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  Today on “First Coast Connect,” our weekly Media Roundtable included Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski and WJCT’s Ryan Benk and Kevin Meerschaert (01:11). The Humana Foundation’s Laura Nolan and University of Florida professor and endowed chairwoman in Health Disparities Research Carolyn Tucker (38:20) discussed the foundation’s recent $444,000 donation to four Jacksonville nonprofit organizations. Finally, Rethreaded founder Kristin Keen and Wayne Bailey (46:22) with The River City Chorus talked about the “Sing a New Song”   concert series to benefit Rethreaded.    

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Former United Nations Ambassador Nancy Soderberg is challenging Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL6) for his Northeast Florida congressional seat.

  Tuesday on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with Ambassador Nancy Soderberg (1:10) about President Donald Trump sharing classified information with the Russian ambassador and foreign minister.

We heard new health news with Dr. Dean Hartley from the Alzheimer’s Association national headquarters in Chicago, and heart health care with Mayo Clinic cardiolorist Dr. Amy Pollak and Dr. Peter Pollak (28:01). We interviewed longtime environmental activist Bill Brinton (38:44) and we learned about an upcoming science, technology, engineering and math field trip for middle school students from CH2M Vice-President Maria del Pilar Doren (47:23)    


       

Wednesday on “First Coast Connect,” we discussed the fallout from the firing of FBI Director James Comey with international experts Ambassador Nancy Soderberg; Ed Coyle, the foreign counterintelligence representative to the Supreme Allied Command Atlantic; and the Division Chief for the Combatting Terrorism Directorate for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and Jacksonville United Nations Association Secretary Jill Dawson (1:17). Jacksonville City Councilman Matt Schellenberg (28:00) talked about the Homestead Tax Exemption ballot proposal placed on the November 2018 ballot by the state legislature. We interviewed former Supremes singer Mary Wilson and her co-star Terry Adams (37:11) about their show “Menopause the Musical,” and we heard from local author Valerie Bowman (48:32). 


Nancy Soderberg, national security and foreign policy strategist, and A.G. Gancarski, Jacksonville writer and Folio Weekly columnist, join us to discuss the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris and the fight against radical extremism.

We also speak with Dr. Bud Hammes, one of America's foremost authorities on advanced care planning, about the importance of end of life care.

And Cole Pepper joins the show to talk college football and the NFL playoffs in this week's First Coast Sports Wrap Up.

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There are very few verified facts yet as to what caused a Malaysian airliner to go down in Eastern Ukraine this morning, killing the 295 passengers and crew members on board.

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Iraqi authorities this morning are looking at a video that purportedly shows the leader of the extremist terror group The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIS, delivering a sermon in Mosul.

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Sailors from Naval Station Mayport were deployed to the Persian Gulf aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea on Saturday as the situation in Iraq continues to intensify.

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In his address to the nation this evening, President Barack Obama will cautiously support the Russian plan for Syria to place their chemical weapon stockpiles under international control, while continuing to advocate for a military option as a contingency measure.

That’s part of the analysis of two First Coast foreign policy experts who spoke with WJCT in advance of tonight's address.

A narrowly targeted U.S. military strike is likely to take place soon in response to recent events in Syria.

That’s according to Nancy Soderberg, visiting scholar at the University of North Florida and a former member of the U.S. Security Council.  

Her analysis comes in the wake of confirmation by U.S. intelligence officials that Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime likely used deadly chemical weapons on his own people.