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New medical school; Warren Folks; 'Moving Forward'; best Jax events

Jacksonville University's Health Science Complex.
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Jacksonville University
Jacksonville University's Health Science Complex.

Jacksonville has long been the biggest U.S. city without a medical school. Now we’re getting one.

Jacksonville University is partnering with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, or LECOM, to establish a medical school at the north end of the university’s Arlington campus.

JU’s new four-year medical school will be supported by local health care providers like Baptist Health, Flagler Health and AdventHealth.


Warren Folks

Warren H. Folks was a local gadfly who led a conservative church, frequently ran for office and often made national news. Folks was a barber and a rabid anti-Communist, and some of the ideas he espoused have become norms on today’s far right.

Jax historian and author Tim Gilmore has been blogging about Folks and told us more.

'Moving Forward'

On Saturday, the Main Library will host a Lit Chat Interview with Chris Barton and Alton Yates.

They will discuss Barton’s book "Moving Forward," a nonfiction children's book about Yates’ roles in Space Age military experiments.

And also, his legacy as a local civil rights icon, when Yates took part in Jacksonville's 1960 civil rights sit-ins that culminated in Ax Handle Saturday.

Guest: Alton Yates.

Best Jax events

Toni Smailagic of Cre8Jax has been photographing Jax events — and the people who attend them — for years.

He also puts together a list of the best events and places to check out and shares them online.

Local multimedia personality Catalina Selvagn can often be found at these events alongside Toni. Catalina shares THE MOVE, their picks for this week and next. For the full list, got to

Guest: Catalina Selvagn, multimedia host and personality.

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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. He has spent more than 40 years in reporting and editing positions in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio and Florida. You can reach Randy at or on Twitter, @rroguski.