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'Win for Common Sense': Judge Strikes Down DeSantis Ban on Mask Mandates

Florida court's ruling comes as CDC director warns school outbreaks are happening where health guidance is not being followed.

Julia Conley ·


Amid Pandemic-Driven Liquid Oxygen Shortage, Orlando Asks Residents to Slash Water Use or Face Boil Alert

Mayor Buddy Dyer called the situation "another result of what happens when residents do not get vaccinated, become critically ill, and need dire medical support and treatment."

Brett Wilkins ·


Biden Education Dept Threatens GOP Leaders With Legal Action, Federal Probes Over Mask Mandate Bans

"We totally need the help," said one school superintendent of a Florida district that's been threatened with sanctions for defying a ban on mask mandates.

Julia Conley ·


Louisiana and Mississippi Health Systems on Brink of Collapse as Low-Vaccinated Regions Suffer

"Let us be very clear that the vast majority of cases and hospitalizations and deaths are unvaccinated," said one state health official.

Jessica Corbett ·


As DeSantis Bans Mask Mandates, Florida Asks Feds for Help With Covid Surge

The state health department's request for 300 ventilators came as the Republican governor continued to fight to prevent school districts from requiring masks.

Kenny Stancil ·


75 Groups Ask DOJ to Oppose 'Racist' Anti-Protest Laws

"We have seen time and time again that where racial justice protests flourish, anti-protest laws follow. And we know that police and prosecutors don't need more tools or power to abuse our constitutional rights."

Brett Wilkins ·


Corporate Polluters and DeSantis Face Ire as Hundreds of Tons of Sea Life Dead in Florida

"The governor could declare this red tide an environmental emergency and free up funds for people hurt by the event."

Julia Conley ·


'Just Look at the Data': Top US Health Official Calls for More Vaccine Mandates

But there's fierce pushback from some GOP leaders, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has blamed President Joe Biden and immigrants for his state's record Covid-19 hospitalizations.

Brett Wilkins ·


Despite Funding Threat, Florida Schools Defy DeSantis's Ban on Mask Mandates

"I'd rather them come after our money than we're putting people in [funeral homes]," said one school board chair.

Julia Conley ·


More Than Two-Thirds of US Adults Support Mask Mandates as Variants Spread

Fully vaccinated people were more likely to report that they plan to wear masks in public.

Julia Conley ·

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