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Pulmonologist from St. Vincent's Warns of Health Effects from Wildfire Smoke

Pulmonologist from St. Vincent's Warns of Health Effects from Wildfire Smoke

Phyisicans at St. Vincent's Medical Center are warning people about the health effects of the smoke from recent wildfires.  Doctors say they are seeing a rise in the number of patients complaining about irritation from smoke.

Pulmonologist Dr. Thomas Szwed, who works at St. Vincent's Medical Center, says people exercising outdoors may feel the effects.

UNF Professor Leads Double Life, With A Side of Sinister

UNF Professor Leads Double Life, With A Side of Sinister

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Whoa, whoa, whoa... before you get worried, just know that this double life isn't a bad one. No, this story is NOT about a professor who's made bad decisions. This story is about a 13-year University of North Florida English professor who teaches English Romanticism by day.

But it's Michael Wiley's second job that prompts the "sinister" tag in the headline.

"I spend my days talking poetry and of the poets that winded through England," he said.

"My nights are spent writing in the noir scenes of Chicago."

Wiley has written speeches, essays, and has had articles published in magazines.

But it's his latest project, his private detective based series of novels that seems to have him most excited.

"The three titles are The Last Strip Tease, The Bad Kitty Lounge and A Bad Night's Sleep," he said.

His latest, A Bad Night's Sleep, will be released on June 21.

Hands-Only CPR Takes 60 Seconds to Learn and Could SAVE the Life of Someone You LOVE

Hands-Only CPR Takes 60 Seconds to Learn and Could SAVE the Life of Someone You LOVE

Did you know, CPR Week runs from June 1 to June 7? In celebration of National CPR Week we want you to know that anyone can learn CPR – and everyone should! Sadly, 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed. This alarming statistic could hit close to home, because home is exactly where 80 percent of cardiac arrests occur. Put very simply: The life you save with CPR is mostly likely to be someone you love.

 This June, in honor of National CPR Week, the American Heart Association is calling on all Americans to learn how to give Hands-Only CPR by watching a simple one-minute video at heart.org/cpr.

Tom Trout: The Man, The Sign

Tom Trout: The Man, The Sign

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- If Interstate 95 is the artery that feeds Jacksonville, then at the Bowden exit Tom Trout has added some heart.

"I kinda snoop around the office every now and then," the 84-year-old retired business owner said.

Once a week he makes a trip to the office his son now operates. "I'm just letting my presence be felt," he said.

He does still have a job though.

Once a week, it's his responsibility to come up with a new phrase for the sign that towers over the building and is seen by thousands each day from the interstate.

"I'm up to 1,615 sayings I think," Trout said.

He keeps a notebook of catchy phrases that have been collected since he put the sign up back in 1983. "My motivation each day is trying to change someone's life for the better."

Past sayings include:

Wedding Gift and Registry Workshops

Wedding Gift and Registry Workshops

Go to Potterybarn to learn more about the girft registry and let their experts help you create the home of your dreams!! This calss will be held on every Tueaday evening at 6 p.m. Contact your local store to RSVP.

New Census Data Released; Interactive Map

New Census Data Released; Interactive Map

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The nation's population is up nearly 10 percent, and Jacksonville is the country's 11th most populated city. 

Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released more details about who Americans are and where they live.

Florida is the fourth most populated state in the 2010 Census, trailing New York by about half a million residents. Jacksonville has 821,784 citizens in the city limits, and just over 59 percent are listed as white, almost 31 percent are African American, and slightly under 8 percent are Hispanic.

Slightly over half of the city is female, and the largest age segment is those 35-49, comprising more than one in five residents.

Significantly more people own homes than rent, and there are 43,167 vacant houses in the city.

INTERACTIVE MAP: SEE THE DATA FOR YOUR CITY

JSO Employees Donate 1,700 Pounds of Pet Food to Animal Care and Protective Services

JSO Employees Donate 1,700 Pounds of Pet Food to Animal Care and Protective Services

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office employees this week donated approximately 600 pounds of dog and cat food and treats to the city’s Animal Care & Protective Services’ Pet Meals on Wheels program. The food will be distributed to senior pet owners who participate in the Meals on Wheels program and may have trouble affording pet food.

“Many times, these seniors are sharing their Meals on Wheels food deliveries with their cats or dogs,” said Christine Parker, community relations supervisor for ACPS. “This helps them to keep their beloved pets – and themselves – nourished.”

The food was collected during a month-long pet food drive at JSO locations across the city. The food drive, spearheaded by Officer Tanya Nelson, took place in March.