Policing the police; gun reform; Jacksonville Symphony and Pride Night; Pace Center for Girls; What’s good Wednesday
Last fall, First Coast News began investigating two officers on the state attorney’s Brady List of problematic police officers who still worked at the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Officer J.C. Nobles was taken off the problematic officers list after an unprecedented appeals process. During the investigation, JSO sent First Coast News producer Anne Schindler an invoice for $87,401 for a public records request to confirm the story.
- Jude Faccidomo, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
- Anne Schindler, executive producer, special projects for First Coast News.
An 18-year-old gunman fired an assault rifle at a Texas elementary school Tuesday, killing 19 students and two teachers. This marks the 27th school shooting of the year. Ninety percent of Americans say they support “common sense reforms” to mitigate gun violence.
Jacksonville Symphony celebrates Pride Night
Tomorrow evening, the Jacksonville Symphony makes its grand finale for its Symphony In 60 series of the 2021-22 season with its first-ever celebration of Pride Night.
Guest: Tony Nickle, vice president and artistic administrator, Jacksonville Symphony.
Pace Center for Girls focuses on mental health
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and girls and young women who are struggling need special support. Ripple effects of the pandemic including economic troubles, isolation and health problems are compounding issues that girls were already struggling with while navigating their social lives, education and changes in their bodies. The Pace Center for Girls has built a nationally recognized model to address these issues.
What’s good Wednesday
- Jacksonville author Julie Delegal is pleased to announce her first novel, "Seen," earned the Gold Medal for Best Fiction in the Southeast Region from the 2022 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Inspired by true events occurring in Jacksonville more than 20 years ago, "Seen" tells the story of a good kid, a good cop and a disastrous mistake.
- The Women’s Giving Alliance, an initiative of The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, has announced $660,000 in grants to 17 Northeast Florida nonprofits. More than 150 WGA members gathered at the University of North Florida's University Center to celebrate this year’s grant recipients and their work to help underserved women and girls reach their full potential.
- Earth Kinship is a new local company that gets you outdoors and learning about the natural world. Earth Kinship offers eco-tourism outings like kayak tours and overnight trips, and a naturalist school too. Melissa spoke with AyoLane Halusky, owner and lead guide.