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Danielle J. Brown

Danielle J. Brown

Danielle J. Brown is a 2018 graduate of Florida State University, majoring in English with a focus in editing, writing, and media. While at FSU, she served as an editorial intern for International Program’s annual magazine, Nomadic Noles. Last fall, she fulfilled another editorial internship with Rowland Publishing, where she wrote for the Tallahassee Magazine, Emerald Coast Magazine, and 850 Business Magazine. She was born and raised in Tallahassee and reviews community theater productions for the Tallahassee Democrat. She spends her downtime traveling to all corners of Florida and beyond to practice lindy hop.

Ian now a tropical storm but still dangerous; thousands of kids planning to go to school Friday

By: - September 29, 2022

UPDATE: At a 1:45 p.m. press conference in Charlotte County, Eric Silagy, with Florida Power & Light, reported that the utility company has been able to restore the power of some 700,000 customers since the storm hit. In addition, Gov. Ron DeSantis stated that Sanibel Island off of Lee County got hit with a “biblical […]

The fate of power outages: Recovery from Ian could take days, weeks, with full extent unknown

By: - September 28, 2022

As Hurricane Ian makes its entrance on the Southwest coastline, Florida utility companies have already documented hundreds of thousands of homes without power due to impacts of the intense Category 4 storm. And some worry that efforts to get families back online could take days or even weeks. Eric Silagy, CEO of one of Florida’s […]

‘The storm is here. It is imminent’: Ian threatens to make landfall as Category 5 in southwest FL

By: - September 28, 2022

11 a.m. UPDATE, Sept. 28, 2022 from National Hurricane Center: Extremely dangerous eyewall of Ian moving onshore … Ian will cause catastrophic storm surge, winds, and flooding in the Florida peninsula soon… ///////////////////////////// Hurricane Ian, a catastrophic Category 4 storm overnight, now threatens to make landfall as a Category 5 storm at the Charlotte County […]

Gov. DeSantis: Ian could be a Category 4 hurricane when it hits the southwest coast in FL

By: - September 27, 2022

At a 11 p.m. news conference Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis said that Ian may be a Category 4 storm when it makes impact in southwest Florida at the juncture of Charlotte and Lee counties and on the Gulf side of the peninsula. The hurricane is expected to make landfall some time on Wednesday, according to […]

Hurricane Ian is growing stronger: Could it become a Category 4 storm?

By: - September 27, 2022

UPDATE: At a 5:30 p.m. news conference Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis reported a potential hurricane landfall near the Sarasota-Charlotte county border, which is a bit south of the previous forecast for Ian. At least 53 of 67 traditional K-12 school districts and two lab schools have announced closures; tolls have been suspended in certain roads. […]

Ian is a Category 3 hurricane and battering western Cuba; Sarasota, Tampa Bay appears to be next

By: - September 27, 2022

Hurricane Ian is now a Category 3 storm and “battering western Cuba” Tuesday morning with high winds and “life-threatening storm surge,” according to the National Hurricane Center, and Ian appears to be closing in on Florida’s west coast, in the Sarasota and Tampa Bay area. The national Center tweeted Tuesday morning that “Today is your last […]

FL, Tampa Bay officials warn of significant storm potential as evacuations begin and some schools close

By: and - September 26, 2022

The National Hurricane Center on Monday placed Tampa Bay under a hurricane watch and a storm surge watch while state and county officials and Gov. Ron DeSantis assess the path of Ian and prepare for evacuations and likely more school closings. Hillsborough County officials said this morning that they expect to have to evacuate over […]

National Hurricane Center: Keep watch on new storm that could hit FL as hurricane

By: - September 23, 2022

Update: Gov. DeSantis has issued an emergency order for 24 counties in response to the tropical system threatening Florida next week. “This declaration will make available important resources and support, as well as free up funding sources for emergency protective measures. Under this this emergency order, members of the Florida National Guard will be activated […]

DeSantis announces measures to combat ‘influence’ from China in tech, universities

By: - September 22, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to extend previous efforts to limit the “influence” from China regarding data access and funding through proposed legislation and a new executive order. During a press conference at Miami-Dade College Thursday, DeSantis said the executive order would “prohibit government entities from procuring technology commodities and services from companies owned by controlled […]

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Report: FL ranked No. 2 in challenges and bans of school library books last year

By: - September 22, 2022

Three Florida school districts drew nearly 400 book bans or challenges between them during the 2021-22 school year, according data from a nationwide free-speech advocacy group. According to PEN America’s “Index of School Book Bans,” gathering data between July 1, 2021 and June 30 this year, the Duval County school district in Northeast Florida saw […]

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A ‘tax stunt?’: Mixed reviews on DeSantis’ sweeping tax holiday legislative proposals

By: - September 21, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis this week announced an extensive slate of potential tax relief for the 2023 legislative session, targeting expenses typically associated with families — but not everyone sees the effort as an overall benefit for Floridians. His proposals included extending the back-to-school tax break holiday, creating permanent tax relief for strollers and cribs, and […]

In the shadows of poverty: FL’s persistently low-performing schools often go unnoticed by DeSantis

By: - September 21, 2022

On his reelection campaign trail, Gov. Ron DeSantis touts Florida’s public education system, boasting about higher starting teacher salaries, restricting certain conversations on race and gender in classrooms and siding with parents instead of local districts in disagreements. What’s rarely discussed is a sad reality involving poverty and race in the state’s most troubled schools. […]