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Duval jail death; the need for educators; Atlantic Beach lifeguards; Designer of Distinction; What's Good Wednesday

Taylor family
Taylor family
Daniel Taylor in a family photo with sisters NaTasha, top left, and Noel, bottom right, along with mother Colleen and dog Mojo.

A family wants answers after an inmate died after fighting with jailers at the Duval County Jail.

Daniel Taylor was taken off life support one week after he was subdued by several officers and given a powerful sedative, according to an investigation by WJCT News and The Florida Times-Union. Taylor's death certificate lists the manner of death as homicide, but the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says it has no reports about the use of force against him — despite policies that require one.

Taylor had been booked on a minor charge: trespassing. He was due to be released from jail on the day he was rushed to the hospital.

Raymon Troncoso, WJCT reporter.
Katherine Lewin, Times-Union reporter.

The need for educators

As people return to the office, the need for quality educators and child care professionals is on the rise. A job fair is coming up Saturday that will feature dozens of local child care providers needing staff.

Guest: Denise Marzullo, president and CEO of the Early Learning Coalition of Duval.

Atlantic Beach lifeguards

The city of Atlantic Beach is getting a new lifeguard station. But what should be done with the old — and architecturally-significant — one?

Guest: Atlantic Beach Mayor Ellen Glasser.

Designer of Distinction

The Garden Club of Jacksonville will hold its Designer of Distinction event next week. The event, rescheduled from earlier this year due to COVID-19, will feature a Florida expert.

Guest: Eileen Tongson, owner of FarmGal Flowers, an urban flower farm and design studio in Orlando.

What's Good Wednesday

  • The Mission of local nonprofit Mother's Cry is to increase awareness, encourage support and provide information about resources to families of loved ones with mental illnesses or developmental challenges. They will present their short film "We Belong" on the University of North Florida campus this Sunday, April 24. For more information, go to
  • The St. Augustine Humane society is the grateful recipient of an anonymous grant to hire two local candidates aged 18-25 for yearlong paid internships. This is the fifth annual grant, formerly named the WorkStarter Grant, awarded to the St. Augustine Humane Society as part of a program to encourage recent high school graduates to learn a trade upon entering the local workforce. Applications will be accepted in April and May, with internships beginning in June. Full job descriptions may be found on the St. Augustine Humane Society’s website,
  • Jacksonville resident and Navy veteran Paris Winningham, who finished third on Season 21 of NBC’s "The Voice," will perform live on the Ortega River this Sunday, April 24, from 2-4 pm. Winningham is the second headliner of St. Johns RIVERKEEPER’s 2022 Tiny Dock Concert Series.
  • The Sandlot Jax Fitness Festival is set for Friday through Sunday at Downtown Metropolitan Park. This event is hosted by the local rucking company GORUCK. As part of the festival, WJCT will host TED-style fitness & motivational talks in our studios. Tickets and info are at
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Randy comes to Jacksonville from the South Florida Sun Sentinel, where, as metro editor, he led investigative coverage of the Parkland school shooting that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for public service and was recognized as a Pulitzer finalist for breaking news. He has spent more than 40 years in reporting and editing positions in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio and Florida, including positions at the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, the Tampa Bay Times and the Plain Dealer in Cleveland, where he directed regional coverage and later business news. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University, where he was editor of the daily student newspaper. You can reach Randy at or on Twitter, @rroguski.