Florida bill could shield whites from ‘discomfort’ of racist past, lawmaker says
A bill pushed by Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis that would prohibit public schools and private businesses from making white people feel “discomfort” when they teach students or train employees about discrimination in the nation’s past received its first approval.
Florida man wins $1 million the day he opened his auto shop
CALLAHAN, Fla. — (AP) — A Florida man won $1 million in a lottery game the same day he and his wife opened an auto repair shop. Brian Woodle, 46, bought the $5 Gold Rush Supreme scratch-off ticket from a Circle K in Callahan. “I love working on vehicles and it has always been my dream to own my own repair shop,” Woodle said in a news release sent by the Florida Lottery. “At the end of our first day, I stopped by Circle K to get a few things and picked up a Lottery ticket; just like that we won a million bucks!”He selected to receive a one-time, lump-sum payment of $880,000, the lottery said. The Circle K store will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning ticket.wftv.com
Amid new virus surge, Florida skeptics reconsider vaccines
Virus Outbreak Florida Rural Surge Roger West, right, columnist of the Westside Journal in northeast Florida, looks over news copy with his wife Dawn, owner and publisher, in the newspaper office Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, in Callahan, Fla. Outspoken as he had been in opposing COVID-19 vaccines he reconsidered after the virus returned with a deadly vengeance in mid-July. Prior to this latest wave of the virus, Callahan Funeral Home had not handled arrangements for any COVID-19 victims since April. Long before COVID-19, Sims said, she feared vaccines required for school children might have harmful side effects and pushed for some of her grandchildren to get exempted based on religious beliefs. When the summer surge hit, Sims and his wife had to care for their grown son and daughter and a 1-year-old grandson who caught the virus.wftv.com
Amid new virus surge, Florida skeptics reconsider vaccines
In a rural stretch of northeastern Florida where barely half the people have gotten a coronavirus shot, Roger West had no problem telling others he was “adamantly anti-vaccination.” “I do not trust the Federal Government,” West wrote recently. West drove to the Winn Dixie supermarket and rolled up his sleeve for the first of two injections of the Moderna vaccine.news.yahoo.com
Orlando restaurant manager receives outpouring of support after using secret note to help rescue abused boy
ORLANDO, Fla. – Support for an Orlando restaurant manager is pouring in from all over one day after she shared her story of how she helped rescue an abused boy. [RELATED: ‘Do you need help?’ Orlando restaurant manager uses secret sign to help rescue abused boy, police say]She is the manager of the Mrs. He was charged with one count of third-degree child abuse. Wilson was arrested on multiple counts of aggravated child abuse and child neglect. Trust Accountc/o The Northern Trust Company600 Brickell Avenue, Suite 2400Miami, Florida 33131Attn: Michael VillasanaFor the benefit of the minor children of Wilson/Swann
Orlando International Airport sees busiest day since pandemic began
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Orlando International Airport is projecting to see its highest number of passengers depart from the airport since the pandemic began on Sunday. “Just to get away and see some family and it was sunny all the days we were here,” Hunter said. Airport officials are projecting 44,347 travelers will fly out of OIA on Sunday with Monday close behind. According to the airport, the Sunday after Thanksgiving last year almost 163,000 travelers flew in and out of the airport. OIA is seeing about half the crowds from last year, but the airport is still among the busiest in the country right now.
Central Florida union rep for postal workers is concerned about proposed changes
A union representative for postal workers told News 6 he is concerned about proposed changes to the United States Postal Service. Joe Paul serves at the president for the Central Florida chapter of the American Postal Workers Union. This is the United States postal service. United States Post Master General Louis DeJoy testified in front of the House Oversight Committee on Monday. The Postal Workers Union is planning a nationwide Save the Post Office rally on Tuesday.
Central Florida counties weigh recommending or adopting mandatory mask orders
In the midst of a surge in coronavirus cases across Central Florida some counties have enacted mandatory mask orders, while others strongly encourage face coverings. Every person working, living, visiting, or doing work in Seminole County is required to wear a facial covering or mask, Harris said. Seminole County Chairman Jay Zembower had strong words during the news conference about many against wearing a mask. ORANGE COUNTYA week prior, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings has already issued a face mask mandate. The Orange County health order was supported by Dr. Raul Pino with the Orange County Health Department, who has been following the data of new coronavirus cases.
5,474 people in Florida test positive for coronavirus antibodies
ORLANDO, Fla. More than 5,400 people have tested for the coronavirus antibodies in Florida, according to the department of health. The DOH said 5,474 people have tested positive for the antibodies and 118,053 people have tested negative for the antibodies. These numbers show there is a 4.43% positive rate for the antibody coronavirus test in the state. The CDC said it is possible a patient could currently have COVID-19 and test negative for the antibodies. The antibodies take 1-3 weeks to develop after a patient gets COVID-19, according to the CDC.
Hundreds defy stay-at-home order to attend church while mayors office warns that violators may be cited after review
Callahan, the Urbana church pastor, who believes coronavirus is a real sickness, a real disease with real consequences, has yet to hold in-person services, instead hosting weekly Sunday services by video. He said he initially supported the coronavirus stay-at-home measures but said its time for them to end for places of worship. Callahan said he is waiting to see what the Illinois legislature may do when it meets again this week and is keeping an eye on lawsuits related to stay-at-home orders.chicagotribune.com
SeaWorld settles class action lawsuit over ‘Blackfish’ for $65 million
ORLANDO, Fla. – SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. has settled a class-action lawsuit for $65 million related to the 2013 documentary “Blackfish.”The lawsuit, filed by a group of shareholders in 2014, accused SeaWorld executives of violating the Securities Exchange Act by making false or misleading statements about how the film was impacting park attendance. BREAKING: SeaWorld settles class action lawsuit related to #Blackfish film for $65 million for alleged Securities Exchange Act violations. The company does not admit any wrongdoing. A jury trial was scheduled to begin next week. Despite reaching a settlement, SeaWorld did not admit any wrongdoing.