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12/18/18: Jaguars Naturalization Ceremony; Once a Soldier; Eating Disorders; Shopping Small

Michelle Corum
Naturalization ceremony at Sunday's Jaguars game at TIAA Bank Field.

Sixty-five immigrants became US citizens during halftime at Sunday’s Jaguars game, when the team hosted a naturalization ceremony - the first ever during an NFL game, according to the team.

Of course Jaguars owner Shad Khan is himself a naturalized U.S. citizen, and he was front and center for the ceremony. In a political era where immigration has become a very contentious subject- the ceremony made quite an impact. Judge Marcia Morales Howard, who administered the naturalization oath of allegiance to the immigrants, and new U.S. citizens Khendys and Gina Gordon joined us in the studio to discuss the experience.

Here are some of the civics (history and government) questions for the naturalization test, in case you are curious to see if you would be able to pass it: 

Related: You can see the full 100 questions and answers for the civics naturalization test here.

Once A Soldier

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Khendys & Gina Gordon with Judge Marcia Morales Howard.

There’s an average of 22 veteran suicides every day in America, and the rates are spiking, especially among younger veterans. Once a Soldier, a local organization, has developed a simple mission to meet a growing need – to help ease the burden of a family’s financial costs after a veteran dies by suicide. Founder Dave Barbush joined us to explain how.

Dealing With Eating Disorders During The Holidays

At this time of year, it seems like food is everywhere - at the office, at home, at parties and at functions of all kinds. But if you are dealing with an eating disorder, the season can be treacherous. The Turning Tides Eating Disorders Treatment Center is a first of its kind clinic in Northeast Florida, and the founder and clinical director Robert Yagoda joined us by phone today.

Shopping Small

As you run out to buy those last-minute Christmas gifts over the next week, consider shopping small - at a small business that is. Shopping small is a growing movement and your dollar really makes an impact at this time of year. Kendra Vincenty, Director of Credit Administration at Florida Capital Bank, joined us to explain why.

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Heather Schatz can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @heatherschatz.


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Heather is the senior producer of WJCT 89.9 FM talk shows including First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, the Florida Roundup and What's Health Got to Do with It?