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8/26/16: Media Roundtable; SHARE And SEED; Sing Out Loud Festival

Our Friday Media Roundtable featured discussion about the Harvard study that sharply criticizes Duval County for the number of convicts it sends to death row, they also looked at the latest University of North Florida poll. The SHARE and SEED Academy is performing “The Wiz” on Saturday and we heard about the “Sing Out Loud Festival” kicking off Friday night in St. Augustine.

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Winston Family YMCA in Riverside Opens

After four years of anticipation, construction of the Winston Family YMCA in Riverside is complete. Elected officials gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the grand opening. The 72,000 square foot facility replaces the old Yates Family YMCA, which is closer to the St. Johns River. The new YMCA amenities include: a fitness center, an aquatic center, a healthy living center, a gymnasium, a cafe and two spiritual wellness centers, which are quiet places for prayer and meditation. Eric Mann, First Coast YMCA CEO, said people don’t have a full understanding of what total wellness means. “When you think about wellness most people think about losing weight and fitness classes. That’s part of it, but total wellness is understanding how to live better, have a healthy mind, a healthy spirit, how to eat better, how to relax and even how to come together.” The Winston Family YMCA offers these services along with access to medical experts, including: physical therapists, health

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US Florida Sen. Candidate Talks With Small Jacksonville Veterans Group Friday

The Democratic front-runner for U.S. Senate, South Florida Congressman Patrick Murphy, stopped in Jacksonville Friday. He met with a group of 10, including ex-service members who are starting businesses, people who assist veterans as well as Jacksonville City Councilman Tommy Hazouri at Downtown Jacksonville’s Bunker Lab, a nonprofit that helps vets become entrepreneurs.

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Duval School District Sells Out Used Laptops In Less Than 3 Hours

The Duval County School District sold out of 500 used laptops in less than three hours Friday morning. The computers went on sale at 8 a.m. Half were bought online, and half were sold at the district administration office. Used but still working computers are being offered to parents of students at $50 apiece this year. Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said that will help narrow the digital divide, as many students are assigned work on computers yet don’t have them at home. District spokeswoman Laureen Ricks says more laptops will be available throughout the year as they’re retired and sent out for cleanings. The district spends $15 per computer to have them cleaned, netting $35. The district previously made about $20 per computer by selling them to be recycled. Lindsey Kilbride can be reached at lkilbride@wjct.org, 904-358-6359 or on Twitter at @lindskilbride. Photo: “Children at School” used under Creative Commons.

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