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First Read: Friday, November 21, 2014


The shooting at Florida State, Bill Cosby and Mayor Brown 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.

FSU shooter was alum; likely troubled
Myron May, the gunman who opened fire at the Stozier Library at Florida State University was an attorney that graduated from FSU in 2005. Officials believe that he did not know his victims. Posts on his social media profiles recently became disjointed and conspiratorial. Eight friends of May were contacted by him on social media to request their mailing address. They are expecting a package today that was mailed before the shooting. (Action News Jax, The Florida Times Union, Channel 2 Action News)

Jacksonville leadership reacts to FSU shooting
FSU alumni Sheriff John Rutherford and State Attorney Angela Corey discussed the shooting at Florida State during a juvenile justice policy forum.

Student says bullet stopped by books
FSU student Jason Derfuss was about five feet from Myron May when he began firing at the Strozier Library. Derfuss immediately ran from the scene, got in his car and drove home. When he opened his backpack he found a bullet slug that had ripped through his backpack, one book and embedded itself in a second book. (News4Jax)

Mayor Brown returning money raised at fundraiser with Bill Cosby
The campaign for Mayor Alvin Brown announced yesterday that it will be returning donations received during a fundraiser at the Manhattan Harvard Club in New York where Bill Cosby headlined. An advisor for the Brown campaign said that it decided to return the money due to the allegations in recent news stories that Cosby raped and sexual assault multiple women. (The Florida Times Union)

Controversial painter Lee Harvey remembered
Painter Lee Harvey, renowned for his extremely critiques of Jacksonville, First Baptist Church and the Bush and Obama administrations, passed away November 10th after a lengthy struggle with mesothelioma. (Folio Weekly)

Today on First Coast Connect, we welcome our Media Roundtable Week in Review, Melissa interviews commedian and The Fault in Our Stars actor Mike Birbiglia, and Book Blogger Stacey Goldring and the First Coast Connect Book Club.

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