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Archive for Thursday, April 28, 2016

Marion County School Board Imposes Bathroom Ban

A form of a controversial North Carolina bill that stops transgender people from using bathrooms for the gender they identify with, has now made its way to Florida. The Marion County School Board voted 4 to 1 to pass a measure that restricts students’ access to school bathrooms based on their birth sex, according to the Ocala Star-Banner. The newspaper reports the issue arose after a local parent complained his sons right to privacy was violated because he had to share a bathroom with a transgender student. The resolution says male and female users of Marion County Public Schools single-sex facilities reasonably expect not to be exposed to persons of the opposite sex while using those facilities. Before the boards ...
Published in Commentaries, From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

UCF Police Chief Defends Reports Of Potential Gunwoman On Campus

The University of Central Florida Police Department says it could have done a better job handling a possible gun incident on campus Tuesday. Police evacuated the library after reports of a gunwoman inside. The department drew backlash for sending an alert through Twitter describing the gunwoman as "Middle Eastern."
Published in Central Florida News

BROKEN LAGOON: Microscopic Algae Cells Wreak Havoc In The Indian River Lagoon

A little more than a month after an algal bloom triggered a massive fish kill in the Indian River Lagoon researchers from the Florida Institute of Technology say they have evidence of new blooms. They sampled six locations over the weekend and say the blooms have started to flourish in the northern lagoon.
Published in Broken Lagoon Series, Central Florida News, Environment, Special Series Stories

Indian Harbor Beach Mulls Coyote Feeding Ban

Indian Harbor Beach is considering a ban on coyote feeding. City council members will discuss the proposal at tonights council meeting. The city has been grappling with a coyote problem since the start of the year.
Published in Central Florida News