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Archive for Thursday, January 25, 2018

Space Coast Ramps Up For Falcon Heavy Viewing

After Wednesday's successful test firing of SpaceXs Falcon Heavy rocket, the space coast is gearing up for its maiden launch. Places like the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex are offering a front row seat.
Published in Space

Education Desk: Legislation Creates A Tug Of War Over Florida’s State Colleges

Floridas public community and state colleges could become their own system, and move from under the authority of the state board of education. But with that newfound independence would come strict caps on the number of students that can enroll in bachelors degree programs at those schools, and make it harder for community and state colleges to establish such programs.
Published in Central Florida News, Education

As Roe v. Wade turns 45, women’s right to bodily autonomy is increasingly under attack

January 22 marked 45 years since the Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade.  But tensions over abortion rights have always simmered in the Sunshine State.  An example: the 2015 bill that enacted a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion in Florida. The law has since been ruled unconstitutional. Then theres the flip side: the advocates, like Sally Blackmun, a former chairwoman for Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando someone who carries a story intertwined deep within the details of Roe v Wade. Blackmun falls silent for a moment when asked about the legacy of her late father, Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, who is best known for writing the Roe v Wade decision. Years before the decision, ...
Published in Commentaries, From the Pages of Orlando Weekly