Portal:Jacksonville

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Jacksonville is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Florida and the largest city by area in the contiguous United States. It is the seat of Duval County, with which the city government consolidated in 1968. Consolidation gave Jacksonville its great size and placed most of its metropolitan population within the city limits. With an estimated population of 892,062 as of 2017, Jacksonville is also the most populous city in the southeastern United States. The Jacksonville metropolitan area has a population of 1,631,488 and is the fourth largest in Florida.

Jacksonville is centered on the banks of the St. Johns River in the First Coast region of northeast Florida, about 25 miles (40 km) south of the Georgia state line and 340 miles (550 km) north of Miami. The Jacksonville Beaches communities are along the adjacent Atlantic coast. The area was originally inhabited by the Timucua people, and in 1564 was the site of the French colony of Fort Caroline, one of the earliest European settlements in what is now the continental United States. Under British rule, settlement grew at the narrow point in the river where cattle crossed, known as Wacca Pilatka to the Seminole and the Cow Ford to the British. A platted town was established there in 1822, a year after the United States gained Florida from Spain; it was named after Andrew Jackson, the first military governor of the Florida Territory and seventh President of the United States.

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The Florida–Georgia football rivalry is an American college football rivalry game played annually by the University of Florida Gators and the University of Georgia Bulldogs nearly every year since 1915. It is one of the great rivalry games in college football, and since 1933 it has been held in Jacksonville, Florida, with only two exceptions, making it one of the few remaining neutral-site rivalries. The game attracts huge crowds to Jacksonville, and the associated tailgating and other events earned it the nickname of the "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party".

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The Wells Fargo Center in Downtown Jacksonville, as viewed from Independent Drive.

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Malcolm X, 'The Ballot or the Bullet' (1964)

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Durst at the premiere of Baby Mama at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival
William Frederick "Fred" Durst (born August 20, 1970) is an American musician and film director from Jacksonville, Florida. Durst was born in Gastonia, North Carolina and spent his formative years in Jacksonville, Florida. Durst played in a number of local bands in Florida while mowing lawns, being a record exec and working as a tattoo artist for financial support. Durst is best known as the vocalist of the multi-platinum rock band Limp Bizkit, formed in 1994, with whom he has released six studio albums.

Since 2006, Durst has also become known for his work in independent films. He costarred in the film Population 436, and made his directorial debut in 2007 with the film The Education of Charlie Banks. Durst directed a second film, The Longshots, in 2008. Durst has been ranked in the Top 100 Heavy Metal Vocalists by Hit Parader (#71).

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  • April 14: Zimmerman stands before judge for the Trayvon Martin shooting
  • November 25: Wikinews interviews Darcy Richardson, Democratic Party presidential challenger to Barack Obama
  • September 20: Leonard Skinner, namesake of rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd, dies at age 77
  • April 14: Physicist John Wheeler dies at age 96
  • January 13: New England Patriots go 17-0
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