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Cancer screening crisis; cancel culture; ADAPT; Hispanic Heritage Month

Florida Governor-elect Ron DeSantis.
DeSantis Campaign / Twitter

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced this month that his 41-year old wife, Casey DeSantis, received a breast cancer diagnosis.

The governor urged Floridians to follow their doctors’ recommendations aimed at detecting or battling the disease. At the peak of COVID-19 last year, the National Cancer Institute reported a 90% decline in testing and screening procedures. They call it a “cancer screening crisis.”

In an effort to help prevent people from missing their screenings, the American Cancer Society launched a “Return to Screening Initiative.”


Cancel culture

Flagler College in St. Augustine named former mayor and UNF President John Delaney as its new president. Prior to his appointment, Delaney led the school on an interim basis. His son Bill Delaney edits and publishes WJCT news partner The Jaxson. They come together to debate and reflect on “cancel culture” and other pertinent social topics.



Brendan Rivers, lead reporter for WJCT’s ADAPT, and Dr. Gerry Pinto gave us an update on ADAPT’s upcoming events and podcasts.


  • Brendan Rivers — ADAPT lead reporter.
  • Dr. Gerry Pinto — Jacksonville University’s Marine Science Research Institute, one of the lead investigators and authors of the annual State of the River report

Hispanic Heritage Month

To mark Hispanic Heritage Month, get on out to enjoy the first-ever Hispanic festival this weekend at James Weldon Johnson Park.

Guest: Yanira Cardona — festival organizer.

Patrick Cantin can be reached at or on Twitter

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