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City Fixing Blocks in Landing Roundabout - Again

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It is a centerpiece on Laura Street, a roundabout made of Belgian blocks that gives motorists a very bumpy ride. Jacksonville's Public Works Director Joey Duncan said that it is designed for that purpose.

"It is a traffic calming defect that is the design here; you want to slow people down," said Duncan.

But now the city is taking a second look at the design. The engineering department discovered that the sand between the blocks is washing out.

"We started noticing sand in the storm drain. We realized immediately something was not working right," he said.

It is a $2.7 million project. So what happened?

"They were put in to the specifications; it called for grouting just like you do pavers," said Duncan.

Duncan said the rains and heavy vibration from the vehicles caused the blocks to loosen.

"They are going to have to redo the entire roundabout," said Duncan.

Companies Giving More Holiday Parties and Perks This Year

Companies Giving More Holiday Parties and Perks This Year

The economic scrooge may be loosening its grip on holiday cheer in the office as employers indicate their intent to offer more holiday perks (bonuses, parties, gifts) than last year. The nationwide CareerBuilder survey was conducted between August 17 and September 2, 2010 and included more than 3,600 workers and more than 2,600 employers.

Duval County Increases 2010 High School Grades

Today, the Florida Department of Education released the 2010 High School grades. 84 percent of Duval County’s public high schools have maintained or improved a letter grade, while three schools declined a letter grade.

"Our high schools are embracing strategies to ensure that every student is college ready, and it is paying off," said Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals. "These results are proof that our students, teachers, principals and staff are working hard so that all students achieve academic success."

Jacksonville Weekly Gas Price Update

Jacksonville, November 29- Average retail gasoline prices in Jacksonville have fallen 2.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.78/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.85/g, according to gasoline price website JacksonvilleGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Jacksonville during the past week, prices yesterday were 19.7 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 5.1 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 5.0 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 22.6 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

Jaguars Announce 2011 Ticket Prices

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The season is not nearly over, and the Jaguars are in the thick of the playoff race, but ticket prices for the 2011 season have been announced,

The prices show the first increase in three years for some parts of the stadium, and discounts for other seats.

For higher-end seats, season ticket prices remain flat in the West Touchdown Club, the MPS Group Terrace Suites and parts of the East Touchdown Club, and six of the sections on the east side are reduced.

Prices in the general bowl are going up slightly -- between $1.50 and $4 per game, but the Jaguars are offering the opportunity to avoid the increase by getting in on the 30/30 plan, which keeps the 2010 prices in place for two additional years.

JAGUARS 2011 PRICING MAP

Girl Collects $5,400 for Leukemia Research

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Nine-year-old Sydney Feagle is on a mission to collect money for leukemia research, but she has a unique way of doing it.

Feagle is collecting pennies for leukemia. In a year, she's raised $5,400, but she said her goal is to reach $1 million.

The young girl's effort began after her best friend passed away from leukemia. Feagle's mom says her daughter's selfless act doesn't surprise her.

"She is the most giving child I have ever met and [I'm] not just saying that being her parent, but she's first to want to help everybody," she says. 

To help Feagle reach her goal contact The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  When you call let them know you'd like to make the contribution under the name Sydney Feagle.

Nearly $50,000 Ring Stolen from Jacksonville Jewelry Store

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- New pictures have been released that police hope will help them find the suspect behind the theft of a $50,000 ring in early November.

The theft happened at Levy Jewelers in the St. Johns Town Center on the evening of Nov. 8.

The suspect went to the jeweler, asked to look at several items, and then ran off with one of them, a three-and-a-half carat round diamond ring, according to owner Lowell Kronowitz.

"It's disappointing to see that that's what young people turn to for anything they need or want. It's not the way I was raised or the way most people are raised," Lowell said in response to the theft.

Levy Jewelers has been a staple in Savannah, Ga. and recently opened its Jacksonville location.