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Lauren Witte / Fresh Take Florida

Students and others across the U.S. are publicly shaming young authors of racist social media posts, and in some cases forwarding copies to college admissions offices, athletic coaches and employers to press them for punishment.

The effort is intended to impose real-world consequences for hateful speech online. It is complicated by free-speech legal protections and questions about holding youths accountable for terrible judgment in what they say or write, even as minors, or when they share such posts among small groups of friends.

Florida Supreme Court Affirms Governor’s Emergency Powers During Pandemic

Jun 26, 2020
Scott Keeler / Associated Press

ORLANDO – Florida’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday against a former used-car salesman and restaurant employee who challenged the authority of Gov. Ron DeSantis to issue virus-related shutdown orders.

 The decision affirms that DeSantis has broad emergency powers under state law to protect public health and safety. The ruling said the pandemic was a “natural emergency” under Florida’s emergency management law, and DeSantis was within his rights when he closed restaurants and bars earlier this year, among other actions.

After Weekend Of Violent Clashes Between Police And Protesters, South Florida Starts Cleanup

Jun 1, 2020
Al Diaz / The Miami Herald

After two days of peaceful protests that devolved into violent confrontations between South Florida police and demonstrators, Fort Lauderdale awoke on Monday to find National Guard troops standing watch on city streets as cleanup crews swept sidewalks and scrubbed graffiti from buildings.

In Miami, there were more signs that businesses vandalized and looted during the weekend will reopen and return to some semblance of normal after local demonstrators participated in nationwide protests over the death of a handcuffed and unarmed black man at the hands of police in Minneapolis.

Screenshot via WSVN

Aventura Police confirmed a shooting Friday morning at Aventura Mall.

Police spokesperson Hans Maestre told WLRN two people were hurt and taken to Aventura Hospital. One person is in critical but stable condition. The other person is in normal condition.

WSVN first reported the incident.

The shooting happened at about 11:20 and officers that normally patrol the mall responded to the area and took the suspects into custody after a brief chase.

Florida is scrapping testing for its K-12 schools, the cornerstone of the state’s schools accountability system, because of growing concerns over the novel coronavirus, said Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday.

Also, the state is extending the time students aren’t on campus, at least until April 15.

WMFE

Florida’s largest insurance company, Florida Blue, is ready to work with the Florida Department of Health in response to the coronavirus.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control announced Wednesday night a new case of COVID-19 in California that hasn’t been linked to travel abroad. That means it could be the first example of community spread of the virus.

90.7 Health Reporter Abe Aboraya spoke with Florida Blue and GuideWell CEO Pat Geraghty about COVID 19.

Updated at 5:40 p.m. ET

Stocks took another steep dive Friday, deepening a multi-day rout fueled by fears about the coronavirus' impact on the global economy.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 357 points on Friday, capping a week in which the blue chip index fell 3,583 points or 12.4%. The Dow is down 16.3% from its recent peak on Feb. 12.

The S&P 500 stock index lost 11.5% for the week and is now down 14.6% from the all-time high it reached only last week.

The coronavirus is causing local universities to bring home some of their students who were studying abroad.

Pharmacist Flu Treatment Backed In Senate

Feb 28, 2020

A Senate committee Thursday approved a controversial proposal that would allow pharmacists to test and treat people for influenza. The vote by the Senate Appropriations Committee sends the bill (SB 714) to the full Senate.

(Photos provided by Osmel Martinez Azcue). / The Miami Herald

After returning to Miami last month from a work trip in China, Osmel Martinez Azcue found himself in a frightening position: he was developing flu-like symptoms, just as coronavirus was ravaging the country he had visited.

Ex-Broward Sheriff Scott Israel: Court Battle Should Continue

Feb 4, 2020
Miami Herald File

TALLAHASSEE — Arguing that proceedings resulting in his ouster “were little more than a sham,” former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel wants a federal judge to reject a request by Senate President Bill Galvano and Gov. Ron DeSantis to toss out a lawsuit challenging Israel’s removal from office.

AP/ Matt Rourke

Congress is taking additional steps to prepare for the upcoming Senate impeachment trial. The newly appointed House impeachment managers, who will present the case for impeachment, are reading the articles in the Senate chamber. Senators are also being sworn in as jurors.

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Massive Fire After Tanker Burns At Oil Company Near Doral

Jan 15, 2020
Miami Dade Fire Rescue/courtesy

Flames are shooting high into the air and thick black smoke can be seen for miles after a tanker at a northwest Miami-Dade used oil company caught fire which apparently spread across the facility.

Numerous crews from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue are at the scene on the 8400 block of Northwest 68th Street where explosions could be heard.

The area is just off the Palmetto Expressway (State Road 826) north of Northwest 36th Street — near the cities of Doral and Medley.

Robbery Suspects, Hostage And Bystander Killed After Hijacking, Dramatic Police Chase

Dec 5, 2019
Charles Trainor Jr. / Miami Herald

Armed robbers hijacked a UPS truck after a robbery in Coral Gables, leading police cars on a harrowing chase up Interstate 75 that ended Thursday night in a dramatic shootout on a busy street in Miramar.

Daniel Rivero / WLRN

A federal lawsuit has been filed against the Florida Secretary of State and ten county Supervisors of Elections across the peninsula, in what amounts to the first major legal challenge to a controversial bill that was passed by the Republican-dominated legislature to require former felons pay all fines and fees before being able to vote.

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