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Friday, September 17, 2021

Florida rep's bill to ban ‘race or sex scapegoating’ sparks a call to teach African American history year round

Posted By on Fri, Sep 17, 2021 at 2:43 PM

State Rep. Randy Fine, R-Palm Bay, is lashing out against the idea of critical race theory, filing a bill to ban its use in all government institutions, including universities. Critical race theory is an upper-level academic framework that examines whether and how systems and policies perpetuate racism. The topic...

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Viral video compares Florida's COVID-19 death toll to Vietnam War

Posted By on Fri, Sep 17, 2021 at 12:00 PM

A viral video from author Don Winslow compares the death toll in Florida from the coronavirus to the number of American servicemembers killed in the 11-year-long Vietnam War. Roughly 57,000 Americans died in that drawn-out and wholly unnecessary conflict, making it a rather apt point of comparison with Florida's...

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Florida Hospital Association reports dramatic drop in COVID-19 hospitalizations

Posted By on Fri, Sep 17, 2021 at 11:19 AM

The Florida Hospital Association noted a dramatic drop-off in the number of new coronavirus hospitalizations over the last two weeks. As the surge of the Delta variant continues to wane, the number of people hospitalized due to complications from the virus has fallen sharply. Pulling their data from the...

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Ron DeSantis plans to 'fight like hell' to keep Florida's antibody treatment program going

Posted By on Fri, Sep 17, 2021 at 10:41 AM

While Florida looks to round the corner on administering 100,000 monoclonal antibody treatments to people with COVID-19, Gov. Ron DeSantis pledged Thursday to “fight like hell” to continue receiving the treatments as the federal government this week took control over distribution of the drugs. The U.S. Department of Health...

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody joins push against Biden admins' vaccine requirements

Posted By on Thu, Sep 16, 2021 at 5:03 PM

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody joined 23 other Republican attorneys general Thursday in threatening a legal challenge to a decision by President Joe Biden that would require many private-sector workers to get vaccinated or undergo weekly testing for COVID-19. In a letter to Biden, the GOP attorneys general called...

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Florida's vaccine passport ban takes effect today

Posted By on Thu, Sep 16, 2021 at 12:35 PM

The long-touted vaccine passport ban in Florida takes effect today. That could mean millions of dollars in fines for Orange County. The law passed by the Florida Legislature doles out $5,000 fines for every violation of a rule that forbids private businesses and government entities from requiring proof of...

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Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando catches fire, leading to death of 23 cats

Posted By on Thu, Sep 16, 2021 at 10:54 AM

The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando's Orlando location caught fire last night at around 10:30 p.m. While firefighters, police and shelter staff were able to rescue all dogs on the premises, the animal shelter reports that 23 cats perished. The shelter shared the sad news to their Facebook, noting...

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Federal judge rules against parents of disabled children, allows mask mandate ban to continue

Posted By on Thu, Sep 16, 2021 at 10:20 AM

A federal judge Wednesday rejected a request by parents of disabled children to block Gov. Ron DeSantis’ efforts to prevent school districts from requiring students to wear masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Judge K. Michael Moore issued a 34-page ruling that denied a request for a preliminary injunction against...

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Florida Legislature to hear bills that could lead to smoking bans at beaches, parks

Posted By on Wed, Sep 15, 2021 at 4:56 PM

An effort to allow local governments to restrict smoking on beaches and in public parks is back before the Legislature. Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, and Rep. Randy Fine, a Brevard County Republican, filed bills (SB 224 and HB 105) on Wednesday that would allow counties and municipalities to restrict...

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'Grim Reaper' lawyer supported by former Florida Supreme Court justice in sanctions case

Posted By on Wed, Sep 15, 2021 at 1:50 PM

The lawyer who drew attention to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' hands-off approach to the pandemic by dressing as the Grim Reaper is staring down punishment from the Florida Bar. As he makes his case, however, Daniel Uhlfelder has some powerful names in his corner. A former state Supreme Court...

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