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Navy Secretary Ousted; 5G In Jax; First Coast Success; Cole Pepper

U.S. Secretary of the Navy

Richard Spencer, Secretary of the Navy, has apparently been forced out over the handling of the case involving Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, who was acquitted of killing an ISIS prisoner.

With our large Navy community here on the First Coast, we decided to take a closer look at the story – and what it might mean for national security - with Nancy Soderberg, the former 3rd ranked, deputy national security advisor and ambassador to the United Nations, who now directs the Public Service Leadership Program at UNF. 


Jacksonville was one of the first cities selected by AT&T for the early rollout of 5G (fifth-generation cellular wireless). The telecom giant says it means quicker downloads and faster access to information.  Other carriers are also in the process of upgrading their networks around the country as the race toward 5G speeds up.

However, the early 5G presence in Jacksonville is drawing some pushback, from activists who say they’re concerned about the placement of towers and antennas. We spoke to two of them, Jacksonville resident Raymur Rachels; and local attorney and business owner Scott Kennelly.

Credit Martin Coffee Company

First Coast Success

Martin Coffee Company is a family-owned business that's been in this area for generations. And they continue to brew up happy customers and continued growth. In today's First Coast Success, Karen Brune Mathis of the Jacksonville Daily Record spoke with Ben Johnson, president of the coffee company.

Cole Pepper

Cole Pepper joined us for a closer look at the Jaguars 42-20 loss to the Titans, and what it might mean for the rest of their season – and beyond.

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

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