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Respiratory illnesses; Stop Woke Act; Josephine; What’s Good Wednesday

Fredy DeLeon gets a flu shot at a Walgreens pharmacy in Concord, Calif., in January.
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A patient gets a flu shot at a Walgreens pharmacy.

Three respiratory illnesses — COVID, flu and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV — are circulating around town. Each illness can be difficult to distinguish, since they share many common symptoms. As the holiday season is underway, it's useful to know which virus one may have, since that determines the treatments you should receive and how long you should isolate. Certain hallmarks — either symptoms or how the illness progresses —can help differentiate each virus.

Guest: Chad Neilsen, director of accreditation and infection prevention, UF Health Jax.

Stop WOKE Act

A federal judge has paused parts of a controversial Florida law. The Stop WOKE Act, which restricts conversations about race in public colleges and universities, was heavily backed by Gov. Ron DeSantis. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker has ordered a temporary injunction against portions of the law. The order will remain in place while the court reviews the case.

Guest: Jerry Edwards, ACLU of Florida staff attorney.


Josephine, a highly anticipated new restaurant, opened in Jacksonville on Wednesday. Owner Josh Floyd spoke with us in the studio about his first restaurant concept situated in the heart of historic Avondale. This restaurant is in the former space of Barrique Kitchen & Wine Bar in The Shoppes of Avondale at 3563 St. Johns Ave.

What’s Good Wednesday

  • The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital has announced the upcoming 2022 Winter Design Show: Flaunting the First Coast. Formerly known as the annual Art & Antiques Show, the three-day event from Friday through Sunday will feature a lineup of Emmy Award-winning and celebrity speakers, artists, boutiques and exhibitors. The show raises funds for the new state-of-the-art NICU, where the highest quality of care will be delivered for children, regardless of their ability to pay. 
  • I'm A Star Foundation teens are preparing for their milestone 10th Let’s Move Jacksonville, a big field day embracing health, wellness and self-care. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Klutho Park in downtown Springfield. TV anchors from all three local news stations are working together to host the event. 
  • You can avoid the stress of holiday shopping when stopping by the specially curated event Vintage Market Days Jacksonville. Located at the Clay County Fairgrounds, this three-day event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday and will feature over 100 vintage-inspired vendors for a one-of-a-kind experience. There are various family-friendly activities, special prizes, free parking, early entry and more to ensure guests have a fun and memorable holiday shopping experience. 
  • The Jacksonville Historical Society is hosting the 20th Annual Gingerbread Extravaganza, a major fundraiser for the organization. CEO Alan Bliss talked with us about this event. It is one of Jacksonville's most popular holiday traditions taking place this December at the historic Old St. Andrew’s Church in Downtown Jacksonville. 
  • Downtown Jacksonville’s nonprofit Business Improvement District announced the eighth annual #DTJax Award Winners. The #DTJax Awards recognize community leaders, organizations, businesses and entrepreneurs who in 2022 worked to create a vibrant and dynamic 24-hour, pedestrian-friendly Downtown.
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Gary Autry is joining WJCT from Florida State College at Jacksonville as a production intern for the fall 2022 semester. A native of the First Coast, Gary is finishing his bachelor’s degree in communication and media this fall.