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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — As quickly as one COVID patient is discharged, another waits for a bed in northeast Florida, the hot zone of the state's latest surge. But the patients at Baptist Health’s five hospitals across Jacksonville are younger and getting sick from the virus faster than people did last summer.

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Jul. 19—North Carolina native, BBQ enthusiast, Netflix star are just a few of Ashley Thompson's titles. Thompson grew up in Benson where at a young age he was introduced to the world of barbecue — a 10-year-old kid beaming with the chance to hang out with the big boys, stay up late cooking, and of course, play with fire and sharp knives. Little did he know, there was a passion brewing inside ...


While most people vacationing in Florida head straight to hotspots such as Miami or the Florida Keys, the Sunshine State offers plenty of other under-the-radar summer vacation destinations worth considering. Jacksonville, the most populous city in the state, is a great option.

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