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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

Man Accused Of Attacking GOP Volunteers; 'Lift Ev'ry Voice & Sing' Commemoration

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Duval GOP

Monday on First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, we discussed the impact of an attack on Republican volunteers in Jacksonville for the Trump campaign.

Police have arrested 27-year-old Gregory Timm and accused him of running his van into a tent of Republican volunteers who were trying to register voters. President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter, “Law Enforcement has been notified. Be careful tough guys who you play with.” FSCJ political science professor Daniel Cronrath joined us to discuss the incident.

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James Weldon Johnson

Related:  GOP, Democrats Comdemn Weekend Political Attack Against Trump Volunteers In Jax 

Commenorating 'Lift Ev'ry Voice & Sing'

A local coalition is hosting events to commemorate the 120th anniversary of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing.” The song, known as the black national anthem, was written by Jacksonville natives, James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson. Former State Senator Tony Hill and Director of Family Empowerment at Potter’s House International Ministries, Monique Tookes, joined us with more.

'Food Of Love' At MOCA

The Food of Love is a modern adaptation of the Cyrano De Bergerac story presented as immersive dinner theater. The show is running at MOCA Jacksonville February 13 and 14. The show’s playwright, Kelby Siddons and actor Theo Canty joined us with more details.  

Daytona 500 Preview, Jaguars Controversy

WJCT’s Sports Analyst Cole Pepper came on the show for Daytona 500 coverage. He also covered the controversy surrounding the Jacksonville Jaguars playing two home games in London next season.

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Brad Keselowski, left, looks over his car as his crew makes repairs after he wrecked during NASCAR auto race practice at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020.

Sarah Glenn can be reached at newsteam@WJCT.org, 904-358-6317