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• Jacksonville Area Legal Aid is hosting a seminar Friday at 9 a.m. at the Main Library in the Conference Center. The seminar is aimed at attorneys and will focus on estate planning, probate, elder law and criminal and general law. The cost is $130, but there’s a special reduced fee of $80 for legal aid, legal services and government attorneys. The seminar is Florida Bar approved for 3.5 general CLER credits, .50 ethics credits and 2 mental illness awareness credits. For more, go to

• For Council President Ronnie Fussell, Georgia’s loss Saturday to Florida was more than just disappointing for the Bulldogs booster. The loss will cost Fussell a tie. Seems at the last Council meeting, a bet was made and Tuesday the Gators on Council will all get to cut a piece of one of Fussell’s bright red neckties, which he says won’t be one of his good ones. All’s not lost though. Fussell says lobbyist Paul Harden still owes him a car wash from last year’s game, which Georgia won.

• The Duval County Tourist Development Council will hold its quarterly meeting Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. in City Council Chambers. By virtue of being Council President, Ronnie Fussell chairs the TDC.

• The Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Committee has received six applications for the seat that will be vacated by Justice Harry Lee Anstead in January 2009. Anstead has reached mandatory retirement and applicants have until the close of business Friday to submit an application for the seat.

• American Heroes at the Landing is gone. According to Landing Public Relations Director Rachel Nudge, the restaurant’s lease was up. “It was a short term lease,” said Nudge. “We’re working on ideas on what will go there.” Plans for the space have not yet been made.

• Speaking of the Landing, Trainworks, Inc. is in the process of putting together a few trains in the food court. The trains will run during Landing hours in the food court. Tenants will also have their logos along the cars.

• If you’re at Jacksonville International Airport this afternoon, don’t panic if it looks like you might be in the middle of a disaster. The Jacksonville Aviation Authority and the Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department will hold a terminal evacuation drill at 1:30 p.m. Volunteers have been recruited to run screaming through the old Concourse C and exercise-generated smoke will “permeate” the area. Paramedics and firefighters will practice emergency response during the mock crisis.

• Laura Street between Duval and Monroe streets will be closed Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The Digital Bookmobile will be parked in front of the Main Library to offer interactive educational resources for people who’d like to learn more about online downloadable materials available from the Jacksonville Public Library. The exhibit will be open 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

• Downtown streets will also be closed for Tuesday’s Veterans Day Parade. The parade route will begin at the Osborn Convention Center and end at Municipal Stadium. Parking will be prohibited on portions of Water, Newnan and Bay streets beginning at 5 a.m. with complete street closures scheduled for 10:45 a.m. until the parade is over at 1 p.m. Hogan Street, from Water Street to the St. Johns River, will also be closed all day Tuesday.

• Treaty Oak at Jessie Ball duPont Park will host the next “Movie in the Park” sponsored by Mayor John Peyton’s Book Club “Great Outdoor Adventure” program on Nov. 15 at 5:45 p.m. Free parking is available at the Suddath garage on Flagler Street. Free popcorn will be available during the showing of “An American Tail.” Pizza, hot chocolate and other beverages will be sold at the event.

• The Duval County School Board honored Bank of America at its meeting Monday night. The company was recognized for its mentoring and volunteerism in public schools throughout Duval County.



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