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Saving historic buildings; woman in business; author showcase; sports updates

Model T cars are lined up outside the Ford Motor Co. assembly building in this photo dated Dec. 18, 1925.
Jacksonville Historical Society and Albert Kahn Associates Inc.
via the Jacksonville Daily Record
Model T cars are lined up outside the Ford Motor Co. assembly building in this photo dated Dec. 18, 1925.

There's a new effort to save historic buildings in Jacksonville, especially ones situated outside Downtown.

City Councilman At Large Matt Carlucci is proposing legislation that he calls REHAB — for "Restore Endangered Historic Adaptable Buildings."

Carlucci developed the idea in response to plans to demolish the former Ford Motor Co. plant in the Tallyrand area of Jacksonville. The legislation would set up a half-million-dollar trust fund for buildings outside Downtown boundaries.

Carlucci joined us to talk about it.

Woman in business

Karen Brune Mathis, editor of the Jacksonville Daily Record, is one of the top female business leaders in town. She spoke with jackie Rowland to share her secrets to success.

Author showcase

At a time when books are being removed from local schools and libraries in Duval County, a platform for diverse voices is coming up, and it’s a family-friendly event.

The second annual Author Showcase and Book Festival will bring readers and writers together next weekend.

We learned more from Jennifer Wolfe, executive director of Women Writing for a Change, and Nina Perez, national director for early learning at MomsRising.

Sports updates

The Jacksonville Jaguars have completed their first offseason workouts as they get ready to defend their AFC South title, and the Miami Heat beat the odds to make it into the NBA Finals. Here with all of this and more sports news is our own Josh Torres.

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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.