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ON YOUR SIDE: How to claim Asus Windows RT keyboard dock rebate

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- If you're one of the many people that bought a Asus VivoTab Windows RT tablet from Best Buy in October or early November with the promise of a free keyboard dock rebate, here's some new information you'll want to be aware of.

SEE ALSO: Local employees say they're being cleaned out

Originally buyers were told to go the Asus website and fill out an electronic rebate form and a free keyboard dock would be shipped.  One of our employees did just that but after two weeks there still wasn't any indication of the order being filled.

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Memorial ride ends with 15 bikers taken to hospital

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- What was supposed to be a memorial ride for a fallen motorcyclist ended with over a dozen bikers being rushed to the hospital.

It happened around 11 a.m. Saturday on I-95 North between J.T. Butler Boulevard and University Boulevard.

UNF celebrates its 40th anniversary

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Dr. Louis Woods has been at the University of North Florida since the beginning.

The economics professor was teaching economics when the doors opened back in 1972.

He's still teaching economics today.

"We continue to do a good job in what we are supposed to be doing," Woods said.

Some things have changed in four decades. The hefty hardbacks have been traded in for sleeker paperback texts.

And, well there's the whole Internet thing.

But it's obvious by the way his office is organized, or, dis-organized really, that a lot of things have stayed the same over the years.

"I have file cabinets and drawers, but I find having these stacks is easier," he said behind piles of papers.

"But I've never lost a student's work in spite of the chaos, or what appears to be chaos."

Woods remembers how different campus was in the first few years.

Woman critically injured in crash

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a crash that sent a 24-year-old woman to the hospital with critical injuries.

The accident happened before 9 a.m. Thursday in the southbound lanes of I-95 between J. Turner Butler Boulevard and Baymeadows.

A 2001 Mazda 626 being driven by Bailey Turner traveling South on I-95 merged into a Chevrolet K-1500 pickup truck driven by 31-year-old Joshua Huggins, according to a crash report from the Florida Highway Patrol.

After hitting the truck, Turner's vehicle traveled across the highway, striking two trees in the grass shoulder.

Emergency crews transported Turner to Orange Park Medical Center.  Her two-year-old child was also in the car.  She was taken to Wolfson Children's Hospital with minor injuries.  Huggins, the driver of the truck, suffered minor injuries.  He was taken to St. Vincent's Hospital.

UNF to host preliminary round for outdoor track and field championships in 2014

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The 2014 NCAA Division I track and field outdoor championships will take place at the University of North Florida campus.

The preliminary round of competition will take place May 29-31, 2014.

Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown said, "Bringing the Division I men's and women's outdoor track & field East preliminary meet to the University of North Florida campus is another great win for the City of Jacksonville."

When runners take their mark in 2014 it will be the second time in three years the university has hosted the East preliminary round competition.  The first time the event took place at UNF was in May 2012.  UNF's Hodges Stadium also served as host for the Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track Championships since 2009.

School board candidates debate on TV, Web tonight

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- First Coast News and The Florida Times-Union will be holding a televised debate and webcast between the remaining candidates for the Duval County School Board on Saturday night, October 20.

The hour-long debate will be held from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. with the first half-hour broadcast on WTLV-NBC 12. The entire hour will be webcast on firstcoastnews.com and jacksonville.com and originate from the First Coast News studios.

SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE PROFILES

Suzanne Jenkins - Candidate for School Board, District 3

City councilman calls resident 'miserable individual'

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- City Council Don Redman called resident Pete Hull a "miserable individual" in an email exchange this month.

Our Florida Times-Union news partner obtained a copy of the email exchange between Redman and Hull. 

READ THE EMAIL EXCHANGE BETWEEN REDMAN AND HULL

The e-mail, reads in part: "You sound like a misguided & miserable indivdule (spelling error retained from email) who needs our prayers," the city councilman wrote.