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In Disney's Florida shadow, homeless families struggle

jacksonville.com — KISSIMMEE | When they moved from Georgia to the theme park playground of central Florida four years ago, Anthony and Candice Johnson found work at a barbecue restaurant and a 7-Eleven. Their combined salaries nevertheless fell short of what they needed to rent an apartment, so the couple and their two children have instead been hopping among cheap motel rooms along U.S.
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McDonald's gives icon Ronald McDonald makeover, own Twitter hashtag

jacksonville.com — McDonald's said Wednesday its famous spokesclown will take an active role on social media for the first time, using the hashtag #ronaldmcdonald. The move marks a turnaround from recent years, when the red-haired mascot faded to the background as McDonald's came under criticism for using him to market to children.
.@McDonalds gives icon Ronald McDonald own Twitter hashtag -- and a makeover. See the new #RonaldMcDonald at bit.ly/QzfACc

Firefighters find body inside mobile home while battling Westside fire

jacksonville.com — Jacksonville police and firefighters are investigating a mobile home fire on the Westside where a body was found Thursday morning.Police were called to the 6100 block of Catawissa Court by Jacksonville Fire & Rescue around 2:50 a.m.
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Everbank, LPS, Fidelity, YMCA expected to have power Thursday after major outage caused by electrical fire (update 6:10 a.m.)

members.jacksonville.com — Update 6:10 a.m.- JEA spokeswoman Gerri Boyce told the Times-Union that power is expected to be restored at LPS and Fidelity by 8 a.m., the Yates Family YMCA by 10 a.m. and Everbank by noon.
#update EverBank, LPS, Fidelity, YMCA expected to have power restored Thursday after outage caused by electrical fire bit.ly/QABDsu

City needs to evolve, Jaguars owner Shad Khan says; 'A homeless guy in Detroit has more mojo than a millionaire in Jacksonville'

members.jacksonville.com — With the EverBank Field north end zone under construction as his backdrop, Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan gave a speech about entrepreneurship Wednesday before a crowd of some 200 people at the Jacksonville World Affairs Council luncheon."It's a source of pride for me to represent all of you and to represent Jacksonville," Khan said.The NFL franchise itself, "like it or not," is the face of Jacksonville, Khan said, and will help determine the destiny of the city's business culture and climate.
#NFL #Jaguars owner Shad Khan: 'A homeless guy in Detroit has more mojo than a millionaire in Jacksonville' bit.ly/1iOx3RJ

Jacksonville officer shot in traffic stop; 'a few inches the other way and this scenario is completely different'

members.jacksonville.com — A scenario feared by most officers and their families played out Wednesday when a traffic stop suspect reached out of his car and opened fire on an officer, hitting him once in the right arm.Officer J.
Jacksonville officer shot in traffic stop; 'a few inches the other way and this scenario is completely different' bit.ly/1iOokil

Name change part of the Mill Cove makeover

members.jacksonville.com — How does the Blue Sky Golf Club grab you?That will be the new name of the golf course adjacent to Craig Field when it opens around Labor Day weekend. The course, formerly the Mill Cove Golf Club, is being renovated by Hampton Golf after it purchased the lease last year.The course is now being grassed and that signals a fast track to the opening.

Jacksonville mom shakes baby for interrupting FarmVille, pleads guilty to murder

members.jacksonville.com — A Jacksonville mother charged with shaking her baby to death has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.Alexandra V. Tobias, 22, was arrested after the January death of 3-month-old Dylan Lee Edmondson. She told investigators she became angry because the baby was crying while she was playing a computer game called FarmVille on the Facebook social-networking website.Update: Tobias has been sentenced to 50 years.