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The Marissa Alexander Case on WJCT’s First Coast Connect

There’s new controversy surrounding Florida’s so-called Stand Your Ground law – a Jacksonville woman claimed she had the right to fire a gun and fend off her abusive husband under the law, but the defense claim did not work. 31-year-old Marissa Alexander faces 20 years in prison after a jury found her guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The Jacksonville case is drawing national attention, and critics say it’s proof the state’s Stand Your Ground law is not evenly applied. We spoke to Aaron Morrison, a reporter who is covering the case for The Loop 21, an online platform offering insight, resources and opinions on African American issues.

The city of Jacksonville has hundreds of historic buildings that have stood the test of time, but these lasting landmarks tell only a portion of the city’s history. Dozens of other buildings of great architectural and historical significance have been left to wither and decay. Urban planner and writer Ennis Davis examines the history of 14 of these structures, along with stunning color photographs, in his new book, Reclaiming Jacksonville. Ennis joined us with more about the book.

For the many service members and veterans who return home wounded or sick, it can be a lonely transition back into the civilian world. However, there is an annual event coming up that works as a springboard to get veterans back into their communities, and their favorite sports. It’s called The Warrior Games. Joining us with a preview we welcomed Corporal Justin Gaertner, US Marine Corps, who will be participating in the games.

And we spoke to Ron Reagan, son of U.S. President Ronald Reagan, about his new book about his father, My Father at 100.

Dozens of young dancers from St. Johns, Duval and Flagler Counties will have the chance to shine this weekend. They’ll perform in the St. Augustine Ballet’s production of Peter and the Wolf. Artistic Director Luis Abella and Executive Director Joy D’Elia joined us with more about the production.

If you missed any portion of today’s program, be sure to check out our podcasts at www.wjctondemand.org or listen to the replay of this program tonight at 8 pm on WJCT Arts.

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