Saturday, September 14, 2013


Some of today's headlines that caught my attention.

DCF Northeast Florida Region Director David Abramowitz, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and Edward Waters College president Nathaniel Glover, Jr. acknowledge the gathered crowd as they hang a plaque in the Schell-Sweet Community resource Center on the Edward Waters College Campus Thursday afternoon. Representatives of local and state organizations wrapped up the Community of Hope event at Edward Waters College Thursday afternoon, September 12, 2013 with speakers at the Milne Auditorium on the school's campus. The group, organized by the Department of Children and Families, was seeking solutions to deal with the city's highest rates of poverty, health problems, crime and unemployment found in the 32209 zip code.  BOB SELF

'Great investment' being made in 32209 ZIP code's future

They spent Thursday morning talking about their largely impoverished neighborhoods on Jacksonville’s Northwest side and what changes need to be made to make their families safe, healthy and successful.
They spent the afternoon getting fired up about making those changes.
“I feel a lot of energy,” said David Abramowitz, Northeast region director for the state Department of Children and Families, which is leading the “Community of Hope” initiative.
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Florida Bans Obamacare Navigators From Helping Uninsured At County Heath Departments

Janie Campbell
Posted:   |  Updated: 09/12/2013 8:17 pm EDT  
florida bans obamacare navigatorsFlorida Governor Rick Scott speaks with the media after holding a Florida Cabinet at the Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus Auditorium on August 20, 2013 in Miami, Florida. The governor released a press release yesterday indicating he has privacy concerns surrounding the Obama Administrations use of taxpayer-funded organizers called 'Navigators' to sign up Floridians on federal health exchanges. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
 Florida has issued an order that will prevent residents from finding out how they can sign up for expanded subsidized health insurance at county health departments.
The directive bans the outreach activities of "navigators," or counselors hired under the Affordable Care Act to help low-income, uninsured residents sign up for the state's expanded insurance program.
"This is another blatant and shameful attempt to intimidate groups who will be working to inform Americans about their new health insurance options and help them enroll in coverage, just like Medicare counselors have been doing for years," said U.S. Department of Health and Human Services spokesman Fabien Levy.
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 18-year-old killer of Brunswick toddler gets life without parole plus 105 years 

De'Marquise Elkins stands between his public defenders Kevin Gough and Ashley Wood before he was sentenced to life without parole plus 105 years.  TERRY DICKSON

09/13/13 - 12:44am 
By Terry Dickson
Source: Jacksonville.Com      
Superior Court Judge Stephen Kelley imposed a sentence on De’Marquise Elkins 10 years longer than the district attorney asked for and far longer than the life with the possibility of parole plus five years his lawyers requested.
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