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Seattle launches season-ticket campaign for new NHL team

Fans longing for a professional hockey team in Seattle will soon be able to put down some money for season tickets.

Mayor Jenny Durkan and the Oak View Group, which is trying to bring an NHL team to the city, announced Tuesday that people can make refundable deposits for season tickets at NHLSeattle.com beginning March 1.

The deposits run $500 per ticket for season tickets or $1,000 per ticket for club season tickets, which are center ice, lower-level tickets.

Billionaire David Bonderman and filmmaker Jerry Bruckheimer are leading the effort to bring a team to Seattle. The group submitted its expansion application with the National Hockey League last week.

New Study Proves That Alcohol Will Make You Live Longer Than Going to The Gym! 

Forget hitting the gym... try Hitting the Bottle! you’ll live longer! 

In a study by a neurologist named Claudia Kawas at the University of California, Kawas studied more than 1,700 people over 90 years old for the past 15 years, and found that people who drank around two glasses of beer or wine a day were 18% less likely to die early.

  

People who exercised between 15 and 45 minutes a day were only 11% less likely to die early. In other words, alcohol is more effective at keeping you alive than exercise.

And people who drank two cups of coffee a day were 10% less likely to die early.

 

 

But the best thing of all is . . . having a daily hobby. People who worked on a hobby at least two hours every day were 21% less likely to die early. 

More info here

Post Malone And 21 Savage Coming To Jacksonville! 

Just Announced!!! Post Malone Is coming to Jacksonville with special guest 21 Savage, May 10th, at Daily’s Place Amphitheater! 

Tickets for this show will go on sale Friday, February 23rd at 10 am!

Last time he was here he went to the Beach Bars! 

here’s what to expect at the show!

News of coach killed in Parkland shooting hit former player 'sideways'

As the investigation into the Parkland High School mass shooting continues in South Florida, more people in the Jacksonville, Florida, area with connections to the school are coming forward to talk about the people they lost, including like assistant football coach Aaron Feis.

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“Hearing the stories about Coach Feis, it just, it just totally hit me sideways,” Kaden Culpepper said.

Feis is being remembered as a hero after he shielded students from the shooter and was fatally shot. Culpepper spent four years with Feis and said he was not surprised by his heroism. 

“He just brought so much joy to all of us, the whole school. Coach Feis was the man,” he said.

Culpepper moved to Parkland with his mother at a young age. When he got older, he knew he wanted to play football but didn’t have a lot of money for equipment.

“(Feis) said, ‘Don’t even worry about it. I’ll take care of you,’” Culpepper said.

And he meant it.

>> Florida shooting heroes: 3 coaches, teachers gave lives for students

“Taking me to practice, and picking me up for practice and paying every school year for me to play football out of his own pocket,” Culpepper said.

Culpepper said Feis saw potential in everyone and inspired them to do their best, on and off the field.

“He saw something in me and so many of my brothers on the football team that we didn’t even realize. He brought out the fight in us, he brought out the best in us, and he brought out the men in us. If I didn’t meet Coach Feis, and I didn’t play football for him, I wouldn’t be here,” Culpepper said.

Culpepper doesn’t just admire Coach Feis. He also plans to follow in his footsteps, by becoming a teacher and coach.

“Having an idol like Coach Feis, I can do the same thing,” he said.

Former deputy, crime analyst arrested, accused of soliciting prostitute, officials say

former Jacksonville Sheriff's Office employee is in the Duval County Jail after being accused of soliciting a prostitute near a convenience store. 

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According to a JSO report, Gilbert "Gil" Smith, 57, approached an undercover officer and asked them for oral sex in exchange for $20. Smith was taken into custody at 7:22 p.m. on Thursday. He declined to make a statement, JSO officials said.

Smith is well-known in the community as a former spokesman for JSO and has been working as a crime and safety analyst for Jacksonville's Channel 4 since 2014.

Smith served the community as a JSO officer for 26 years.

On Friday, Smith waived his first appearance in court. 

3 north Florida schools placed on lockdown after teen shot

Three schools were on lockdown Thursday after a Florida student was shot while walking near Parkwood Heights Elementary School in Jacksonville.

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Authorities said the shooting happened at 1:55 p.m. The student attends Lone Star High, a Jacksonville charter school, authorities said. 

The student has non-life threatening injuries, authorities said. The student was hit when a suspect shot from a silver sedan, authorities said. He sought cover behind parked cars and was shot multiple times, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said. 

The victim was taken to Memorial Hospital, they said. 

A bullet struck a window at Parkwood Heights Elementary School, but no one was injured. 

>> Florida school shooting: What we know about the victims

All we know is that (the suspect) was in a silver sedan," deputies said. 

Officials locked down Terry Parker High School and Arlington Middle School, as well as Parkwood Heights Elementary. 

Students from Terry Parker High were released first, then Parkwood Heights Elementary, followed by Arlington Middle School. 

The incident comes a day after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 people died. Nikolas Cruz was arrested and charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. He remains on suicide watch at the Broward County jail.

YouTube Star Posts Hilarious Rap About His Hate For The New Snapchat

Snapchat updated and people HATE IT! literally everyone, so much so that one twitter user has made a custom rap about it! 

I’ll be honest, the rap was like 95% better than some rap that is coming out these days lol

Donald Smith found guilty in 2013 rape, murder of 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle

Jurors took just minutes to find Donald Smith, 61, guilty Wednesday of abducting, raping and killing 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle after luring her away from her family at a Florida Walmart in 2013.

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Jurors found Smith guilty of murder, kidnapping and sexual battery 14 minutes after the case was sent to jurors.

Cherish was abducted from a Walmart in 2013 after Smith persuaded her mother that he would buy the poor family some clothes with a gift card. Smith had introduced himself as a good Samaritan to the mother, Rayne Perrywinkle, at a discount store earlier in the day, saying his wife would meet them at the Walmart and bring the card.

“He saw that (Perrywinkle’s mother) was down on her luck and money was tight,” prosecutor Mark Caliel said Wednesday during closing arguments. “(Smith) made her feel safe with his lies and deception, and then he preyed upon her.” 

 >> On ActionNewsJax.com: Six things we learned after two days of the Cherish Perrywinkle trial 

The wife never showed, and Smith instead lured Cherish away from her mother and two sisters as they shopped. Surveillance footage showed the girl following Smith out of the store and getting into his white van.

“He looks like a harmless old man. Little did (Rayne Perrywinkle) know what lurked beneath the surface,” Caliel said. “Sometimes in this world, we like to think that there is goodness in man. And that day, Rayne Perrywinkle hoped that his intentions were true and pure.”

Cherish's body was found in a Jacksonville creek, and when police arrested Smith his pants were wet. Also, police say his DNA was found all over her body.

“That little girl had to endure a nightmare no child should have to endure,” Caliel said.

Caliel replayed a recording Wednesday of Smith speaking with a fellow inmate at the Duval County Jail two years after Cherish’s murder in which he could be heard talking about a group of girls who are 12 or 13 years old.

"That's right up my alley, right there, that's my target area," he could be heard saying. "I'd like to run into her at Walmart."

Caliel also reminded the jury about autopsy photos that were shown in the courtroom Tuesday and left some jurors in tears.

>> On ActionNewsJax.com: Graphic testimony details moments before Cherish Perrywinkle's death

“Those images will forever be a part of you. They will forever be a part of your memory, burned into your memory,” Caliel said. “I want you to remember what he did to her. How he strangled the life from her body. Three minutes. … That’s how long it took, at a minimum, to take her life, while she fought.”

The penalty phase will begin Tuesday.

The Associated Press and the Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Baby Hit By Truck After Falling Out of SUV

Baby Hit By Truck After Falling Out of SUV

Gas Station Clerk Saves Woman After Seeing Her Mouth "Help"

Gas Station Clerk Saves Woman After Seeing Her Mouth "Help"

Missing Florida teen Kyleigh Kosters found safe after mom's Facebook post goes viral

UPDATE, 3:40 p.m. EST Feb. 12: Missing Florida teen Kyleigh Kosters' family said she has been found safe.

>> Watch the news report here

>> On ActionNewsJax.com: Jacksonville mom's missing teen Facebook post goes viral

ORIGINAL STORY: Kyleigh Kosters, 13, hasn’t been seen since late Saturday, when she reportedly left through the window of her home in the Mandarin neighborhood of Jacksonville, Florida.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office arrived at the family's home at 8 a.m. Sunday and began an investigation

Here are five things to know about her disappearance

1. Kyleigh apparently stuffed pillows under bedsheets to imitate her body. 

JSO said there were clothes on the bed and pillows under the sheets. The window to her room was open, but the blinds were left closed. The screen on the window was pushed out slightly. 

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2. Her family said this is the first time she's run away. 

The family’s home on Lake Fern Drive in Mandarin has security cameras, but Kyleigh was not seen walking away from the house or leaving in a car. 

3. Kyleigh’s dad said Kyleigh had been asking about 'prostitutes.' 

According to JSO, Kyleigh asked her father if prostitutes led a good life. Her laptop had Google searches including “How to find a John” and “what is a pimp.” Her father told JSO that Kyleigh’s biological mother has been referred by Kyleigh as being a prostitute before. 

4. Kyleigh is adopted and has been living with the Kosters for two years. She has no known social media accounts. 

Kyleigh’s father said that he tracks her online activity. Kyleigh’s father added that her social life is “very limited.” 

5. JSO canvassed the neighborhood and found nothing.

Her mother said in a viral Facebook post that she is concerned that Kyleigh “may have taken a bus somewhere.” The post was shared more than 1 million times.

Baby falls out of SUV in Florida, hit by truck

The Sheriff's Office in Jacksonville, Florida, said a 1-year-old boy was struck by a truck after falling out of an SUV.

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Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department was called to Arlington and Lillian roads after someone was hit by a car.

Police said a Chevy Tahoe was turning right when the left rear door opened and the 1-year-old fell out.

"She (the driver) had four kids with her," said JSO Sgt. Donald Washington. "Her 4-year-old daughter was in the front seat. She had her two nephews and her son in the back seat." 

A Chevy Silverado traveling behind the Tahoe ran over the 1-year-old, police said.

The baby, who was not in a car seat, was taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police said the mother claims the child was wearing a seat belt.

The child was among four children in the SUV without car seats.

"At this time, we don’t know how he got out," Washington said. "But it’s been said that he’s been known to open the back door."

Gas station clerk saves woman, calls police after seeing her mouth ‘help’

A Florida convenience store clerk called police and helped save a woman after he saw her mouth the word "help” from a car in the store’s parking lot, according to police.

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The woman was sitting in a car at a Kangaroo Express in Jacksonville just after 1 a.m. on Sunday, according to officials with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

After seeing the woman mouth "help," the clerk called 911 and gave police an accurate vehicle description, which was broadcast to all officers in the area, officials said.

>> Related: Police: Women beat up store employee over Facebook post 

Police said an officer saw the car on Atlantic Boulevard and tried to stop it. The driver fled from police and was arrested after the pursuit ended.

The woman was still in the car. She told police she was walking from one beach bar to another when the suspect, idenitfied as Jose Ramos Sandoval, pulled up and asked her if she needed a ride.

The woman told police she thought Sandoval was friends with a friend of hers, so she accepted the ride. She later realized she did not know him, according to sheriff officials.

The woman said once she was in the car, Sandoval started driving away from her destination.

>> Related: Woman missing for more than 36 hours after car crash found alive in woods

They left the beaches area and pulled into the Kangaroo convenience store. When the woman tried to leave the car Sandoval reached over and grabbed her hair and stopped her from getting out, investigators said.

The woman told police she felt mouthing "help" to the Kangaroo employee was her only chance of escape.

Police officials said Sandoval admitted to the incident. He was arrested on accusations of false imprisonment, fleeing police and violation of probation.

The Sheriff's Office thanked the alert gas station clerk for his help in rescuing the woman.

>> Related: Suspected poacher mauled, eaten by pack of lions in South Africa

"Getting involved makes a difference, we can't thank you enough,"  sheriff officials wrote on Facebook.

Couple's life savings sink away 2 days into boating adventure

A Colorado couple found themselves stranded with their pug named Remy, a cellphone and only a handful of their belongings after their dreams of a life on the sea came crashing down.

“We got so tired of that lifestyle, of doing things to make people do the things they don’t want to do,” said Tanner Broadwell, 26, via the Tampa Bay Times. Broadwell and Nikki Walsh, 24, decided to sell all of their belongings and save money to do what they really wanted: travel the world by sailboat.

Tired of the corporate world, the pair spent two years preparing for their dream. They paid $5,000 for a 1969 Columbia sailboat in Alabama, fixed up the vessel and named it Lagniappe — meaning “bonus” in Creole.

“Like the 13th donut in a dozen,” he explained. “It’s something extra for you.”

The pair learned how to sail from Broadwell’s dad and moved to Tarpon Springs, Florida. The couple lived at the docks for a while before embarking on their journey.

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“We met a bunch of good people. Everybody gave us a nice farewell off the docks,” Broadwell said.

The couple began their trip at Anclote Key on Tuesday. They passed by Clearwater the next day. By the time they pulled into John’s Pass at the end of the day, the trip was over.

The channel leading to the port was dark and foggy when the keel of the Lagniappe was ripped off by something underwater. Walsh was nearly thrown from the deck as she was helping Broadwell guide the boat with a light. Though armed with GPS and maps, the sandbars in the area are said to shift frequently.

The boat began to flood.

Walsh phoned Sea Tow for help, a service similar to AAA. She also only had moments to grab essentials, which were floating in the water.

“I’m just standing there in awe,” she recalled. “I just lost everything I ever owned. I see my things floating away and I can’t get to them.”

Sea Tow told the pair they would be there in 40 minutes. When they arrived an hour later, they ran into an issue getting to the boat.

With the Lagniappe sinking in water that was only about 9 feet deep, Sea Tow was unable to reach them in the shallow water. Already wearing their life jackets, the couple and their dog were forced to jump overboard.

The couple was stuck on the side of the road without money and with very few belongings. Broadwell was even without a shirt. Broadwell’s mother helped them get an Uber, which took them to a cheap motel.

On Thursday, some of the people they met in Tarpon Springs arrived to help them. Broadwell’s mother also traveled from Jacksonville to help.

“People came out of nowhere,” Walsh said. “Everyone just started showing up to help us.”

Despite the help, they learned by Friday that their problems were only continuing.

With only $90 to their name, they learned that they would have to spend up to $10,000 to retrieve their boat.

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But all is not lost, especially their dream.

“I’m not going to give up now. I’m going to get another boat down the road,” Broadwell said.

“We can’t just give up on our dreams,” Walsh added.

The couple has considered staying with Broadwell’s mother while they look for work.

According to the New York Post, the couple began a GoFundMe to help retrieve their boat.

Study Shows 1 in 25 People Would pick Pizza Over A Boyfriend Or Girlfriend. 

Today is National Pizza Day! YAY... but to take it to a disturbing fact, a study has shown that 1 in 25 people would take a cheesy slice over a Boyfriend or Girlfriend... THAT NUMBER SHOULD BE WAY HIGHER! like 2 out of 5 lol

Here are some more crazy Pizza Facts, thanks to National Today!! 

1. 57% of people say they LOVE pizza . . . 41% say they wouldn't go as far as to say they love it, but they like it a lot . . . and 2% say they hate pizza. How can you hate pizza?

 

2. 30% of us eat pizza at least once a week.

 

3. 22% of us can eat an entire pizza by ourselves.

 

4. Our favorite toppings are: Cheese . . . pepperoni . . . sausage . . . mushrooms . . . bacon . . . onions . . . green peppers . . . black olives . . . Canadian bacon . . .

and pineapple. <------ EW i’m still mad about this! 

 

Win Tickets All This Week To See The Revivalists At The Florida Theatre 

All This week X106.5 will be giving away tickets to see The Revivalists, when they come to Jacksonville at the Florida Theatre April 14th! 

The Revivalists, are praised for their eclectic Southern mix of jazz-funk grooves, blues-rock grit and warm melodies. Their latest album Men Amongst Mountains features the chart-topping hit single “Wish I Knew You,” which skyrocketed to #1 on the Adult Alternative charts and Alternative Radio.

Rolling Stone Magazine has named The Revivalists one of the “10 Artists You Need To Know.”

You can always buy your tickets here! 

Amtrak survivor from Florida: 'There were bodies everywhere'

Passengers from Florida were among the 116 people hurt in a deadly Amtrak train crash in South Carolina.

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National Transportation Safety Board investigators said the passenger train was traveling south when it came to a switch in the tracks that diverted it to a side rail, where a freight train was parked.

“It shook a lot and it came off the rails. Everybody was panicking,” Kevin Lucien said. “You could smell gasoline.”

The crash caused the lead engine and several passenger cars to derail, officials said.

Two Amtrak employees were killed: Michael Cella, 36, who was the conductor; and Michael Kempf, 54.

“There were bodies everywhere. The seats came up off the floor, glass came out all over the train – just bodies lying everywhere on top of one another,” Jacksonville resident Wendy Comerico said.

She was among the passengers bused to Jacksonville after the crash. She said it seemed like everyone on the train was hurt. 

“I’ve never seen anything like it ever,” Comerico said.

>> Amtrak train collides with CSX freight train

The NTSB said investigators recovered video from a forward-facing camera on the Amtrak train. They are searching for the trains’ data recorders and other evidence.

“It was real dark. A few train parts laying here, laying there and a lot of diesel fuel all over the ground,” Izzachas Larison said after getting off the bus in Jacksonville.

An NTSB spokesman said the agency will not speculate on what caused the crash. Investigators are expected to be at the crash site for five to seven days.

“A couple of lives were lost, but we made it. We just prayed all the way home,” Comerico said.

Massachusetts man with cerebral palsy will realize Super Bowl dream

A Massachusetts man doesn't let personal struggles stand in the way of his dreams. He works as a ticket taker at every New England Patriots game at Gillette Stadium, and on Sunday he'll be at Super Bowl LII when his favorite team takes the field.

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Liz and William Fahey arrived in Minneapolis Thursday night and they are beyond excited to be a part of the entire experience -- made possible by a mother's determination. 

"We have a saying. … where there's a William, there's a way," Liz Fahey said.

Liz Fahey said when it looked like the Patriots were going to another Super Bowl, she had to find a way to get her son there.

William's attachment to the team and quarterback Tom Brady only grew, despite his cerebral palsy, when he joined the ranks at Gillette Stadium five years ago.

"He always wanted to work in professional sports and wanted to be involved with football, which is his favorite sport,” Liz Fahey said. 

"I work the concerts, the soccer games ..." William Fahey said.

"He’s been working for the team for five years, and, every year they go to the Super Bowl, and every year he asks can we go to the Super Bowl," Liz Fahey said.

So as the playoffs began, Liz began laying the groundwork for the big trip, the airfare and a place to stay. After the Patriots defeated Jacksonville in the AFC Championship game, she went on Facebook for help tracking down ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) seats for the Super Bowl.

"I came down and I said, 'We're going to the Super Bowl' and he said 'We?'" Liz said.

They had their tickets and were on their way to a dream come true.

"I just feel that there's a purpose that I'm here and able to go," William Fahey said.

All made possible by Mom.

"This is what drives Will and keeps him focused and happy -- and anything that can bring so much joy to him -- I’m just so grateful for the opportunity he’s had," she said.

Jacksonville Gets Ranked One Of The Worst Cities For Dating.

Singles in america released a study of the worst cities to date in... and our lovely 904 is among the worst... Do you agree? 

First, To understand their graph we need to catch you up on their verbiage:

Ok, Now that you know “Ghosting,” “Zombie’ing” and “Breadcrumbing” here’s the graph of the worst places in the U.S.A for these:

Shout out to Austin, Nashville, and Portland for being worse than us... but after that... NOT GOOD. For real this tells me dating in Austin must SUCK!!! 

See for yourself --> Tap here

Patriots' Rob Gronkowski cleared to play in Super Bowl

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been cleared from the NFL's concussion protocol, allowing him to play in Super Bowl LII on Sunday.

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The league announced the update to Gronkowski's status just before 4 p.m. Thursday.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday night after an event promoting the Madden 18 video game, Gronk told reporters he would play in the Super Bowl.

He confirmed that on Thursday, telling reporters in Minneapolis that he was “ready to roll.”

“I officially got the word today that I was cleared, so it is super nice to hear from the doctors going through the whole process,” Gronkowski said.

Jacksonville Jaguars safety Barry Church has reportedly been fined more than $24,000 for the hit, which took the Patriots tight end out just before halftime.

“It’s football,” Gronkowski said Thursday when asked about the hit. “It is what it is. It’s a split-second to make a decision.

“It’s running full speed one way -- I’m going the other way. It’s just part of the game. It happens, and (you have) just got to move on.”

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