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Last in line: Publix lagged behind competitors in COVID-19 safeguards

Last in line: Publix lagged behind competitors in COVID-19 safeguards

/Grocers nationwide were slow to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. At most turns, Publix was even slower. Managers at Nature’s Food Patch could sense the “fear and panic" setting in around the second week in March, about the time the coronavirus outbreak was officially declared a pandemic. When employees began asking if they could wear masks, there was no hesitation, a company spokeswoman said.“In fact, we encouraged it by trying to provide them to all who wanted them,” said Cheryl Rosselle, the marketing director for the independent Clearwater-based grocer.At Publix, Florida’s popular...

April 30, 2020
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Eliminate Confederate holidays, Florida lawmaker proposes

Eliminate Confederate holidays, Florida lawmaker proposes

/Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s birthday, Jan. 19, and Confederate Memorial Day, April 26, have been legal holidays in Florida since 1895. State Rep. Mike Grieco, D-Miami Beach, wants lawmakers to eliminate legal holidays honoring the birthdays of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and Confederate President Jefferson Davis, along with a Confederate Memorial Day.Grieco on Thursday filed a bill (HB 6007) to remove the Lee, Davis and Confederate Memorial days from a list of legal holidays on the books in Florida. A similar effort in 2018 was approved by one Senate committee but did not pass the...

December 6, 2020
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Florida Attorney General to federal judge: Drop the Michael Flynn case

Florida Attorney General to federal judge: Drop the Michael Flynn case

//Ashley Moody is one of 15 state attorneys general to sign onto a supporting legal brief.Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody asked a federal judge on Monday to allow the U.S. Department of Justice to drop its case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn.The request came in the form of a brief filed jointly by 15 attorneys general, all Republicans. The filing, which was announced by the Republican Attorneys General Association, amounted to more than a dozen of the country’s top legal officers weighing in on the most controversial case of the day.Moody’s decision to sign...

May 19, 2020
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Backyard mosquito spraying booms, but may be too deadly

Backyard mosquito spraying booms, but may be too deadly

/The chemical bombardment worries scientists who fear over-use of pesticides is harming pollinators and worsening a threat to birds that eat insects.CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — It’s an increasingly familiar sight in U.S. cities and suburbs: A van pulls up to the curb. Workers wearing gloves, masks and other protective gear strap on backpack-type mechanisms with plastic hoses, similar to leaf blowers.Revving up the motors, they drench trees, bushes and even house walls with pesticides targeting an age-old menace: mosquitoes.The winged, spindly-legged bloodsuckers have long been the bane of...

Aug 20
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#FloridaMorons trending on Twitter. Here’s why.

#FloridaMorons trending on Twitter. Here’s why.

/Many people of Twitter aren’t impressed with Jacksonville reopening its beaches during the pandemic.Florida has been a hashtag for as long as there have been hashtags — #FloridaMan has a certain ring to it. The Sunshine State’s hashtag pantheon added a new one Saturday, as #FloridaMoron trended on Twitter.Its subject matter? Jacksonville reopening its beaches.. Jacksonville, led by its Republican Mayor Lenny Curry, was the first to allow people back onto the beaches. On Thursday, Curry announced the city’s beaches would reopen for “essential activities” from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. each morning...

April 18, 2020
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Prominent Tampa activist and protester arrested, hospitalized, witnesses say

Prominent Tampa activist and protester arrested, hospitalized, witnesses say

/Jae Passmore was detained by Tampa police officers, according to fellow protesters, then taken to the hospital.TAMPA — A prominent Black Lives Matter activist was detained Wednesday night by police while leaving a downtown protest and then hospitalized, according to fellow protesters and video posted to social media.Jae Passmore, who has been at the forefront of the Tampa protest movement the past three months, is the protester seen on the ground in video posted to social media, surrounded by a dozen or so Tampa police officers, according to the posts and witnesses.Protestors shouted at...

August 13, 2020
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Officials battle online misinformation along with wildfires

Officials battle online misinformation along with wildfires

/They’re asking residents to stop spreading rumors that far left or far right groups started the fires.SEATTLE (AP) — Emergency responders in the Pacific Northwest are fighting misinformation along with raging wildfires as people spread unsubstantiated social media posts blaming coordinated groups of arsonists from both the far left and far right for setting the blazes.The FBI said Friday that it’s investigated several claims and found them to be untrue, while officials in Oregon and Washington state have turned to Facebook to knock down the competing narratives — some posts blamed far-left...

September 12, 2020
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Nikki Fried isn’t running for Florida governor in 2022. Yet.

Nikki Fried isn’t running for Florida governor in 2022. Yet.

//Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried told the Miami Herald Wednesday that for the moment, she is “fully focused” on her current job. Florida’s top elected Democrat isn’t running for governor in 2022. At least not for now.Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried told the Miami Herald Wednesday that for the moment, she is “fully focused” on her current job. And while she has made her criticism of the current administration widely known, she says she remains focused on issues around COVID-19.She did, however, allude to an “electoral reckoning” she thinks Gov. Ron DeSantis will face as a result...

August 5, 2020
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Journalist tests positive for coronavirus after covering President Trump’s visit to Tampa Bay

Journalist tests positive for coronavirus after covering President Trump’s visit to Tampa Bay

//The press member was in the same room as President Donald Trump, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott and Gov. Ron DeSantis.BELLEAIR — A member of the press who covered President Donald Trump’s trip to the Tampa Bay area Friday has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the White House Correspondents’ Association.The association’s president, Zeke Miller, a reporter for the Associated Press, wrote in a message to the group’s members Sunday about the member’s positive test.“We’ve already reached out to those who were in the pools with this individual, and the White House Medical Unit is...

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