07/25/16: Democratic National Convention; First Coast Success; Springfield Project; Cole Pepper

Jul 25, 2016

Democratic National Convention

As the Democratic National Convention kicks off in Philadelphia, an unusual question is capturing the attention of cyberspecialists, Russia experts and Democratic Party leaders: Is Vladimir Putin trying to meddle in the American presidential election?

A Wikileaks release on Friday of some 20,000 stolen emails from DNC computer servers has intensified discussion of the potential role of Russian intelligence agencies in disrupting the 2016 campaign.

The emails have laid bare the extent to which party leaders favored Hillary Clinton over her primary rival, Sen.Bernie Sanders, and they’ve triggered the resignation of party chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Researchers have concluded that the DNC was breached by two Russian intelligence agencies, which were the same attackers behind previous Russian cyberoperations at the White House, the State Department and the Joint Chiefs of Staff last year.

We discuss this and look ahead to the DNC this week in Philadelphia.

Joining us are Kristellys Estanga, chair of the Jacksonville Young Democrats, and Susie Wiles, co-chair of the Donald Trump Florida campaign.

First Coast Success

In this month's edition of our First Coast Success segment, the Daily Record's Karen Mathis speaks with Watson Realty founder Bill Watson about his life and career.

Springfield Project

It’s a new collaboration on the First Coast getting kids involved in the community and learning about issues of sustainability at the same time.

The Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida and the Jacksonville nonprofit Water Me Green are teaming up for a new effort called the Springfield Project.

We learn more from Paul Martinez, president and CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida, and Tito Sosa, founder of Water Me Green.

Cole Pepper

WJCT News analyst Cole Pepper joins us with a look ahead to the first week of the Jacksonville Jaguars training camp.