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A Florida mother and Sarasota County school board member reacted Thursday to news that the Florida Board of Education voted to ban critical race theory from state classrooms.

The rule, initially advanced by Gov. Ron DeSantis, instructs Florida schools to be “factual and objective,” and limits teaching of certain ideas regarding race and history. 

The rule reads: “Instruction on the required topics must be factual and objective and may not suppress or distort significant historical events, such as the Holocaust, and may not define American history as something other than the creation of a new nation based largely on universal

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a wide-ranging list of new voting restrictions into law Thursday, staging a misleading, made-for-TV ceremony meant to tout his credentials on a top priority for the Republican Party’s conservative base.

At a live bill-signing event aired exclusively on Fox News, DeSantis said the new law would prevent fraud and restore confidence in Florida’s elections — although the state has found no evidence of widespread fraud. The move made Florida the latest GOP-led state to enact tighter voting rules over the objections of Democratic critics who charge the law only makes

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Many think of Florida when the term lightning pops up in conversation. Florida has long been known as the lightning capital of the United States, but recent data suggests that’s no longer the case. 


What You Need To Know

  • By state, Oklahoma takes title as lightning capital in the U.S.
  • By county, Seminole and Orange Counties in Florida remain the lightning capitals
  • Vaisala observed that Florida averages 82.8 flashes of lightning per square kilometer per year
  • Vaisala owns and operates their own lightning detection network

Lightning strikes the Earth about 100 times a second! That comes out to nearly 3

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The staccato crack of gunfire rang out across the cloudy night, startling residents of a modest enclave in southwestern Florida.

Lee County sheriff’s deputies, responding to a flood of 911 calls, raced to the area, but in the dark they were unable to find where the shooting had taken place. It wasn’t until the next morning, when employees of a nearby business complex called the Galleria discovered the crime scene.

Fifty-year-old Deana Lorenzo was found slumped over in the passenger seat of a red GMC truck, shot in her head, neck, and abdomen. Serafin “Danny” Lorenzo, 52, lay supine on

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Health officials release information on mobile vaccination clinics in Central Florida


Officials with the Florida Division of Emergency Management released new information on Monday regarding mobile vaccination clinics.All individuals age 18 or older can be vaccinated at the following one-day mobile vaccination sites and each site can administer up to 400 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. No appointment is required.Here are the locations for Monday, April 5. Each site is open until 7 p.m.Beardell Senior Center, 800 Delany Avenue, Orlando, Fla., 32801Food Bank – New Life Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 3919

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WEST MELBOURNE, Fla. – West Melbourne police say a host of city ordinances regulating adult entertainment were violated Thursday night during an all-male revue they raided at Westside Sports Bar & Grill, News 6 partner Florida Today reported.

Undercover agents with body cameras attended the male strip show at 3026 W. New Haven Drive on Thursday night. The bar’s owner, 31-year-old Gary Kirby, is accused of knowingly and illegally operating the strip show after being cautioned by police in the past.

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