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Autoridades españolas de visita presentando proyecto

“Queremos obsequiarle a la Ciudad de San Agustín una réplica de la pila bautismal de Ponce de León. El conquistador nació y fue bautizado en Santervás, un pueblo español muy olvidado pero de gran importancia histórica por su participación en el descubrimiento de la Florida”, dijo a Eco Latino el madrileño Francisco Guitard, que integra la comitiva como coordinador del proyecto.

Lutheran Services Helping Immigrants

Adolfo was a professor at the Catholic University of Colombia, where he taught democracy and political economics. Also, he was the president of the Cali Municipal Business Union (Emcali Union). He is now a political refugee in the United States, where he’s had to start a new life from zero alongside his family, who were also awarded political asylum and are now living in Jacksonville. The resettlement process can be confusing and overwhelming at times, which is why organizations like Lutheran Social Services are dedicated to ease the transition of refugees from their country of origin.

Apoyando al inmigrante

Adolfo era docente en la Universidad Católica de Colombia, donde enseñaba democracia y economía política. También, era presidente de la Unión Sindical de Emcali. Él es ahora un refugiado político en los Estados Unidos, donde ha tenido que empezar su vida de zero junto a su familia, a quienes también le dieron asilo político y que están viviendo ahora en Jacksonville. El proceso de reasentamiento puede ser a veces confuso y abrumador, por lo cual hay organizaciones como Los Servicios Sociales Luteranos, que se dedican a facilitar la transición de refugiados de su país de origen.


Por Nastila Nikolla Human trafficking is a growing problem worldwide, recently rising to the second most common criminal activity behind the illegal drug trade. Florida has been identified as a hub for human trafficking activity, citing one the highest incidents of human trafficking in the country. In honor of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, an event was organized by members of San Jose Catholic Church, the Northeast Florida Human Trafficking Coalition, Catholic Charities and Catholic Relief Services.

Las Cadenas Invisibles del Tráfico Humano

Por Nastila Nikolla El tráfico humano es un problema que está creciendo mundialmente, recientemente se ha convertido en la segunda actividad criminal más común después del comercio ilegal de drogas. La Florida ha sido identificada como un centro de actividad del tráfico humano, teniendo uno de los índices más altos en el país.

Medical marijuana supporters claim victory

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Backers of a medical marijuana constitutional amendment in Florida announced Wednesday evening that they have collected enough signatures to make the 2014 ballot. Ben Pollara, the campaign manager for United for Care, sent out an email to supporters that organizers have collected more than 1.1 million signatures. "This is an enormous achievement," Pollara wrote. Organizers have until Feb. 1 to gather 683,189 voter signatures. So far election supervisors have certified nearly 458,000 signatures.

Get ready for area toll roads as Gov. Scott unveils his transportation budget

By Nate Monroe Against the busy backdrop of JaxPort’s Blount Island Marine Terminal, Gov. Rick Scott said Monday he will seek $8.8 billion for transportation and seaport projects for next year — calling it the state’s largest-ever transportation investment that would include millions for Jacksonville and the surrounding area.

Third-grade teacher uses Harry Potter to charm students

Within the halls of Lone Star Elementary stands a faux-brick door marked “Platform 9 3/4,” leading to Elizabeth Kelly’s third-grade classroom – a wizarding world of magic and learning. Through her Hogwarts theme, the reading/writing/social studies teacher and self-proclaimed Harry Potter fan has found a way to share not only her passion for the best-selling book and film series, but for the magic of learning itself.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office employee charged with stealing inmates' identities, defrauded the government

A corrections officer for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has been charged with filing false tax returns with the stolen identities of the inmates he was supposed to guard. Harold Bush Walbey III, a 20½-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, pleaded not guilty to wire fraud and identity theft charges in federal court Thursday. Walbey faces up to 57 years in prison and $1.5 million in fines.

Court of Appeal rules UNF cannot prohibit guns on campus

By Larry Hannan The university had banned the storage of any “weapon or destructive device” on college grounds and said any student who violated the rule could face discipline up to suspension or expulsion. The gun-rights group Florida Carry Inc. and UNF student Alexandria Lainez sued arguing the university didn’t have the right under Florida law to ban firearms because the state Constitution gives that power to the state Legislature. The Legislature allows guns to be kept in motor vehicles if they are securely encased.