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First Coast Connect

07/28/15: Police De-escalation; LAMP; Miracle Treat Day; David Luckin

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Sunday said the death of Sandra Bland, who officials say committed suicide in her Texas jail cell after she was detained following a routine traffic stop, shows the importance of training police officers to de-escalate high-pressure situations. We speak with Toni Chrabot, recently-retired FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge out of Jacksonville, who trained agencies in de-escalation procedures.

In our America's First City segment, we spotlight the St. Augustine Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program, or LAMP, an independent maritime archaeological institute that surveys inland and offshore waters to discover new shipwrecks and more. Chuck Meide, Director of the Institute’s Archaeology Division, and Shannon O’Neil, Director of Public Relations, join us.

Dairy Queen  restaurants throughout the Jacksonville and Brunswick region will celebrate "Miracle Treat Day" this Thursday to benefit Children’s Miracle Network hospitals like Wolfson Children’s Hospital and the pediatric programs at UF Health Jacksonville. We speak with Kingsley Ave. Dairy Queen owner Scott Geeser and Wolfson Children's Hospital patient Brittney Scott.

And "Electro Lounge" host and WJCT Music Director David Luckin joins us with a special Relax Radio HD radio giveaway.

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Sean Birch joined the WJCT team in late 2011 and was with the company until 2016.