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As protests against police violence surge, Florida passes a bill to combat ‘public disorder.’

New York Times
The Republican-led Florida Senate on Thursday passed a bill that was intended to crack down on rioting, but that critics said would criminalize the peaceful demonstrations against police brutality that have swept across the state and the country since the killing of George Floyd last year. Gov. Ron DeSantis, a......

The Florida Resort That Played an Unlikely Role in the Bay of Pigs Fiasco

Smithsonian
SMITHSONIANMAG.COM | April 16, 2021, 9:26 a.m. On the islet of Useppa, I was sleeping with the CIA. Not as part of any covert operation, needless to say; it just came with the décor. I had taken the master bedroom at the Collier Inn, a mansion and fishing lodge that......

Florida’s Republican-controlled Legislature passes “anti-riot” bill amid racial unrest

CBS News
CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Florida’s Republican-controlled Legislature approved stiffer penalties against violent protesters on Thursday, handing a major legislative victory to Governor Ron DeSantis, who began campaigning for the measure last year following a summer of turmoil across the country over the killings......

Florida on track to pass ‘anti-riot’ law requiring state approval for decreases to city police budgets

TheHill
USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Lexi Lonas Florida is on track to implement an “anti-riot” law that would include requiring state approval for decreases to city police budgets. The bill passed mostly along partisan lines in the state’s Senate on Thursday in a 23-17......

Florida beaches struggle with stance on spring break

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Florida beaches struggle with stance on spring break – CBS News Watch CBSN Live With spring break in full swing, it’s becoming a tale of two cities in Florida. Police in Miami Beach have had their hands full coping......

3/15: Kasich takes home state of Ohio, his first primary win; China residents give their take on Donald Trump

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here 3/15: Kasich takes home state of Ohio, his first primary win; China residents give their take on Donald Trump – CBS News Watch CBSN Live On “Mega Tuesday,” John Kasich finally won a primary in Ohio, where he is......

Florida House passes contentious transgender sports ban

Politico
Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here House and Senate Republicans in Florida have seized on women’s sports as a priority in 2021, following the path of more than 20 other GOP-leaning states that are using the issue to limit transgender rights. LGBTQ advocacy groups like Equality......

Florida Plans to Close Wastewater Reservoir Where Leak Forced Evacuations

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Florida officials on Tuesday announced their intention to permanently shut down a leaking wastewater reservoir south of Tampa that had forced hundreds of residents to evacuate their homes under the threat of a catastrophic collapse. Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida said on Tuesday that he was allocating more than $15......

Florida reports single-digit COVID-19 deaths for first time in months

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Joseph Choi Florida has recorded a single-digit increase in COVID-19 related deaths for the first time since September according to state health officials. The Palm Beach Post reported on Monday that state health officials confirmed the deaths of seven Florida......

Embattled Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz is denied a meeting with Trump

CNN
USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Two people familiar with the matter said Gaetz tried to schedule a visit with Trump after it was first revealed that he was being investigated, but the request was rejected by aides close to the former President, who have......

Top Whitmer aide’s Florida trip stirs controversy

Detriot News
Detroit News – For more and to sign up click here One week after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she was worried about the COVID-19 dangers of Michiganians traveling to Florida, it was revealed one of her top aides had traveled there. Tricia Foster, the governor’s chief operating officer, posted photos on......

Questions surround killing of Florida musician by plainclothes cop

CBS News
CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Questions surround killing of Florida musician by plainclothes cop – CBS News Watch CBSN Live An independent investigation is underway in Florida after the deadly shooting of a Delray Beach city employee, Corey Jones, by a police officer. The......

“60 Minutes” on its story about vaccine distribution in Palm Beach County

CBS News
CBS News – For more and to sign up click here CBS News issued a statement Wednesday that defended a “60 Minutes” segment that aired Sunday, April 4, on the early vaccine rollout in Palm Beach County and pushed back against claims made in recent days by Florida Governor Ron......

Florida sues CDC to allow cruises to resume U.S. sailings, industry asks to be treated like airlines

CNBC
CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Maiden voyage of the Symphony of the Seas, the world’s biggest cruise ship delivered by STX shipyards in Saint-Nazaire to the American ship-owner Royal Caribbean cruise Ltd (RCCL). Andia | Universal Images Group | Getty Images Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced......

Florida sues CDC to allow cruises to resume U.S. sailings, industry pushes for better treatment

CNBC
CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Maiden voyage of the Symphony of the Seas, the world’s biggest cruise ship delivered by STX shipyards in Saint-Nazaire to the American ship-owner Royal Caribbean cruise Ltd (RCCL). Andia | Universal Images Group | Getty Images Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced......

Former NFL receiver Travis Rudolph charged with murder following shooting in Florida

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Former NFL receiver Travis Rudolph has been accused of murder following a double shooting in Florida, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.  The 25-year-old was charged with first-degree murder with a firearm and attempted first-degree murder with......

Florida evacuations order lifted as danger from leaky wastewater reservoir fades

Reuters
(Reuters) – Evacuation orders were lifted on Tuesday for hundreds of residents near Tampa Bay in Florida as crews relieved pressure on the containment wall surrounding a leaky wastewater reservoir, reducing the threat of a toxic flash flood. Residents and local businesses were permitted to return after data from the......

Barbecue smell sparks feud between neighbors

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Barbecue smell sparks feud between neighbors – CBS News Watch CBSN Live A St. Petersburg, Florida homeowner called county officials to complain about the smell rising from her neighbor’s barbecue grill. An environmental specialist questioned the grill’s owner, and......

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