The Point, Aug. 31, 2021: Expect An Appeal In School Mask Mandate Case, Florida Governor Says


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• Spectrum News: Florida Education officials withhold salaries of Alachua, Broward school board members. “The move came despite a Friday court ruling that said the state could not stop school districts from issuing mask mandates.”

• News Service of Florida: Florida Universities Face Constraints Amid COVID-19 Surge. “Universities planned a return to ‘normal operations’ for this academic year before the delta variant of the coronavirus began causing cases, hospitalizations and deaths to surge in Florida. Now, university presidents are facing pressure on campus from people calling for stricter measures to prevent the spread of the virus.”

• Ocala Gazette: DeSantis names Marion school board member. “Donald Browning, a retired businessman, was appointed to the School Board of Marion County on Monday, replacing Beth McCall who resigned in June, according to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office.”

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Around the state

• WJCT: DeSantis Vows to Appeal School Mask Mandate Ruling While Touting Antibody Treatments in Jacksonville. “Gov. Ron DeSantis told reporters in Jacksonville Monday that his office plans to appeal Friday’s court ruling that school districts can require masks.”

• WFLA-Tampa: Are monoclonal antibody treatments helping decrease COVID-19 hospitalizations in Florida? “Federal data analyzed by the Florida Hospital Association shows there’s been a nearly 10% drop in the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the past seven days. Gov. DeSantis says it’s likely the impact of the state’s 21 monoclonal antibody treatment sites.”

• Florida Politics: Nikki Fried: Cow dewormer sold out in Florida because people are taking it for COVID-19. “It’s a problem for animals that need the drug — and for people who likely don’t. … Ivermectin, an antiparasitic treatment for livestock, has not been approved for human use in most cases. Its manufacturer, Merck, says there is ‘no meaningful evidence for clinical activity or efficacy in patients with COVID-19.'”

• WUSF: Florida Adds More Than 900 More Deaths In Latest Report From CDC. “That brings the overall death toll to 44,788. The state also reported that the number of coronavirus cases in Florida rose by 31,164 over the weekend.”

• Florida Storms: Multiple Systems In Atlantic After Ida, But No New Florida Threats. “Ida weakened to a tropical storm Monday morning in southern Mississippi, and outer bands from the former major hurricane are forecast to spread across the Florida Panhandle Monday posing a tornado and flash flood risk.”

• Miami Herald ($): Miami-Dade rejects coastal walls. It’s back to drawing board for hurricane protection. “A proposal to protect coastal Miami-Dade from hurricanes by running a tall concrete wall though Biscayne Bay and waterfront neighborhoods is — unsurprisingly — dead.”

• News4Jax: 22 restored cannons return to Castillo de San Marcos. “Steven Roberts is chief of Interpretation, Education, and Visitor Services at the National Park Service for the Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas National Monuments. He says the cannon has been at Texas A&M since 2018. They were supposed to be back sooner, but delays got in the way.”

From NPR News

• Health: Immunity To COVID-19 Could Last Longer Than You’d Think

• Health: As Schools Reopen, Child Psychiatrists Expect To See A Surge Of Kids Who Need Help

• World: The Final U.S. Military Plane Has Left Afghanistan As America’s Longest War Ends

• World: He Is The Last American Soldier To Leave Afghanistan

• National: Education Dept. Announces Civil Rights Investigations Into 5 States’ Mask Mandate Bans

• National: Louisiana And Mississippi Were Overwhelmed By COVID-19 Cases. Then Ida Struck

• Business: Employers Can’t Require People To Work 72 Hours A Week, China’s High Court Says

About today’s curator

I’m Ethan Magoc, a news editor at WUFT. Originally from Pennsylvania, I’ve found a home telling Florida stories. I’m part of a team searching each morning for local and state stories that are important to you; please send feedback about today’s edition or ideas for stories we may have missed to

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