George Zimmerman, the death penalty, and Jeb Bush are in the headlines today.

Jameis Winston
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First Coast Connect regular sports analyst Cole Pepper joined the show as he does most Mondays with "Cole Cuts" straight from the locker room and a look at all the past weekend's games.

Jaguars 14 - Cardinals 27

The Jaguars lost  to the Cardinals, but there was a silver lining: they scored their first and second touchdowns at home since last December.

The Jaguars have not won consecutive games since 2010 as they are now 1-9 and for the 6th straight season, they will not have a winning record.

Storms, foreclosures, and the Jaguars are in the headlines today.

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Under fire from Republicans and Democrats alike, President Obama announced Thursday that the millions of consumers getting cancelation notices for their current health plans will be able to keep those same plans for another 12 months.

The decision comes as the White House is pressures Florida officials to expand Medicaid in the state under the Affordable Care Act.

On the popular sports blog Deadspin, editor Barry Petchesky opined, "On a combined index of internal happiness, talent, and ability to make headlines for actual football matters, the Jaguars are Florida's top team. That's not a world I'm prepared to live in."

Olympic Torch Relay Headed To Space

Nov 7, 2013

The Soyuz rocket that launched from Kazakhstan on Wednesday night has some special cargo on board. In addition to three crew members from Japan, Russia and the U.S., the International Space Station-bound probe is carrying an Olympic torch.

The Miami Dolphins have suspended a veteran player indefinitely, after he allegedly sent threatening messages that included racial slurs to a younger teammate. The NFL is investigating what is being called a case of hazing and harassment.

Veteran guard Richie Incognito is alleged to have left intimidating messages and texts on the phone of second-year offensive tackle Jonathan Martin, who left the team last week. The Dolphins had not previously provided details to explain Martin's absence.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville Jaguars fans are upset after former Jags quarterback Mark Brunell ran what could be called an off the field "foot in mouth" play during an appearance on ESPN's Mike & Mike radio program.

Dee Karsan

When the Jacksonville Jaguars faced off against the San Francisco 49ers in London’s Wembley Stadium Sunday, Dee Karsan was watching from the stands. 

Karsan, 28, lives in the town of Potters Bar on the outskirts of North London and is a huge fan of the NFL. He said he was lucky enough to snag a couple of tickets to the sold-out event. Sunday marked his first time at an NFL game.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars continued their winless streak Sunday at Everbank Field with a 24-6 loss to the San Diego Chargers.

The game marked the latest double-digit loss for the team, who have yet to score a touchdown at home.

The Jaguars aren't the only team without a win; both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants are 0-6. The Giants play tonight and the Buccaneers had a bye two weeks ago.

The Boston Red Sox clinched the American League pennant last night during a 5-2 win over the Detroit Tigers in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series.

That means the World Series matchup is set: It'll be the Red Sox vs. the St. Louis Cardinals beginning Wednesday in Boston.

With that, here are five things you should know about the upcoming championship series:

FSCJ gets a new president, no time limit given for Mathis trial arguments, and Stand Your Ground revisions getting first legislative approval are in headlines this morning.

Steve Livingstone started his professional career as a soccer reporter and editor in Scotland before holding positions as the general manager of the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe and in the front office of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

As announced this morning, he will be Team President of Jacksonville's new as yet unnamed North American Soccer League team. 

Livingstone sat down with First Coast Connect sports commentator Cole Pepper to preview the return of professional soccer to Jacksonville.

You can hear Cole Pepper each Monday on First Coast Connect.

Karen remnants dump rain from Georgia to Jax, closing arguments expected in Mathis trial, and the local effects of the government shutdown are in headlines this morning.

Song, dance, fútbol, beer, and Bavaria are all on tap this weekend on the First Coast.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The city of Jacksonville and the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars have reached a tentative agreement on how to finance the new scoreboards and other improvements to Everbank Field.

Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown was joined by Jaguars team president Mark Lamping and Gator Bowl CEO Rick Catlett to make the announcement Wednesday at the stadium.

The Jaguars would finance $20 million while city share would be $43 million. City funding would come from the hotel bed tax.

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The announcers kept quiet, so we won't say much either.

There's video here of what it was like Thursday night at Yankee Stadium when pitcher Mariano Rivera, considered by most experts to be the greatest "closer" in Major League Baseball history, threw his final pitch before heading off into retirement. He shed several tears, as you'll see.

Football is unique in that most players participate in only half the game — offense or defense.

Bush Doesn't Fault Obama For Playing Golf

Sep 24, 2013

President Obama seems to enjoy playing golf, but he's been criticized for spending too much time on the golf course.

Obama has played more than 140 rounds of golf since he first took office, according to CBS News. He's even played with Tiger Woods.

Obama's not alone — 15 of the past 18 presidents played golf while they resided in the White House.

I shattered my pinkie, broke it in half. I broke a rib. I broke my tibia. I tore my left groin. I tore my right hamstring several times. I tore my MCL in my right knee ... I've had a couple of concussions and bone chips here and there. - Nate Jackson

Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.

El Salvador announced today that it was banning 14 soccer players from ever taking the field with its national team again.

The players are accused of fixing matches in four contests, including in a loss against the U.S. in 2010 and a 5-0 loss against Mexico in the 2011 Gold Cup.

The AP reports:

Welcome to WJCT First Read, your daily weekday morning round-up of stories from the First Coast, around Florida, and across the country. We'll also preview some of WJCT's upcoming news programming.

Chartrand speaks on Stewart appointment: Florida State Board of Education Chair Gary Chartrand says the experience of newly appointed Education Commissioner Pam Stewart as a two-time interim commissioner has prepared her to take the title permanently.

Didn't get tickets to Gentlemen of the Road this weekend? No problem! Here are a few options for your weekend enjoyment.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars won their final pre-season game against the Atlanta Falcons 20-16 last night, but fans were celebrating before the team ever took the field.

The NFL agreed to change the team’s official abbreviation from JAC to JAX, the result of a day long Twitter campaign by fans using the hashtag #JAXnotJAC.

The first tweet using the hashtag appeared at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday:

1) Sunday, September 1 — If you are what you eat, there will be a lot of jerks walking around downtown on Sunday. Jacksonville’s First Annual Jerk Food Festival will kick off Sunday at 10 a.m. at Metropolitan Park. There will be music and food all day. More info on Facebook.

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens are hoping fans will help name a baby jaguar born last month.

Starting today,fans from across the country will be able to vote online to dub the new cub with one of five names: Khan, Shad, Jaxson, Jax, or Pounce de Leon.

The jaguar cub, born at the zoo on July 18, shares his birthday with Jaguars owner Shad Kahn.

New Generation Of Jaguars Fans Emerge

Aug 16, 2013
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In recent years the Jacksonville Jaguars have struggled on the field, and struggled to sell tickets. That could be changing as the first generation of homegrown Jags fans comes of age.

Jacksonville surged with energy when the Jaguars began their first season in 1995, and not even the city's youngest residents could escape the excitement.

Many of the kids who were in town in 1995 still have the same passion for the team twenty years after Jacksonville was awarded an NFL franchise in 1993.  

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The NFL is implementing a new bag policy at stadiums across the league including EverBank Field.

Fans will only be allowed to bring in clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags no larger than 12"x6"x12".

One gallon clear plastic freezer bags are permitted, as are small clutch bags.