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Pinellas County Sheriff has a new official policy on how deputies execute search warrants

On Tuesday the Pinellas Sheriff said his office is making official a new policy on how deputies execute search warrants. Ever since police in Louisville, Kentucky killed Breonna Taylor while conducting what’s called a “no-knock” warrant, many people have called for a ban. But Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says even though Florida doesn’t have “no-knock” warrants,… Read more »

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As schools open in Hillsborough, leaders say COVID-19 poses heightened threat to Hispanic community

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources As students in Hillsborough County return to classrooms Monday, some local leaders fear it might be more than books they bring home with them. Listen: Sen. Janet Cruz, Rep. Susan Valdes and Hillsborough School Board member Karen Perez held a news conference over Zoom Monday morning to… Read more »

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Environmental groups sue feds to protect Nassau grouper habitat in Florida, elsewhere

Three conservation organizations have sued the federal government for not protecting the nearshore habitat for a threatened fish, the Nassau grouper. The groups say the Nassau grouper is threatened by pollution, ocean acidification, sea-level rise and other impacts of climate change. In their lawsuit filed against the National Marine Fisheries Service Tuesday, the environmental groups… Read more »

Tampa protestors show support for Jacob Blake, call for police reform

Protesters gathered in Tampa Friday to show support for Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man killed by police in Kenosha Wisconsin last week. Demonstrators gathered to protest ongoing police killings of Black people and violence against protestors. Listen: Dolores Bartels said before this year she’d never been scared to be alive. But as police killings… Read more »

Radioactivity Thursday: New study reveals deep disparities between Tampa Bay’s black and white residents

August 27, 2020 The 2020 Regional Equity Report, released by the Tampa Bay Partnership, in collaboration with the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and United Way Suncoast, reveals dramatic inequities for the region’s Black residents, both within Tampa Bay and compared to a set of 19 benchmark communities across the country.   An analysis of… Read more »

Conversations On Fascists & Fascism

When Attilio Teruzzi, Mussolini’s handsome political enforcer, married a rising young American opera star, his good fortune seemed settled. The wedding was a carefully stage-managed affair, capped with a blessing by Mussolini himself. Yet only three years later, after being promoted to commander of the Black Shirts, Teruzzi renounced his wife. In fascist Italy, a… Read more »

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Players call for Stanley Cup Playoffs to be halted in solidarity with Black Lives Matter protests

Some professional hockey players have called for the Stanley Cup Playoffs to be halted in solidarity with Black Lives Matter protests. In a tweet Thursday afternoon, player Evander Kane tweeted today that players with the league’s Hockey Diversity Alliance “have formally requested the @NHL to suspend all playoff games today.” We the @TheOfficialHDA have formally… Read more »

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Judge’s order against Florida’s mandate to reopen schools is back in effect; Hillsborough School Board holds emergency meeting Friday morning

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources On Thursday a judge lifted a stay on his ruling against Florida’s order for schools to open to in-person instruction this month. On its Facebook page, the Florida Education Association says this means that local school districts can make reopening decisions based upon safety considerations, not on… Read more »

Renatha Francis appointed to the Florida Supreme Court Justice

Florida Supreme Court: Gov. DeSantis’ appointment of Renatha Francis to high court “did exceed his authority”

On Thursday the Florida Supreme Court ruled that Governor Ron DeSantis exceeded his authority when he appointed a judge to a vacancy on state’s highest court. It’s because Judge Renatha Francis had not been a member of the Florida Bar for at least 10 years. That’s a requirement of being a Florida Supreme Court Justice…. Read more »

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Water quality advisories at Pasco County’s Robert J. Strickland Beach and Gulf Harbors Beach

The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County announced Wednesday that two of its beaches are under a water quality advisory. Based on water sampling done on Monday (24 August 2020), Robert J. Strickland Beach and Gulf Harbors Beach were issued a water quality advisory “based upon criteria for evaluating the presence of enterococci (intestinal bacteria)… Read more »

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Duke Energy plans new solar projects including battery storage at St. Pete’s John Hopkins Middle School

Duke Energy released details Tuesday about new solar / battery storage projects in Florida; the plans include battery storage at St. Pete’s John Hopkins Middle School. The energy utility described the project at the school as a “5-megawatt microgrid of solar-plus storage.” John Hopkins M.S. is a special needs emergency shelter in South Pinellas County…. Read more »

Hillsborough, Pinellas schools move forward with reopening plans after judge says order to open schools was unconstitutional

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources The Hillsborough and Pinellas County school boards met Tuesday, one day after a judge said education commissioner Richard Corcoran’s order to reopen schools in August was unconstitutional. The ruling was discussed at the meetings but no action was taken. On Monday a Leon County judge ruled in… Read more »

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Hillsborough County approaches 100,000th test for coronavirus

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources The Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center announced in a press release Tuesday that the county is expected to pass the mark of 100,000 tests for coronavirus this week. According to the state’s official COVID-19 dashboard, 35,802 Hillsborough residents have tested positive, resulting in 1,618 hospitalizations and 534 deaths… Read more »

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Why a Pinellas science teacher took a leave of absence rather than teach in person during the pandemic

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources Many Florida students, teachers and school staff are attending in-person classes during a deadly pandemic. Some students went back to in-person classes Monday morning in Pinellas and Pasco Counties. This week Hillsborough students and teachers start the year online. Manatee County students have been back for a… Read more »

Demonstrators rally in Oldsmar to support the United States Postal Service

Early showers and an overcast sky cooled Tampa Road in Oldsmar as demonstrators gathered for a rally showing their support for America’s favorite federal agency. Oldsmar resident Victoria Cuevas helped organize the rally, held just outside the city’s Post Office. The 71-year-old said it the first time in her life she’d participated in anything like… Read more »

Ben Crump releases new video of truck driving into Tampa activist

Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump has released a previously unreleased video of a red truck striking and injuring a Black Lives Matter activist during protests during the Juneteenth weekend in Tampa. Tampa Police have so far not arrested the driver of the truck that struck demonstrator Jae Passmore. In the short video below you can… Read more »