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Fire at Mandarin High Started Intentionally; No Suspects

Fire at Mandarin High Started Intentionally; No Suspects

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There are no suspects yet in the fire at Mandarin High School in the school auditorium this morning.

State Fire Marshal's Office detective Andy Redding said the fire appears to have been intentionally set in a trash can in a second-floor storage area in the auditorium.

Redding said it caused about $100 in damage. Investigators are still at the scene.

Another fire was started more than a week ago in a school storage shed. The shed is a free-standing building, said Duval schools spokesperson Jill Johnson.

Two students were arrested in connection with that incident, she said.

Johnson said the school is working with school police on the investigation.

Athletics in Duval County Schools Could be Gone Due to Budget Cuts

Athletics in Duval County Schools Could be Gone Due to Budget Cuts

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Education budget cuts proposed by Gov. Rick Scott will likely mean the end of sports of any kind in Duval County Schools, according to the chairman of the Duval County School Board.

First Coast News reported two weeks ago that athletic programs were on the table for possible budget cuts as a result of pending legislation.

W.C. Gentry told First Coast News if all the state budget cuts being proposed are made, it is a virtual certainty the upcoming school year will be without sports.

"We cannot right now, looking at the budget, we cannot get there and keep our education system intact without virtually eliminating all extracurricular activities" said Gentry. "There is no money to do anything other than what the state mandates and  what we have to do to maintain accreditation, so that is where we stand."

Students Compete in Annual Regional Robotics Tournament at UNF

Students Compete in Annual Regional Robotics Tournament at UNF

Get ready for a high-energy, high-tech educational experience as the Florida Regional Botball Tournament heads to the University of North Florida. Fourteen teams from Florida schools and as far away as Zimbabwe will be competing Saturday, March 12, on campus at the Student Union Ballroom, Building 58W, Rooms 3703A-3703D. Seeding rounds begin at 9:30 a.m. and the double-elimination tournament starts at 12:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Duval County Public Schools’ History Fair Winners Selected

More than 230 students representing 18 Duval County middle and high schools and charter schools recently participated in the 25th annual Duval County History Fair at Atlantic Coast High School. 

Talk Show Host Laura Ingraham to Visit UNF

Talk Show Host Laura Ingraham to Visit UNF

Nationally syndicated conservative talk radio host and bestselling author Laura Ingraham, brings her edgy political perspective live to her fans on April 7, 2011, at the University of North Florida’s Lazzara Hall.  Doors will open at 7:00 pm.

Enter the 2011 Storytellers Photography Competition

Click. Snap. Story! Do you have what it takes to tell a story through the lens of a camera? Enter The Art Institute of Jacksonville’s 2011 Storytellers Photography Competition for a chance to compete for a tuition scholarship toward a photography program.     
The Art Institute of Jacksonville’s 2011 Storytellers Photography Competition is open to high school seniors graduating in 2011 and high school graduates in the U.S. The competition offers students the opportunity to earn a scholarship to a participating Art Institutes school.

The Kappa Sigma Fraternity At UNF Supports Military With 2nd Annual Rubber Ducky Race

The Kappa Sigma Fraternity At UNF Supports Military With 2nd Annual Rubber Ducky Race

On March 3, the Kappa Sigma Fraternity at the University of North Florida will be hosting its second annual Rubber Ducky Race benefiting the Fisher House Foundation.

The ducks, which can be purchased from brothers for a small donation, will be raced at the Osprey Fountains dormitory on campus. The dormitory, which was built in 2009, features a lazy river swimming pool where the race will occur.