Monday, January 18, 2021

COVID data whistleblower Rebekah Jones turns herself in after Florida law enforcement issues warrant

Posted By on Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 4:36 PM

Former state COVID-19 data scientist Rebekah Jones turned herself in to the Leon County Jail after law enforcement officials issued a warrant for her arrest on allegations that she illegally accessed a Florida Department of Health computer system. Court records show that Jones, who was fired by the Department...

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As coronavirus deaths climb, critics blast DeSantis for using Floridians as test subjects in a ‘herd immunity strategy’

Posted By on Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 3:02 PM

With a surge of 1,200 reported COVID-19 deaths during the past week, Florida on Saturday exceeded 24,000 resident deaths since the pandemic started last year. The reported number of resident deaths stood at 24,004 on Saturday, up from 22,804 a week earlier, according to state Department of Health numbers....

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The Publix stores allotted COVID vaccines by the state are located in 12 ‘safely Republican’ Florida counties

Posted By on Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 11:13 AM

A common trait of the counties that are part of Florida’s growing COVID-19 vaccination partnership with the Publix supermarket chain is that they are all safely Republican. As of last Thursday morning, 105 Publix stores were offering limited numbers of shots to people 65 and older in Bay, Citrus,...

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Universal Studios Orlando expects spring break to span 'multiple weeks' in 2021

Posted By on Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 9:51 AM

Last week Universal Studios Orlando announced to its team members that they expect a longer spring break season this year. Universal employees were told in an announcement on the team member website that their complimentary pass tickets will be blocked out from Saturday, March 13, through Saturday, April 10, to reflect...

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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Gideon's Bakehouse celebrates its grand opening at Disney Springs today

Posted By on Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 2:06 PM

Gideon's Bakehouse celebrated the grand opening of its Disney Springs location Saturday, Jan. 16, with a line of eager customers, many of whom traveled hours to get their hands on one of the bakery's massive chip-studded cookies. According to Gideon's Instagram,  just 30 minutes after opening, there was a nine-hour virtual queue....

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Friday, January 15, 2021

DeSantis mobilizes Florida National Guard to protect Capitol in Tallahassee

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 9:14 PM

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday evening activated the Florida National Guard to assist state and local law enforcement agencies, following FBI warnings of potentially violent protests in state capitals this weekend in advance of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. The governor's executive order mobilizing the guard was issued "in response...

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Florida Man Dave Bautista offers $20,000 reward for ‘MAGATs’ who defaced Homosassa manatee

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 9:58 AM

Dave Bautista, a former WWE wrestler and Guardians of the Galaxy cast member, has offered a $20,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of whoever wrote “TRUMP” on the back of a Florida manatee. The Tampa resident took to Twitter this week to declare the reward, and...

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Eskamani and Powell file legislation to overhaul Florida's broken unemployment system

Posted By on Thu, Jan 14, 2021 at 6:27 PM

State Rep. Anna V. Eskamani, D-Orlando, and State Sen. Bobby Powell, D-West Palm Beach, filed legislation this week that would give a much-needed overhaul to Florida's broken unemployment system. While their Republican counterparts tilt at windmills with meaningless anti-protest legislation, the two bills (HB207 and SB592) introduced by Eskamani and Powell...

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Pasco County's gigantic mystery hole is making a comeback in 2021, because of course it is

Posted By on Thu, Jan 14, 2021 at 5:22 PM

Once again, Pasco County’s insatiable giant hole has returned. Pasco County Emergency Management says a menacing sinkhole near Spring Haven Boulevard in New Port Richey has reopened, and it’s grown about another four feet. The hole, which is now 50 feet wide and 130 feet deep, was previously labeled...

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Black community leaders in Florida working to make sure their constituents aren't left behind in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Posted By on Thu, Jan 14, 2021 at 12:56 PM

A coalition of Black community leaders said Wednesday they will work to ensure that upward of 70 percent of the state’s minority population gets vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19. “My friends, this is a sense of urgency. We feel that these vaccines are a gift of life....

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