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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.

Parkland shooter faces life in prison; how do we navigate the mental health conversation?

By: - October 19, 2022

Last week, a jury in Broward County recommended sparing Nikolas Cruz, the murderer behind the mass shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018, from capital punishment. The jury recommended life in prison instead. But as with many widely covered tragedies involving extreme gun violence, myriad questions loom: How did mental health play into […]

Some 1,400 Florida schools receive $200 million in ‘school recognition’ funds

By: - October 17, 2022

Some 1,400 Florida schools will share $200 million in state funds because they improved their grading ratings or received an ‘A’ evaluation last school year, including in areas highly damaged by by Hurricane Ian, Gov. Ron DeSantis highlighted during a Monday press conference. “This is 1,400 schools throughout the state of Florida that are going […]

Lincoln Project takes shots at Gov. DeSantis’ hurricane recovery efforts as election nears

By: - October 14, 2022

Anti-Trump political group Lincoln Project has set its sights on Gov. Ron DeSantis as he continues publicizing state recovery efforts following damage brought on by Hurricane Ian. In a new ad from the PAC, video footage shows houses getting destroyed and cars partially submerged in floodwaters as a female voice-over says “Here we go again, […]

One Year Anniversary Parkland tragedy

‘This stings’: FL’s political class responds to life sentence for Parkland gunman

By: - October 13, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis took time out of a Thursday press conference to articulate his extreme disappointment at the jury recommendation to spare the life of the Parkland shooter. “I just wanna say one thing about this verdict with the Parkland killer: I think that if you have a death penalty, at all, that is a […]

Lee County schools on the mend, but some may need ‘temporary’ campuses

By: - October 13, 2022

Hard-hit counties in Southwest Florida are working to get their schools reopened so that students can finally return to classrooms after Category 4 Hurricane Ian swept through Florida and upended coastal communities. And all school districts will be open by Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis said during a Cape Coral press conference Thursday. “Here in Lee, […]

Despite state and federal efforts, Cape Coral business owners request additional help from DeSantis

By: - October 12, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis convened a round table discussion in Cape Coral Wednesday to assess the lingering damage from the Category 4 Hurricane Ian, saying that he was “here to listen” to the concerns and suggestions of the business community. Those business owners provided a considerable list of concerns. Robbie Roepstorff, president of Edison National Bank, […]

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Most schools operational post-Ian but thousands of FL students still can’t go to class

By: - October 11, 2022

Some students are entering their second week since Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida with their school closed. And while local education leaders form plans to move everyone back into the classroom, some kids may have to wait longer than others, putting their educations on hold. In some counties, the damage is so great that […]

Nikki Fried wants DeSantis to follow Biden’s lead: Pardon simple state weed possession

By: - October 10, 2022

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried on Monday called upon Gov. Ron DeSantis to pardon people for simple possession of cannabis during the scheduled December clemency meeting, in line with a directive from President Joe Biden last week. On Thursday, Biden announced that his administration would move towards ending the United States’ “failed approach” to regulating […]

Gov. DeSantis highlights significant Hurricane Ian damage on the Atlantic Coast

By: - October 7, 2022

While much of the post-Hurricane Ian attention has focused the devastation in Southwest Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis visited the Northeast Coast of Florida in Volusia County on Friday to highlight the damage there. “People focus a lot on, of course, Hurricane Ian hitting landfall in Southwest Florida. Major impacts. We’ve been there a lot, but […]

Will more women vote in Florida in light of the overturning of Roe v. Wade?

By: - October 7, 2022

Rahi Patel, a 20-year-old pre-med student at the University of Florida, only recently started paying attention to state politics. Before, she did not consider herself politically engaged. “I just have, like, a very introverted personality. I tend to not get involved in conflict,” she told the Phoenix. But over the summer, reality set in: The […]

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‘Until further notice:’ Five districts still closed after Ian, disrupting FL’s education system

By: - October 5, 2022

In Southwest Charlotte County, there are 10 elementary schools, four middle schools and three high schools. But no students or staff are in them because of Hurricane Ian. Likewise, DeSoto County, with just seven schools, also are closed. Same goes for Hardee, Lee and Sarasota counties. In all, the Florida Department of Education has reported […]

Ed Commissioner Diaz: Some Ian-hit school districts may struggle to reopen this week

By: - October 3, 2022

Thousands of public school students may not be able to return to classrooms in Southwest Florida until next week,  following the effects of Hurricane Ian, Education Commissioner Manny Diaz, Jr. said in a press conference Monday. He outlined the school districts for Lee (public school enrollment: 97,264), DeSoto (4,568), Charlotte (16,400), Sarasota (43,896) and Hardee […]