Calling it unconstitutionally “vague and overbroad,” Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker on Thursday blocked a controversial state law signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis this spring that enhances penalties and creates new crimes in protests that turn violent. Read more
Saying the state’s system of standardized testing in public schools is “quite frankly, outdated,” Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday announced that lawmakers will consider a proposal during the 2022 legislative session to end Florida Standard Assessments (FSA). Read more
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday he might support enacting a law that would ban abortion when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, much like a Texas law that the U.S. Supreme Court allowed to take effect. Read more
Millions of college students across the country were forced to learn remotely without any reduction to their tuition or housing fees during the pandemic, but now Florida State University students are fighting back. Read more
In a blow for Gov. Ron DeSantis and a win for local school officials and parents, a judge in Florida’s 2nd Circuit Court blocked DeSantis’ mask mandate ban. Read more
In Columbia County, which now leads Florida in COVID-19 cases per capita, 17-year-old Jo’Keria Graham died just days before she started her senior year of high school. The teen, who loved taking care of kids and called her grandparents daily to check on them or help at their office, was stil… Read more
Florida school districts can legally require their students to wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, a judge ruled Friday, saying Gov. Ron DeSantis overstepped his authority when he issued an executive order banning such mandates. Read more
The U.S. Department of Education is “deeply concerned” about Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order seeking to ban school mask mandates and is ready to help districts directly, the federal agency said in a letter to the governor Friday. Read more
Florida’s COVID-19 hospitalizations and cases again jumped significantly last week as the vaccination rate in rural counties where some of the worst outbreaks are occurring remains well below state and national averages. Read more
Joseph Moore’s face was slick with nervous sweat. He held a cellphone with a photo of a man splayed on the floor; the man appeared dead, his shirt torn apart and his pants wet. Dark clouds blocked the sun as he greeted another man who’d pulled up in a blue sedan. Read more
One of the nation’s largest teachers unions on Tuesday vowed to defend members who are punished for teaching an “honest history” of the United States, a measure that’s intended to counter the wave of states seeking to limit classroom discussion on race and discrimination. Read more
While saying the case “falls squarely in the middle of a constitutional no man’s land,” a federal judge has upheld a 2018 Florida law that prevents people under age 21 from buying guns. Read more
Miami City Commissioner Ken Russell has hit the campaign trail in his quest to unseat Marco Rubio and become Florida's next U.S. senator. Read more
A Black farmer with ties to doing business in Florida will be at the head of the line for a long-awaited batch of medical marijuana licenses in an application process that state health officials will launch soon, senior aides to Gov. Ron DeSantis said. Read more
Fourteen years ago, the Southern Poverty Law Center sent the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice a list of 74 cold cases involving African Americans allegedly murdered in racially motivated circumstances by white people between 1952 and 1968. Read more
Saying he wants Florida to be the "number-one state for civic literacy," Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday signed bills aimed at boosting civics education in public schools and gauging "intellectual freedom" on college campuses. Read more
Backing Gov. Ron DeSantis’ campaign against critical race theory, the State Board of Education approved a rule last week that places controversial guidelines on the way U.S. history is taught in public schools. Read more
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist brought his “voting rights” tour to Tallahassee, Fla., last week, meeting at the local headquarters of the NAACP amid federal court challenges to a contentious elections bill signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis. Read more
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Saturday, September 11, 2021
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The on-again, off-again ban imposed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to prevent mandating masks for Florida school students amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak is back in force.
Tuesday, September 07, 2021
For most, Sunday’s Orange Blossom Classic (OBC) was more than a season-opening game. It marked the first time in 43 years that the renowned event returned to South Florida, bringing the Florida A&M University Rattlers and Jackson State University Tigers to the Hard Rock Stadium field.
The local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is concerned that a police oversight board tasked with investigating complaints against officers of the Miami-Dade Police Department, and the agency’s policies, might someday be packed with police officers.
Thomas Raynard James has been serving a life sentence for murder in a Florida prison since 1990. A coalition of groups and individuals calling for his release held a news conference Wednesday, Sept. 8. It was held at the Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall Social and Economic Institute in Miami.
A mother of six accused of drowning her toddler during a bathtub “baptism” to avoid impeding COVID-19 death and stabbing two family members was officially charged in Miami-Dade Court on Saturday.
Detention facilities across Florida, an epicenter of the coronavirus, are feeling the impact of the rampant delta variant as the state navigates through a fourth wave of COVID-19 cases.
Jessie Trice Community Health System (JTCHS), a burgeoning Miami-area health care provider primarily serving the Black community, opened a new health and wellness facility in Miami Gardens. It bears the name and face of former District 1 County Commissioner Barbara Jordan.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday he might support enacting a law that would ban abortion when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, much like a Texas law that the U.S. Supreme Court allowed to take effect.
Millions of college students across the country were forced to learn remotely without any reduction to their tuition or housing fees during the pandemic, but now Florida State University students are fighting back.
March 11, 2021. It was supposed to be a turning point in the coronavirus pandemic for Erin Tokley, a longtime Philadelphia police officer, Baptist minister and 47-year-old father of three. It was supposed to be the day of his vaccine appointment.
Officials in New Orleans will thoroughly inspect senior living apartments in the city in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida after finding people living in buildings without working generators, which left residents trapped in wheelchairs on dark, sweltering upper floors, Mayor LaToya Cantrell sai…
A crowd erupted in cheers and song Wednesday as workers hoisted one of the nation’s largest Confederate monuments off a pedestal where the figure of Gen. Robert E. Lee towered over Virginia’s capital city for more than a century.
Wednesday, September 01, 2021
Three suburban Denver police officers and two paramedics were indicted on manslaughter and other charges in the death of Elijah McClain, a Black man who was put in a chokehold and injected with a powerful sedative two years ago, Colorado’s attorney general said Wednesday.
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Early Monday morning, a group of Haitian American delegates flew out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on a one-day fact-finding mission to Haiti.
The levees, floodwalls and floodgates that protect New Orleans held up against Hurricane Ida’s fury, passing their toughest test since the federal government spent $14.5 billion to upgrade a system that catastrophically failed when Hurricane Katrina struck 16 years ago to the day.
The Little Haiti Revitalization Trust still doesn’t have a CEO, yet it’s ready to make a $1.5 million commitment toward keeping existing residents and businesses in the area.
While thousands of activists rallied across the country in support of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act this weekend, South Florida’s activists and politicians were rallying, too – only their battle has grown fiercer by the day, as a special primary election draws near and the gov…
Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness’ 28-year-old daughter was charged with conspiring to commit wire fraud last week, after allegedly defrauding a federal government program of more than $300,000 last year.
U.S. military aircraft are now ferrying food, tarps and other material into southern Haiti amid a shift in the international relief effort to focus on helping people in the areas hardest hit by the recent earthquake to make it through the hurricane season.
In a blow for Gov. Ron DeSantis and a win for local school officials and parents, a judge in Florida’s 2nd Circuit Court blocked DeSantis’ mask mandate ban.
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