Jacksonville’s Art Walk goes virtual and reaches more people than ever before

The much-beloved Downtown Jacksonville Art Walk can’t be stopped even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. To the delight of organizers, it can’t be slowed either. “In our first month of going virtual, we had almost 50,000 people reached. It’s crazy to think about when our one night in downtown Jacksonville had 5,000 people […]

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Here’s what local school districts are spending on COVID-19 safety

As districts prepare to reopen buildings for the new school year this fall, education leaders are outfitting their facilities with the equipment and supplies to minimize the spread of COVID-19. News4Jax requested expense records from school districts across the area. The responses are listed below. Note: These cost breakdowns only reflect district spending and not […]

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3 ultra-growth fund managers who are crushing the market during a chaotic year told us how they’re doing it — including their biggest themes and top picks for the future

Business Insider recently spoke with three growth-focused investment pros who are delivering very strong returns in 2020. Fund managers James Callinan and Chris Retzler, and portfolio manager Jason Tauber, have all dramatically outperformed their peers and benchmarks. They described what they’ve been doing in the wake of the dramatic April-June rally and how they’re positioning […]

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More than 700,000 people have died of COVID-19 — with one person dying every 15 seconds on average in the last 2 weeks alone

As of Wednesday, 700,000 people around the world have died from COVID-19. According to Reuters, 5,900 people have died each day from the virus in the last two weeks alone, meaning one person has died every 15 seconds on average. The US, Brazil, and Mexico are currently experiencing the worst outbreaks, though European countries are […]

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Ex-Trump adviser plans book on future of polarized America

Fiona Hill, a key witness in President Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry, is going to be sharing her views about the future of a polarized America. The New York-based Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media announced on Wednesday that it has acquired a book by Hill, former deputy assistant to the president and senior director for […]

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Chicago police officer responding to domestic dispute shot in Lawndale; suspect in custody

A Chicago police officer was shot Aug. 5, 2020, in the 1300 block of South Lawndale Avenue. | Sun-Times file photo About 3:40 a.m. officers responding to the dispute at an apartment complex in the 1300 block of South Lawndale Avenue, were talking with the person from the third floor of the apartment when the […]

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The catastrophic explosion that ripped through Beirut may have helped push gold to a fresh record-high, analysts say

The devastating explosion in Beirut Tuesday likely helped gold prices jump above $2,000, two analysts said on Wednesday. The enormous explosion in the Lebanese capital “probably added to the shine of gold above $2020,” Japanese bank Mizuho said in a note, as cited by CNBC. That view was backed up by another analyst, who linked […]

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Senate Democrats lukewarm to killing the filibuster even if they win the majority riding a Biden wave

Former President Barack Obama urged Senate Democrats last week to eliminate the filibuster, which he called a ‘Jim Crow’ relic. But several Democrats told Insider they would not vote to end the old rule that they view as an important check on the majority’s power. Nixing the filibuster would reduce the Senate to a ‘glorified’ […]

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Gold soars to a fresh record following its historic move past $2,000, driven by geopolitical tensions and a weak dollar

Gold prices reached new record highs on Wednesday as geopolitical uncertainty and dollar weakness continued to drive bullish sentiment into the precious metal.  Gold closed at its highest level ever of $2018.51 per ounce on Tuesday as investors expected more fiscal stimulus, and continued to gain Wednesday, hitting a peak of $2,048 during European trade. […]

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‘I have never seen a tragedy so huge’: 2 people in Beirut describe being caught up in the massive explosion that devastated the city

Beirut was devastated by a huge explosion Tuesday, upending the lives of its millions of citizens. Two Beirut residents caught up in the blast told Business Insider about their experience. One was a woman who was driving near the center of the blast at Beirut’s port. She felt the explosion in her body before seeing […]

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Many saw hail as evening storms rolled through Jacksonville

Mother Nature was firing off a handful of thunderstorms Tuesday evening, and many people reported seeing hail in their backyards. Severe storms with particularly large hail were happening north of I-10 and I-295, near Whitehouse area of Western Duval County. Storm Pin pictures and videos confirmed the hail. Here’s a look at some of the […]

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Inside a Jacksonville church’s discovery of an outbreak at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic

Members of the Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church choir have not met together in person in months. The fear of the coronavirus entering the sanctuary and infecting members closed the San Marco church’s doors on March 8. It wasn’t until months later that church members realized several of them had experienced symptoms of the virus — […]

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Attorneys seek injunction to keep Florida from reopening brick & mortar schools in August

Attorneys for the Florida Education Association on Tuesday night filed a motion seeking a temporary injunction to keep the state from forcing brick and mortar schools to reopen in August. The motion notes that as of Aug. 3, 2020, more than 38,000 Floridians under the age of 18 tested positive for the virus. It states […]

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Pro-Trump creators are a lot more active on TikTok than Democrats’ supporters, study finds, as Trump threatens ban

A new analysis of political social-media posts found more TikTok videos supporting Republican causes than Democratic ones. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich study reviewed more than 7,000 videos created mostly from last October to this past February. They found a larger number of Trump-supporting videos, suggesting that TikTok is ripe for Republican political […]

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Highflying i-bankers are grounded — Facebook’s new digs — Vanguard power players

Welcome to the new and improved Insider Finance! Increased time at home due to coronavirus has been a chance for many of us to self-reflect and make some changes. Turns out the same can be said for newsletters, so we’ve decided to switch things up a bit.   I’m Dan DeFrancesco, an associate editor on the […]

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Lebanon’s devastating blast came in the middle of an unprecedented economic crisis, frequent power outages, and hospitals struggling to contain the coronavirus

On Tuesday, a seismic blast at the port in Beirut, Lebanon, killed more than 100 people and injured thousands more. The timing is devastating. Lebanon is currently in the depths of an economic and political crisis. The Lebanese lira, pegged to the US dollar, has depreciated 80% since October 2019. One in three citizens are […]

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JSO: Man, SUV sought in deadly shooting at Edgewood Avenue gas station

Jacksonville police on Tuesday released surveillance photos of a man and an SUV sought in connection with a deadly shooting Monday at a gas station on Edgewood Avenue. The shooting happened around 9 a.m. Monday at the Shell gas station at the corner of Edgewood Avenue West and Avenue B. According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s […]

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Disney stock jumps after Disney Plus hits 60 million subscribers

Disney stock jumped as much as 6.4% in pre-market trading on Wednesday. Investors celebrated the news that Disney Plus has attracted more than 60 million subscribers in its first nine months. However, Disney’s revenue plunged 42% last quarter as pandemic-related closures of theme parks, stores, and cinemas hammered its business. Lower revenues and $5 billion […]

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