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Report: South Florida candidate compares Parkland activists to Hitler

A South Florida City Council candidate used Facebook posts to compare two teen activists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to Adolf Hitler, communists and actors, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

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Ximena Hommel is running for a seat on the Plantation City Council. Although her social media posts have been deleted, Hommel has posted links and memes about David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez, who gained national attention after a gunman shot and killed 17 people at the Parkland high school Feb. 14.

A Feb. 21 post included a link to a story about Hogg reading “it’s all theater,” and suggested he was rehearsing scripted lines. A March 25 post included side-by-side photos of Hogg with his right arm raised, next to a saluting Hitler.

On the same day, Hommel posted a photo showing Hogg and Gonzalez wearing Russian-style hats with the caption, “Give us your guns, comrades,” the Sun-Sentinel reported.

Hommel, a former police officer in Plantation, told the newspaper she had no regrets about the posts and will not apologize for reposting links and memes.

“I shared it and I made it public,” Hommel told the Sun-Sentinel. “I posted it from other pages because I don’t believe (Hogg and Gonzalez) represent the victims of the school. Go talk to the real victims.

“I don’t like they are portraying themselves as the victims ’cause they’re not.”

Convoy of Care: St. Augustine Supply Drive 

With hundreds of families still living in emergency shelters, and countless others with damaged homes following Hurricane Michael, Cox Media Group Jacksonville is collecting disaster relief items at another Convoy of Care. 

News 104.5 WOKV and our other CMG radio stations are once again partnering with Action News Jax to collect bottled water, non-perishable food and more on Tuesday, October 23rd at Bozard Ford Lincoln at the St. Augustine Outlets from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Cleaning supplies, children’s toys, pet food and hygiene products are also needed. 

If you would rather make a cash donation you can do so at any VyStar Credit Union branch. 

Our first Convoy of Care collected more than 43 tons of supplies.  We were there as five trucks arrived in the Panhandle and dropped off the supplies at emergency shelters.  

Here is our complete supply list: 

 Cleaning supplies 

 Toys/activities for children 

 Pet food 

 Nonperishable food 

 Hygiene products 

 Bug spray 

 Baby supplies 

 Snacks 

 Sanitary Napkins 

 Gift cards 

 Water  

Convoy of Care: 43 tons of supplies arrive in Panhandle to help hurricane victims

43 tons of supplies, loaded on to five trucks and destined for our friends in the Panhandle. 

Thank you, NE Florida, for donating to the Convoy of Care on Tuesday.  Your generous donations left Jacksonville this morning and arrived in the Panhandle just after Noon.  

Bottled water and other supplies will make an immediate impact for countless families who lost so much in Hurricane Michael. 

The supplies will be distributed to people living in shelters at schools and churches in the Panhandle after arriving later today. 

We continue to collect cash donations at any VyStar Credit union branch through October 31.  Thanks to our partners for donating their services and their time: 

Maggiano’s Little Italy

St. Johns Town Center

Tom Nehl Truck Company 

Lighthouse Movers 

Reads Moving Systems

Pennsylvania GOP candidate vows to 'stomp' foe's face 'with golf spikes'

The Republican candidate for governor in Pennsylvania promised Gov. Tom Wolf in a video that he was “going to stomp all over your face with golf spikes,” CNN reported Saturday.

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In a Facebook video that has since been removed, Scott Wagner is shown jabbing his finger at the camera and addressing Wolf.

."Somewhere yesterday, your people said that I raised a ... white flag," CNN reported Wagner as saying. “Well, Gov. Wolf, let me tell you, between now and November 6, you better put a catcher's mask on your face," he adds. "Because I'm going to stomp all over your face with golf spikes because I'm going to win this for the state of Pennsylvania."

Wolf, a Democrat seeking a second term, leads Wagner in at least five polls.

Andrew Romeo, Wagner’s campaign manager, said in a statement that the candidate's comments “were not to be taken literally," CNN reported.

Hurricane Michael: Local closures, cancellations, resources 

As NE Florida feels fringe effects from Hurricane Michael, local organizations and institutions are closing early and cancelling events. Here is a running list of closures and cancellations:

Duval County: 

Duval County Public Schools has cancelled after school activities including sports and clubs.  However, Extended Day programs will operate as normal. 

Florida State College at Jacksonville is closing campuses and centers today at 4pm.  A decision regarding reopening will be announced by 6am on Thursday. 

Jacksonville University is closing its campus at 3pm today. All classes and outdoor events have been cancelled the main campus and JU Downtown.  Campus will resume normal activity at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

The University of North Florida is operating as normal through the day on Wednesday. 

Edward Waters College is closing at 4:30PM and all evening classes are canceled Wednesday 

Clay County: 

Clay County Public Schools has cancelled after school activities, however the YMCA After School Program will not be affected.

St. Johns County:

A spokesperson for the St. Johns County Public Schools says all activities, including after school events, are running on schedule. 

Beach driving is restricted through Thursday county-wide. 

Parks and Rec has cancelled all activities at County Parks and Community Centers Wednesday night

Baker County: 

Baker County Public Schools are closed on Wednesday and Thursday.

WEDNESDAY UPDATE: Emergency Management says they closed the shelters--- Shelters are open at Ed Fraser Hospital at North 3rd Street in Macclenny, and at Macclenny Elementary School on Wild Kitten Drive.  

Nassau County: 

So far, Nassau County Public Schools has not announced any changes in its after school activities.  

County and city beaches are closed in Nassau County. 

Hurricane Michael: How to volunteer and donate to Florida's Disaster Fund

With Hurricane Michael anticipated to be one of the worst storms to hit Florida's Panhandle since at least 2004, the state is coordinating volunteers and donations to help before, during, and after the storm. 

Governor Rick Scott's office says Volunteer Florida will be the state's lead agency on this task, with established resources for individuals and groups who want to support relief and recovery efforts. 

If you interested in volunteering or just donating, you can visit VolunteerFlorida.org

If you're one of those interested in volunteering, specifically, you can than register for the volunteer database on that site, which includes things like your name, skills and experiences, and more. 

Once you register, disaster response organizations, like the American Red Cross or the Salvation Army, can reach out to qualified volunteers, depending on needs.

Duval, Clay cancel after school activities ahead of Hurricane Michael

Out of caution for the bad weather we’re expecting from Hurricane Michael, some local school districts are calling off after school activities Wednesday.

In Clay County, classes will take place as normal, and District Offices will be open. The YMCA After School Program will not be affected, but any other after school activities have been called off. 

Duval County likewise says schools will be open Wednesday, and Extended Day programs will operate as normal, but all other after school activities- including sports and clubs- are canceled. 

Baker County has schools closed and classes canceled Thursday and Friday. 

This is a developing story that will be updated through the day.

Baker County closes schools, opens shelters ahead of Hurricane Michael

With Hurricane Michael approaching the Florida Panhandle, Baker County Emergency Management is acting. 

The Baker County Public School District will be closed Wednesday and Thursday. The School District says this is based on direction from the Governor’s Office, which included Baker County in the state of emergency declaration for Michael. Classes are expected to resume as normal on Friday. 

Macclenny Elementary is opening as a general population emergency shelter at 6PM tonight. They will accept pets, but you’re encouraged to call ahead of time to ensure you have everything needed to help with that process. You can get those questions answered at 904-259-6111. 

A special needs shelter is opening at 6PM as well at Ed Fraser Memorial Hospital. Emergency Manager Captain Chris Volz says, at this time, they don’t anticipate needing to open another shelter, but they will closely monitor conditions.

“The only thing we really can’t measure for is traffic that will be heading east on I-10, from our neighbors to the west, who are going to be in a significantly impacted area. So, if that happens, we’ll address that as it comes,” he says.

Volz says the main concern for Baker County continues to be the wind, and specifically the wind knocking down trees and limbs. That can both damage power lines and pose a risk to mobile homes.

“We have a large population in our county of folks who live in mobile homes and other structures, that maybe are not capable of withstanding a significant wind. So, we want everyone to be vigilant about this storm, to make sure that you’re in a safe place,” Volz says.

If you plan to go to a shelter, Volz recommends bringing food and water, pillows and blankets, and any other items  you may want to get you through the next couple of days. You must also bring identification with you.

Baker County and City of Macclenny offices will also be closed on Wednesday and Thursday. City garbage pickup for Wednesday will be pushed to Thursday, and Thursday collection will take place Friday.

If you want sandbags, you can get six per person at the City of Macclenny Yard on Hartline Drive, behind the Health Department. You must fill the bags yourself.

Jacksonville Zoo welcomes baby gorilla

A 4.8-pound baby Western lowland gorilla has become the latest addition at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.

The little one does not yet have a name. The  Zoo plans to use the ability to name her as a fundraising opportunity, to raise money for both her care and for wild gorilla conservation.

JZG’s 22-year-old Western lowland gorilla Kumbuka and 42-year-old silverback Lash were paired, with the Zoo saying Kumbuka is the most genetically valuable female in the Gorilla Species Survival Plan. This baby is considered important to the North American program, because wild gorillas are no longer captured for zoos.

Kumbuka lost two previous babies at a different zoo because she improperly carried and cradled them. It’s believed this is because of a hearing disability that may inhibit her from hearing and detecting distress by her babies. Because of that disability- which was diagnosed through consultation with Nemours Children’s Specialty Care in 2017- the Zoo put together a specialized birth management plan to try to improve the chance of maternal success. This included keepers teaching her the right way to position a baby, as well as preparing possible alternate plans.

While Kumbuka initially had normal maternal behavior toward her new daughter, she was again showing signs of improper handling, so the Zoo decided to remove the baby for “short-term assisted rearing” by gorilla staff. This was done because the Zoo believed the baby’s life was in danger, and they say the decision is supported by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Gorilla Species Survival Plan group.

GALLERY: Jacksonville Zoo welcomes baby Western lowland gorilla

While the baby is not with her mother, JZG says Kumbuka is able to see and smell her, and they are being kept close to one another. Gorilla care staff continue to teach Kumbuka the right way to hold the baby, and when the baby is strong enough to adjust herself- which is expected to be in about four months- the Zoo hopes to reunite the two.

For now, they say the baby is progressing well.

Kumbuka and the other gorillas live in JZG’s newly opened “African Forest” exhibit, which features a 50-foot tall tree that the animals can interact with and a trail system that gives them options for how to experience their home. It’s a mixed-special exhibit, which also includes colobus monkeys and mandrills.

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