Culture & Society

As monkeypox cases climb in FL, ‘the vaccines will arrive too late for many’

BY: - August 12, 2022

As monkeypox cases rise in Florida, a Democratic state senator in South Florida on Friday urged federal health officials to boost access to vaccines, testing and treatments as Floridians face severe vaccine shortages. State Sen. Shevrin Jones sent a letter to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stating that he’s “deeply worried […]

‘They’re trying to distract and divide us’

BY: - August 12, 2022

A new national nonprofit is organizing parents, teachers and students in Michigan to fight right-wing activism in education, including Republican-led legislation that critics say will silence educators attempting to teach about race and racism. The organization, the Campaign for Our Shared Future, launched in 2021 and has since gone on to identify 15 states — including Michigan, […]

Monkeypox outbreak reaches nearly 11,000 cases in the U.S.; FL ranks 3rd in caseloads

BY: - August 11, 2022

The 2022 monkeypox outbreak has spread to nearly 11,000 cases nationwide, with Florida ranking third in caseloads across states, according to the latest figures from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of Thursday afternoon, the CDC reported 10,768 total cases of the disease that oftentimes causes a characteristic rash and other […]

U.S. attorney general says DOJ asked for public release of search warrant for Trump estate

BY: - August 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said the U.S. Department of Justice moved Thursday to release the search warrant a federal judge issued earlier this week that allowed federal agents to enter former President Donald Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago in Florida. DOJ, Garland said, has ​​filed a motion in the Southern District of Florida to […]

Only 48 percent of 5th graders passed the state’s science exam; fewer than a quarter were ‘proficient’

BY: - August 11, 2022

Florida’s 5th graders took the 2022 statewide science exam to measure understanding of the state’s science standards, but the results were stagnant to dismal. Only 48 percent of 5th graders passed the exam, based on a score of 3 or higher. The Florida Department of Education considers that “satisfactory—may need additional support for the next […]

Providers trying again to get abortion ban before the FL Supreme Court

BY: - August 11, 2022

Abortion providers have filed notice that they plan to ask the Florida Supreme Court to wrest their appeal against Florida’s 15-week abortion ban from an intermediate appeals court and decide the case directly. They said so in a document filed Wednesday in the First District Court of Appeal, which earlier rejected a request to send […]

COMMENTARY

If Florida Gov. DeSantis wants to oust officials, here’s a list

BY: - August 11, 2022

You probably heard all the hoopla last week about Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis removing — excuse me, “suspending” with extreme prejudice — the outspoken Democratic prosecutor in Hillsborough County, Andrew Warren. He’s not quite fired but he’s on the verge. Usually when officeholders in Florida get pink-slipped by the governor, it’s because they’ve been charged […]

Biden signs landmark bill aiding veterans exposed to burn pits overseas

BY: - August 10, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed legislation into law Wednesday that will provide health care and benefits to veterans exposed to burn pits in Afghanistan and Iraq, achieving a long-term, personal goal. “I was in and out of Iraq over 20 times,” Biden said of prior trips to the war zone he took as both […]

Monkeypox cases surpass 1,000 in FL; infections detected in children and teens

BY: - August 10, 2022

With federal health officials recently declaring monkeypox a public health emergency due to its rapid spread nationwide, Florida’s cases have surpassed 1,000 across 28 counties. In Florida, data from the state Department of Health show a total of 1,020 monkeypox cases, as of Wednesday afternoon. Most cases have been identified in South Florida, with Miami-Dade […]

Some 40 years ago, Florida elected its first woman to U.S. Senate. Will Val Demings be the second?

BY: - August 10, 2022

It’s been about four decades since a Florida woman — Republican Paula Hawkins of the Orlando area — was elected to the U.S. Senate for one term. What followed was a lineup of male-senators-only to represent Florida in the Senate chamber. Now, in 2022, U.S. Rep. Val Demings, a Democrat in Central Florida, is pushing […]

Biden administration proposes changing how monkeypox vaccine is administered

BY: - August 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration began encouraging health care providers Tuesday to change the way they’re administering vaccines to protect against monkeypox, in an attempt to stretch out doses fivefold. The latest shift in strategy comes as the administration races to curtail the spread of the virus, which jumped from 778 cases one month ago […]

Republicans in Congress line up behind Trump after he says FBI searched Mar-a-Lago

BY: - August 9, 2022

Republicans in Congress fumed Tuesday in reaction to former President Donald Trump’s Monday evening statement that the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago, his home in Palm Beach, Florida. Democrats had little to say Tuesday about the apparent search, though some defended the execution of justice regardless of a person’s political power. The massive publicity […]