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Yearbook Controversy; Rick Steves; Florida Hospitality Industry Jobs; Soft Day Florals

This image shows how a photo was altered in the Bartram Trail High School yearbook. The student's face has been blurred to protect the student's privacy.
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This image shows how a photo was altered in the Bartram Trail High School yearbook. The student's face has been blurred to protect the student's privacy.

The recent yearbook fiasco in St. Johns County has drawn national attention, even from the feds. 

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights is investigating the St. Johns County School District for potential violation of federal statutes for its dress code policy based on gender bias

The images of some female students in the Bartram Trail High School yearbook were Photoshopped without their consent.   Reporter Colleen Jones is covering the story for the St. Augustine Record, she joined us with her take.  

An Evening With Rick Steves

Rick Steves is a popular public television host, a best-selling guidebook author, and an outspoken activist who encourages Americans to broaden their perspectives through travel.  WJCT Public Media will host “An Evening with Rick Steves” where Steves will join WJCT Public Media President & CEO David McGowan to share some powerful insight about his travels and advocacy.  Steves joined us with a preview.  

Restaraunt Jobs

The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association has a message, they’re hiring.   This week the association  announced GreatFloridaJob.com,  a new website to make it easier to find opportunities in Florida’s hospitality industry.  Nicole Chapman, Northeast Florida Regional Director & Florida Inns Chapter Director with the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association brought us up to speed on the details. 

Flower Farm

Soft Day Florals champions locally grown, seasonal flowers without using artificial herbicides or pesticides and avoiding single-use plastics wherever possible.  The urban flower farm is in the heart of historic Springfield. Company founder Laura Graham spoke to us about it.  

Patrick Cantin can be reached at newsteam@wjct.org or on Twitter.