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First Read: Monday, October 14, 2013

Jacksonville faces criticism over St. Johns algae, Cherish Perrywinkle among victims to be honored tonight, and a South Florida police department's decision to stop selling cocaine are in the headlines today.Welcome to WJCT First Read, your daily weekday morning round-up of stories from the First Coast, around Florida, and across the country. We'll also preview some of WJCT's upcoming news programming.

Jax officials face criticism over St. Johns algae management: St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman says the city could be doing more to stop algae blooms. (Florida Times-Union)

Crime victim vigil to honor victims tonight: Cherish Perrywinkle, Jordan Davis, Megan Simmons, and Jazmine Shelton are among the crime victims set to be honored at tonight's 18th Annual Unity Plaza Candlelight Vigil. (News4Jax)

Trader Joe's to open in Jax Beach 2014: California-based specialty grocer Trader Joe's has confirmed they have signed a lease for a 12,500-square-foot space in the South Beach Regional Center for a store to open in late 2014. (Jacksonville Business Journal)

South Florida police ends undercover cocaine sting operations: Following an investigation by local media, police in Sunrise have ended an operation to lure out-of-town drug buyers to the city to purchase cocaine from undercover officers. (South Florida South Sentinel)

Today on First Coast Connect, Florida Fourth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Angela Corey joins us to discuss civil citations.

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Patrick Donges served as WJCT's Digital Content Editor from August 2013 - August 2014.