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Fla surgeon general offered outdoor meet as mask alternative

Oct. 27, 2021 00:02 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Florida’s surgeon general said that conversations while wearing masks aren't productive and that he offered to meet elsewhere when a state senator didn't let him in her office without a mask, citing a serious health condition. Dr. Joseph Ladapo said in a...

Florida county relaxes mask mandate for high school students

Oct. 26, 2021 17:41 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida school district that had required masks for all students to slow the spread of COVID-19 decided Tuesday to relax its mandate for high school students. The Broward County school board voted 5-3 to keep the district's mask mandate...

Florida manatee deaths soar as polluted water kills seagrass

Oct. 26, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida fishing guide and environmental activist Paul Fafeita says a highlight for his charter customers is spotting the manatees that forage for seagrass in shallow waters. It's not so thrilling when they come across the emaciated carcass of a manatee that...

'Groveland Four' charges could be dropped 70 years later

Oct. 26, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A local prosecutor has filed a motion to clear the names of four young African American men who were wrongly accused of raping a white woman more than seven decades ago in what is considered one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in Jim Crow-era Florida. ...

Florida's top doctor refuses mask, is told to leave meeting

Oct. 24, 2021 19:00 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Florida's top health official was asked to leave a meeting after refusing to wear a mask at the office of a state senator who told him she had a serious medical condition, officials have confirmed. Florida Senate leader Wilton Simpson, a Republican, sent a...

Vaccine mandates create conflict with defiant workers

Oct. 23, 2021 11:40 AM EDT

BATH, Maine (AP) — Josh “Chevy” Chevalier is a third-generation shipbuilder who hasn't missed a day of work during the pandemic in his job as a welder constructing Navy warships on the Maine coast. But he's ready to walk away from his job because of an impending...

Giuliani associate convicted of campaign finance crimes

Oct. 22, 2021 18:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Florida businessman who helped Rudy Giuliani’s effort to dig up dirt on Joe Biden in Ukraine was convicted Friday of campaign finance crimes, including funneling a Russian entrepreneur's money to U.S. politicians. Lev Parnas was on trial for more...

DeSantis to convene legislature to fight vaccine mandates

Oct. 21, 2021 12:39 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday said he will call state lawmakers back to work early to pass legislation to combat coronavirus vaccine mandates enacted by businesses. The Republican governor said he will convene a special session of the...

Mask mandate may relax in some South Florida schools

Oct. 21, 2021 07:48 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The mask mandate for students in some South Florida schools could be eased by the end of October as local rates of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations continue to fall, officials said. The number of students needing to quarantine in Miami-Dade County...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Oct. 20, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

Palm Beach Post. October 15, 2021. Editorial: Voters should pick Democrat Sharief in U.S. 20 primary to succeed Hastings Democratic Primary: Barbara Sharief The voters in Florida’s 20th congressional district can take solace in...