Aretha Franklin Surrounded By Family and Friends

The Queen of Soul is ‘gravely ill’. Upon the news last night, family and friend have gathered to be with her during this time.

Franklin last performed in November of last year, and recently cancelled all upcoming shows. While she cancelled touring she still planned on recording, and occasionally performing at her namesake nightclub in Detroit.

Franklin was the first female to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and was listed as Rolling Stones Greatest Singer of All Time.

Aretha Franklin ‘Gravely Ill’

Space Force By 2020

Earlier today, Vice President Mike Pence called for dominance in space. A direct appeal to the Pentagon to create a sixth military branch- the Space Force to be implemented by 2020.

“As their actions make clear, our adversaries have transformed space into a warfighting domain already and the United States will not shrink from this challenge,” he said. “Under President Trump’s leadership, we will meet it head on — to defend our nation, and build a peaceful future here on Earth and in space.”

There will be a lot of work put into creating the new branch, and it is planned to hit the ground running. This is real. For more on the story click below!

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Two Arrested Following Alligator Stunt

Two men have been arrested following the incident last weekend where they entered a convenience store carrying a live alligator, while running around and shouting. They were both also charged with illegal possession of an American alligator and illegal exhibition of dangerous wildlife.

The man claims to have known everybody in the store and said that it was all fun in games. However, the state commission does not see it that way.

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Coyotes Roaming Atlantic Beach

Several sightings of coyetes in the Atlantic Beach area have neighbors on alert. Wildlife is starting to dimish, and family pets are going missing. Right now the city is working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to determine what the next step will be. Right now they are urging people to keep reporting sightings.

For now, walk all pets on a leash, and keep trash cans inside. The fear is that soon they will pounce on all of the cats and look to the next food sourse.

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Locals Express Their Feelings Towards The Problem

This Friday Dont Miss Out On $1 Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

Krispy Kreme is celebrating their 81st year in business in the best way. This Friday only, July 27th, for any dozen doughnuts you buy, get a dozen of the classic Original Glazed® Doughnuts for only $1.

Krispy Kreme is also releasing a new Glazed Confetti Doughnut that tastes like birthday cake from Friday, July 27th through Thursday, August 2nd!

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Release Posthumous Box Set

‘An American Treasure’ is a Four disc box set that includes 60 songs total. The songs were selected by Petty’s daughter Adria, his wife Dana, as well as the remaining Heartbreakers Benmont Tench, Mike Campbell and “longtime studio collaborator” Ryan Ulyate.

The set will include live recordings, as well as previously unreleased tracks alternate versions of old favorites. There will also be a less expensive 2 disc set! Click below for more about the Set.

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Rod Stewart Announces New Album to Go With Summer Tour

Rod Stewart, at 73 years old is proving age is just a number. At the Hollywood Bowl in California he performed many of his classics like “Maggie May,” “Tonight’s the Night,” “You’re in My Heart,” “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy,” and more. To go with the classics, he introduced one of his new songs off  “Hole in My Heart”. The new album Blood Red Roses is set to release in September.

He was joined on stage with Cyndi Lauper, putting on a show like they haven’t lost a step. A little bit of a drive from Jax, but the tour will be stopping in Hollywood, Fl July 6th, and Tampa Fl, July 8th!

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Mayor Curry Favors Demolishing the Jacksonville Landing

Mayor Lenny Curry is in favor of the city overtaking the Jacksonville Landing and tearing it down, in favor of a riverfront park. What Curry calls the “front lawn for the core of downtown.” On the sides of the park he envisions two commercial buildings, much smaller in size than the current Landing.

While the Sleiman family has a lease on the property through 2056, the city contends Jacksonville Landing Investments failed to operate the Landing as a first-class retail facility as required by the lease, finding a way to seize and take over. The rebuttle is that the city has made it impossible for them to operate as a first-class retail facility and in turn failed to uphold their part of the lease.

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Man Struck By Lightning on Atlantic Beach

A man has been hospitalized after being struck by lightning while at the beach Monday afternoon, just before 2:45 p.m. He was conscious while being transported to the hospital, and told the lifeguards that he felt the lightning’s charge from his head through his foot.

Atlantic Beach police said about an hour later that lightning from another, larger thunderstorm passed over the beaches and struck the roof of a house and caused a fire that burned through the roof of the home on Oceanwalk Drive South. The couple was home at the time, and although they did not realize that a fire has started at first, they got out safely and no injuries were reported. One third of the attic caught fire.

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