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2018 Florida gubernatorial nominee says he is bisexual

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Andrew Gillum, Florida’s Democratic nominee for governor in 2018, told a television interviewer he is bisexual, responding to rumors swirling since March after he was found intoxicated and unconscious in a hotel room with two men, including one who works as a male escort.

“I don’t identify as gay but I do identify as bisexual,” Gillum told Tamron Hall on her syndicated talk show, which aired Monday. “And that is something that I have never shared publicly before.”

The former Tallahassee mayor, 41, appeared on the show with his wife, R. Jai. They have three young children. He did not return a call Monday from The Associated Press seeking comment.

He told Hall he began drinking heavily and secretly shortly after narrowly losing the election to Republican Ron DeSantis, even substituting whiskey for his morning coffee, as a way to deal with his depression. He

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Polk County, Florida Bus Drivers Say Schools Are Keeping Them in the Dark on COVID-19

Photo by Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Photo by Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images

MIAMI—Less than three weeks after schools reopened in central Florida’s Polk County, Mark couldn’t help but notice some students riding his bus slack off when it came to coronavirus safety precautions.

“The first week was fine,” said Mark, who like other bus drivers in the Polk County school system asked to use a pseudonym for fear of professional retaliation. “They were sanitizing their hands as they got on and off the bus and wore their masks properly. Now it’s a constant battle to make them do what they are supposed to do. They are getting tired of it.” 

Mark, whose route includes Lakeland Senior High, the Polk public school with the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 16, said last week he had students who flat-out refused to put on their masks. “It’s a little unnerving, but at the same time I

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‘Normal living’ will come months after vaccine, Fauci says; Florida bars to re-open at half-capacity

On the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, Americans are struggling with feelings of safety once again as another American is diagnosed with the coronavirus every 2.45 seconds.

While a race to a vaccine is widely considered the only path back to a pre-pandemic way of life, Dr. Anthony Fauci cautioned that a safe and effective vaccine will not immediately bring back normalcy.

A return to “normal living” — life without masks and physical distancing, where people can go to a movie or a large gathering without fear of becoming infected with COVID-19 — won’t come until “several months” after a vaccine first arrives, Fauci, said on CNN.

The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said infection rates need to drop dramatically, something expected after the months-long logistical nightmare of manufacturing hundreds of millions of vaccines and distributing them.

Meanwhile, most state case counts

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Florida bars to re-open at half-capacity; adults with COVID-19 more likely to have dined out

On the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, Americans are struggling with feelings of safety once again as another American is diagnosed with the coronavirus every 2.45 seconds.

Most state case counts and deaths, with the exception of Wisconsin, are improving across the nation, but deaths are still more than a third higher than they were at the beginning of July. America has been averaging about 35,000 cases per day. 

In Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards said he will ease restrictions on public gatherings beginning Friday but a face mask mandate will stay in place. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, however, said she will not ease the city’s guidelines on public gatherings after a troublesome Labor Day weekend that included dozens of reported violations.

Meanwhile, in New York City, transit commuters will face a $50 fine beginning Monday if they refuse to wear a face mask. But, in Florida,

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9 Florida Colleges Make Princeton Review’s 2021 ‘Best’ List

FLORIDA — The Princeton Review recently released its annual list of the country’s best colleges. This year’s list, which features 386 schools, includes nine in Florida.

The 2021 Best 386 Colleges were selected based on “our high opinion of their academics,” the Princeton Review said in announcing its newest list. The organization said it monitors colleges “continuously and annually” to collect data on more than 2,000 schools.

In determining the “best,” The Princeton Review said it also visits schools and communicates with hundreds of college administrators in compiling its assessment.

“We pay close attention to the feedback we get about colleges from students, parents, educators, and our own staff at The Princeton Review locations across the country,” the organization said.

Here are the Florida colleges named among the country’s best by Princeton Review:

  • University of Miami in Coral Gables, 11,307 full-time enrollment

  • Stetson University in DeLand, 3,183 enrollment

  • University of

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Fauci issues warning ahead of Labor Day; DeSantis vows not to lock down Florida again; NYC delays school openings

California’s latest reopening plan drew scrutiny, Florida’s governor vowed no more lockdowns and New York City delayed in-school learning Tuesday, one day after the nation reached 6 million confirmed cases of coronavirus.

A new month could bring new hope to Californians who suffered through their deadliest COVID-19 month in August. The state reported 3,707 deaths connected to COVID-19 in August, up 18% over July. But infection and hospitalization rates have been in decline in recent weeks, and average daily deaths also began dropping in recent weeks, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis.

In Iowa, the nation’s latest hot spot, Iowa State University is planning to have around 25,000 fans at its home opener Sept. 12. White House coronavirus experts have warned Iowa leaders that the state has the country’s steepest outbreak and suggested the state should close bars in 61 counties and test all returning college students.

Nationally, Dr.

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This Florida School Is What a COVID-19 Fiasco in the Making Looks Like

Courtesy of Ashlee Caraway
Courtesy of Ashlee Caraway

MIAMI—At the end of the first day of classes last week, dozens of teens lined up to board school buses parked outside the entrance of Bartow Senior High, the main secondary school in the central Florida city bearing the same name. Despite being outdoors, and thus perhaps less likely to serve as a launching pad for mass contagion, the large number of students crammed together, some sans face masks, prompted a 12th grader to snap three photos and two short videos of the crowd.

The same day, Ashlee Caraway, the senior’s older sister who graduated from Bartow High last year, posted the photos and tagged an unofficial Facebook page for the school. At the top of the post, the 19-year-old wrote: #COVID19 !! 

In a phone interview with The Daily Beast, Caraway said she shared the images hoping to draw attention to the lack of social

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New petition asks Florida Supreme Court to make Bar applicants lawyers without taking exam

Lawyers filed a petition with the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday asking that law students who could not take the recently canceled August Florida Bar exam be allowed to practice law immediately.

More than 100 attorneys signed on to the petition proposing an emergency rule that would allow those who signed up for the exam to become licensed attorneys after a period of supervised practice, without needing to take the test.

“We deserve better,” said Bianca Maria Baez, a recent Florida State University College of Law graduate who helped prepare the petition. “All we wanted was a fair and safe exam and it seems we are being punished for speaking up and demanding exactly that.”

Baez, 35, was a lawyer in the Dominican Republic before applying for the Bar in Florida. She studied around the clock for this month’s exam, waking up each day at 7 a.m. and reviewing until

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LA cracks down on ‘nightclub’ house; Las Vegas casinos could be inflaming COVID spread; Florida marks 10K deaths

As Florida surpassed 10,000 deaths from the coronavirus, states in the Northeast are preparing for a surge in cases. Northeastern states, which were hit the hardest by the pandemic, have the lowest infection rates in the U.S., but health officials are racing to obtain protective masks and medical supplies to avoid yet another shortage.

Two days after the University of North Carolina announced it would pivot to online classes, university officials announced Wednesday that it would temporarily suspend all athletic activities until Thursday afternoon. The announcement comes after the athletics department said campus’ outbreak would not affect the football season.

Some significant developments:

  • Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp defended his administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic Wednesday after a report from the White House coronavirus task force said Georgia led the nation last week in new cases per capita.

  • Florida, one of the hardest-hit states from the coronavirus, surpassed 10,000 deaths

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Florida Bar examinees worry online testing software poses security risks

First, the state’s prospective lawyers had health concerns about taking the Florida Bar exam in the time of coronavirus. Now that the test has been moved on-line, they’re voicing worries about security issues with the software they will have to use to take the remote exam.

The high-pressure exam was moved on-line on July 1 after a Miami Herald story on the COVID-19 health concerns raised by students. A sit-down test was originally scheduled for July 28 and 29, but the Florida Board of Bar Examiners moved it to an Aug. 19 virtual format.

Now, the exam is being administered using a software platform from ILG Technologies. But, test-takers have reported complaints of the software causing data breaches and the program messing with their computers.

On Aug. 10, some Bar examinees sent a letter to the Florida Supreme Court asking them to intervene and help the FBBE find an alternative

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