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Diane Rado

Diane Rado

Diane Rado has covered state and local government and public schools in six states over some 30 years, focusing on policy and investigative stories as well as legislative and political reporting. She spent most of her career at the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times and the Chicago Tribune. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and did a fellowship in education reform at the University of Michigan in 1999-2000. She is married to a journalist and has three adult children.

Feds are advocating for COVID boosters to help curb omicron, but thousands of people haven’t even tried boosters

By: - December 2, 2021

With the emergence of the new omicron variant — which has now seeped into the United States– federal health officials have expanded its push for people 18 and older to get booster shots. But so far, that appears to be a tough sell, according to the government’s own booster data from the Centers for Disease […]

CDC recommends booster shots for all people 18 and older, citing omicron concerns

By: - November 29, 2021

With a new variant called omicron shaking up people across the globe, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent out a media statement Monday recommending that people 18 and older get a booster shot. That would entail a booster shot 6 months after people got their initial Pfizer and Moderna shots, and two […]

Groveland Four officially exonerated after more than 70 years

By: - November 22, 2021

Four young Black men falsely accused of raping a white woman more than 70 years ago in Florida — were exonerated Monday. Known as the Groveland Four, the cases became a travesty of justice that has marred Florida’s history. Here are excerpts from the Associated Press report: “A judge on Monday officially exonerated four young African […]

GOP lawmakers take steps to ditch the feds’ OSHA and set up a FL-style agency; Dems say it’s a political stunt

By: - November 15, 2021

Republican lawmakers on Monday pushed through legislation to consider a Florida-style state-run OSHA, starting with the governor’s office developing a proposal for a state plan on the issue. GOP members on the House Pandemics and Public Emergencies Committee approved the bill by a 13-5 vote, with Democrats arguing against idea. “This is not a serious […]

With vaccine mandates under fire, FL reaches a target: 60 percent of residents are fully vaccinated

By: - November 8, 2021

While the GOP-led Florida Legislature has scheduled a special session next week to prohibit vaccine mandates related to businesses and schools, Florida has reached a threshold: 60 percent of residents have been fully vaccinated. The figure, 60.1 percent, showed up over the weekend. Florida now joins 21 other states and the District of Columbia that […]

A new version of the Delta variant has been spreading globally; it’s been detected in FL

By: - November 4, 2021

By now, Floridians are likely familiar with the Delta variant, which is highly contagious, spreads faster and causes more COVID-19 infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Not widely known is a new strain of the Delta variant. It’s called AY.4.2. — sometimes called Delta plus — and it’s in Florida, […]

Tuesday’s special primary election for a South Florida Congressional seat has a long list of candidates

By: - November 2, 2021

Update from the South Florida Sun Sentinel: With almost all votes tallied in the race to replace the late Alcee Hastings, Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness and Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, CEO of a home health care company, were effectively tied in Tuesday’s primary. The Sun Sentinel reported early Wednesday morning that Cherfilus-McCormick had 11,635 votes to […]

State Attorney pushes to set the record straight on wrongly-accused “Groveland Four”

By: - October 25, 2021

In a travesty of justice that has marred Florida’s history, Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state’s clemency board gave pardons in January 2019 to the “Groveland Four”– Black men wrongly accused of raping a 17-year-old white woman in Lake County in 1949. But despite the pardons, the case is still not over for the four […]

While vaccine controversy continues, FL is at the cusp of 60 percent of residents fully vaccinated

By: - October 22, 2021

UPDATE: As of Sunday, the CDC data shows that only 16 states in the nation and the District of Columbia have reached at least the 60 percent mark, including four states that have made it to 70 percent — Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Maine, which are smaller states. Florida is now at 59.4 percent […]

State Sen. Annette Taddeo is running to unseat DeSantis; “I believe his time is up”

By: - October 18, 2021

State Sen. Annette Taddeo, a South Florida Democrat, has joined a growing list of candidates for the 2022 gubernatorial race, facing off against primary opponents such as U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried. Taddeo filed paperwork Monday with the Florida Division of Elections, while criticizing Gov. Ron DeSantis’ COVID policies, including mask […]

Citrus declines: FL orange and grapefruit production down; specialty citrus up by 2 percent

By: - October 12, 2021

In a citrus crop forecast released Tuesday, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried mentioned a startling number for Florida’s peak citrus production: 244 million boxes in the 1997-98 season. Some 25 years later, the citrus forecast shows much lower numbers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast reported 47  million boxes of Florida oranges for the 2021-22 season […]

Protesters march to state Capitol: “Don’t Texas my Florida!”

By: - October 2, 2021

From marching and singing to beeping and waving signs, protesters were out in force Saturday to fight against a Texas-style abortion ban that’s been filed in the Florida Legislature as well as attacks against transgender rights. The marches and rallies were scheduled in cities and communities across Florida and states elsewhere on Saturday, part of […]