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Earth's 'Most Magical Place' Reopens Amid Virus Surge

Disney World opens its doors, with a few rules

(Newser) - "The Most Magical Place on Earth" has reopened after nearly four months with new rules in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the AP reports. Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom are reopening Saturday, while Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios will follow four... More »

Runner's 200-Meter Time Too Good to Be True

Sprinter Noah Lyles gets disappointing news

(Newser) - What the Guardian calls a "farcical ending" to an elite running event must've felt as crushing as it did absurd to the sprinter at the center of it all. On Thursday, 22-year-old Noah Lyles was a contender in the 200-meter race in the Inspiration Games, in which 30... More »

Florida Sets Record for COVID Deaths in 1 Day

120 people die as fatality rate climbs along with infections

(Newser) - The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations had been increasing steadily for weeks in Florida, so health experts were pretty sure what was coming. The state set a record Thursday when 120 people died of the disease, the Hill reports. "There are the denialists who say these people are younger ... and... More »

He Berated Shoppers for Mask Remark. Now, Repercussions

Daniel Maples, said to be a top salesman at Florida's Ted Todd Insurance, has been fired

(Newser) - A Florida man seen screaming at a Costco customer who asked that he wear a mask in line with company policy has lost his job. Ted Todd Insurance identified the man seen in a video viewed more than 11 million times as Daniel Maples, who's described in a biography... More »

Woman Goes on a Run, Finds Decomposing Human Head

Police are investigating Florida incident

(Newser) - A woman's morning run turned horrifying when she stumbled upon a decomposing human head. Police in St. Petersburg, Fla., say the head was on the side of the road, in a grassy area under an overpass, and was spotted around 7am Tuesday, CNN reports. Homicide detectives are now searching... More »

Florida Teen's COVID Death Now Under Scrutiny

Carsyn Leigh Davis was treated at home with hydroxychloroquine after big church function

(Newser) - A 17-year-old girl who died of COVID-19 in Florida was initially treated at home with hydroxychloroquine, the unproven drug touted by President Trump, according to a medical examiner's report. Carsyn Leigh Davis, a child cancer survivor who struggled with health issues including obesity and an auto-immune disorder, developed a... More »

Florida Makes a Big Decision on Schools Reopening

Education commissioner issues emergency order mandating all public schools open in August

(Newser) - As Florida's coronavirus cases surge, the education commissioner there issued an emergency order Monday that mandated all public K-12 schools open in August. Per the Tallahassee Democrat , Richard Corcoran's order requires that all brick-and-mortar schools open for at least five days a week for each student. That rules... More »

Infection That Attacks Brain Reemerges in Florida

State warns swimmers to be careful in warm freshwater

(Newser) - The brain-eating amoeba has resurfaced in Florida. The state's Health Department has confirmed the case, saying only that the patient is in Hillsborough County. Naegleria fowleri usually is found in warm freshwater environments, including ponds, rivers and lakes. The state did not say where the infection was contracted, the... More »

Florida Has Shocking Coronavirus Numbers

And on the Fourth of July, no less

(Newser) - Florida reported a record number of coronavirus cases on Saturday, the latest sign that the virus is surging in many parts of the US, casting a pall over Fourth of July celebrations, the AP reports. Officials and health authorities warned people to take precautions or simply stay home on Independence... More »

Florida's Daily Case Total Now Has 5 Digits

State reports more than 10K new coronavirus cases Thursday

(Newser) - With more than 10,000 new coronavirus cases reported Thursday, Florida has reached nearly unique levels of the outbreak. In the US, only New York has reported a larger one-day increase, with 12,847 new positive cases on April 10. Even when the pandemic was at its worst in Europe,... More »

In This State, the Party's Over

Other states and New York City are also reimposing or extending lockdowns

(Newser) - It's tough timing for California—but what can you do? On Wednesday, with July 4 around the corner, Gov. Gavin Newsom called on 19 counties to tighten their coronavirus restrictions. That means closing indoor dining at restaurants and indoor entertainment venues like arcades, bowling alleys, and movie theaters, as... More »

Miami Will Fine You for Not Wearing a Mask

$50 fine becomes $500 for 3rd offense

(Newser) - As coronavirus infections surge in Florida, more cities are introducing mandatory mask orders—and the ones in Miami and Miami Beach have teeth. As of Tuesday, anybody who is unable to socially distance and not wearing a face covering in an indoor or outdoor public space in Miami Beach will... More »

New Site of GOP Convention Does U-Turn on Masks

They are now mandatory in Jacksonville

(Newser) - President Trump moved the Republican National Convention to Jacksonville because North Carolina's governor refused to guarantee that would be no social distancing measures in place during the event—but the Florida city is now introducing restrictions of its own. In what the Florida Times-Union calls a "surprising reversal"... More »

Pence Cancels Political Events in 3 States

But he'll still visit Florida, Texas, and Arizona

(Newser) - Mike Pence called off campaign events in Florida and Arizona this coming week as the states experience a surge in new coronavirus cases, the AP reports. Pence will still travel to those states, which have set records for new confirmed infections in recent days, the White House confirmed, saying he... More »

Florida Just Reported a Huge Surge in Cases

Nearly 9K in a single day leads to big new restriction on bars

(Newser) - Earlier this week, Florida reported a record 5,511 new coronavirus cases in a single day. That now seems pale in comparison to Friday's figure: 8,942. The state Department of Health also reported 137 new deaths, reports the Miami Herald . In response, state officials imposed a severe new... More »

Fla. Cop Charged With Tasing Woman, With Knee on Her Neck

Former Miami Gardens police officer Jordy Yanes Martel charged with battery

(Newser) - A Miami police officer has been charged with battery after video surfaced of a January arrest in which he dragged a black woman from an SUV, put a knee on her neck, and stunned her twice with a Taser. Booked into jail on Thursday, Jordy Yanes Martel, a Hispanic man... More »

Uproar Greets Florida Gov's Comments on 'Hispanic Farmworkers'

Ron DeSantis said they're driving the recent spike in COVID-19 cases

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said last week that "overwhelmingly Hispanic" farmworkers and day laborers were the main sources of new coronavirus infections in his state, and now Latino leaders are calling for him to apologize. "It's absolutely embarrassing, appalling," state Rep. Javier Fernández said Monday,... More »

Huge Dust Cloud Heads for America

The Saharan dust is expected to hit the Gulf Coast this week

(Newser) - Gulf Coast residents, get ready for brilliant sunsets—and a few possible health hazards. A massive dust cloud is heading west across the Atlantic and could affect the lives of people from Florida to Texas, AccuWeather reports. "According to scientists ... this is an abnormally large dust cloud," says... More »

Plan to Release GMO Mosquitoes Moves Ahead

Florida approves experiment, though a last hurdle remains

(Newser) - A plan to set loose 750 million genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida and Texas will move forward despite concerns from environmentalists who liken it to a "Jurassic Park experiment." The non-biting male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes developed by British biotechnology company Oxitec contain a protein, passed to biting female... More »

2 Black Lives Matter Protesters Found Dead

Activists had been reported missing in Florida

(Newser) - Two women who met after recent Black Lives Matter protests against the death of George Floyd were found dead in Florida on Saturday, Fox News reports. The bodies of Oluwatoyin Salau, 19, and Victoria Sims, 75, were both found in the vicinity of suspect Aaron Glee's Tallahassee home; he... More »

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