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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

2/8/19: Friday Media Roundtable; Painting Mom

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Melissa Ross, Mark Woods, John Bachman, Claire Goforth and Shelton Hull in the WJCT greenroom (l-r)

For this week’s First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross Media Roundtable, our panel of journalists looked at some of the biggest stories of the week, including:

  • Dueling attack ads in the Jacksonville mayor’s race.
  • A new study that shows just how dangerous Jacksonville is for pedestrians.
  • The new VyStar name that could soon be added to the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

Our panelists were:

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Melissa Ross with Matthew and Cindi Decker

“Painting Mom”

Cindi Decker, a local teacher, recently became a global Internet sensation, thanks to an oil painting she did of an egret. We spoke to her and her son Matthew about it.

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