Briefs

U.S. Senate candidate Val Demings touts law enforcement background in first TV campaign ad

BY: - June 13, 2022

With law-and-order one of many key issues in the U.S. Senate race, U.S. Rep. Val Demings on Monday outlined her extensive background in law enforcement and debunked the idea of defunding the police – a claim made by some Florida police groups backing U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. In Demings’ first television ad, she talks about […]

Pulse Nightclub

DeSantis lowers flags in commemoration of Pulse massacre

BY: - June 11, 2022

Flags over state and local facilities will fly at half-staff on Sunday under a proclamation that Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the gun attack on Orlando’s Pulse nightclub that claimed 49 lives. The governor also asks all residents of Florida to pause for a moment of silence at 9 […]

It’s been six years since the Pulse Nightclub shooting massacre in Orlando

BY: - June 9, 2022

It’s been six years since the mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, a venue for the LGBTQ+ and Hispanic community. The tragedy left 49 innocent victims dead in one of the deadliest attacks in our nation’s history. Since then, not much has changed when it comes to gun violence in America: Just last month, […]

Cases of serious bacterial illness, monkeypox, on the rise in FL and elsewhere

BY: - June 8, 2022

Cases of a serious and sometimes deadly infection known as meningococcal disease continue to climb in Florida, with 39 people infected in 15 counties in the outbreak, an increase since late May. Central Florida still leads in the number of reported cases, with 12 confirmed cases of meningococcal disease in Orange County, as of Tuesday, […]

Everglades: Gov vetoes pet project of FL Senate President, who is an Ag Commissioner candidate

BY: - June 8, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday he has vetoed Senate Bill 2508, an Everglades-related pet project of outgoing Senate President Wilton Simpson that was hotly opposed by environmental groups and South Florida fishermen. Introduced late in the Florida Legislature’s regular session last winter, SB 2508 had only one hearing before reaching a final vote in the […]

DeSantis scraps another Cabinet meeting, canceling state business; Fried calls it ‘an insult’ to Floridians

BY: - June 7, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis has cancelled a meeting of the Florida Cabinet again, prompting complaints from Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried that the governor is evading oversight under Florida’s unique executive branch mechanism. The three Cabinet members — Fried, Attorney General Ashley Moody and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis — are top statewide […]

Sen. Annette Taddeo to drop out of FL gubernatorial race and run for U.S. Congress

BY: - June 6, 2022

State Sen. Annette Taddeo of Miami-Dade, one of the top contenders for the Democratic nominee in the 2022 Florida gubernatorial race, will end her bid for governor, according to CBS News Miami. The news outlet initially broke the story Monday, saying Taddeo would challenge Republican Congresswoman Maria Elvira Salazar, who started her term in January […]

Monkeypox outbreak expanding in U.S., including in FL, and across the globe

BY: - June 3, 2022

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 21 cases of the rare monkeypox disease have now been confirmed in 11 states, including Florida. The other states are: California, New York, Utah, Colorado, Massachusetts, Georgia, Illinois, Washington state, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Both California and New York have four cases confirmed; Florida has three. […]

Monkeypox cases confirmed in three South FL residents; 19 cases across the U.S.

BY: - June 2, 2022

A rare disease spreading globally and across the United States that can cause skin lesions and other symptoms has been confirmed in Florida, with all three cases detected in Broward County. A spokesperson for the Florida Department of Health told the Florida Phoenix in an email Thursday that the agency now provides “up-to-date information on […]

Names from A to Z: 2022 Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1

BY: - May 31, 2022

The 2022 Atlantic hurricane begins June 1 and extends to Nov. 30, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicting up to 21 named storms. The NOAA describes the storms as an “above-normal season.” NOAA references a “climate change connection” related to hurricane seasons. It says, in part: “NOAA tracks how changes in our atmosphere, […]

Research group ranks sunscreens for safety to humans and FL coral reefs

BY: - May 27, 2022

The safest sunscreens for humans and for Florida’s deteriorating coral reefs are listed in a new guide based on research by the Environmental Working Group, a national nonprofit organization that studies chemicals in sunscreens, cosmetics, food, and tap water. EWG’s 2022 “Guide to Sunscreens” cites scores of mineral-based lotions, sticks and butters with top safety […]

Gov signs property-insurance overhaul; market is still in freefall as hurricane season opens next week

BY: - May 26, 2022

A package of property-insurance measures adopted in special session this week by the Florida Legislature are now in effect, signed into law Thursday by Gov. Ron DeSantis amid projections that still more insurance companies will fail in coming weeks. That would leave tens of thousands more homeowners scrambling to find insurance coverage in the opening […]