The Giant African Land Snail Has Been Spotted Again in Florida

Wash your lettuce.

#florida, #invasive-species, #pasco-county-fla, #quarantines, #snails

Florida Judge Will Temporarily Block 15-Week Abortion Ban

The ban, passed by Republican lawmakers and signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, was scheduled to take effect on Friday.

#abortion, #florida

In Florida, California and Beyond: Both Sides Mobilize Over Abortion

On Monday, plaintiffs will ask a judge to block Florida’s law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. It is set to take effect on Friday.

#abortion, #california, #florida, #law-and-legislation, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision

‘Ghost Flights’? The Facts Behind Transporting Migrant Children

Government flights carrying undocumented children from the border to federally licensed shelters around the country are being criticized by conservative politicians in an election year.

#astorino-robert-p, #desantis-ron, #federation-for-american-immigration-reform, #florida, #human-trafficking, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-customs-enforcement-us, #immigration-and-emigration, #immigration-detention, #mukherjee-elora, #smuggling

To Catch a Snake: Largest Python Found in Everglades Signals a Threat

The Burmese python caught by a team of trackers breaks a record and shows the invasive species surviving in Florida’s ecosystem despite efforts to remove those snakes.

#conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #everglades-fla, #florida, #invasive-species, #snakes

Inside a Florida Abortion Clinic Ahead of the Supreme Court’s Decision

The Planned Parenthood clinic in Fort Myers, Fla., has seen an increase in patients arriving from Texas, even as it struggles to keep up with increasing restrictions in its own state.

#abortion, #florida, #planned-parenthood-federation-of-america, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #women-and-girls

Florida Allows Doctors to Order Covid Vaccines for Young Children

Unlike the other 49 states and the District of Columbia, Florida did not allow health care providers to preorder the vaccines ahead of the federal government’s June 14 deadline.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #desantis-ron, #florida, #vaccination-and-immunization

Florida Allows Doctors to Order Vaccines for Very Young Children

Unlike the other 49 states and the District of Columbia, Florida did not allow health care providers to preorder the vaccines ahead of the federal government’s June 14 deadline.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #desantis-ron, #florida, #vaccination-and-immunization

Synagogue Sues Florida, Saying Abortion Restrictions Violate Religious Freedoms

A South Florida congregation said that under Jewish law, abortion “is required if necessary to protect the health, mental or physical well-being” of a pregnant woman.

#abortion, #florida, #jews-and-judaism, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Bones Found in 1974 May Be Linked to Serial Killer, Authorities Say

Genetic genealogy was used to identify skeletal remains as those of a 15-year-old girl who went missing in Florida in 1972. The authorities believe she was the victim of an ex-police officer convicted in 1973 of two murders.

#bones, #broward-county-fla, #florida, #forensic-science, #genealogy, #missing-persons, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #palm-beach-county-fla, #serial-murders

A Broken Redistricting Process Winds Down, With No Repairs in Sight

A brutal battle over drawing district boundaries in the House of Representatives has left the two political parties roughly at parity. But no one is celebrating.

#desantis-ron, #elections-house-of-representatives, #florida, #house-of-representatives, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #supreme-courts-state, #texas, #voting-rights-act-1965

Heavy Rain in Florida Brings Floods to Miami

The storm system also left residents and officials in the Miami area with stranded vehicles, power outages and lots of cleanup.

#florida, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #weather

Florida Supreme Court Turns Down DeSantis Voting Map Challenge

The court’s refusal means that the November elections will most likely be based on legislative maps a lower court said illegally diluted the power of Black voters.

#black-people, #desantis-ron, #elections-house-of-representatives, #florida, #lawson-alfred-1948, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #supreme-courts-state

Alligator Kills Florida Man Retrieving Frisbees in Lake, Officials Say

The 47-year-old man frequently swam into a lake near a disc golf course to retrieve stray discs and sell them, a park official said.

#alligators, #deaths-fatalities, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #florida, #frisbees, #largo-fla, #pinellas-county-fla

How a Florida Power Project Flew Under the Regulatory Radar

The state’s biggest utility is building a 176-mile line that may be unsuitable or even unneeded. Its design minimized scrutiny. Critics see a pattern.

#duke-energy-corporation, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-and-power, #florida, #florida-powerlight-co, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #nextera-energy-inc, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

What Dominated the World Economic Forum

Our takeaways from Davos, plus how some influencers hype crypto without disclosing their financial ties.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corporate-social-responsibility, #europe, #florida, #georgia, #great-britain, #international-trade-and-world-market, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #supply-chain, #united-states-economy, #xinjiang-china

Accused of Cheating by an Algorithm, and a Professor She Had Never Met

An unsettling glimpse at the digitization of education.

#artificial-intelligence, #broward-college, #cheating, #colleges-and-universities, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #florida, #honorlock-inc, #tests-and-examinations

Judges block Florida law that says Facebook and Twitter can’t ban politicians

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The Florida law that makes it illegal for large social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to ban politicians likely violates the First Amendment, according to a unanimous ruling by a panel of three federal appeals court judges.

The ruling, released today by the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, upheld key portions of a preliminary injunction issued by a US District Court judge in June 2021. Florida appealed that injunction. As a result of today’s ruling, the state still cannot enforce the law’s content-moderation requirements.

“It is substantially likely that [the Florida law’s] content-moderation restrictions and its requirement that platforms provide a thorough rationale for every content-moderation action violate the First Amendment,” the appeals court judges found in today’s ruling. It wasn’t a complete loss for Florida, as the judges said it is “unlikely that the law’s remaining (and far less burdensome) disclosure provisions violate the First Amendment.” Florida can thus enforce those less burdensome disclosure requirements while litigation is pending.

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#florida, #policy, #social-media

How Two Middle School ‘Desperadoes’ Ended Up in a Police Shootout

A 14-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy took up weapons after a torturous journey through Florida’s juvenile mental health system.

#attacks-on-police, #florida, #foster-care, #group-homes-and-supportive-housing, #juvenile-delinquency, #mental-health-and-disorders, #volusia-county-fla, #youth

States Turn to Tax Cuts as Inflation Stays Hot

Tax reductions and rebates that are being proposed to help people cope could have the unintended effect of pushing prices higher.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #delaware, #desantis-ron, #elections-governors, #florida, #gasoline-tax-us, #hochul-kathleen-c, #idaho, #indiana, #inflation-economics, #iowa, #kansas, #kelly-laura-1950, #new-york-state, #norquist-grover-g, #pennsylvania, #politics-and-government, #rebates-and-refunds, #states-us, #stimulus-economic, #taxation, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #wolf-thomas-w

Florida Releases Reviews That Led to Rejection of Math Textbooks

To explain its puzzling rejection of dozens of textbooks, the state released 6,000 pages of comments, revealing an often confusing and divisive process.

#conservatism-us-politics, #critical-race-theory, #desantis-ron, #education-k-12, #florida, #rapinoe-megan, #textbooks

Formula 1 Roars Into Miami, Where Cars Are Already King

A culture of souped-up cars, luxury cars and collector cars has flourished in Miami for decades. This weekend it will all be on display.

#alfa-romeo-automobiles, #antique-and-classic-cars, #automobile-racing, #automobiles, #automobili-lamborghini-spa, #biscayne-bay-fla, #collectors-and-collections, #cuba, #ferrari-spa, #florida, #formula-one, #fort-lauderdale-fla, #havana-cuba, #luxury-goods-and-services, #maserati-spa, #miami-fla, #miami-gardens-fla, #miami-vice-tv-program, #national-assn-of-stock-car-auto-racing, #pitbull-rapper, #pompano-beach-fla, #porsche-ag, #restoration-and-renovation, #willis-dontrelle, #wynwood-miami-fla

Why Climate Change Makes It Harder to Fight Fire With Fire

Worsening wildfires in recent years have led officials to embrace planned fires to thin forests before disaster strikes. But the warming world is making it tougher to do safely.

#arizona, #boulder-colo, #california, #colorado, #fires-and-firefighters, #florida, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heat-and-heat-waves, #nature-conservancy, #nebraska, #new-mexico, #oregon, #rain, #texas, #united-states, #university-of-california-los-angeles, #wildfires, #wind

What DeSantis and His Republican Allies Are Doing Will Have Grave Costs

Discarding core commitments is not a small concession to changing times but an abject desecration of everything the G.O.P. long claimed to believe.

#carlson-tucker, #citizens-united, #citizens-united-v-federal-election-commission-supreme-court-decision, #conservatism-us-politics, #corporations, #cruz-ted, #desantis-ron, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #florida, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #shapiro-benjamin-a-1984, #supreme-court-us, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vance-j-d

How DeSantis Transformed Florida’s Political Identity

The state has become an unlikely laboratory for right-wing policy, pushed by a governor with presidential ambitions.

#desantis-ron, #florida, #mar-a-lago-palm-beach-fla, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #walt-disney-company

What Does the Right Do When Big Business Turns Against Conservatism?

How conservatives put their hope in Elon Musk and Ron DeSantis.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #conservatism-us-politics, #corporations, #democratic-party, #desantis-ron, #domenech-ben-1981, #florida, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #liberalism-us-politics, #musk-elon, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #warren-elizabeth

Three Opinion Writers on Why the G.O.P. Can’t Stop Saying ‘Gay’

A left-right debate on the overblown gender panic gripping American politics.

#audio-neutral-informative, #conservatism-us-politics, #desantis-ron, #education-k-12, #florida, #gender, #generation-z, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #liberalism-us-politics, #millennial-generation, #republican-party, #sex-education, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #united-states, #walt-disney-company

QAnonization, Orbanization and Disney

Conspiracy-theory politics catches up with Mickey Mouse.

#desantis-ron, #education-k-12, #florida, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #orban-viktor, #parental-rights-in-education-bill, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #walt-disney-company

Who Helped End the Travel Mask Mandate?

The mask rule on planes and public transportation has been targeted by the travel industry and Republican lawmakers. In the end, it was brought down by a little-known nonprofit, a conservative judge and chance.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #decisions-and-verdicts, #florida, #health-freedom-defense-fund, #masks, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #transportation, #transportation-security-administration, #travel-and-vacations, #vaccination-and-immunization

Seeking Arms for Ukraine, Pentagon Buyers Scour Eastern European Factories

Soviet-designed ammunition is part of the ‘life blood’ for Ukrainian troops fighting Russia, and the United States is keeping it flowing.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #arms-trade, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bosnia-and-herzegovina, #bulgaria, #czech-republic, #defense-department, #firearms, #florida, #general-dynamics, #kabul-afghanistan, #kyiv-ukraine, #new-jersey, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #poland, #romania, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #serbia, #slovakia, #ukraine, #united-states-army, #united-states-special-operations-command, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #warsaw-pact

Why Did DeSantis Revoke Disney’s Special Tax Status? What We Know.

The Florida governor and state lawmakers revoked the theme park’s special tax status in an ongoing battle that escalated over a recently passed education bill.

#amusement-and-theme-parks, #chapek-robert-a, #corporate-taxes, #desantis-ron, #education-k-12, #florida, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #politics-and-government, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #walt-disney-company

What Does the Curriculum Look Like in Your School?

We want to hear from you.

#california, #critical-race-theory, #education, #education-k-12, #florida, #internal-open-access, #texas, #textbooks

Punishing Disney, DeSantis Signals a Lasting G.O.P. Brawl With Business

Gov. Ron DeSantis’s move to revoke the company’s special tax status in Florida showed how combative his party has grown toward corporations that are increasingly taking a stand on political issues.

#desantis-ron, #disney-walt-world-lake-buena-vista-fla, #education-k-12, #florida, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #law-and-legislation, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #walt-disney-company

At the Magic Kingdom, a ‘Magical’ Wedding

Marissa Branch and Shelby Blackstock were married at one of their favorite vacation destinations: in front of Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World.

#disney-walt-world-lake-buena-vista-fla, #florida, #mcentire-reba, #nashville-tenn, #weddings-and-engagements

A Look at the Textbooks Rejected by the Florida Department of Education

The state rejected dozens of math textbooks. The New York Times reviewed 21 of them to figure out why.

#critical-race-theory, #desantis-ron, #education-k-12, #emotions, #florida, #mathematics, #textbooks

Why Hasn’t the U.S. Asked for a Stay in the Mask Mandate Case?

The administration’s actions suggest either a botched case or a shrewd play for time as it gives up on the mask order but hopes to erase an adverse ruling, legal experts said.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #florida, #justice-department, #masks, #mizelle-kathryn-kimball

Democrats, You Can’t Ignore the Culture Wars Any Longer

The only alternative to fighting is losing.

#colleges-and-universities, #critical-race-theory, #desantis-ron, #florida, #hofstadter-richard, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #law-and-legislation, #michigan, #ohio, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #rufo-christopher-f, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government

Florida Votes to Revoke Disney’s Special Tax Status

The vote, which appears certain to be signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis, follows an acrimonious clash over what has been called the “Don’t Say Gay” law in the state.

#amusement-and-theme-parks, #corporate-taxes, #desantis-ron, #disney-walt-world-lake-buena-vista-fla, #florida, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #taxation, #walt-disney-company

Parents Aren’t the Only Ones With Rights

We all have a stake in public schools. You wouldn’t know it from the fights in Florida and elsewhere.

#education-k-12, #florida, #home-schooling, #internal-sub-only-nl, #private-and-sectarian-schools

Will Alaskans Welcome Sarah Palin’s Political Comeback?

Charles Homans, a New York Times reporter who lived in Alaska during Palin’s ascent, reflects on the state’s astonishing political transformation.

#alaska, #desantis-ron, #elections-house-of-representatives, #florida, #internal-sub-only-nl, #palin-sarah, #united-states-politics-and-government

Florida Senate Passes Congressional Map Giving G.O.P. a Big Edge

The map, proposed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, would most likely add four Republican districts while eliminating three held by Democrats.

#black-people, #demings-val, #desantis-ron, #elections-house-of-representatives, #florida, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government

Gov. DeSantis Clears Way to Revoke Disney’s Special District in Florida

Having criticized the company’s stand on a law restricting classroom discussion of sexual identity, he expanded a special session of the Legislature to target Disney World’s self-governing privileges.

#desantis-ron, #disney-walt-world-lake-buena-vista-fla, #florida, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #law-and-legislation, #politics-and-government, #state-legislatures, #walt-disney-company

Florida Rejects Math Textbooks, Citing ‘Prohibited Topics’

Officials said they objected to the inclusion of social-emotional learning and critical race theory in the books but did not share information on the specific content.

#desantis-ron, #education-k-12, #florida

Will Democrats Soon Be Locked Out of Power?

With a little more electoral ambition, Republicans have a clear majority in reach. 

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #conservatism-us-politics, #democratic-party, #electoral-college, #florida, #georgia, #kemp-brian-p, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2024, #republican-party, #scott-richard-l, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

The Law That Shaped the Internet Presents a Question for Elon Musk

Section 230 gives companies wide latitude to host as much objectionable content as they wish.

#desantis-ron, #facebook-inc, #florida, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #internal-sub-only-nl, #musk-elon, #social-media, #twitter

In Several States, Teachers Get Their Biggest Raise in Decades

Budget surpluses have enabled states to pass bills giving teachers a bigger paycheck, but not everyone is certain that will help improve schooling.

#alabama, #bonuses, #education-k-12, #florida, #georgia, #idaho, #mississippi, #new-mexico, #teachers-and-school-employees, #wages-and-salaries

How to Make Sense of the New L.B.G.T. Culture War

There is an enormous gap between what people are willing say in public and what they really think.

#conservatism-us-politics, #education-k-12, #europe, #florida, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #liberalism-us-politics, #mental-health-and-disorders, #millennial-generation, #parenting, #rauch-jonathan-1960, #rowling-j-k, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #sex-education, #sullivan-andrew, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #united-states, #youth

House G.O.P. Kills Bid to Honor Pioneering Black Judge

A right-wing congressman persuaded fellow Republicans to abruptly turn against a routine measure to name a federal courthouse in Florida for a Black State Supreme Court justice.

#black-people, #clyde-andrew-1963, #florida, #hatchett-joseph-w, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #names-organizational, #republican-party, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #supreme-courts-state, #united-states-politics-and-government

Descending Into Florida’s Underwater Caves

The world’s densest collection of freshwater springs is at the center of a slow-motion environmental tragedy.

#agriculture-and-farming, #algae, #aquifers, #diving-and-divers, #floods, #florida, #global-warming, #manatees, #population, #rivers, #travel-and-vacations, #water, #water-pollution

Crypto Industry Helps Write, and Pass, Its Own Agenda in State Capitols

In the absence of federal regulations, crypto lobbyists and executives are going state by state to get favorable rules enacted. Many lawmakers have been willing partners.

#bitcoin-currency, #computers-and-the-internet, #florida, #illinois, #law-and-legislation, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #virtual-currency, #wyoming