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Principal Loses Job After Complaint About David Sculpture

It was too 'pornographic' for the parent of one Florida 6th-grader

(Newser) - The principal of Tallahassee Classical School says she was forced to quit after parents were upset by a Renaissance art lesson that included the most famous sculpture from the era—without a fig leaf. Hope Carrasquilla tells the Tallahassee Democrat that one parent at the Florida charter school complained Michelangelo'...

DeSantis Acts to Bar Lessons on Sexual Identity in All Grades

Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' policy would apply through high school

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' administration is moving to prohibit classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in all grades, expanding the law critics call "Don't Say Gay" as the Republican continues to focus on cultural issues ahead of his expected presidential run. The proposal, which would not...

Disney Has Another Throwdown for DeSantis

Company to host major LGBTQ conference in September

(Newser) - Ron DeSantis' very public battle with Walt Disney World continues, now with another move by the latter to support LGBTQ rights. Disney World will be hosting a major summit from Sept. 11-14 to help boost lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights in the workplace, with execs and team members from...

Rapper Who Ratted Out Gang Members Is Attacked

Tekashi 6ix9ine beaten by several men inside Florida gym, says lawyer, who urges protection

(Newser) - The rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine was rushed to a hospital Tuesday after he was beaten by a group of men inside a South Florida gym. The 26-year-old was inside a sauna at an LA Fitness when several men attacked him without warning, his lawyer Lance Lazzaro tells TMZ , which has footage...

Def Leppard Drummer Attacked After Florida Show
Def Leppard
Drummer Says
He's Recovering

Def Leppard Drummer Says He's Recovering

Rick Allen was assaulted outside a Fort Lauderdale hotel

(Newser) - Rick Allen has thanked fans for their support after he was attacked outside a Florida hotel earlier this month. "Your love and prayers are truly helping," Allen wrote, per Deadline . The Def Leppard drummer posted that he's relieved that his wife, Lauren, wasn't with him at...

Report: Alabama Player Fled Cops at 141mph—With a Haul

Tony Mitchell, suspended from football, is charged with marijuana possession

(Newser) - An Alabama freshman defensive back has admitted to fleeing from law enforcement when he put the pedal to the metal and reached speeds of 141mph last week, according to a police report. Tony Mitchell, a five-star recruit and top 150 prospect, was arrested Wednesday in Florida on a charge of...

In Miami Beach, Spring Break Sees a Hard Crackdown

City sets curfew, declares state of emergency after 2 die in weekend gun violence

(Newser) - A fatal shooting took place in Miami Beach on Friday night, then another early Sunday, and now city officials are taking measures to curb the violence that's marred spring break in the South Florida city. Per a press release , a state of emergency has been declared in the city...

Florida Man Opens Front Door, Finds Gator, Gets Attacked
Knock, Knock.
Who's There? Gator.

Knock, Knock. Who's There? Gator.

Critter at Florida man's door bites him when he opens it

(Newser) - Hearing a bump at his door Saturday night and thinking someone might be looking for his son, a Florida man got up from watching TV with his wife and went to see who was there. Unfortunately, it was a 9-foot alligator, which promptly chomped down on his leg, WKMG reports....

Unvaccinated World No. 1 Pulls Out of US Tourneys

Djokovic is denied travel exception, but US Open has hope he'll play in August

(Newser) - The top-ranked tennis player in the world has given up hope on being allowed to enter the US soon, withdrawing from two tournaments. Novak Djokovic, 35, has not received a COVID-19 vaccination. So under US policy, he cannot compete in a tournament going on now in Indian Wells, California, or...

They Were Enjoying Spring Break. Then, Gunfire

One person is dead, one injured after shooting in crowded area of Miami Beach

(Newser) - Gunfire erupted in an area of Miami Beach crowded with people on spring break, killing one person, wounding another, and sending dozens scrambling for safety, police said. Two males were shot Friday night, and one person was detained at the scene, the Miami Beach Police Department tweeted . It wasn't...

In Florida, Activists Turn Eye on Social Studies Textbooks

There's a move to make publishers make controversial moves on language in textbooks

(Newser) - Last year, Florida went to town scouring its math textbooks for any sign of nonallowable content, including topics tied to critical race theory and "unsolicited strategies" such as social emotional learning (SEL). Now, social studies in the state is also under the microscope, as the traditionally "boring" approval...

Inmate Serving 400-Year Sentence Exonerated

Sidney Holmes was convicted of robbery in 1989

(Newser) - A beaming Sidney Holmes walked out of a Florida jail Monday and hugged family members as he tasted freedom for the first time in the 34 years since he was wrongfully convicted of robbery. The 57-year-old was exonerated after the State Attorney's Conviction Review Unit determined that there was...

Seaweed Blob Off Florida One of the Biggest Ever

Sargassum may make beach visits on the Gulf coast smelly in the next few months

(Newser) - Scientists are keeping an eye on a massive brown blob of seaweed threatening to make beach-going along the Gulf of Mexico miserable once it comes ashore. As dire as that sounds, sargassum blooms are not a new phenomenon, reports WFLA —but at 5,000 miles wide, this might be...

Pythons Were Once in a Sliver of Florida. No More

They're now in the bottom third of the state, and spreading rapidly

(Newser) - Good news, anyone who's terrified of a) snakes or b) Florida ! You now have basically absolutely no reason to visit the Sunshine State, or perhaps the soon-to-be Python State. As the Sun-Sentinel reports, the population of invasive Burmese pythons has gone from a few in the very southern tip...

Toddler Fatally Exposed to Fentanyl at Airbnb, Family Says

Now family is suing Airbnb, property owner over the tragedy

(Newser) - Using Airbnb, the Lavenir family booked a lake house in an affluent neighborhood in Florida's Palm Beach County for a vacation in August 2021. The day after they arrived, one of their five children was dead. Now, the family, who live on a French island in the Caribbean, are...

DeSantis Is 'About to Run Up the Score'

Governor's agenda expected to be embraced in legislative session, which opens this week

(Newser) - Ron DeSantis is poised to have a two-month stretch of political bliss. Meaning, Florida's 60-day legislative session begins on Tuesday, and the governor's wish list is expected to zip through—further cementing his conservative bona fides ahead of an expected 2024 run for the White House. "He...

Florida Looks to Crack Down on Political Bloggers

Bill would force them to register like lobbyists

(Newser) - Any blogger mentioning Florida's governor or a state legislator would be required to register with the state under newly proposed legislation experts say would surely violate the First Amendment. Senate Bill 1316 states any person who writes "an article, a story, or a series of stories" about "...

Kid KOs Teacher's Aide, Keeps Swinging: Cops

17-year-old, charged as an adult, faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of assault

(Newser) - With a single move, the student sent the teacher's aide crashing to the floor of Matanzas High School in Palm Coast, Florida, apparently unconscious. But for the next 30 seconds, the 17-year-old male— described as 6'6" and 270 pounds—continued to beat the woman lying unmoving on the...

DeSantis Begins 'de Facto' 2024 Run
'de Facto'
2024 Run

DeSantis Begins 'de Facto' 2024 Run

Florida governor starts national book tour

(Newser) - It's a big week for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and not only because of his power move against Disney . No, the presumed 2024 candidate isn't officially launching a campaign for president, but he is embarking on a national book tour, part of what Axios sees as a "...

Judge Calls Inmate's Claims on Fetus 'Illogical'

On a technicality, Florida court rejects petition of prisoner who wanted freedom for her unborn child

(Newser) - An appeals court has dismissed an emergency petition filed for a pregnant inmate to have her fetus—and therefore herself—released from prison. Per the Guardian , Florida's 3rd District Court of Appeal on Friday turned away the petition for a writ of habeas corpus on behalf of the "...

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