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    Seeking to not only enhance the visitor experience, but to become an integral part of developing Downtown Jacksonville, the Museum of Science & History on the Southbank is looking to grow. For several years, MOSH President Maria Hane says they’ve been challenging themselves to think about how to better serve the city of Jacksonville as both a museum and as part of the greater Downtown footprint. Through a series of studies, they determined their existing location was the best place for them to do that, so then the work started on how to design that campus. “If we’re going to have a thriving Downtown, we’ve got to have multiple destinations. So really, looking at this as a Downtown development project, as well as a museum for the future, has been a real driving force,” Hane says. GALLERY: MOSH 2.0 renderings Of chief importance, according to Hane, is connecting with the River. The new design turns MOSH to face the St. Johns River and connects to the riverfront park while also embracing Friendship Fountain. “When we really think about what’s going to be special about MOSH, what makes it a signature for Jacksonville and for the region, and if we really think about our real DNA- it’s the River. Really, that is a key identity marker,” she says. They’re also planning to bring the River in to prominence in the museum, through an interactive display that will showcase various aspects of what makes it significant to the city, including trade, transportation, culture, science, and more. Another new feature under the expansion will be event space to serve up to 400 people. Hane says this is something they wanted to add because of stakeholder feedback, which spoke about the benefit of conference and event space that overlooks the park, River, and Downtown. They are additionally planning to add a cafe on the park and innovation labs, while also increasing exhibition space. Hane expects it will be another two or three years before they break ground, but when they do they will start first on a new 40,000 square foot new building. Once that’s done, they’ll move existing operations in to that new facility, so they can then gut and renovate the current building. The expanded footprint will be a little larger than their existing lease, according to Hane, but she believes the City has been and will continue to be a good partner. MOSH owns their building and is currently in a long term lease with the City, who owns the land. They will need that partnership, as the total projected cost for this overhaul is $80 million. Hane says they are planning a $20 million campaign for community support, which they can then build on. “It’s critical that we look at every opportunity and how we can really leverage the donor dollars that are pledged for the project,” she says. She says they will seek city, state, and federal support in funding this project. The current plan is to have these renovations and expansion complete in 2023. MOSH believes this will allow than to more than double the number of people they serve annually.
  • A man has been shot in the Talleyrand area, and Jacksonville police are hoping you can help track down the suspect vehicle. That vehicle is described as a dark gray SUV with tinted windows and a paper tag. Police say there may have been four people inside. The shooting happened off East 24th Street and Danese Street a little after 1PM. JSO says the victim brought himself to the hospital. Police are still investigating what exactly led up to shots being fired. If you have any information about this incident, you can contact JSO at 904-630-0500 or JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org.
  • UPDATE: Caleb has been found safe. ====== The Clay County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help finding an 11-year-old who is considered missing and endangered. CCSO says Caleb Saunders was last seen around 7:30PM near his home around Margaret’s Walk in Fleming Island. He was traveling on foot. CCSO says he was last seen wearing blue pants, a light-colored shirt, and black slides. It is not immediately clear why CCSO considers Saunders to be in danger, but we’ve asked for additional information. If you have any information about Caleb’s location, you’re asked to immediately call 911. You can also contact CCSO at 904-264-6512.
  • The man who was fatally shot by Jacksonville police at an Emerson gas station had been committed under the Baker Act just this past January. It’s some of the new information we’re learning from JSO, as they continue to investigate the incident. JSO Chief Chris Butler says they were first called a little before 7AM in regard to an employee reporting that a man was holding a knife and needed help. As officer’s responded, Butler says additional information came in about the man being aggressive. Employees further reported that the man was speaking unintelligibly and walking around the store, which had anywhere between ten and 20 people inside through the course of these events. “The suspect would stand right by them, and people were passing within close proximity to the suspect. At times he would take the knife and hide it,” Butler says, showing that the suspect would tuck the knife under his arm. He says surveillance footage from in the store also shows the suspect- who’s now identified as 38-year-old Jerry Marrero- pour out a bottle of motor oil. Employees became increasingly concerned, now fearing he could try to start a fire, according to JSO. Ultimately, Marrero went behind the front counter area, essentially blocking some employees in. 21-year veteran officer R. C. Santoro arrived on scene as employees and customers were evacuating. Butler says an employee immediately told him about the suspect, who was still armed with the knife. “Police Officer Santoro observed the suspect, commanded him repeatedly to drop the knife and to get on the ground. The man commented that the police officer wasn’t allowed to pull a handgun out on him because he only had a knife,” Butler says. Butler says Marrero initially put the knife in his pocket and started getting down, but then popped back up, pulled out the knife, and moved toward the officer. Santoro fired six shots in response, and while Marrero was taken to the hospital, he was later pronounced dead. “It’s a tragic incident when these things happen. You know, the individual was given lawful commands and, really, there wasn’t any other option for Police Officer Santoro, other than to discharge his firearm to stop what the suspect was doing,” Butler says. Santoro has been involved in two prior shootings- one in 2010 and one in 2011 where nobody was hit. He is now on administrative leave, per protocol, pending the investigation. Marrero has several prior arrests, including from outside of the area. Those include assault and battery, breach of peace, sexual assault, kidnapping, and more. JSO says he was also committed under the Baker Act in January 2019. It’s not clear what led to Marrero’s actions today.
  • The Clay County Sheriff’s Office is searching for two men who may have information about “incidents” that took place at two Kay Jewelers. CCSO says one incident happened at the location on County Road 220, and another happened in South Florida. Both men speak broken English and may have traveled in a large white SUV, according to investigators.  If you have any information about their identities, you’re asked to contact CCSO Detective Pollard at 904-529-6763 or mpollard@claysheriff.com. You can also submit an anonymous tip to First Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
  • The Jacksonville Jaguars officially have their new quarterback. “It’s really a special moment in my career and in my life to have a franchise like this believe in me and make me their franchise quarterback,” says Nick Foles. The team signed Foles on Thursday, in a reported four-year, $88 million package. Foles is an eight-year quarterback, who was most recently with the Philadelphia Eagles, but was signed as an unrestricted free agent. “What we truly believe is this quarterback, this young man gives us the best chance to win,” says Jaguars Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin. Foles says Philly will always hold a special place in his heart, but he is excited about what Jacksonville and the Jaguars have to offer. He says at the end of last season, he and his wife decided to buy back his right to free agency, because they wanted to be free to determine where they would go. From early on, he knew Jacksonville could be a good fit, and he wanted the opportunity to lead a team. “This is where I want to finish my career and, you know, this is ultimately- like I said- where we’re going to put down roots,” he says. Foles says he knows how important it is that everyone on this team have trust in each other, which is why he takes a transparent approach on and off the field, so that his teammates and others know he’s the same guy regardless of the setting. “The things that I’m most excited about, honestly, is just getting to know my teammates. Being in the locker room, getting to know their personalities, that’s why I play this game. To step in the huddle and play with the guys I love, my brothers. After everything he has gone through in his career to bring him to this point, Foles says he thought it was important to use this opportunity to reconnect with his roots, including going back to his childhood and high school number 7. “It’s really just going back to who I am,” he says. Coughlin says their decision was clear- put the team in the best position to win. He says Foles has a reputation for professionalism, humility, and overcoming adversity, which will move the Jags in the right direction. “While this is certainly Nick’s day, make no mistake today, this is a team building day. Adding Nick to our roster has made our team better. Everything we do going forward will be with the intent of improving our team and preparing for the 2019 season,” Coughlin says. Jags General Manager Dave Caldwell says once it was confirmed that Foles would become a free agent, the Jags’ leadership unanimously supported bringing him in. Head Coach Doug Marrone believes Foles has the right things for the team to build around and upon. “I think that’s what you’re looking for, a coach is looking for in all players, you know- that consistency that you can get week in and week out,” Marrone says. The 30-year-old quarterback has started 44 of the 54 games he’s appeared in through the past seven years. In addition to the Eagles, he has played with the St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs. Last season, he helped bring the Eagles to the post-season, with three straight wins to close out the regular season. He also ran the end of the season and post-season in 2017, with a streak that not only brought the Eagles a Super Bowl, but led to Foles being named the MVP. On Wednesday, the Jags officially released quarterback Blake Bortles, who was their first-round draft pick in 2014.
  • The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office says genealogy research helped lead them to the man they believe is responsible for the 1984 murder of Navy recruit Pamela Cahanes. Thomas Garner was arrested at his home on Dunne Avenue, in Jacksonville. He has since been taken to Seminole County and booked in to jail for first degree murder. The body of 25-year-old Pamela Cahanes was found in August 1984 outside of a vacant house in Sanford. Investigators say she had been beaten and strangled. Cahanes was an Orlando Navy recruit, so the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and Florida Department of Law Enforcement aided in the investigation. The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office says genealogy research helped investigators develop a DNA family tree, which eventually matched Garner to DNA found on the victim. Garner was a classmate of Cahanes at the Orlando Naval Training Center. Investigators say Cahanes had been seen shopping at a few locations on the day before her body was found, and was seen in a couple of locations that night with a man. The Sheriff’s Office says it appears she was killed after 1AM on August 5th, 1984. She was found badly beaten and partially clothed, with her clothes nearby. Also close to her were bags that appear to correlate to her shopping the prior day. Her cause of death was strangulation. Investigators believe she was killed somewhere else and then dumped outside of the home.
  • The Jacksonville Jaguars have officially parted ways with their 2014 first-round draft pick. The move was expected, as the team confirmed Wednesday that they are signing Super Bowl 52 MVP Nick Foles. The deal is reportedly an $88 million, four-year contract. Foles will be formally introduced to the fans in Jacksonville on Thursday at 1PM. According to our partner Action Sports Jax, Blake Bortles had 111 total touchdowns, through both running and throwing. He also, however, had 74 interceptions and 28 fumbles.  Last season, Bortles and the Jags had a strong start, but the spiral started with the multi-turnover Kansas City game, according to Action Sports Jax. Bortles was benched later in the season, in an effort to stir up some offense. Following the announcement from the Jags, Bortles’ former teammates have been voicing their support for him.
  • 25 Sailors and Marines on the Naval Station Mayport-based USS Fort McHenry have been diagnosed with a viral infection that has symptoms similar to mumps. The Navy confirms to WOKV that the initial case was detected on December 22nd and the most recent active case was March 9th. Of the 25 service members who were diagnosed in that time, 24 have returned to duty. None of the cases are life-threatening and everyone is expected to make a full recovery, according to the Navy.  Patients included Sailors on the ship as well as some members of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, which is embarked on the USS Fort McHenry. We’re told affected service members were quarantined while symptomatic. They were treated in the ship’s medical facilities and the affected living and work spaces were cleaned and disinfected. All service members on board also received booster vaccinations for measles, mumps, and rubella, as a precaution. The Navy says the ship’s operational schedule has been modified while crew health is being monitored. WOKV has asked for more information about what those modifications involve, and we will update this story as that information becomes available. The Navy says the service members are suffering the viral infection parotitis, which has symptoms similar to mumps. The CDC reports acute parotitis involves swelling of salivary glands. The USS Fort McHenry is currently in the 5th Fleet Area of Operations. 
  • The new quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars is thanking the city he’s leaving, saying it will always hold a place in his heart. In a letter published on The Players Tribune, Nick Foles looks back at his time with the Philadelphia Eagles, including the team drafting him in the third round. “It’s funny, because, leading up to the draft in 2012 — Philly was the team that had shown me the most attention by a mile. And after meeting with Andy, Doug, Howie, and everyone else……. I really wanted to play for them. But I honestly figured it was more like a smoke screen or something. I didn’t actually think they would draft me,” Foles writes. He says he rejoined the Eagles as a free agent because, despite having other offers on the table, he loves the city of Philadelphia itself. Expecting his first child, Foles wanted that daughter to know Philly as her home town. In the letter, Foles thanked many people, including Andy Reid, who played a role in drafting and developing him; the Eagles organization, for making his experience so special; his team mates, with whom he says it’s been an honor to play; and others. “I even want to thank Chip Kelly for trading me in 2015. Without that challenge in my life, I wouldn’t be the player I am today,” Foles says. Finally, he tanks the city of Philadelphia and Eagles fans overall. “Because for as much of an honor as it’s been to play for this team and this city…… the truest privilege has been over the last year, in the time since we won the Super Bowl — having Eagles fans share their stories with me. Having them remind me of how we didn’t just win the Super Bowl; we won the Eagles’ first Super Bowl ever. Getting to hear from Philly natives about how their father, or father’s father, or mother, or mother’s mother, cried tears of happiness after the game. Learning about how, for most people, rooting for the Eagles is more than a decision — it’s a birthright. It’s family,” he says. Foles is joining the Jags in what’s reported as a four-year $88 million deal. The Jags are now expected to move on from current quarterback Blake Bortles.
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  • Mass shootings at two mosques full of worshipers in Christchurch, New Zealand, left at least 50 people dead and dozens more injured Friday. >> Read more trending news  White supremacist Brenton Tarrant, 28, has been charged with one count of murder in the slayings and a judge said Saturday that it was reasonable to assume more charges would follow. >> Photos: Mass casualties reported in New Zealand mosque shooting Update 10:50 a.m. EDT March 18: President Donald Trump said Monday that the media was “working overtime to blame me for the horrible attack in New Zealand.” “They will have to work very hard to prove that one,” Trump wrote in a tweet. “So Ridiculous!” The gunman in last week’s attacks left a document in which he called himself a white nationalist and referred to Trump as “a symbol of renewed white identity.” In the past, Trump has drawn criticism for saying “both sides” were to blame for violence at a deadly white supremacist demonstration. >> Trump again blames ‘both sides’ for violence in Charlottesville Update 11:50 p.m. EDT March 17: Leaders of New Zealand’s Muslim community are planning a national memorial burial for all the victims of Friday’s deadly shooting rampages at two mosques in Christchurch, according to media outlets. The New Zealand Herald is also reporting that despite Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s expectations that the bodies of all the victims would be released to family members by Monday, that  isn’t expected to happen now, instead authorities believe it might be Wednesday before all the victims have been released. While Islamic leaders have said they are planning for a mass burial, the families will ultimately decide how they’ll proceed, the Herald reported. Not to far from the scene of the Linwood Mosque shooting, burial preparations are underway at Memorial Park Cemetery where workers are digging graves for the shooting victims behind a large temporary fence. Update 10:15 p.m. EDT March 17: The owner of a Christchurch gun store confirmed Sunday that he sold four guns and ammunition to alleged mosque shooter Brenton Tarrant in a “police-verified” online purchase, according to the New Zealand Herald. But the owner of the retail chain Gun City, David Tipple, said his store did not sell Tarrant any semi-automatic weapons. Tipple said he and staff are 'dismayed and disgusted' by Friday's shootings, The Associated Press reported. Tipple said the store did not notice any red flags in Tarrant’s gun purchases.  “We detected nothing extraordinary about this (gun) license holder,” he said. Meantime, counter-terrorism police executed search warrants on two homes in New South Wales, Australia, believed to be connected to the alleged shooter. Authorities searched a house in Sandy Beach near Coffs Harbor that is believed to belong to Tarrant’s sister, according to Australia’s News 9. They also raided a home in Lawrence that is believe to be connected to Tarrant’s mother. Authorities said they’re searching for anything that might help New Zealand investigators. “The community can be assured that there is no information to suggest a current or impending threat related to this search warrants,”the Australian Federal Police and NSW Police said in a joint statement, News 9 reported. Update 12:30 p.m. EDT March 17: Pakistan will observe a day of mourning for the victims of the shootings, The AP reported.  Vatican News reported Pope Francis offered prayers for those killed in the attacks.  “In these days, in addition to the pain of wars and conflicts that do not cease to afflict humanity, there have been the victims of the horrible attack against two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. I pray for the dead and injured and their families. I am close to our Muslim brothers and all that community. I renew my invitation for prayer and gestures of peace to combat hatred and violence.” Related: Photos: Mass casualties reported in New Zealand mosque shooting Update 7:41 a.m. EDT March 17: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Sunday that members of her Cabinet will work to change the nation’s gun laws in the wake of Friday’s deadly mosque attacks, The Associated Press is reporting. In a news conference, Ardern added that officials will release the victims’ bodies to their families starting Sunday evening and should finish by Wednesday, the AP reported. Pope Francis on Sunday also prayed “for our Muslim brothers who were killed,” the report said.  Meanwhile, an online campaign has raised more than $3 million U.S. for the victims and their families. Learn more here. Update 5 p.m. EDT March 16: The death toll in the New Zealand mosque attacks has risen to 50. Police Commissioner Mike Bush confirmed in a news conference that 50 people died in the shooting attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, RNZ reported.  He also said that 36 are in the hospital with two in critical condition. Update 6:30 p.m. EDT March 15: The man suspected in at least one of the shootings that killed at least 49 people at two mosques in New Zealand has appeared briefly in court. Two armed guards brought Brenton Tarrant into court Friday. He showed no expression as District Court Judge Paul Kellar read one charge of murder to him. The court appearance lasted only about a minute and he was led back out in handcuffs. He was ordered to return to court again April 5. After Tarrant left, the judge said that while “there is one charge of murder brought at the moment, it is reasonable to assume that there will be others.” The gunman posted a 74-page manifesto on social media in which he identified himself as Tarrant and said he was a 28-year-old Australian and white supremacist who was out to avenge attacks in Europe perpetrated by Muslims. Update 5 p.m. EDT March 15: New Zealand’s prime minister said the “primary perpetrator” in the mosque shootings was a licensed gun owner and legally acquired the five guns used in the shootings. Jacinda Ardern said the country’s national gun laws will change after at least 49 worshippers were shot dead in the two mosques in Christchurch. Update 3:25 p.m. EDT March 15: President Donald Trump said he spoke Friday with Ardern and offered “any assistance the U.S.A. can give.” “We stand by ready to help,” Trump wrote. “We love you New Zealand!” Update 11:30 a.m. EDT March 15: New York police said the department is ramping up patrols around the city Friday and keeping in contact with officials at area mosques in the wake of the deadly shootings in Christchurch. 'To the Muslim community here in New York: We stand with you always, and we will remain vigilant in keeping you safe -- and making sure you feel safe, too,' Police Commissioner James O'Neill said Friday in a statement. 'The people we serve, in every neighborhood, must always be free from fear and have the immutable right to worship and live in peace.' Update 10:20 a.m. EDT March 15: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, said Friday in a statement that their “hearts go out to the families and friends of the people who lost their lives in the devastating attack in Christchurch.” “No person should ever have to fear attending a sacred place of worship,” the statement said. “This senseless attack is an affront to the people of Christchurch and New Zealand, and the broader Muslim community. It is a horrifying assault on a way of life that embodies decency, community, and friendship.” Update 9:35 a.m. EDT March 15: Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama shared condolences for the people of New Zealand in a message posted Friday to social media. “We grieve  with you and the Muslim community,” said the message shared by President Obama. “All of us must stand against hatred in all its forms.” Update 8:55 a.m. EDT March 15: Pope Francis was “deeply saddened to learn of the injury and loss of life caused by the senseless acts of violence” in New Zealand, his cardinal secretary of state said Friday in a telegram. “He assures all New Zealanders, and in particular the Muslim community, of his heartfelt solidarity in the wake of these attacks,” Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin said. “Mindful of the efforts of the security and emergency personnel in this difficult situation, His Holiness prays for the healing of the injured, the consolation of those who grieve the loss of their loved ones, and for all affected by this tragedy.” Officials in New Zealand said 49 people were killed in a pair of attacks on mosques in Christchurch. Health officials said 48 patients were being treated for injuries ranging from minor to critical after the shootings. Update 7:49 a.m. EDT March 15: In a tweet early Friday, President Donald Trump sent “warm sympathy and best wishes” to the people of New Zealand after “the horrible massacre.” “Forty-nine innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured,” Trump said. “The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!” In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called the attack “a vicious act of hate.”  “We stand in solidarity with the people of New Zealand and their government,” Sanders said. Queen Elizabeth II, who is head of the Commonwealth and New Zealand's monarch, said she was “deeply saddened” by the shootings, CNN reported. “I have been deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch today,” the queen said. “Prince Philip and I send our condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives. I also pay tribute to the emergency services and volunteers who are providing support to those who have been injured.” Update 5:01 a.m. EDT March 15: New Zealand police said a man in his late 20s has been charged with murder, TVNZ reported. The man was expected to appear in court Saturday morning, The Washington Post reported. Officials have not named the suspect. Police clarified that while four people were detained, only three were thought to have been involved in the shootings, the newspaper reported. Update 4:20 a.m. EDT March 15: New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush confirmed in a news conference that 49 people died in the shooting attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, TVNZ reported. The attack at the Masjid Al Noor mosque near Hagley Park in central Christchurch left 41 people dead, and seven people were killed at the Linwood Avenue mosque, TVNZ reported. Another person died at a hospital, Bush said. Update 3:14 a.m. EDT March 15: Forty-eight patients are being treated for gunshot wounds at Christchurch Hospital, CNN reported. David Meates, chief executive of the Canterbury District Health Board, said the patients’ conditions ranged from critical to minor. One of four people taken into custody after the mass shooting attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, said he was a 28-year-old Australian, according to The Associated Press. Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that the shooter was Australian-born. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a news conference, “It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack. From what we know, it does appear to have been well planned.” 'We were chosen (because) we represent diversity, kindness compassion, a home for those who share our values, refuge for those who need it and those values, I can assure you, will not and cannot be shaken by this attack,' Ardern said. 'We utterly condemn and reject you.' Update 2:37 a.m. EDT March 15: In a news conference Friday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed that 40 people died in the mosque attacks. Arden said 30 people were killed at the Masjid Al Noor mosque near Hagley Park in central Christchurch, and that 10 people were killed at the Linwood Avenue mosque, TVNZ reported. Twenty more people have been seriously injured, TVNZ reported. Update 2:24 a.m. EDT March 15: In a news conference Friday, Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel expressed shock and anger after the mass shooting at the mosques. “I never could believe anything like this could ever happen in Christchurch,” she said. “I never thought anything like this could happen in New Zealand.” Dalziel told TVNZ, 'We need to come together and care for each other, we need to make this unite us, not divide us.' Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the shootings “a vicious attack.” 'We grieve. We are shocked, appalled and outraged as we stand here and condemn the attack that occurred today by an extremist right wing violent terrorist,” Morrison said. Update 1:43 a.m. EDT March 15: St. John Ambulance has transferred multiple patients to Christchurch Hospital and other local medical facilities, TVNZ reported. The news agency reported that injuries of the patients ranged from minor to critical. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is expected to address the country at 7 p.m. local time. Update 1:30 a.m. EDT March 15: New Zealand police tweeted Friday that while they cannot confirm the number of fatalities, “it is significant.” Police have asked all mosques throughout New Zealand to close, and advised people to stay away from them “until further notice.” Update 1:04 a.m. EDT March 15: Police confirmed Friday afternoon that the lockdown of schools in Christchurch has been lifted, TVNZ reported. Update 12:33 a.m. EDT March 15: At a news conference, New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said four people were in custody. Three are men and one is a woman, “as I understand it,” Bush said. There were improvised explosive devices found in vehicles after the shootings, Bush said. Update 12:16 a.m. EDT March 15:  “This is one of New Zealand’s darkest days,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at a news conference Friday afternoon. “Clearly what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.” A cricket match between Bangladesh and the New Zealand national team was canceled. The Bangladesh team was arriving for prayers at a mosque when the shooting occurred, but all members of the squad were safe, a team coach told Reuters. Update 11:15 p.m. EDT March 14: New Zealand authorities have confirmed that there have been multiple fatalities and one person is in custody: “Police is responding to a very serious and tragic incident involving an active shooter in central Christchurch.  One person is in custody, however Police believe there may be other offenders. This is an evolving incident and we are working to confirm the facts, however we can confirm there have been a number of fatalities.  Police is currently at a number of scenes. We understand that there will be many anxious people but I can assure New Zealanders that Police is doing all it can to resolve this incident. We urge New Zealanders to stay vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour immediately to 111.  We are mobilising resources nationally and support is being brought into the District. We are still working to resolve this incident and we continue to urge Christchurch residents to stay inside. We ask all mosques nationally to shut their doors, and advise that people refrain from visiting these premises until further notice.” Update 10:55 p.m. EDT March 14: New Zealand media said an additional shooting has occurred in a second mosque in the city of Christchurch. Original report: As many as 30 people have been injured or killed, a child care center manager told Radio New Zealand. Witness Len Peneha told The Associated Press he saw a man dressed in black enter the Masjid Al Noor mosque and then heard dozens of shots, followed by people running from the mosque in terror. Peneha, who has lived next door to the mosque for about five years, said the gunman ran out of the mosque, dropped what appeared to be a semi-automatic weapon in Peneha’s driveway and fled. Peneha said he went into the mosque to try and help, “I saw dead people everywhere,” he said. Police are urging people in the area to stay indoors and schools in the area have been placed on lockdown. About 300 people were inside the mosque, according to RNZ. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • A shooting on a Dutch tram left at least three people dead and several others injured in Utrecht, according to authorities. >> Read more trending news  The city’s mayor, Jan van Zanen, said three people were killed in the attack and nine others wounded, according to The Associated Press. Authorities have classed the incident as a possible terror attack. Update 10:25 a.m. EDT March 18: Utrecht Mayor Jan van Zanen said three of the nine people wounded in Monday’s shooting were seriously injured, according to The Associated Press. “We cannot exclude, even stronger, we assume a terror motive,” van Zanen said Monday. “Likely there is one attacker, but there could be more.” Police have identified a man wanted in connection to the shooting as Gokmen Tanis, 37. Update 10:10 a.m. EDT March 18: Utrecht Mayor Jan van Zanen said three people were killed and nine people were injured Monday in the Utrecht shooting, according to CNN and The Independent. Update 9:55 a.m. EDT March 18: Dutch police issued a correction Monday on the name of the man wanted in connection with the Utrecht shooting. Authorities said his name was spelled Gokmen Tanis. Officials initially identified the 37-year-old as Gokman Tanis. The Independent reported trains were not being allowed into Utrecht’s central train station in the wake of the shooting. Update 9:25 a.m. EDT March 18: Police in the Netherlands asked for the public’s help Monday locating a man wanted in connection to Monday’s shooting. Authorities warned against approaching the man, identified as Gokman Tanis, 37. Update 8:55 a.m. EDT March 18: The shooter behind Monday’s attack remained at large after the incident, according to Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg, the Dutch anti-terror coordinator. “In Utrecht there was a shooting at several locations,' he said Monday at a news conference, according to The Independent. 'A lot is still unclear at this point and local authorities are working hard to establish all the facts. What we already know is that a culprit is at large.' Authorities continue to investigate the shooting. Original report: Utrecht police wrote Monday in a tweet that a “possible terrorist (motive) is part of the investigation” into the shooting, which occurred about 10:45 a.m. local time, according to CNN. >> See the tweet here The gunman remained at large Monday and may have fled the scene in a car, according to BBC News.  After the attack the country’s anti-terror coordinator, Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg, raised the terror threat level in Utrecht to 5, its highest level. Check back for updates to this developing story.
  • The teams have been chosen and brackets set up for the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. >> Read more trending news  The tournament begins Tuesday when the first of the “First Four” games are played, and gets into full swing on Thursday as the first round begins.  Here’s a look at the schedule for the 68-team field, tip-off times, channels and how to watch. How to watch: The games will be televised on four networks, CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV. Check your TV provider for channel information. If you have CBS via a TV service provider, you can see all the games broadcast on CBS there. The CBS Sports App will not be showing the games for free. The CBS All-Access TV app will have the games available via a paid subscription.  TNT, TBS and truTV are available via streaming once you authenticate your tv provider subscriptions. The games are available on an NCAA March Madness Live TV app available via Roku, Amazon Fire TV Stick and Apple TV set-top boxes. You can also get the games on Microsoft's Xbox videogame console and on the Android TV platform.  Below is the schedule for Tuesday and Wednesday’s “First Four” games and the schedule or the first round of the tournament which begins on Thursday. Check back here for an updated schedule of games as the tournament continues. All times are Eastern time. March Madness games schedule: Tuesday, March 19 – First Four 6:40 p.m.: Prairie View A&M vs. Fairleigh Dickinson – truTV After the conclusion: Temple vs. Belmont – truTV Wednesday, March 20 – First Four 6:40 p.m.: NC Central vs North Dakota State – truTV After the conclusion: St. John’s vs. Arizona State – truTV Thursday, March 21 – First Round 3:10 p.m.: Maryland vs. the winner of Tuesday’s Belmont/Temple game – truTV  12:40 p.m.: LSU vs. Yale – truTV  12:15 p.m.: Louisville vs. Minnesota – CBS  2:45 p.m.: Michigan State vs. Bradley – CBS 7:20 p.m.: Villanova vs. St. Mary’s – TBS  9:50 p.m.: Purdue vs. Old Dominion – CBS  1:30 p.m. Auburn vs. New Mexico State – TNT  4 p.m.: Kansas vs. Northeastern – TNT 9:40 p.m.: Wofford vs. Seton Hall – CBS  7:10 p.m.: Kentucky vs. Abilene Christian – CBS  7:27 p.m.: Gonzaga vs. the winner of Tuesday’s Farleigh Dickinson/Prairie View A&M game – truTV  9:57 p.m.: Syracuse vs. Baylor – truTV  4:30 p.m.: Marquette vs. Murray State – TBS  2 p.m.: Florida State vs. Vermont – TBS  6:50 p.m.: Nevada vs. Florida – TNT  9:20 p.m.: Michigan vs. Montana – TNT Friday, March 22 12:15 p.m.: Cincinnati vs. Iowa – CBS  12:40 p.m.: Ole Miss vs. Oklahoma – truTV  1:30 p.m.: Texas Tech vs. Northern Kentucky – TNT 2 p.m.: Kansas State vs. UC Irvine – TBS  2:45 p.m.: Tennessee vs. Colgate – CBS  3:10 p.m.: Virginia vs. Gardner Webb – truTV  4 p.m.: Buffalo vs. the winner of Wednesday’s Arizona State/St. John’s game – TNT  4:30 p.m.: Wisconsin vs. Oregon – TBS  6:50 p.m.: Utah State vs. Washington – TNT 7:10 p.m.: Duke vs. the winner of Wednesday’s North Carolina Central/North Dakota State game – CBS  7:20 p.m.: Houston vs. Georgia State – TBS  7:27 p.m.: Mississippi State vs. Liberty – truTV  9:20 p.m.: North Carolina vs. Iona – TNT 9:40 p.m.: VCU vs. UCF – CBS  9:50 p.m.: Iowa State vs. Ohio State – TBS  9:57 p.m.: Virginia Tech vs. St. Louis – truTV   The second round begins Saturday, March 23. The Sweet 16 round begins Thursday, March 28. The Elite Eight round begins Saturday, March 30. The final four play on Saturday, April 6. The National Championship game, held in Minneapolis, will be played Monday, April 8.     
  • Duval School leaders are inviting parents to a series of meetings on the school district’s aging public schools.  Over the last few months, Duval County Public Schools leaders have been sharing with community members and parents information about the district’s aging school problem. March 18th – kicks off the series of meetings that deal with draft recommendations for the district to move forward with all of the schools in the county. There is nothing extremely wrong with the schools. Leaders are stressing that all schools are both safe and operational. Superintendent Dr. Diana Green says they cannot ignore the impact the condition is having on the success of students and staff. “When facilities are not in good working order, our administrators spend a number of hours focusing on facilities instead of being instruction leaders and focused on the students.” According to a spokesperson for Duval County Public Schools – the draft scenarios include:  • Construction of 30 new schools as either replacement on-site or on new sites.  • 17 consolidations impacting 42 schools with children from those schools attending new or renovated school buildings. (Any buildings no longer in use as a result of the consolidations would be demolished and the land sold to prevent former schools from becoming a future blight.)  • Security upgrades at all schools and removal of the majority of portables from schools across the district.  • Cutting more than 5,000 student seats from the district’s inventory and improving the district’s facility utilization rate. Click here to see the dates and locations for each meeting.
  • Jacksonville-based FIS is buying Worldpay for approximately $35 billion.  FIS says the merge agreement expands its capabilities by enhancing its acquiring and payment offerings. The combined company will retain the name FIS and will be headquartered in Jacksonville.  In a statement announcing the acquisition, FIS says the combination of stock and cash values Worldpay at an enterprise value of approximately $43 billion. Worldpay is a leading payment technology company that processes over 40 billion transactions annually, supporting more than 300 payment types across more than 120 currencies. “Scale matters in our rapidly changing industry,” said Gary Norcross, chairman, president and chief executive officer, FIS. “Upon closing later this year, our two powerhouse organizations will combine forces to offer a customer-driven combination of scale, global presence and the industry’s broadest range of global financial solutions. As a combined organization, we will bring the most modern solutions targeted at the highest growth markets. The long-term value we will create for clients and for shareholders will set the bar in our industry and will create a range of new career opportunities for our employees. I have never been more excited about the future of FIS.”

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