New TV Season Brings New Hits and Duds

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DOA. Every season brings a couple of clunkers. Last week brought four: Fox's Lone Star (4.1 million viewers) was the weakest of the bunch — and became the season's first casualty Tuesday, to be replaced by Lie to Me starting next week. But ABC's The Whole Truth and My Generation and NBC's Outlaw, in Friday's time-slot debut, are all on life support.

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New Blood Perks Up Florida Panther Population

USA Today - By the early 1990s there were only 20 to 25 Florida panthers left out of what was once a large and thriving population – and those that remained were sickly and inbred, destined for extinction within 20 years, experts estimated. So in 1995 conservation managers moved eight wild-caught female pumas from Texas to the area – a reintroduction so successful that between 1995 and 2008 a total of 424 panther births have been documented.

8th Annual Buddy Walk Benefitting The Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville

The Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville is excited to announce the 8th Annual Buddy Walk will take place this Saturday, October 2, 2010 at the Jacksonville Beach Pavilion.  The 1-mile walk is the largest fundraiser of the year for the DSAJ and the local chapter’s goal is to raise $150,000.  Brand new this year is the 5K run, which will immediately precede the walk @ 8am.

Annual Pumpkin Patch Opens Saturday at Southside United Methodist Church

Hundreds of pumpkins will be hitting the town on Saturday, October 2nd as the youth of Southside United Methodist Church (SUMC) set up for the start of PUMPKINS ON THE POINT!   We invite the community to enjoy the fun as “the point,” between Hendricks Avenue and San Jose Blvd, grows one pumpkin at a time into a very sincere pumpkin patch.

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Artist Rodney Atkins to Play Free Show at Jacksonville Landing on October 8

Country music star Rodney Atkins is coming to Jacksonville, FL to perform a FREE show for the 99.9 Gator County Fall Concert Series on Friday, October 8.

Alhambra Actors to Join Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra for "The Pirates of Penzance"

Actors from the nation’s longest running professional dinner theatre will take the stage with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra for a special production of The Pirates of Penzance, set to invade Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts on October 1-3. Conducted by Michael Butterman, a stellar cast from the new Alhambra Theatre & Dining under the direction of Tod Booth will sing and dance to live music by the Jacksonville Symphony in one of Gilbert & Sullivan’s wittiest comic operettas.  Performances are Friday and Saturday, October 1 and 2 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 3 at 3 p.m. Information and tickets are available through the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Box Office at (904) 354-5547 or online at www.jaxsymphony.org. Ticket prices are $26, $31, $41, $56 and $66

Mosquito-Borne Illness Advisory

The Duval County Health Department (DCHD) is emphasizing the importance of protection against mosquito-borne diseases after laboratory tests confirmed a 45-year-old female Duval County resident had been hospitalized for West Nile Virus Disease. The individual has since recovered from the illness. This is the first confirmed human case in the county since 2005.