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  • Florida teachers rush to hide and audit books in wake of DeSantis law

    01/25/2023 5:45:59 PM PST · by Golden Eagle · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 25, 2023 | Ryan King
    Officials in Florida's Manatee County School District are scrambling to comply with the state's recently implemented law demanding transparency in school libraries. Teams of volunteers have been combing through and cataloging the books in the county's roughly 60 schools. They flag any questionable books for review by certified specialists. Some teachers have covered up their classroom libraries out of fear they could face felony charges under the law that was enacted last year. "We've got to go classroom by classroom and start to catalog all the books in these classrooms to make sure that they're in our system if they're...
  • More than half of LGBTQ parents in Florida say they are considering leaving the state

    01/26/2023 2:43:37 AM PST · by Libloather · 97 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/24/23 | Brooke Migdon
    More than half of LGBTQ parents in Florida are considering moving their families to another state over concerns that a new Florida education law – known to its critics as the “Don’t Say Gay” law – stigmatizes LGBTQ identities and creates a hostile learning environment for LGBTQ children or students with LGBTQ family members. In a report issued Tuesday by the Williams Institute, a public policy research institute based at the UCLA of Law, and Clark University in Massachusetts, 56 percent of LGBTQ parents surveyed said they were considering leaving Florida over concerns about how the new law may impact...
  • Florida woman targeted Holocaust survivor in $2.8M romance scam, feds say

    01/25/2023 6:47:48 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies ^ | January 25, 2023 | Christie Zizo
    ORLANDO, Fla. – An Orlando woman was arrested Wednesday, accused of a romance scam that drained an 87-year-old Holocaust survivor of his life savings, according to the U.S. Justice Department. Prosecutors and the FBI say Peaches Stergo, 36, of Championsgate met the victim on a dating website six or seven years ago, and in 2017 asked to borrow money to pay a lawyer who was refusing to release funds from an injury settlement. According to the federal indictment, over the next few years, Stergo repeatedly demanded the victim deposit money into her bank accounts, saying if he didn’t they would...
  • Florida Man Pleads Guilty in Scheme to Steal Polymers that Caused Losses of More Than $4.1 Million

    01/25/2023 1:37:56 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    CLEVELAND – A Parkland, Florida, man pleaded guilty on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, to devising a scheme that defrauded several companies involved in the sale of polymers, including one business in Northeast Ohio, and multiple logistic companies, causing losses of more than $4.1 million. According to court documents, from July 2013 to January 2020, Terrence Anderson, 66, devised a scheme to steal shipments of polymers from businesses involved in the sale of the chemicals. The scheme was achieved, in part, by fraudulently obtaining services from logistic companies involved in processing rail shipments. Court documents show that Anderson owned and operated...
  • Protests planned as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis expected in Philly

    01/24/2023 5:38:43 PM PST · by Golden Eagle · 28 replies
    CBS Philadelphia ^ | January 24, 2023 | Aziza Shuler
    Dozens of people gathered outside of The Union League of Philadelphia's headquarters on Broad Street to protest the arrival of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. He's being honored with the league's top award. It appears his first stop was grabbing a cheesesteak at Delassandro's in Roxborough. Black community leaders came out Tuesday in objection to the award because they say the award known as the Gold Medal of Honor sends the wrong message. Which some argue is divisive and detrimental to Black and brown communities. The ceremony is a members-only ticketed event and is said to be sold out. The Union...
  • Ben Crump filing lawsuit against DeSantis for rejecting AP African American studies course

    01/25/2023 2:26:03 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 29 replies
    WFLA-TV ^ | 01/24/2023 | Dylan Abad
    Civil rights attorney Ben Crump is expected to announce his intent to file a lawsuit against Gov. Ron DeSantis Wednesday for rejecting an Advanced Placement African American Studies pilot program. According to a media release, Crump and attorney Craig Whisenhunt will join students and elected officials at the Florida capitol building to make the announcement.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Rejected African American Studies Course in Florida Features CRT, Intersectionality and Queer Theory

    01/24/2023 8:04:55 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Florida Standard ^ | 01/24/2023 | ZAC HOWARD and JOSH MILLER
    National outrage ensued after the state rejected an AP African American Studies course, but a copy of the syllabus obtained by The Florida Standard shows the course sought to teach progressive doctrines such as intersectionality and Critical Race Theory.TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) once again made national headlines on Wednesday after the state rejected an Advanced Placement (AP) African American Studies course. The Florida Standard obtained a copy of the course syllabus and reviewed the proposed material. Topics include “Black Queer Studies” and “Postracial Racism and Colorblindness.” On January 12, the FDOE’s...
  • Florida man angry with HOA sets apartment on fire, causing explosion, before shooting himself: police

    01/24/2023 7:46:27 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | January 24, 2023 | Louis Casiano, FOX News
    A Florida man angry with his homeowners association set his unit on fire, causing an explosion that damaged other units and shot himself afterwards, authorities said. Marc Hermann, 53, was arrested Monday and is being held in the Seminole County jail on four arson charges. The fire broke out on Jan. 14 in a small apartment community in the Orlando suburb of Longwood, according to a police affidavit. A responding deputy found Hermann sitting on the ground draped in towels and bleeding, the documents said. When asked about his injuries, Hermann allegedly told authorities they were caused by a gun....
  • Supreme Court asks Biden admin to weigh in on Florida, Texas social media laws

    01/23/2023 3:37:09 PM PST · by Golden Eagle · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 23, 2023 | Ronn Blitzer
    The Supreme Court called upon the Biden administration to weigh in on cases involving Florida and Texas laws aimed at limiting what sort of content social media platforms can censor. Litigation over Florida's SB 7072 and Texas's HB 20 pit the states' goal of maintaining the free expression of ideas online – amid concern that social media giants unfairly censor conservative ideas – and social media companies' own free speech interests in being able to keep and remove content on their own sites. "The Solicitor General is invited to file briefs in these cases expressing the views of the United...
  • DeSantis unveils plans for ‘Teacher’s Bill of Rights’ with pay boost and restrictions on teacher unions

    01/23/2023 4:42:27 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 13 replies
    The Capitolist ^ | January 23rd 2023 | Caden DeLisa
    Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a proposal for a ‘Teacher’s Bill of Rights’ on Monday, which includes provisions to increase teacher pay, alter school board member term limits, and impose new school union regulations. Speaking at a press conference in Jacksonville, DeSantis detailed his proposal to lawmakers that would allocate $1 billion to increase pay for teachers across the state. If adopted, the proposition would increase funding for teacher salaries by $200 million dollar compared to the year prior. The proposal package also takes a swipe at teacher unions, outlining a series of regulations that would prohibit unions from deducting dues...
  • A Florida bakery kicked out a Black man: But No, this isn’t some story about an old-fashioned, KKK-style racist.

    01/23/2023 9:19:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/23/2023 | Andrea Widburg
    Gianno Caldwell is one of the bravest people in America. How do I know that? Because he’s an openly conservative Black man, a Fox news political analyst and political podcaster, an enemy of PC culture, and the author of a book advising Republicans how to bring disenchanted Black Democrats back to the Republican party. Those views saw him kicked out of a North Miami bakery. For those unfamiliar with Caldwell, who grew up on Chicago’s southside, once Barack Obama’s political stomping grounds, here’s the key paragraph from Caldwell’s website bio:Gianno’s first book, TAKEN FOR GRANTED: How Conservatism Can Win Back...
  • Florida man found with deceased body in vehicle arraigned, set for preliminary hearing

    01/22/2023 7:42:23 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Sentinel Echo ^ | January 22, 2023 | Nita Johnson
    The man charged with having a deceased female body in his vehicle after leading police on a 37-mile pursuit along Interstate 75 is now set for a preliminary hearing. David Maurice Reed, 54, of St. Petersburg, Florida, was arraigned Friday in Laurel District Court on charges of murder - domestic violence, tampering with physical evidence, first-degree fleeing and evading police in a motor vehicle, second-degree criminal abuse, second-degree wanton endangerment with police officer as victim, careless driving, resisting arrest, and no operator's/moped license. Reed was spotted in Madison County on Wednesday, Jan. 18, weaving in traffic along I-75. The vehicle's...
  • Fox News Contributor Kicked Out of Restaurant for the ‘Crime’ of Being Black and Conservative (Video)

    01/22/2023 3:20:46 PM PST · by montag813 · 54 replies
    RNN ^ | 01-22-2023 | Kira Davis
    Gianno Caldwell is a Fox News contributor, author and activist. Raised on the south side of Chicago, Caldwell often credits his upbringing with helping him to be resilient and driven. When his teenage brother was murdered by random gunfire on a Chicago street corner one Friday morning last summer, Caldwell became a passionate spokesperson for justice. In particular, Caldwell has railed against the lax crime policies of liberal legislators and prosecutors in cities across the nation. He even testified in front of Congress recently, as someone who has been directly affected by the unchecked violence plaguing American cities. Caldwell...
  • DeSantis Admin Mandates Training For School Librarians To Vet Pornographic Books

    01/22/2023 6:43:53 AM PST · by Houmatt · 29 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 01-21-23 | Reagan Reese
    Florida librarians are now required to take an annual training on which books and instructional materials, specifically ones containing pornography and Critical Race Theory (CRT), are allowed within schools, according to the Florida Department of Education. The Florida Department of Education approved a rule Wednesday that mandates librarians be trained to keep material that is sexually explicit and “harmful to minors” out of schools. The training requires librarians to include parents in “all aspects” of choosing materials that enter the school libraries.
  • Florida woman arrested in death of 27-year-old mother was 'randomly shooting' at cars: deputies

    01/21/2023 7:33:33 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    FOX News ^ | January 21, 2023 | Elizabeth Pritchett
    A Florida woman who was allegedly shooting at random vehicles driving past her in Orange County earlier this month, resulting in the death of a 27-year-old wife and mother, has been arrested. The Orange County Sheriff's Office announced Friday Angila Baxter, 56, was arrested by homicide detectives for the Jan. 12 death of Nekaybaw Collier. She is charged with second-degree murder with a firearm. The sheriff's office said Baxter claimed she was being followed by multiple people when she recklessly began firing shots at a handful of vehicles and people, striking Collier and killing her. "We extend our deepest condolences...
  • Florida man charged with assault on Utah chairlift after video is posted online

    01/21/2023 6:11:01 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    Deseret News ^ | January 10, 2023 | Pat Reavy,
    A 39-year-old Florida man now faces criminal charges in connection with a physical confrontation on a Park City chairlift that was posted on TikTok and garnered millions of views. The man, from Lutz, Florida, was charged Wednesday in Summit County Justice Court with assault, a class B misdemeanor, and disorderly conduct, a class C misdemeanor. Police say the assault occurred on Dec. 26 while two men and a woman were riding a chairlift at Park City Mountain Resort. The Park City-based news website Town Lift reports that the victim is a 52-year-old man who is also from Florida. The confrontation...
  • Wokester Inferno: DeSantis junks woke pension investing and woke educational courses in Florida

    01/21/2023 10:46:45 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 21 Jan, 2023 | Monica Showalter
    'Where woke goes to die' is more than a slogan in Ron DeSantis's state of Florida. Need some good news? Ron DeSantis, governor of Florida, has a way of always delivering good news. On the culture wars front, he's gotten the steamroller out, flattening wokester investing in public pensions on what's known as the ESG model. According to the Daily Wire: (Daily Wire excerpt in Post #1) SNIP The good news doesn't stop there, though. In a move that brought unusually loud screams from the left, DeSantis junked another problem besetting Florida and the rest of the country -- woke...
  • DeSantis Brags About Florida Budget That Includes Billions in Federal Funds He Opposed [06/2021]

    01/21/2023 9:53:15 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 28 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | June 2021 | PETER WADE
    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis approved Florida’s $101.5 billion budget, which includes a large chunk of Covid-19 federal relief funds from the American Relief Plan, which DeSantis once described as “Washington at its worst.”Most of the approximately $9 billion federal relief funds will go to police, teachers and first responders, including $1,000 bonus checks for teachers, principals and first responders. Florida was able to increase its budget from last year by more than $9 billion, in large part due to the federal funds, combined with additional revenue the state generated beyond what state economists had predicted. Before the federal funds were...
  • Mass Exodus: Historic Number of New Yorkers Flocked to Florida in 2022

    01/20/2023 6:35:41 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 01/20/2023 | Hannah Bleau
    Blue New York lost tens of thousands of residents to Florida in 2022, reaching historic figures, according to data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. According to the data, 64,577 New Yorkers made history, making the official switch to the Sunshine State in 2022 by changing over their licenses last year. That’s up from the 61,728 who fled the Empire State for Florida the year prior, in 2021.
  • Florida Supreme Court upholds law forbidding local governments from over-restricting gun, ammo sales

    01/20/2023 5:15:05 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    Just The News ^ | January 20, 2023 | Charlotte Hazard
    The Florida Supreme Court has upheld a law that forbids local governments from restricting sales of guns and ammunition beyond state law. In a 4-1 ruling, the court said local officials could face stiff penalties if they try to enforce the restrictions that go beyond the Florida law. Florida passed a law in 1987 the stated local cities and counties could not have restrictions on guns that were more restrictive than the state's, law. "It is not a core municipal function to occupy an area that the Legislature has preempted, and local governments have no lawful discretion or authority to...