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Bullying, Teen Suicide To Be Discussed At Student Mental Health Community Forum

The Jacksonville Public Education Fund is hosting a discussion Tuesday evening to talk about student mental health and well-being. The ONE by ONE Community Forum will start with an expert panel discussion of new strategies for working with at-risk students and preventing problems like bullying and suicide. Then, moderator Pam Paul says, the floor will be opened up for discussion.
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The Jacksonville Public Education Fund is hosting a discussion Tuesday evening to talk about student mental health and well-being.

The ONE by ONE Community Forum will start with an expert panel discussion of new strategies for working with at-risk students and preventing problems like bullying and suicide.

Then, moderator Pam Paul says, the floor will be opened up for discussion.

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A sharply-divided U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge to the lethal-injection protocol used in Oklahoma and other states, opening the door for executions to resume in Florida.

In the 5-4 majority opinion issued Monday, Justice Samuel Alito wrote that Oklahoma prisoners failed to prove that the use of the drug midazolam, the first of the three-drug lethal cocktail used also used in Florida, "entails a substantial risk of severe pain."

The petitioners also failed to offer an alternative execution method that would be less painful, Alito wrote.

A new vision-screening campaign aimed at kids will start in Jacksonville, and the Jacksonville Public Library promotes its free audiobook service. Ocean researchers track great white sharks in the waters off Jacksonville, while the Coast Guard is monitoring the debris from an exploded rocket as it floats north from more than 150 miles off Florida’s coast.

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A great white shark named Mary Lee was recorded off the coast of Jacksonville last week.

Ocean researchers who are part of an organization called OCEARCH, are following her and other great whites to learn their traveling patterns.


A friendly eagle mascot will soon begin visiting Jacksonville children to spread the word about eye care.

Duval County is one of the state’s first to test out a new pediatric vision-screening campaign by the Jacksonville-based Florida Society of Ophthalmology.


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The Coast Guard is monitoring the debris field of a rocket that exploded during take-off on Sunday.

The debris from is floating north more than 150 miles off the coast of Florida, and it is not expected to impact beaches over July Fourth weekend.

St Johns County spokeswoman Sarah Hand says while it’s not likely debris will land along the first coast, beach-goers should keep their eyes open.  

“It’s best to stay away from any debris or any perceived debris and immediately call SpaceX or the Coast Guard,” she said.

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The American Publishers Association has designated June as audiobook month. The Jacksonville Public Library is celebrating the month by touting its free audiobook delivery service. The library offers so-called “talking books” and magazines to city residents who are blind or living with physical disabilities.

Susan Mason is blind and says she’s been reading books on tape since she was 5-years-old. Mason says the library’s delivery service keeps her up-to-date with the latest titles.

The two people arrested for removing the Confederate flag from the front of the South Carolina Statehouse have been released from jail in the state capital.

Officer L. Tucker of the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center said 30-year-old Bree Newsome and 30-year-old James Ian Tyson were released from jail Saturday after posting bond.

Both Newsome and Tyson are from Charlotte.

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  Last week, the One Spark crowdfunding festival eliminated most of its full-time staff.

In this week’s Business Brief, analyst John Burr tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo the festival’s future is uncertain.


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