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Jags Head Coach’s bologna feeds Northeast Florida

While the Jacksonville Jaguars compete this weekend to potentially clinch a spot in the playoffs for the first time in years, the post-game meal habits of the Head Coach has grabbed a lot of the attention instead.

But it’s all for a good cause.

Coach Doug Marrone recently said his go-to post-game meal is a bologna and cheese sandwich. The Beef Checkoff and National Hot Dog and Sausage Council responded earlier this week by sending 100 logs of beef bologna to the team, hoping it would fuel the team in their run for the playoffs. In all, the deli meat haul came to about 350 pounds.

During a Wednesday press conference at EverBank Field, Marrone confirmed he would be donating the bologna to those in need in the Jacksonville area.

The donation went to Feeding Northeast Florida’s warehouse Wednesday and was picked up Thursday by the Daily Manna Serving Center Food Pantry, one of Feeding Northeast Florida’s partner hunger-relief organizations. Daily Manna distributed the bologna donation along with other food today during their weekly food distribution event.

Feeding Northeast Florida says Daily Manna is their largest food distributor, serving the North Riverside community, which they say has some of the highest poverty rates in the city.

The Jaguars themselves are putting Marrone’s taste to good use. “Marroney Bologna” sandwhiches will be sold at several locations in the stadium on Sunday’s game, while supplies last. A portion of the sales will benefit the Jaguars Foundation.

The Jaguars play the Seattle Seahawks at 4:25PM Sunday at EverBank Field. You can watch the game on our partner Fox 30 Action News Jax.

Recap of most expensive Atlantic hurricane season on record 

The long Atlantic Hurricane Season is finally coming to a close.  This was the most active season for US landfall since 2005.  

Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says it was the most expensive season on record, at more than $202 billion in damage.

There were 17 named storms, 10 hurricanes, 6 major hurricanes (Cat. 3 or higher). 

PODCAST:  Mike Buresh recaps the 2017 hurricane season and the record that were broken

BLOG:  Mike Buresh daily updates during the Atlantic Hurricane Season

Northeast Florida will remember Hurricane Irma’s impact for years.  The hurricane began as a strong tropical wave that moved off the coast of Africa Aug. 27th and was upgraded to a tropical storm on the 30th, then to a hurricane on Aug. 31st.

Irma plowed into the Northern Lesser Antilles as a Cat. 5 hurricane - the strongest hurricane to ever hit the Windward Islands. From there the storm gained just enough latitude while moving west/northwest to keep the eye north of Puerto Rico and Hispaniola before bending a little southwest and plowing across the north coast of Cuba.

The landfall weakened the hurricane for a while but the warm water of the Florida Straits helped to restrengthen Irma to a Cat. 4 before the first U.S. landfall in the Keys on Sun., Sept. 10th.

The next landfall was on the Florida mainland at Marco Island as a Cat. 3, then a move north up the spine of Florida before bending more northwest and finally become a remnant low Mon., Sept. 11th.

Dog groomer accused of abuse caught on video shaking small dog, other incidents revealed

A Florida dog groomer is in hot water after a video surfaced that appears to show the owner violently shaking a dog.

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The video was posted on Nov. 10 by Facebook user Briana Brady who says that she used to work at the Happy Puppy Pet Spa near Sarasota, Florida. According to Brady, the woman in the video owns the spa and Brady said that the behavior captured in the clip is common. The clip has been shared over 1,800 times and racked up more than 384,000 views since it was posted.

Brady identified the woman as Phyllis Lucca and writes “this is what this horrible woman does every day to every dog. She even broke a dog’s jaw two weeks ago. She picked the dog up by the neck and shook it and slammed it on the table.”

Customers have complained about Lucca’s care for their dogs — former client Cynthia Crowe told the groomer, “I gave you a dog in good health and you give me a dog that has broken bones now.” She said that when she picked her toy poodle up from the Happy Puppy Pet Spa, the animal had blood on his mouth and bruises on his stomach. Crowe rushed her pet to veterinarian Gary Berkowitz, who told WFTX “The dog was doing fine, eating and drinking fine like normal, as soon as she gets home from the groomer, the dog shows all these signs and has a fractured jaw.”

>> Related: Florida dairy farm investigating graphic animal abuse seen in new undercover footage

Warning: The videos in this story contain footage some may find disturbing.

Crowe filed a police report against Lucca for animal cruelty, and the investigating detective wrote that the groomer admitted to the dog’s injuries. But when WFTX caught up with Lucca, she blamed her former employee Briana Brady, saying that she was the only one ever in the room alone with Crowe’s pet and, added, “If you see that video, I know it looks bad, but that’s not what I’m doing.”

“What the dog did was pass out and she faints, and what I did was hold her head and shake her. That’s all,” Lucca said.

Brady said she’s witnessed a disturbing pattern of abuse from Lucca, telling WFLA, “I’ve seen her choke out and slam a dog in the bathtub.”

>> Related: Dog mauled, killed by pit bull at PetSmart during grooming appointment

 Dog mauled, killed by pit bull at PetSmart during grooming appointment

“I’ve been crying nonstop. It just breaks my heart to see someone mistreat an animal like that,” she said.

Brady has hired an attorney and plans to file a civil suit against the groomer, but that suit has not yet been filed.

Since the video came out, the Google rating for Lucca’s spa has dropped to a dismal 1.8 stars. But even before Brady’s Facebook post, customers wrote reviews indicating abuse, one woman claimed that when she picked up her dog, she “noticed at least 3 very red areas where the clippers must have gotten too close.” Six years ago, one customer wrote that she was “horrified to walk in there and see a dog sitting in a pool of blood and whimpering from having its nails cut incorrectly.”

Top Florida state senator resigns in wake of affair

A Florida state senator, in line to become the Democratic leader in the Florida Senate next year, abruptly resigned Friday.

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State Sen. Jeff Clemens of Atlantis, made the announcement after Politico reported he had an extramarital affair with a lobbyist.

“I have made mistakes I (am) ashamed of, and for the past six months I have been focused on becoming a better person. But it is clear to me that task is impossible to finish while in elected office. The process won’t allow it, and the people of Florida deserve better. All women deserve respect, and by my actions, I feel I have failed that standard. I have to do better,” Clemens said in a statement.

He emailed a shorter statement to Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, saying “Please consider this email as my resignation from the Florida Senate.”

Clemens said his resignation was effective immediately. Under state law, Gov. Rick Scott must set the date for a special election to fill Clemens’ seat.

“It is clear to me Senator Clemens made a decision he feels is best for both his family and his constituents,” Negron said.

In his public statement, Clemens said, “Though they have been aware for some time now, I apologize again to my wife, my family and anyone and everyone that I have treated poorly in the past for putting you through this in such a public way. I will continue the therapy I began months ago, will seek to personally apologize to anyone I have wronged while seeking forgiveness, and will spend my time being a better husband and father.”

The resignation came less than 24 hours after Clemens sent an email apologizing to Senate Democrats on Thursday night as Politico was preparing to report that Clemens had an affair with lobbyist Devon West. West worked for the Martin County government and now works for Broward County’s lobbying office. Efforts to reach her on Friday were unsuccessful.

“I take full responsibility for my behavior, and I apologize for bringing any embarrassment to the Caucus,” Clemens said in the Thursday night email to his colleagues. “I have spent much of the past six months going to therapy, strengthening my relationship with my wife and my kids, and trying to be a better human being. I still have quite a ways to go. But I am unwavering in my resolve to get there.”

Florida/Georgia 2017: Arrive early, be prepared

Whether you’re sporting orange and blue or red and black, it’s clear that college football is in the air in Jacksonville. 

“We are absolutely, fully prepared for everything from a city perspective, to be ready for this wonderful weekend,” says Jacksonville’s Sports and Entertainment Officer Dave Herrell. 

The annual Florida/Georgia football game kicks off at EverBank Field Saturday at 3:30PM. The City wants to make sure your game day experience goes as smooth as possible, so they’re asking you to plan ahead and be patient, saying this is the biggest event they put on each year. 

This is the first game played under the new five-year contract that keeps the game in Jacksonville through 2021. The teams get a combined $2.75 million in incentives over the life of the contract, but City leaders say the economic impact is worth the cost. 

Game details 

The game will be broadcast nationally on CBS, with kickoff at 3:30PM. SEC Nation will broadcast from Metropolitan Park beginning at 10AM. 

Both teams are expected to arrive at the stadium around 1:20PM. Gator Walk will take place at Gate 1, and Dawg Walk will take place between Gates 2 and 3. As the home team, Florida will be on the west sideline. Georgia will be on the east. 

Thousands of temporary bleachers have been added to each end zone and the Club Levels in the stadium, bringing the capacity to around 82,000 fans. 

Safety 

Metal detectors will be used to screen people coming in to the stadium. A clear bag policy will also be in effect, meaning you can bring in a clear bag that’s no larger than 12”x12”x6”, or an opaque clutch if it’s roughly the size of your hand. 

There will be six “Sideline Safety Zones” active at various times and locations Friday and Saturday. These are designed to give you assistance, without any penalty. 

“If you find yourself on the wrong end of a poor decision, you can go there and we’ll help you. There’s no sanctions that come out of there, we’re there to provide whatever assistance you need. So let’s not make a bad decision worse, if you find yourself in a spot where you need help, you go to the Sideline Safety Zone and we’re there to help you,” says JSO Chief of Special Events Leonard Propper. 

Propper says they will have JSO and the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco out specifically monitoring for underage drinking at tailgates. He says anyone who is under 21-years-old and caught drinking will get a citation. Anyone under 18-years-old will have to have a parent or guardian pick them up. There will not be any warnings issued. 

JSO is also encouraging you to be alert of your surroundings and report anything suspicious that you see. JFRD is reminding you to stay hydrated with water and encouraging you to ask them if you need any help. The Sideline Safety Zones will also provide information, cell phone charging, and snacks.

Transportation 

RV City opened Tuesday morning. Game day parking lots open Saturday at 8AM, and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office recommends you be parked by 10:30AM. Starting at 1:30PM- which is two hours ahead of kickoff- JSO will give pedestrians priority in directing the flow of traffic. 

You’re also asked to keep your parking pass prominently displayed and follow the message boards along the major roadways, instead of your GPS. There is a new traffic pattern in effect along I-95 Northbound, where if you want to use the Main Street or Acosta bridges or Prudential Drive on the Southbank, you’ll need to stay to the right after Emerson, and use the new Downtown exit. 

JTA is running the “Gameday Xpress” stadium shuttle starting 9:30AM Saturday through an hour after the game is over. There are five park-and-ride lots available: the Convention Center, Kings Avenue, the Little League Park on Penman, JTB and Philips Avenue, and Armsdale at Lem Turner and I-295. Parking and the shuttle will cost $8 at the Convention Center and Kings Avenue, and $13 at the other locations. There will also be a shuttle running from the Jacksonville Landing for $8. 

Addtionally, JTA is extending Skyway operating hours. The Skyway will run through Friday night in to 1AM Saturday, and resume Saturday from 9AM through midnight. 

There will be no parking on the south side of Bay Street from Ocean Street to Liberty Street from Friday at 6AM throughout Saturday. At 9AM Saturday, Bay Street will be three lanes eastbound and one lane westbound from Ocean Street through the sports complex.

Several roads in Downtown will also be closed outright. Hogan Street from Water Street to the River will close Thursday at 8AM through Sunday at 11PM. Pearl Street from Water Street to the River will close for the same time. All bridges are scheduled to be open.

Events in Jacksonville 

The Jacksonville Icemen hockey team will face the Atlanta Gladiators at the Veterans Memorial Arena, Thursday, at 7PM. They will wear special Gators Jerseys to mark the Florida/Georgia rivalry. The University of Florida and University of Georgia club hockey teams will then take the ice at the Arena after the ECHL game, with puck drop expected around 9:30PM. 

Several concerts are taking place at the new Daily’s Place amphitheater that was built next to the stadium, in the days leading up to the game. There will also be the Florida-Georgia Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and other team-related events around Downtown

The amphitheater will not be used on game day itself, but the adjoining flex field will host a VIP event at 11:30AM Saturday for school boosters. Half of the flex field will also be open for public viewing. The Jacksonville Sports Council says they intend to program both venues for future games. 

Sunday, EverBank Field will host the “Little Gator Bowl”, and then the Jacksonville Fair moves in. 

Engage 

You can find further details on the game and events around it at flgajax.com. There will also be several social media accounts used by organizers, including the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at @JSOPIO and weekend activity updates at @FLvsGA

The official ESPN hashtag for the game is #UGAvsUF.

WOKV will also be providing frequent traffic updates around the game on 104.5FM/AM690 and on Twitter.

Rep. Betty Price says comments about quarantining HIV patients 'taken out of context'

A Georgia lawmaker now says she does not support quarantining HIV patients after she seemed to ask if it was legal to do so during a House study committee meeting last week.

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“I do not support a quarantine in this public health challenge and dilemma of undertreated HIV patients,” Georgia state Rep. Betty Price (R-Roswell) wrote in a statement.

Price, the wife of former Health and Human Services Secretary and Georgia Congressman Tom Price, was at a meeting of a House study committee last week when she asked a state health official about HIV patients.“What are we legally able to do?” Price asked during the meeting. “I don’t want to say the quarantine word, but I guess I just said it. Is there an ability since, I would guess that public dollars are expended heavily in prophylaxes and treatment of this condition. So we have a public interest in curtailing the spread. What would you advise? Or are there any methods, you know, that we could do that would curtail the spread?”

>> Previous story: Georgia Rep. Betty Price suggests ‘quarantine’ for HIV patients

Price said in the statement that her comments were “provocative and rhetorical” and “part of a free-flowing conversation which has been taken completely out of context.”

“I do not support a quarantine in this public health challenge,” she said.

Metro Atlanta’s LGBTQ community was quick to condemn the original statements.“The comments from Rep. Price were incredibly disturbing,” said Jeff Graham, executive director of LGBT organization Georgia Equality. “In this day and age, to be even mentioning quarantine around people living with HIV, there just really is no excuse for it. I was heartened to see that she made some recognition of this with the statement that she made over the weekend. I think that is a good start, but clearly, we need to go further than that.”

4 Michigan city council members take knee during Pledge of Allegiance

Four members of the 11-member city council in Ann Arbor, Michigan, took a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance before Monday night’s meeting, MLive reported.

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Sumi Kailasapathy, a third-term council member, took a page out of NFL players’ playbooks and decided to make a statement protesting social injustice.

Kailasapathy asked several City Council members to join her in the protest and Chip Smith, Jason Frenzel and Chuck Warpehoski agreed. MLive reported."People tell me to go back to my country and I don't know how to tell them that this is my country, this is my home, and I work very hard to take care of and support my community. If I leave, where am I going to go? " Kailasapathy told CNN.

In a blog post, Warpehoski wrote, "I can't speak to what is in each person's heart, but for me to 'take a knee' is an act of attention, of concern, and of respect," MLive reported. He also said he didn't mean to offend anyone by his actions, let alone dishonor those who have sacrificed for this country.Kailasapathy said she believes kneeling is not disrespectful."If you are someone who works hard to make your community and country a better place, you have the right to be treated with respect," she said.Kailasapathy said she does not plan on kneeling again at a meeting anytime soon, saying she just wanted to get her point across.

Since being elected to the City Council in 2012, normally stands silent during the Pledge of Allegiance , often with her head down, MLive reported. She does not recite the Pledge of Allegiance and said in March that she had no plans to do so in the future, stressing that no disrespect was intended.

Jags owner on President Trump: “The great divider”

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan was once a donor to President Trump’s inauguration, but new comments show a clear distaste for the current political climate.

Speaking at Crain’s Who’s Who in Chicago Business executive conference, Khan addressed the recent controversy around players demonstrating during the National Anthem.

“You have to give Trump credit, people are confused on the First Amendment versus patriotism, that if you exercise your First Amendment you're not a patriot, which is crazy... People are confused on it, (Trump) knew he could hit on it and take advantage. I think what we're seeing is the great divider overcoming the great uniter," Khan said, according to Crain’s reporting.

After President Trump tweeted weeks ago that players should stand during the Anthem, Khan stood arms linked with Jaguars players and coaches- as some knelt and others stood- during the Anthem ahead of a Sunday morning game in London. At the time, the team issued a statement on Khan’s behalf making it clear the display was intentional.

“I met with our team captains prior to the game to express my support for them, all NFL players and the league following the divisive and contentious remarks made by President Trump, and was honored to be arm in arm with them, their teammates and our coaches during our anthem,” said the statement, in part.

Since then, the team announced they would be kneeling in prayer before the National Anthem, but stand during it “to honor our flag and our national anthem” moving forward.

Now, the NFL Commissioner has said he will be asking owners about current rules around players and the Anthem, and how to move past the controversy. The Jaguars declined to comment to WOKV ahead of the owner’s meeting about whether they would support any change in current rules, but Khan told the Chicago conference that his display in London and the coordination that went in to it was to ensure the players didn’t hurt themselves.

"We wanted to do something as a team, because a team divided against itself cannot stand,” he said, according to Crain’s.

After information surfaced that the NFL was exploring the issue, President Trump took to Twitter again to call for a rule change. Khan says he sees what Trump says and does as “highly calculated”.

"He looks for issues that you can touch and it will blow people up," Khan said, according to Crain’s.

And that’s a feeling that apparently extends beyond the President himself.

"Steve Bannon or whoever is analyzing the data realizes, 'How do I get elected?' I get elected by dividing this person or this group against this group. What are the worst fears, phobias somebody has, how do I tap that button and get them with my people. There's a lot of predictive behavior here," Crain’s reports Khan saying.

Khan says “politics and the Western World” won’t be the same ever again, because of Trump.

The demonstration by the Jaguars drew a very divided reaction from the local fan base. Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry also weighed in, saying he believes it is “stupid” to do anything but stand with your hand on your heart during the National Anthem. 

The Jaguars play Sunday at EveryBank Field for the first time since the London demonstration.

Read the full report from Crain’s.

IKEA set to open Jacksonville store on November 8th

With construction complete, the finishing touches are being put in place at Jacksonville’s first IKEA.  The store will open at 9am on Wednesday, November 8th. 

The 290,000 square-foot facility off I-295 and Gate Parkway will be IKEA’s fifth store in Florida.

“We are thrilled by the excellent construction progress made to date, and believe we can complete the remaining milestones and interior build-up by early-November. Besides furnishing our store, we are also focused on continuing recruitment and training of all the co-workers joining the IKEA family,” said Leontyne Green Sykes, store manager of the future IKEA Jacksonville. “We look forward to introducing North Florida customers to an exciting new way of shopping for the home.” 

In addition to the more than 500 jobs created from construction, approximately 250 people will work at the new store.  Some positions are still available, and if you’re interested, go to IKEA-USA.COM to apply.

If you’re wanting to be one of the first customers to see the new store, you can begin lining up two days before the store opens.

Relatively shocking: Bernie Sanders, Larry David are distant cousins

For Bernie Sanders and Larry David, it’s all relative.

Sanders, the U.S. senator from Vermont, and David, the man who lampooned him on “Saturday Night Live” during the 2016 election campaign, found out they were distant cousins.

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The PBS show “Finding Your Roots” released a clip of its Season 4 premiere on Tuesday, capturing the moment when both Sanders and David discovered they were related, Mediaite reported.

“What the hell?!” yelled David, the co-creator of “Seinfeld” and the creator-star of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” 

“You’re kidding!” an equally surprised Sanders said. “This true?”

It was. On the show, which premieres Friday on PBS, series host Henry Louis Gates Jr. told both men that their DNA tests revealed they both had more than 97 percent Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry, Variety reported.

Gates and his researchers were able to determine that the family of David’s mother came from the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, with his grandparents having been born in the city of Tarnopol, Poland. In addition to information about David’s grandparents, Gates and his team also uncovered that David’s mother was also born in Poland, Variety reported.

Sanders learned that his family also had roots in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in a region known as Galicia, Variety reported. After World War I, Sanders’ relatives lived in what became part of what is now Poland. Most of the relatives of Sanders’ father remained in Europe and were killed by the Nazis during World War II, Variety reported. Sanders’ uncle was put to death for refusing to hand over a group of Jewish resistors.

Although it was supposed to be kept secret until the season premiere, David leaked the news that he was distantly related to Sanders over the summer, Mediaite reported. 

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