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Ahmaud Arbery Shooting; Sandra Parks; Drive-Thru Food Drive; Garden Club

Ahmaud Arbery

The shooting death of an unarmed black man in South Georgia is making news around the world.

Protesters took to the streets of a Brunswick neighborhood on Tuesday evening to demand justice following the release of a video that shows the February shooting death of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery.

Friends and family say he was gunned down while he was out jogging. There will likely be a grand jury investigation into Arbery’s death. The recommendation came on the same day that the graphic cellphone video showing the deadly confrontation between Arbery and Travis McMichael, the son of a former district attorney investigator, was shared widely on social media.

Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorney John Phillips is known for handling civil rights cases and joined us for a closer look.

Sandra Parks

The COVID-19 pandemic has been painful, and scary. But one thing it has also done is sparked change. People are re-evaluating their lives in this time of crisis and often, embarking on some new beginnings. One of them is Sandra Parks, a St. Augustine writer, speaker, activist, and the widow of the late civil rights icon Stetson Kennedy. She joined us with more.

Related: Local, State, And National Coronavirus Coverage

Drive-thru Food Drive

St. Johns County, in partnership with United Way of St. Johns County, the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall will hold two “drive-thru” food drives to help restock critically-low local food pantries, the first of which will take place this Saturday, 

Dianya Markovits, Public Relations and Community Partnerships Manager at St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, shared more information about them with us.

Garden Club

The Garden Club of Jacksonville is launching a series of virtual programs that provide education, inspiration, and a sense of joy. They’re kicking things off Thursday night with “Plants During the Pandemic.” Denise Reagan, the organization’s Executive Director, joined us with more details.

Heather Schatz can be reached at 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?