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Tampa Bay Times (September 7)

2021/ 09/ 08 by jd in Global News

“For weeks, the virus preyed on America’s illusion of a defanged Covid. Most people returned to a semblance of their former lives.” Then, harsh reality set in. “The fast-spreading Delta variant has flooded hospitals across the South. It’s killed more people in Florida and Louisiana than the darkest days of the pandemic winter, and left so many COVID-19 patients gasping for breath that some places face shortages of medical oxygen.”


Tampa Bay Times (July 13)

2020/ 07/ 13 by jd in Global News

“Florida by far broke the national record for the number of coronavirus cases reported in one day on Sunday. The 15,3000 case count was the highest number reported by a state in a single day since the start of the pandemic.” The surge has people “declaring Florida the new epicenter of the coronavirus.”


Miami Herald (July 5)

2020/ 07/ 07 by jd in Global News

“It took three months, from early March to June 22, for Florida to cross 100,000 new confirmed COVID-19 cases. It took less than two weeks for the state to go from 100,000 to 200,000 cases — and the positive test rate keeps rising.” On Sunday, Florida’s pandemic cases rose to 200,111 and 3,832 deaths. Florida has become the daily new case leader, but lags New York in overall cases.


Orlando Sentinel (June 21)

2020/ 06/ 22 by jd in Global News

“Florida reported 3,494 new coronavirus cases Sunday, continuing the streak of an increase in statewide infections as the caseload total tops 97,000.” New cases were down from Saturday’s “record high” of 4,049 new daily infections.


LA Times (February 15)

2018/ 02/ 17 by jd in Global News

Less than two decades after the deadly shootings at Columbine, America’s shooting epidemic has simply become “a basic part of regular life.” Today America is inured to the blood. “The Florida shooting too shall pass, as did Columbine, Sandy Hook, Santa Monica College and so on — all allowed to fade into the backdrop of American memory without a thing being done. This is us. Until we decide finally, forcefully, effectively, that it is not.”


Sun-Sentinel (September 18)

2017/ 09/ 19 by jd in Global News

Located in hard-hit Broward County, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reminds readers that the Caribbean was hit much harder and is bracing for more. “Our island neighbors have been living a nightmare since Hurricane Irma hit two weeks ago…. Paradise has become a hellhole…. We have our own hurricane headaches here in Florida…. Even still, we cannot forget our neighbors to the south. They got clobbered hard, many of them harder than a lot of us. Now they’re staring down Hurricane Maria…. Our Caribbean neighbors need our help.”


Chicago Tribune (September 7)

2017/ 09/ 09 by jd in Global News

“Homeowners located in areas that are expected to flood every 100 years are required to buy flood insurance…. But they pay rates far lower than the risks warrant. That gap deprives builders of incentives to stay out of low-lying areas that are vulnerable to flooding — or to elevate structures to keep them dry when the waters rise. It also promotes the destruction of wetlands that could reduce flooding. Oh, and it helps to tilt migration toward vulnerable coastal regions like those of Texas and Florida.”


Wall Street Journal (September 3)

2013/ 09/ 04 by jd in Global News

At age 64, Diana Nyad succeeded in swimming 177 km from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage, something she’s been trying to do since 1978. She overcame jelly fish, sharks and strong currents to accomplish her inspiring 53-hour feat. “Enduring such hardships takes extraordinary perseverance, even a touch of fanaticism. Yet by such commitment do human beings change the world, explore new heights, or stretch the boundaries of physical endurance.”