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Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with former Jacksonville Mayor and Democratic 5th Congressional District candidate Alvin Brown. Incumbent Congressman Al Lawson was to appear with Brown but cancelled citing a scheduling conflict (01:27).

Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union Reporter David Bauerlein, WJCT Business Analyst John Burr, Jacksonville Business Journal Editor Timothy Gibbons and WJCT contributor and board member Charles Griggs.

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we heard about the city of Jacksonville’s Civil Rights History Task Force with authors and civil rights activists Tim Gilmore and Rodney Hurst (01:05).

Moveable Feast featured Suzi Renehan of Uncanny Biscotti (26:58).

Director of the Warrior Care Network Alex Balbir told us about the latest treatments to help veterans suffering from PTSD (33:24).  

Katie Provow and Katie Delaney told us about some recent changes at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre’s Farmers Market (46:00).               

Wednesday on First Coast Connect, we spoke with Tracy Collins, also known to many around town as Tracy Dot Com. She previewed excerpts from her upcoming book detailing her struggle against alcoholism (01:24).

Author Tim Gilmore and illustrator Shep Shepard talked about Gilmore’s latest book regarding Jacksonville founder Isaiah Hart, “The Book of Isaiah” (34:57).     

Art (Re)Public founder Jessica Santiago told us about this year’s edition of the event (46:00).   

The public forum to discuss a proposal to relocate Confederate monuments is set for this week in downtown Jacksonville.


Thirty four years ago, Jacksonville police arrested Springfield resident Ottis Toole for arson. In the months that followed, Toole confessed to being one half of a murderous duo responsible for more than 100 brutal slayings across the Southeast.

Though Toole’s involvement in some crimes was confirmed, others were called into question as the years wore on.

Now, the mystery surrounding one of the city’s most notorious serial killers is being adapted as a stage play after a Jacksonville professor turned it into a novel.  The “Stalking Ottis Toole: A Southern Gothic” runs through Sunday at Florida State College at Jacksonville.

The bankruptcy of South Korean shipping giant Hanjin won’t affect the Jacksonville Port Authority but it is raising questions about the future of international shipping on the First Coast. JAXPORT senior director of communication Nancy Rubin and JAXUSA Partnership President Jerry Mallot joined host Melissa Ross on Monday to talk about Jacksonville’s role in international trade. We also spoke with local author Tim Gilmore about his latest book “Devil in the Baptist Church: Bob Gray’s Unholy Trinity.” composition titles always in quotes  A TEDx event will be held in October at Florida State College at Jacksonville. We heard from Executive Director Jennifer Grey and TEDx speaker Allishia Bauman.    

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The Chamblin bookstore will be celebrating its 40th anniversary Saturday at its uptown location, 215 N. Laura St., beginning at 7 p.m.

Laura Street will be closed for the celebration.

Gilmore standing on corner
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Originally published October 2015

A new nonfiction book is inviting readers to take a journey through historic Jacksonville neighborhoods.

“The Mad Atlas of Virginia King” is part biography, part city guide, and part comic book. On Wednesday morning, the book’s author, Tim Gilmore, led WJCT’s Jessica Palombo on a tour through Riverside using his illustrated “Atlas.”