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UF Health Creates App To Help Child Cancer Patients

University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute treated nearly 200 kids with cancer last year. Now doctors there are hoping a new app will help young patients prepare before they arrive for treatment. The Proton U App was developed by UF Health child care specialist Kim Todd. It’s an interactive storybook that introduces kids to the hospital environment to make treatment less intimidating.

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First Coast Connect: From Grins To Goosebumps With R.L. Stine

What started off as a grin quickly turned into goosebumps . Bestselling children’s author R.L. Stine joined First Coast Connect by phone Friday to discuss his top-selling children’s series “Goosebumps.” Stine will also speak at the Amelia Island Book Festival in Fernandina Beach on Saturday. The event is sold out. Stine said the launch of his Goosebumps empire in 1992 happened unexpectedly. “I never planned to be scary ever. I always wanted to be funny,” Stine said. He wrote about a 100 joke books for children and worked 10 years for a humor magazine called “Bananas” before diving into horror novels. “One day I was having lunch with the editor of Scholastic, and she had a fight with a guy who wrote teen horror novels,” he said. “She said ‘I’m not working with him anymore. You could do a good teen horror novel.” Three months later, after extensive research on the teen horror genre, Stine published the bestseller, “Blind Date.” Since then, he began writing his “Fear Street” terror series

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2/17/2017: Media Roundtable; R.L. Stine; Jacksonville Auto Show

It was our weekly Media Roundtable Friday on “First Coast Connect,” with Florida Times-Union columnist Mark Woods, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth , blogger Fred Matthews and Jacksonville Business Journal Timothy Gibbons. We also heard a recorded interview of “Goosebumps” author R.L. Stine and Jacksonville International Auto Show promoter Barbara Pudney talked about this weekend’s event.

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Policing Police: Jacksonville Pushes For Body Cams & Big Buzz About Bees — #24

On this episode of Redux, we look at law enforcement in the River City. A recent poll shows mixed reviews for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, but overwhelming support for the use of police body cameras as citizens increase pressure on police to document its interactions on the street. We talk to folks from the sheriff’s office, as well as the police union to find out: What’s the holdup? Then, research shows bees are responsible for pollinating nearly a quarter of the food eaten by humans. We bring to you what’s being done here in Florida to help bees avoid extinction.

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Stricter Consequences Approved For Violators Of Jacksonville Park Rules

The Jacksonville City Council this week approved a bill making it easier for police to ban people from city parks when they break rules. Drinking in the park could get the offender banned for a year, for example. A separate bill approved Tuesday also extends Hemming Park’s boundaries. Now, if someone is banned from Hemming, they can’t hang out on the surrounding sidewalks or under the Skyway platform.

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