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Mayo Clinic Doctor Chases Storms On Vacation

Mayo Clinic Doctor Chases Storms On Vacation

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- You won't find the typical degrees, certificates and awards on the walls of Dr. Jason Persoff's Mayo Clinic office. He's a fully certified hospitalist, but he chooses to decorate his office walls with monkeys, mainly the stuffed variety courtesy of his four-year-old daughter.

He does have the obligatory stack of doctor books and manuals on a case against the wall. But there's one book in there that doesn't belong with the others.

"Ah, yeah, the book on storms," Persoff said, "That's an old book given to me by a nurse, it's still very useful."

Persoff says storms have always fascinated him. He grew up on the east side of the Rockies where many strong storms are born. Now he takes two weeks of vacation each May to chase the strongest storms in the Midwest.

"The best vacation for me is stormy weather," he said laughing.

High Honors for Ad Agency

At the American Advertising Federation’s National ADDY competition, one small multicultural agency truly shined. Playing in the big leagues, Brunet-García Advertising won three gold and one silver national awards – the most of any agency in Florida and the Caribbean. Only one other multicultural/Hispanic agency received an award at the national level. The winners were selected from 1,382 entries from a full range of advertising agencies around the country.

BG received Gold ADDY awards for the Block x Block Illustrations, the Players by the Sea “The Full Monty” poster and the Players by the Sea poster series. A Silver ADDY was also awarded for the Players by the Sea building design.

Pulmonologist from St. Vincent's Warns of Health Effects from Wildfire Smoke

Pulmonologist from St. Vincent's Warns of Health Effects from Wildfire Smoke

Phyisicans at St. Vincent's Medical Center are warning people about the health effects of the smoke from recent wildfires.  Doctors say they are seeing a rise in the number of patients complaining about irritation from smoke.

Pulmonologist Dr. Thomas Szwed, who works at St. Vincent's Medical Center, says people exercising outdoors may feel the effects.

UNF Professor Leads Double Life, With A Side of Sinister

UNF Professor Leads Double Life, With A Side of Sinister

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Whoa, whoa, whoa... before you get worried, just know that this double life isn't a bad one. No, this story is NOT about a professor who's made bad decisions. This story is about a 13-year University of North Florida English professor who teaches English Romanticism by day.

But it's Michael Wiley's second job that prompts the "sinister" tag in the headline.

"I spend my days talking poetry and of the poets that winded through England," he said.

"My nights are spent writing in the noir scenes of Chicago."

Wiley has written speeches, essays, and has had articles published in magazines.

But it's his latest project, his private detective based series of novels that seems to have him most excited.

"The three titles are The Last Strip Tease, The Bad Kitty Lounge and A Bad Night's Sleep," he said.

His latest, A Bad Night's Sleep, will be released on June 21.

New Records Released in Case of Foster Parent Licensed Despite Abusive Past

New Records Released in Case of Foster Parent Licensed Despite Abusive Past

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.  --  A background check the Department of Children and Families did on one Jacksonville woman before it issued her licenses to operate a day care and be a foster parent did not reveal her abusive past, according to new DCF records.

DCF gave Annette Smith a license to operate a day care in 2001 and one to be a foster parent in 2004. But Smith was convicted of child abuse in 1991, which according to DCF's foster care checklist is a disqualifier.

According to DCF, it did a background check on Smith. Documents  just released from the agency are partially redacted, but a check done by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement only shows Smith's 1992 and 1993 DUI arrests and convictions. DUI is not a disqualifier.

Memorial Service Saturday for Retired Circuit Court Judge Richard O. Watson

Memorial Service Saturday for Retired Circuit Court Judge Richard O. Watson

St. Augustine, Fla.-- A memorial service will be held on Saturday for retired Circuit Court Judge Richard O. Watson, who died on Tuesday morning.

He was a native of St. Augustine and served as a circuit judge for the 7th Judicial Circuit from 1977 to 1996. 

Judge Watson was appointed to the bench in 1977 to replace Judge Howell Melton. He was twice elected by his fellow judges as the chief judge of the 7th Judicial Circuit, and he also served as the administrative judge for St. Johns County for approximately 20 years. He continued to serve as a senior circuit judge from 1996 to his death.

In 2008, the St. Johns County Courthouse was renamed in his honor. The memorial service will take place at the courthouse beginning at 9 a.m. 

Judge Watson is survived by his wife of 50 years, Peggy Pope Watson and three children.

Hands-Only CPR Takes 60 Seconds to Learn and Could SAVE the Life of Someone You LOVE

Hands-Only CPR Takes 60 Seconds to Learn and Could SAVE the Life of Someone You LOVE

Did you know, CPR Week runs from June 1 to June 7? In celebration of National CPR Week we want you to know that anyone can learn CPR – and everyone should! Sadly, 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed. This alarming statistic could hit close to home, because home is exactly where 80 percent of cardiac arrests occur. Put very simply: The life you save with CPR is mostly likely to be someone you love.

 This June, in honor of National CPR Week, the American Heart Association is calling on all Americans to learn how to give Hands-Only CPR by watching a simple one-minute video at heart.org/cpr.