Monthly Archives: July 2016 (page 7)

Weekend Warriors: A Weekend for Giving Back

As your work week comes to an end, let WJCT’s interns Sarah De Nicolais and Kelsey Oates be your guides for art, culture and fun on the First Coast. This week’s edition highlights ways to give back to your community. 22 Too Many The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that 20-22 Veterans committ suicide each day. To raise awareness for those who served, Veterans for Peace Jacksonville will hold “22 Too Many” on the 22nd day of each month. Attendees are to meet at the BREW Five Points, 1024 Park St., at 11:30 am. The American Foundation of Suicide prevention, Team Red White and Blue, and K9s for Vets are some of the organizations supporting this event. Individuals and organizations who want to join the fight are encouraged to come out to this event. The Great Foodini Magicians and food trucks unite for this unique event at Jacksonville’s Hemming Park. Enjoy magic shows, experiments by the Museum of Science and History, local flavors and Magic Hat brews from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.

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Do Everything Yourself: The Lessons Of Punk Renaissance Woman Vivien Goldman

On June 29, 64 years after the day she was born in London to Jewish parents who had fled Nazi Germany, Vivien Goldman was back in her hometown, on stage at Rough Trade East records store for her very first concert performance — a debut a long time coming. A posse of sisters, in shaved heads and bows, joined her for her birthday celebration: Gina Birch from The Raincoats, Andrea Oliver of Rip, Rig

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Spotify Is Now Letting Other Companies Check Out Your Tunes — And You

For consumers, “free” is rarely ever free — especially when it comes to social media and other online platforms. In exchange for utilizing services like Facebook, for example, users allow information about themselves — everything from their ages and zip codes to the particular products, services and companies they like — to be collected, sliced, diced, and sometimes given to other advertisers, who pay for access to that information. It’s called “targeted advertising,” and professional marketers spend a great deal of their time now creating more and more sophisticated ways of using targeted advertising to reach people online and on mobile devices.Now, add Spotify to the list of platforms that are opening up their user data to targeted advertising: Yesterday, Spotify announced the global rollout of programmatic buying, which will means third-party companies will have access to the 70 million fans who use Spotify’s free, ad-supported streaming across 59 territories and regions around the

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‘I’m Petrified For My Children’: Will Racism And Guns Lead To America’s Ruin?

I write novels for a living, and novels are about how characters deal with the intrinsic conflicts that make them who they are — and their efforts to overcome them. Sometimes characters are able to overcome their conflicts and sometimes, in tragedies, they succumb to them, which results in ruin. This is why it troubled me so much to witness recent events unfold like something out of a book.Part of the heartbreak of watching the nightmare up the highway from me in Dallas was seeing, like a story’s dramatic conclusion, several of America’s greatest inherent conflicts coming together in one moment: fatally disastrous policing; our unresolved racial legacy dating back to the original sin of slavery and the century of socio-economic disenfranchisement that followed it; our love of guns and our reoccurring shame of the mass murders made possible by them.I watched that night in Dallas, like everyone else, through the lens of my own backstory: When I saw Philando Castile in Minnesota lying

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07/21/16: Medical Marijuana; Chamblin Bookmine; Kerry Speckman

Medical Marijuana Nearly two years after Florida lawmakers legalized it, low-THC medical marijuana could be available in the state as soon as next week. The Florida Department of Health has granted a Tallahassee company called Trulieve the authority to process and dispense the drug. Five other Florida companies have a license to sell cannabis for medical use. Meanwhile, activists in Florida push for a constitutional amendment legalizing the drug for a wider array of medical treatments. The cannabis market is growing nationwide as more states say “yes” to medical marijuana. Steve Gormley is managing partner with Seventh Point LLC, a private equity firm focused on medical marijuana. He joins us to discuss the state of medical marijuana and marijuana legalization both in Florida, and around the country. Chamblin Bookmine Over the past 40 years, Jacksonville’s Chamblin Bookmine bookstore has grown from a few thousand titles, to more than three million. And its proprietor, Ron Chamblin, has

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