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Jail death; LGBTQ+ alert; Kenny Gilbert; best Jax events

Dexter Barry.
The Tributary
Dexter Barry.

A Jacksonville resident, Dexter Barry, died after spending two days in the Duval County Jail on a misdemeanor charge. Barry repeatedly told Sheriff's Office and jail officials he needed to take anti-rejection medicine to manage his heart transplant, but the need was never met. Three days after his release, Dexter died from cardiac arrest caused by an acute rejection of the heart. It has now emerged that the jail ordered the medicine but it did not get to the jail before Barry was released. We sat down with Jacksonville attorney, Andrew Bonderud, who is representing Barry’s family.

Pride concerns

The Human Rights Campaign has declared a national state of emergency for members of the LGBTQ+ community. This comes as a result of “an unprecedented wave of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation in 2023.” The Rev. Michael Piazza of Arlington Congregational Church in Jacksonville tells WJCT that he stands with the local LGBTQ community. Piazza is a nationally known author, activist and church growth consultant. He is the author of "The Liberating Word," in which he touches on peace and justice issues for progressive people of faith.

Kenny Gilbert

Chef Kenny Gilbert, a 2010 Top Chef winner, has just released his first cookbook, "Southern Cooking, Global Flavors." Kenny reimagines the classic American South dishes we all know and love. We spoke with Kenny and gained a little insight into his new book.

Best Jax events

Cre8Jax’s Catalina Selvagn broke down this weekend’s event list as well as some events going on next week. Several fun and family friendly events will take place this month. Check out their website for more information.

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Kelila Ritchie is a junior at the University of North Florida. She is majoring in mass communications with a focus in multimedia journalism. She is minoring in African American history.