Stories about the people in our community.

First Coast Connect: Business Isn't Just For Adults

Jun 1, 2016

The millennial generation has become part of a growing trend in teen entrepreneurship.

New Dinosaur Exhibit At Jacksonville's MOSH

May 26, 2016
Paleontologist Mike Triebold (left) and co-curator Angus Carroll (right) pose next to "Ava", a new dinosaur featured at their exhibit, Darwin & Dinosaurs.
Allie George

When paleontologist Mike Triebold unearthed part of a dinosaur shoulder blade in Montana three years ago, he had no idea that he had stumbled upon a new species.

“When we collected it, we at first thought it was what is known as an Avaceratops, which is a known but rare Ceratopsian,” he said. “After we were working on it for a while, and began really thoroughly preparing the bones and analyzing them and comparing them, we realized, ‘Wait a minute. This is not an Avaceratops. It’s a brand new species.’ ”

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

Activists are demanding for a Jacksonville police officer who killed an unarmed man be charged with first-degree murder.

The New Black Panther Party and Kemetic Empire of Jacksonville rallied at City Hall Tuesday to protest the killing of Vernell Bing.

First Coast Connect: Stay-At-Home Dads Find Support

May 23, 2016

Husbands and fathers of the First Coast have become passionate about creating a community for stay at home dads.

Their hope  is to reach out to other stay-at-home dads who may be feeling isolated and would like support.


Public health consultant and LGBTQ activist Willy Wilkinson, and clinical counselor Deanna Lovino will be leading a free training workshop on providing equal Access for transgender and gender non-conforming populations.

The free cultural competency training will take place from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Monday at the University of North Florida's Student Ballroom.


Barbeque hall of famer and PBS TV host Steven Raichlen authored a new cook book, "Project Smoke."  

In recent years, more attention has been paid to the use of deadly force by police officers towards unarmed civilians. Nick Selby, Ben Singleton, and Ed Flosi are the authors of “In context: Understanding Police Killings of Unarmed Civilians," which takes an in-depth look at the issue.

During Wednesday’s First Coast Connect, Selby talked about the book and answered questions surrounding police-involved shootings.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

A Jacksonville couple wants to open a lounge serving up sweet treats and sweet music in Springfield.

The Sweet Spot and Urban Lounge is a step closer to becoming a brick and mortar location after winning a national small-business contest — and now it’s in the running for a $25,000 grand prize.

During this election season, it can be easy to forget the real people behind the issues. Our occasional commentator Jay Solomon rips a story from the headlines in this edition of With All Due Respect on Wednesday's First Coast Connect.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

Art therapy is an increasingly popular treatment option for those struggling with mental illness.

But for some patients, a perceived lack of artistic ability can keep them from exploring it.

One new Jacksonville nonprofit is hoping to change that.