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Evictions, Homelessness; Capitol Seige Defendants; Jax Angels; Magnet Fishing

A Jacksonville homeless encampment on Jefferson St. is pictured.
Sydney Boles
A Jacksonville homeless encampment on Jefferson St. is pictured.

The evictions triggered by the pandemic-induced recession have been linked to an increased risk of COVID-19 cases and mortality.

This in turn, has cities and think tanks working on ways to prevent more evictions, and help those who are already homeless. On Wednesday, the city of Jacksonville revealed The Pathway to Home Program to assist people dealing with homelessness.  

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is examining ways to help as well. Dr. Giridhar Mallya, Senior Policy Officer, of the Foundation,  joined us with more.    

Capitol Riot Defendants

The Capitol siege defendants from the deadly violence and insurrection on January 6 are now going through the criminal justice system, including some local defendants.

But some allege the mostly white rioters appear to be receiving different treatment in the process, than minority groups received in similar situtations.

University of North Florida Coggin College of Business Professor Parvez Ahmedspeaks and writes about white privilege, and shared his take with us.  

Help For Local Business Startups

They are a new group of angel investors whose mission is to make available some of the most necessary assets that an early-stage company needs: capital and mentoring.  Kay Nichols, a founding investor in Jax Angels, joined us with details about the group.

Magnet Fishing

Jason Garcia is a local dad who was searching for a fun and safe activity to do with his daughter in this pandemic. It not only helps the environment, but also the local police. It’s called magnet fishing, and he talked to us about it.  

Patrick Cantin can be reached at and on Twitter.  

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Patrick Cantin is joining WJCT from the University of North Florida as a news intern for the fall 2020 semester.