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Jacksonville Teens Receive National Recognition for Local Service

Acknowledging teens’ critical role as the next generation of leaders, Bank of America is providing 230 civic-minded high school juniors and seniors – including five from Jacksonville – with a paid, eight-week summer internship at local nonprofit organizations.  These students, selected as 2011 Bank of America Student Leaders, will gain hands-on experience and learn valuable leadership skills while providing support to nonprofits in critical need of resources. This year alone, the company is investing more than $1 million in the leadership program and has committed more than $8 million since the program’s inception in 2004.

Across The Educational Tracks

Across The Educational Tracks

Going across the tracks to save failing schools and students.

John F. Kennedy said: "A child mis-educated is a child lost." The irony to this for failing schools is that Raines, Ribault, Jackson and North Shore are across the tracks figuratively and literally. Each school is within five (5) miles of each other in the Northwest quadrant of Jacksonville, Florida.

Jacksonville Iraq War Veteran Faces Deportation

Jacksonville Iraq War Veteran Faces Deportation

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Just last year Elisha Dawkins was getting pinned, having just graduated from the FSCJ school of nursing. His plan was to take the boards after he returned from his deployment to Guantanamo Bay.

That plan changed, though, when he was arrested upon his return in April. Immigration officials said there was a problem with Dawkins' passport paperwork. They said he checked the box stating he never applied for a passport before, when in fact he had.

"We were all like, 'He was arrested for what?'" said FSCJ classmate Diane Rinehardt.

Rinehardt was friends with Dawkins and was planning a reunion for the whole class in August.

"We found out it was over a passport, and we're like, you're kidding, right?"

It's definitely not a joke, considering he's been in a Miami detention center for two months now. He's facing felony charges, but that may not be the worst of it.

On Your Side: Navy Veteran Finally Receives Burial at Sea

On Your Side: Navy Veteran Finally Receives Burial at Sea

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- For more than a year the Honeycutt family has been waiting for a Navy burial service at sea.

It is a ceremony for eligible Navy veterans, but David Honeycutt's family said the Navy is taking too long to make it happen.

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"I don't know if it is appropriate or not. My sister said we killed a terrorist and buried him at sea almost immediately; we've been waiting for almost a year," said Honeycutt.

"We're just trying to hang on while they fulfill their promise," he added.

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hosts 4th of July Bash on Riverdeck

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hosts 4th of July Bash on Riverdeck

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront’s Annual 4th of July Bash on Monday, July 4th from 7:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. is a perfect opportunity for the entire family to come out and rock the night away with a front-row seat to Jacksonville’s fireworks spectacular. The event will feature Spanky the Band, one of Jacksonville’s premiere rock bands, with food and beverages bountifully available. Hyatt guests can purchase tickets for $10 and non-guests can purchase tickets for $20 at the door.

Affair In The Square

Affair In The Square

If you live in San Marco and are looking for seomthing to do that's light on the ppockets and in good taste, come out to the Affair In The Square!!

It's the ULTIMATE Happy Hour that lasts for 3 hours!! Affair in the Square happens every third Thursday of the month during the spring and summer in San Marco’s shopping district. The square is located at 1790 San Marco boulevard and runs from 6:00 pm through 9:00 pm.There will be live music performers, vendors, wine tastings, local artists, face painting for the kids and more. The nice weather couldn’t be more complimentary to spending an evening out with the family, enjoying the live music entertainment and sampling some great food and wine offerings. Don't miss out, becuase it's sure to be a great expericen for everyone!! See you there!!

Mayo Clinic Doctor Chases Storms On Vacation

Mayo Clinic Doctor Chases Storms On Vacation

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- You won't find the typical degrees, certificates and awards on the walls of Dr. Jason Persoff's Mayo Clinic office. He's a fully certified hospitalist, but he chooses to decorate his office walls with monkeys, mainly the stuffed variety courtesy of his four-year-old daughter.

He does have the obligatory stack of doctor books and manuals on a case against the wall. But there's one book in there that doesn't belong with the others.

"Ah, yeah, the book on storms," Persoff said, "That's an old book given to me by a nurse, it's still very useful."

Persoff says storms have always fascinated him. He grew up on the east side of the Rockies where many strong storms are born. Now he takes two weeks of vacation each May to chase the strongest storms in the Midwest.

"The best vacation for me is stormy weather," he said laughing.