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First Coast week in review; Duval Tides rugby team

A new day dawns in Downtown Jacksonville.
A new day dawns in Downtown Jacksonville.

The weekend has arrived, and what better way to cap off the week than by delving into the most significant news stories here in the First Coast?

Among the stories our Media Roundtable discussed today:

  • The Department of Justice is watching the case of Le’Keian Woods, a 24-year-old man who Jacksonville Sheriff's Office deputies forcibly arrested last month.
  • Because of one section’s wording, a federal judge denied the settlement between Ameris Bank and the U.S. Department of Justice after DOJ accused the bank of illegally discriminating against Black and Hispanic people in Jacksonville. They can refile the settlement without that clause. 
  • Terrie Brady, the president of the Duval Teachers United union, abruptly retired following investigations by the FBI and IRS at the union’s office. 
  • A local Airbnb entrepreneur faces allegations of taking advantage of investors.

Our panel today included:

  • Claire Goforth, investigative and political reporter for the Daily Dot
  • Hetal Bhatt, former journalist with the BBC and two Jacksonville TV news stations
  • Jasmine Monroe, weekend anchor and reporter at First Coast News
  • Nichole Manna, investigative reporter at The Tributary

Duval Tides rugby team

The pioneering First Coast Duval Tides high school rugby team is recruiting girls to play in its second season.


  • Melissa Butler, Duval Tides Coach
  • Cora Haughey, Duval Tides player
  • Brenda Haughey, Cora’s mom 
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Kathy Waterman joined WJCT News 89.9 as associate producer after graduating from the University of North Florida with a degree in multimedia journalism. She was previously a production intern on the station's talk shows.