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Roy at the checkout counter at work
Claire Goforth

Today, Synthia Roy works at a tattoo parlor in Jacksonville’s Edgewood area, she does set design and makeup for horror films and recently produced her second movie. 

But seven years ago, in her mid-30s, her life was a blur. In college, she’d turned to alcohol and drugs, finding they helped her express herself. Roy was a closeted transgender woman living a life that felt like a lie. Over time, the coping mechanism became a crutch.

Duval Middle School Security Guard Accused Of Abusing Student

Feb 14, 2020
Highlands Middle School sign
News4Jax

A school security guard at Highlands Middle School on the Northside was arrested Thursday on a child abuse charge stemming from an incident involving a student, Duval County Public Schools officials said.

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Cure Violence

Cure Violence launches this Saturday in Jacksonville. Mayor Lenny Curry says his administration hopes this program can bring down the rate of violent crime. Cure Violence treats the problem of crime as a public health issue. On Thursday’s First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, technical assistance trainer Jarmain Merritt and outreach worker supervisor with Noah’s Ark Project Kim Varner joined us with more information.