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5th grade public school teacher Sarah Painter is 2022 Teacher of the Year following tough COVID-19 school year

"Find Joy." That was the motto for 5th grade teacher Sarah Ann Painter and her students at Clearwater's Eisenhower Elementary in Pinellas County, to help everyone get through a troublesome school year during the COVID-19...

The feds earmarked $15 billion for FL schools to help kids in the pandemic, but it’s largely an unused stockpile

By the spring of 2020, reality was setting in that the COVID-19 pandemic would stick around for quite some time, and Florida's school districts were confronting an unknown education world. Districts started talks about the...
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Black women’s felon-voter-restoration case in FL draws sympathetic hearing during 11th Circuit arguments

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has an opportunity to invoke the Nineteenth Amendment to extend voting rights to Black women who can’t afford to pay the restitution required under Florida’s...

Quietly, gradually, George Floyd Square is open to traffic for the first time since his murder

On the morning of June 3, there were about as many journalists in George Floyd Square as city workers who were trying to reopen the four-block area to traffic, over the objections of some...

Gov. DeSantis targets Ben & Jerry’s over its planned boycott of the Occupied Territories

Gov. Ron DeSantis has threatened to sanction the progressive ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s and its parent company Unilever over the company’s decision to stop selling its products in the occupied West Bank. DeSantis...
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White House spokesperson says DeSantis’ opposition to mask mandate in schools is ‘greatly concerning’

Following Gov. Ron DeSantis' comments that Florida will not require kids to wear face masks in K-12 schools, a White House spokeswoman pushed back against his stance, saying that would put children and families...

Experts? We don’t need no experts!

Thank God our governor doesn’t listen to these quote-unquote experts trying to impose their over-educated, evidence-based, warped world view on decent, horoscope-reading, lucky socks-wearing, lottery ticket-buying, chicken entrails-reading Floridians. We’re not dumb, you know. Take the...

Stone-Manning nomination set to advance to U.S. Senate after emotions run high at committee vote

In a contentious meeting that distilled a weeks-long fight, the U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee deadlocked, 10-10, along party lines, Thursday on approving Tracy Stone-Manning’s nomination as head of the Bureau of...

As COVID caseload spikes, Gov. DeSantis vows again: No more lockdowns in FL

As COVID-19 cases surge in Florida and the more transmissible Delta variant continues to circulate, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday declared his opposition to any mitigation efforts, such as lockdowns or mask mandates, particularly...

Opioid settlement would bring billions of dollars for addiction treatment, prevention, to FL

Florida’s share of a massive settlement with an opioid manufacturer and distributors accused of contributing to the addiction epidemic could amount to $1.6 billion, according to details released by state Attorney General Ashley Moody. The...

States still lag in getting assistance to struggling renters, federal data shows

WASHINGTON — State and local officials disbursed $1.5 billion in rental assistance during June—more than during the entire previous five months—to help households falling behind on rent and utilities, according to U.S. Treasury data released...

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

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...

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