Monday in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Hundreds of people are expected to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in downtown Jacksonville on Monday.

The city is hosting an annual parade that's put together by a local MLK Memorial Foundation.

MAP: MLK Jr. parade route, traffic and closures

This year, the parade begins at 10 a.m. at the corner of Water and Jefferson Streets. It then proceeds through the downtown area to parking lot "J" at EverBank Field. An MLK celebration will then take place at Metro Park from 1 until 5 p.m.

More than 200 floats are scheduled to participate in the parade, including Florida Governor Rick Scott and Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown.