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War in Ukraine; fighting Christian nationalism; High School Heritage Classic; ‘What’s Good Wednesday’

Svitlana kneels next to the coffin of her husband Serhii, 48, during his funeral in Tarasivka village, near Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023. Serhii Havryliuk, an officer of the Azov Assault Brigade, died while defending the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol on April 12, 2022 against the Russians. Serhii has finally been buried after DNA tests confirmed his identity.
Emilio Morenatti
Associated Press
Svitlana kneels next to the coffin of her husband, Serhii, 48, during his funeral in Tarasivka village, near Kyiv, Ukraine, on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023.

Ukraine says it has repelled Russian attacks in Luhansk as NATO members call for more spending to help Ukrainians beat back Vladimir Putin’s aggression.

It’s been nearly a year since Russia invaded Ukraine.

The World,” a co-production of PRX and GBH and public radio’s longest-running daily global news program, will air coverage marking the one-year anniversary starting Feb. 20 and culminating in a special broadcast on Feb. 24. Those programs can be heard on WJCT News 89.9 FM.

Guest: Daniel Ofman, "The World” reporter.

Local faith leaders push back against Christian nationalism

A new survey finds nearly a third of Americans, 29%, qualify as Christian nationalists.

The poll from PRRI and the Brookings Institute finds adherents to Christian nationalism believe that political violence can be justified, that God has called Christians to exercise dominion over all aspects of society and other beliefs that supporters of democracy and open societies say are of concern, particularly in the wake of the attempted insurrection on Jan. 6.

Jacksonville chaplain Michael Nilon is part of a local faith-based group pushing back against Christian nationalist beliefs by building a community focused on racial justice work.

Guest: Michael Nilon, triage chaplain at Community Hospice of Northeast Florida.

High School Heritage Classic

It’s Black History Month, and as part of the celebrations, the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp are hosting historic rivals Raines and Ribault High Schools tonight in the fourth annual High School Heritage Classic exhibition game.

The Jumbo Shrimp are also bringing the Jax Melanin Market to 121 Financial Ballpark on Saturday ahead of the HBCU Heritage Classic.

Guest: Harold Craw, executive vice president and general manager of the Jumbo Shrimp.

‘What’s Good Wednesday’

  • The St. Johns Riverkeeper has launched their new recreation website, Explore the St. Johns River. The website is for outdoor enthusiasts and novices alike.
  • Rhinestone Cowford” – it’s a cowboy theme for this year’s Downtown Gala. The big bash, #DTJax Gala, is next Friday, Feb. 24, at 142 N. Madison Street. Tickets are available at
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Special Projects Producer Brendan Rivers joined WJCT News in August of 2018 after several years as a reporter and then News Director at Southern Stone Communications, which owns and operates several radio stations in the Daytona Beach area.