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We discuss the week's top news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Ron Littlepage, Florida-Times Union columnist; Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; Matt Shaw, Folio Weekly editor; and Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor.

Topics include Mayor Lenny Curry and Gov. Rick Scott asking Congress to stop plans to accept Syrian refugees following the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, the first of several community conversations about whether Jacksonville should expand anti-discrimiation laws to cover LGBT citizens, and more.


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Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams and Mayor Lenny Curry say security will increase at Thursday night’s nationally televised Jaguars game, following attacks on Paris last week.

Williams says fans can expect to notice more officers, but that’s about it.

“We’re going to hold off on specifics,” Williams said. “I mean it’s additional officers, it’s additional pieces of equipment, that type of thing. But again, it’s just kind of a ramp-up — if you will — of the things that we normally do at the games, just more of it.”

  Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has joined Gov. Rick Scott and other governors around the country who’ve said they do not want refugees from Syria in their states. In a letter Tuesday, Curry asked Jacksonville’s congressional delegation to stop a plan to accept Syrian refugees.

Jacksonville has the fifth largest Syrian population in America, and one of the largest Arab-American populations overall.

The terrorist attacks in Paris have raised concerns about refugee resettlements from the region. The leaders of World Relief Jacksonville, which works to resettle refugees from all over the world, say those concerns are misplaced.

We speak with Michelle Clowe, Refugee Services Coordinator, Travis Trice, Church Mobilizer, and Katie Sullivan, Volunteer Coordinator with World Relief Jacksonville.

  Police in France and Belgium launched dozens of anti-terrorism raids this morning as authorities search for the suspects in Friday's deadly attacks in Paris. Sunday, France responded to the attack it blames on the Islamic State with airstrikes on the group's Syrian stronghold in the city of Raqqa. We discuss the events in Paris with Dr. Parvez Ahmed, Director of the Center for Sustainable Business Practices and Professor of Finance with the Coggin College of Business at the University of North Florida, and Dr. Christopher Roederer, Professor of Law and Director of International Programs with Florida Coastal School of Law.


Nancy Soderberg, national security and foreign policy strategist, and A.G. Gancarski, Jacksonville writer and Folio Weekly columnist, join us to discuss the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris and the fight against radical extremism.

We also speak with Dr. Bud Hammes, one of America's foremost authorities on advanced care planning, about the importance of end of life care.

And Cole Pepper joins the show to talk college football and the NFL playoffs in this week's First Coast Sports Wrap Up.

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Paris Tourist

The Connexion, an English-language French newspaper, is reporting that Paris tourist chiefs plan to "start being nice to our tourists."

According to the story, city officials are trying to rid the city of its reputation for "being rude, overbearing, unpleasant and aggressive – not to mention a little prone to conning tourists."