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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.

FL’s state reading results troubling: About 25 percent of 3rd graders could read ‘proficiently’

By: - May 31, 2022

New results from Florida’s 3rd grade reading exams statewide aren’t good, showing that only about a quarter of kids tested in public schools could read proficiently, meaning they scored a 4 or 5 on the crucial exam. Even by a more liberal analysis by the Department of Education — one that allows kids to pass […]

FL Dems want measures to prevent ‘horrific, soul-shattering’ mass shootings; What about the GOP?

By: - May 25, 2022

As the nation reels and reacts to another devastating mass shooting, this time killing 19 elementary students and two adults in Uvalde, Texas, Florida political figures and gun-reform advocacy groups compare the tragedy to Florida’s two major mass-shootings in the last six years: Parkland and Pulse night club. At a Wednesday morning press conference, Florida […]

Anti-abortion group gathers at FL Capitol to push for new and more robust restrictions on abortion

By: - May 24, 2022

Dozens of protesters gathered at the Florida Capitol complex Tuesday to urge legislators to support additional restrictions on abortion access, with signs saying, “End abortion in Florida FOREVER” and “Supreme Court: Overturn Roe.” The Florida Legislature had already approved a 15-week abortion ban during the regular 2022 regular legislative session, with Gov. Ron DeSantis signing […]

Sen. Powell asked to put experts ‘under oath’ in special session; ‘let’s make sure it’s true’

By: - May 23, 2022

Amid questions Monday on the first piece of legislation related to Florida’s property insurance crisis that has roiled insurers, homeowners and taxpayers, South Florida Democrat Sen. Bobby Powell asked if experts in the insurance industry would testify under oath before senators. He was denied. That kind of request had come up before. “I can tell […]

Crist promises to protect abortion access through executive order, but there could be a hurdle

By: - May 20, 2022

U.S. Rep Charlie Crist, who is running for the Democratic nominee in the 2022 gubernatorial election, said he would use an executive order on of the first day of his term to protect Floridians’ access to abortion. “When I get elected for governor, I want all women in Florida to understand that if this continues […]

FL First Lady attempts to arm students with ‘the facts’ in anti-drug initiative, but will it work?

By: - May 20, 2022

At a high school in Central Florida Thursday, First Lady Casey DeSantis’ spoke at the first iteration of a set of school assemblies statewide aimed at encouraging kids not to use drugs and why, as a part of her ongoing anti-drug initiative. Keep in mind that there have been other anti-drug campaigns in the past, […]

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Feds and FL officials try to tackle mental health crisis facing K-12 and college students

By: - May 19, 2022

As some students continue to struggle with ongoing mental health concerns, state and federal officials are trying to focus on how to get children and teens to bounce back from the trauma and stress exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law that makes some changes to current statewide […]

A more-transmissible BA.2.12.1 omicron variant of COVID soon to be dominant strain in U.S.

By: - May 18, 2022

A more catchable version of the omicron variant of COVID-19, called BA.2.12.1, is on its way to becoming the new dominant strain of the pandemic, surpassing the current dominant strain called BA.2, according to projections based on samples by federal health officials. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), BA.2.12.1 may […]

‘A dull sensation’: FL First Lady had six chemo treatments during experience with breast cancer

By: - May 17, 2022

At a Tuesday press conference involving $100 million in cancer research, First Lady Casey DeSantis went into more details about her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, which included six chemotherapy appointments. “When the bad news was pouring in — and it seemed like a barrage of bad news, right? People who have been diagnosed with […]

Can FL schools, workplaces discuss Saturday’s ‘racially motivated’ shooting in Buffalo under HB 7?

By: - May 17, 2022

On Saturday at a Buffalo supermarket, a white 18-year-old gunman killed 10 Black people, and the shootings are being looked at as a racist hate crime, according to The Buffalo News in New York. The alleged killer was identified in the News as Payton Gendron, 18, near Binghamton in the southern part of the state. […]

Ask Justice Alito: How much sway do female lawmakers really have in the abortion fight?

By: - May 16, 2022

It’s been two weeks since a 98-page leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion spelled near-certain death for federal protections of abortion access across the nation. But Associate Justice Samuel Alito, who wrote the draft opinion, seemed to want to put women at ease if states become the decision makers on the abortion front. On page […]

Taxpayers help pay bill for State Board of Ed meeting in Key West: Would a Zoom call have sufficed?

By: - May 11, 2022

Florida’s State Board of Education, stationed in Tallahassee, traveled all the way down to Key West for a meeting Wednesday, partly at taxpayer expense for transportation and lodging in a tourist destination known for stray cats and chickens, flip-flops, and dive bars. The seven-member board asked several local school district leaders to join them at […]