Phoenix Investigates

DeSantis would give parents the right to sue over vax mandates in special session

BY: - November 8, 2021

Parents could sue school districts for monetary damages if administrators require children to get vaccinated or wear a face mask against the coronavirus under legislation filed Monday for Gov. Ron DeSantis’ special session of the Florida Legislature. The legislative proposal would expand parents’ rights, part of a new law signed by the governor earlier this […]

FSU’s Askew School adopts rules forbidding unwanted sexual attention between students and faculty

BY: - October 29, 2021

Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part story about sexual harassment and misconduct allegations between a professor and female students and faculty during a period of more than 30 years at Florida State University. The professor resigned last year. TALLAHASSEE — Florida State University has launched a university-wide effort to address handling of sexual harassment […]

Former FSU grad student comes forward about professor’s unwanted touching: ‘I was petrified’

BY: - October 28, 2021

Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part story about sexual harassment and misconduct allegations between a professor and female students and faculty during a period of more than 30 years at Florida State University. The professor resigned last year. TALLAHASSEE — It was supposed to be a happy day. Claire Connolly had earned a master’s […]

COVID-19 booster shots to roll out starting next month

BY: - August 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — Top U.S. health officials announced a plan Wednesday to begin offering COVID-19 booster shots to Americans starting Sept. 20, with the scheduling of the additional shot to be based on when a person was fully vaccinated. The new round of jabs will be extended to those who received the two-dose vaccine from either […]

DeSantis goes nuclear on news report about COVID-19 therapy he’s promoting

BY: - August 18, 2021

The DeSantis administration is pushing back big against an Associated Press report about investments by a major donor in a COVID-19 therapy that the governor is promoting heavily in appearances across the state. Gov. Ron DeSantis himself, during a Wednesday news conference in Pembroke Pines, suggested a nefarious motive behind the report. “It’s important to […]

COMMENTARY

I think you will never see a FL county so hostile to a tree

BY: - July 22, 2021

Hey, do you remember nostalgia? That longing for simpler, happier times can be a powerful force in American life, affecting the success of everything from “The Way We Were” to “Make America Great Again.” Nostalgia can evoke such powerful feelings that the guy who coined the term in 1688, Swiss physician Johannes Hofer, considered it […]

States race to launch multi-billion-dollar sports betting for NFL season; fans and foes in FL ready to clash

BY: - June 22, 2021

Are you ready for some football? More to the point: Are you ready to gamble on it (legally)? Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia are set to go, and nine more are working on it as fast as they can, including Florida, hinging on an approval from the federal government that could reshape the […]

Mayors of U.S. cities plead for federal funds to alleviate housing crisis

BY: - June 15, 2021

WASHINGTON—The mayors of U.S. cities stressed the need for affordable housing to be included in any congressional infrastructure package during a Tuesday hearing before the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs Committee. Mayors Daniel Horrigan of Akron, Ohio, Cyndy Andrus of Bozeman, Mont., and Corey Woods of Tempe, Ariz., all said that their cities are […]

Barriers to lawsuits over alleged COVID exposure for workers, patients headed for governor’s desk

BY: - March 26, 2021

Legislation that would make it harder to sue businesses, charities, schools, health care providers, and churches for exposing everyday workers, customers, and patients to COVID-19 passed its last major vote on the House floor on Friday by a margin of 83-31. The House sent the measure back to the Senate, which has already approved it, […]

U.S. House Agriculture panel to key in on climate change and farming

BY: - February 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — Democrats are eyeing programs to support U.S. farmers — who have suffered catastrophic losses from severe weather events in recent years — in reducing carbon emissions on their land. In his first major policy hearing as House Agriculture Committee chairman, Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.) said that the issue of climate change would be […]

First U.S. case of new coronavirus strain identified in Colorado

BY: - December 29, 2020

The first U.S. case of a new, more contagious strain of the novel coronavirus has been identified in Colorado, Gov. Jared Polis announced Tuesday. Colorado’s Laboratory Services Division confirmed that a man in his 20s has contracted a case of COVID-19-causing variant B.1.1.7, according to a written statement from Polis’ office. The patient hasn’t traveled […]

COMMENTARY

Twenty years on, plan to restore FL’s Everglades runs into climate questions

BY: - December 17, 2020

I’ve been humming the opening lines of a certain Beatles song lately. Why? Because it was 20 years ago today — no, wait, actually it was on Dec. 11, 2000 — that plans to restore the Everglades got their official OK with a bizarre little ceremony at the White House. This happened during the three-week-long […]