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Jax Doctor Agrees, Cussing Can Cut Pain

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Next time you stub your toe, go ahead and let those four-letter words fly. Cursing actually does help dull our perception of pain, research suggests.

In the study, researchers from the UK's Keele University asked participants for five words they'd likely use after hitting their thumb with a hammer; the first word listed would be their go-to profanity during the experiment. (They were also asked to list five boring words -- ones they'd use to describe a table.)

Participants were then instructed to submerge their unclenched hand in a container of 41-degree water, and keep it there -- while repeatedly cursing -- for as long as they could. Before and after plunging their hands into the chilly water, their heart rate was recorded. And after they could no longer stand the cold temperature, they were asked to rate the amount of pain they were in, too.

We spoke to a local doctor who said she agrees with the research.

Energy Audit Employee Quits Job Over Harrassing Calls

Energy Audit Employee Quits Job Over Harrassing Calls

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Vincent Beneduce says he worked for energy audit companies for eight days before he quit.

He did not like their sales techniques, he said, calling them relentless and misleading. "They way they're harassing people to get these appointments is unethical and it is dishonest."

In fact, there have been viewer complaints to First Coast News of incessant calls from companies offering free energy audits, and ultimately sales of energy saving products.

Beneduce still has his appointment book of glossy graphics and lists of reasons a homeowner should buy energy saving devices at a high price.

"If they were honest they wouldn't have to call people 30 times and that is the dishonest part that I am talking about," he said.

When asked about his employer, Beneduce gave the names of several companies. It's not a quick answer.

What's Going on this Weekend?

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Yea! The weekend is here, let's give you a look at some of the events happening on the First Coast.

Tonight, there is another free movie at the the Treaty Oak in downtown Jacksonville. It's Neverending Story. The movie starts at 8 p.m. 

Tomorrow, the Bell River Community on the southside is hosting a garage sale from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.  Twenty families in the neighborhood are selling their things.

At the World Golf Hall of Fame there is an Easter Festival. It starts at 9 a.m.

Or how about some roller derby? The Jacksonville Rollergirls are taking on the Knoxville Hard Knox at 5:30 p.m. at the UNF Arena.

New: Two Men Arrested for Growing Marijuana in Lakewood Home

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Drug Enforcement officers arrested 63-year old Randall Burnett and 55-year old Martin Weinberg for growing marijuana in a home on San Marie Drive North in Lakewood.

When DEA agents arrived, according to the report of the incident, they smelled a fresh raw odor of marijuana coming from inside the residence.  Later a Florida Highway Patrol K-9 dog provided alerts that drugs were in the garage as well.

Burnett agreed to a search without a warrant, and police discovered 3 large marijuana plants in the garage with 6 jars of processed marijuana. An additional 16 plants were discovered in a storage shed.

Another jar of marijuana leaf trimmings was found in a bedroom, as well as marijuana buds in two toilets; suspect Weinberg admitted attempting to flush the buds when officers were outside.

The DEA dismantled and destroyed the growing operation on site and seized the evidence.

Mailing your taxes? Observe Posted Retail Service Hours and Collection Times

Mailing your taxes? Observe Posted Retail Service Hours and Collection Times

This year most taxpayers will file electronically. In years past the taxday crowds and traffic jams that formed around many Post Offices prompted the Postal Service to extend collection times to ensure all taxpayers could get the postmark needed to prove the returns were mailed before the deadline. However, the increasing popularity of the internet has largely replaced hardcopy returns with electronic alternatives, making these additional (and costly) extra services unnecessary.

Duval County School Board Hears Boy Scout's Concerns Over Budget Cuts

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Attending LaVilla School of the Arts in Jacksonville, 6th grader Elian Sandler fears the proposed budget cuts will change his education.

"The teachers are great, the education is great, and they'll help you on through the rest of your life," said Sandler.

He showed up to the Duval County Board Meeting with his Boy Scouts Troop to express his frustration at the process.

"They're making a big mistake," he said.

But school board members say the cuts they're facing leave them little choice.

"There's a lot of issues out there that we can't continue to fund. We try each year, and each year it gets worse and worse," said board member Tommy Hazouri.  

Currently looking at a hole of what they claim will be more than $75 million in the coming school year, Hazouri said none of the options to close the gap appeal to the board, or the community.

Update: Power Restored after Sparking Power Line Falls

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Sparks flew high into the air as power surged through a downed power line on the Southside this morning.

First Coast News anchor Jeannie Blaylock was on the scene at Atlantic Boulevard near Episcopal High School as the still-live power line flamed on and on until JEA could cut the power.

For safety's sake, she stayed in her car as she shot the video.

JEA spokesperson Gerri Boyce said about 1,800 customers were without power for about two hours.

Boyce said a static line (top line) fell, taking out part of a circuit, and that weather was the cause.