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8 dead, 10 injured after driver slams SUV into crowd near migrant center in Brownsville, Texas​

It is with heavy hearts that we report the tragic incident that took place in Brownsville, Texas. On a quiet afternoon, a driver intentionally drove their SUV into a crowd of people near a migrant center, killing eight and injuring ten others.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing the driver speeding towards the crowd before hitting them with full force. The victims were largely made up of migrants who had been seeking shelter and support at the center.

The senseless act has left the community reeling, as they come together to support the families of those who lost their lives and those who were injured in the attack. Law enforcement officials are working tirelessly to investigate the incident and bring the perpetrator to justice.

The attack is a stark reminder of the hate and violence that still exists in our society, and the devastating impact it can have on innocent lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of those affected by this tragedy, and we stand in solidarity with the community of Brownsville during this difficult time.

The Florida Senate has approved a bill that will push back the start times for school days across the state.​

The Florida Senate has approved a bill that will push back the start times for school days across the state. The move comes after years of debate and research showing the benefits of later start times for students’ health and academic performance.

Under the new legislation, high schools would be required to start no earlier than 8:30 am, while middle and elementary schools would have more flexible start times based on local needs. The bill also includes provisions for transportation and extracurricular activities, ensuring that students can still participate in sports and other programs without compromising their sleep schedules.

Proponents of the bill have long argued that early start times contribute to sleep deprivation and reduced academic performance, as well as a host of other health issues. By pushing back the start times, they hope to improve student outcomes and create a healthier, more productive learning environment.

Opponents of the bill have expressed concerns about the impact on working parents and the potential for increased transportation costs, but supporters maintain that the benefits outweigh the costs in the long run.

The bill still needs to be approved by the Florida House before becoming law, but many are hopeful that this marks a positive step forward for students across the state. With more restful sleep and improved academic performance on the horizon, it’s an exciting time for education in Florida.

100 year old Holocaust survivor throw out the first pitch for the Tampa bay rays ​

It was a momentous occasion at Tropicana Field as the Tampa Bay Rays welcomed a very special guest to throw out the first pitch: a 100-year-old Holocaust survivor named Sophie. The beloved centenarian, who had survived the horrors of the concentration camps during World War II, stepped onto the field to a standing ovation from the crowd.

Sophie, who had been an avid baseball fan all her life, had always dreamed of throwing out the first pitch at a Major League game. And on this day, her dream had finally come true. With the help of her grandson, she made her way to the pitcher’s mound, where she took a deep breath and hurled the ball towards home plate.

The crowd erupted into cheers as the ball sailed through the air, and Sophie couldn’t help but smile as she waved to the crowd. “It’s a dream come true,” she said. “I never thought I’d live to see this day.”

As the game got underway, Sophie settled into her seat to enjoy the action, reminiscing about her own days on the field as a young girl in Europe. And though she had lived through unimaginable hardship and loss, she remained an inspiration to all who knew her, a reminder of the resilience and strength of the human spirit.

For the Rays and their fans, Sophie’s visit was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, a moment of joy and hope in the midst of a challenging year. And for Sophie herself, it was a memory she would cherish for the rest of her days.

Shooting in Allen, Texas, May 5/7

A typical day of shopping turned into a nightmare on Saturday when a gunman opened fire at a mall in Texas, killing at least eight people and injuring several others. The shooter, who was armed with a rifle, started firing inside the mall’s food court before moving on to other parts of the building.

The incident sparked panic and chaos as shoppers and employees fled for their lives. Many hid in stores or behind barricades, while others ran out of the building as fast as they could. Police responded quickly to the scene, evacuating the mall and searching for the gunman.

After an intense search, police located the shooter and engaged in a shootout. The gunman was killed by police, but not before he had taken several innocent lives.

The shooting is being investigated as a possible act of domestic terrorism, although the motive for the attack is not yet known. The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are working to piece together what happened and why.

The community has been left in shock and mourning as they try to come to terms with this tragic event. Vigils and memorials have been held for the victims, and many are calling for stronger gun control laws to prevent similar incidents in the future.

The incident serves as a stark reminder of the dangers of gun violence and the need for gun laws to be enforced. Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of those affected by this senseless act of violence.

A high school student was arrested last week for making a school shooting threat that circulated statewide, causing widespread panic and concern. The threat, which was posted on social media, warned of an imminent attack on a school in the area.

The post quickly went viral, with many people sharing and commenting on it, causing fear and anxiety among students, parents, and educators throughout the state. Law enforcement agencies worked diligently to track down the source of the threat, eventually identifying the student responsible.

The student was taken into custody and charged with making a terroristic threat, a serious offense that can carry severe consequences. Although it’s unclear what motivated the student to make the threat, the incident highlights the ongoing issue of school shootings and the need for increased vigilance and preventative measures.

Schools across the country have implemented a range of safety protocols and procedures in an effort to protect students from violence, including active shooter drills, increased security measures, and improved mental health services. However, incidents like this remind us that there is still much work to be done.

As a community, we must remain vigilant and proactive in preventing violence and protecting our children. It’s important to report any suspicious or concerning behavior, and to work together to create a safe and secure learning environment for all students. By working together, we can ensure that our schools remain a safe and welcoming place for everyone.

The Florida Weiner Dog Derby, held annually in Tampa, is a beloved event that draws dog lovers from all over the state. Dozens of dachshunds compete in a series of races, with the fastest dogs advancing to the final rounds.

The races are a sight to behold, with these small but mighty dogs sprinting down a 30-foot track as their owners cheer them on. The competition is fierce, but the atmosphere is light-hearted and fun, with everyone enjoying the adorable pups and their boundless energy.

In addition to the races, there are also a variety of activities and events for attendees to enjoy, including dog costume contests, vendor booths, and food trucks. It’s a great way to spend a day with family and friends, enjoying the beautiful Florida weather and the company of some of the cutest dogs around.

The Florida Weiner Dog Derby has become a beloved tradition in Tampa, and for good reason. It’s a fun and entertaining event that brings people together and celebrates the joy and companionship that dogs bring to our lives. Whether you’re a dachshund enthusiast or just looking for a fun day out, the Florida Weiner Dog Derby is definitely worth checking out.

The Extradition of Assange to the US Irks Australia

May 6, 2023 The extradition of Julian Assange to the United States has been a topic of controversy since his arrest in 2019. The Australian government has expressed its concern over the matter, with many citizens also expressing their disapproval of the decision.

Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, is facing 18 charges in the United States, including espionage and computer intrusion, for publishing classified documents related to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. If convicted, he could face up to 175 years in prison.

The Australian government has been criticized for not doing enough to protect Assange, who is an Australian citizen. Many have argued that the government should have intervened earlier to prevent his extradition.

Assange’s case has also sparked a larger debate about press freedom and the role of whistleblowers in exposing government secrets. Supporters argue that Assange is being persecuted for his work as a journalist, while critics contend that he endangered national security by publishing sensitive information.

The controversy surrounding Assange’s extradition highlights the complex legal and ethical issues surrounding government secrecy and press freedom. It remains to be seen what the outcome of the case will be and what impact it will have on the broader debate about these issues.

The Florida Legislature has recently approved a bill that would revoke the long-standing May 6th development deal between the state of Florida and Reedy Creek Improvement District. The deal, which was initially signed in 1967, granted Disney and the Reedy Creek Improvement District (RCID) almost complete autonomy to govern their own land in the Orlando area, including the Walt Disney World Resort.

The bill, which was passed with a majority vote, has been met with mixed reactions. Supporters of the bill argue that the RCID has become too powerful and lacks proper oversight, leading to questionable actions and decisions in the past. They believe that the bill will help ensure greater accountability and transparency in the decision-making process.

However, opponents of the bill, including some local officials and residents, argue that revoking the deal could have negative consequences for the economy and the local community. They believe that the RCID’s autonomy has allowed for efficient and effective governance of the area, which has contributed to the growth and success of the Walt Disney World Resort.

The decision to revoke the deal comes after years of controversy surrounding the RCID, including allegations of corruption and mismanagement. Proponents of the bill argue that revoking the deal is necessary to prevent further abuses of power and to ensure that the interests of the local community are adequately represented.

Overall, the passing of this bill is a significant development for the future of the Walt Disney World Resort and the surrounding area. It remains to be seen what the long-term consequences of revoking the deal will be, and whether it will ultimately prove to be a positive or negative change for the communityLegislature Approves Deal to Strike Down Reedy Creek.

Aerosmith Farewell Tour Comes to Tampa​ May 2, 2023

In what is sure to be a bittersweet moment for rock and roll fans across the country, Aerosmith has announced that their farewell tour will be making a stop in Tampa, Florida.

The legendary band, which has been active for nearly five decades, has earned a reputation as one of the greatest rock groups of all time. Their iconic hits, such as “Dream On,” “Sweet Emotion,” and “Walk This Way,” have become part of the fabric of American music, and their electrifying live performances are the stuff of legend.

While it’s always difficult to say goodbye to a band that has meant so much to so many people, fans in Tampa are sure to turn out in droves to catch a glimpse of Aerosmith one last time. The band’s final tour promises to be an unforgettable experience, filled with all the energy and excitement that have made them a household name.

For those who have followed the band’s career over the years, the farewell tour is a chance to reminisce about the good times and relive some of the best moments in rock history. For others, it’s an opportunity to discover the magic of Aerosmith for the first time and experience the thrill of a live performance that will leave them breathless.

No matter what your relationship with the band may be, there’s no denying the impact that Aerosmith has had on the music world. As they prepare to say goodbye to their legions of fans, we can only hope that their final performances will be as epic and unforgettable as the music they’ve given us over the years.

So if you’re a fan of rock and roll, don’t miss your chance to see Aerosmith on their farewell tour when it comes to Tampa. It’s sure to be a night to remember, and a fitting tribute to a band that has truly changed the world of music.

U.K.-based World Jewish Relief launches U.S. branch to expand operations May 5 2023

World Jewish Relief (WJR), a leading international Jewish humanitarian organization, has announced the launch of its U.S. branch, World Jewish Relief America. The new branch will expand the organization’s operations to the United States and build on the success it has achieved in the UK and across the globe.

The launch of the U.S. branch comes as WJR marks its 85th year of operations, during which it has helped more than two million people in over 18 countries. WJR’s work focuses on providing emergency relief and long-term support to vulnerable Jewish communities, refugees, and others affected by poverty and disaster.

The U.S. branch will enable WJR to engage more closely with American Jewish communities and raise awareness of the challenges faced by vulnerable Jewish populations around the world. It will also enable the organization to mobilize resources and expertise from the U.S. to support its work globally.

The launch of World Jewish Relief America has been warmly welcomed by Jewish leaders in the U.S. Rabbi Jonah Pesner, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, praised the organization’s “profoundly important work,” adding that the establishment of the U.S. branch was a “significant milestone” for the Jewish community in the country.

The launch of the U.S. branch is part of WJR’s ambitious plans to expand its global reach and impact. The organization’s CEO, Paul Anticoni, commented that “the need for our work has never been greater,” and that the launch of World Jewish Relief America would enable the organization to “reach more people and make a greater difference in the lives of vulnerable communities around the world.

May 5 2023 

Recently, a bill has been introduced in Florida that would ban the sale of state lands and public utilities to entities owned by or affiliated with the Chinese government. The bill aims to protect Florida’s natural resources and sensitive infrastructure from potential threats.

The proposed legislation would prohibit the Florida State Board of Administration, which oversees state investments, from investing in companies that have business ties with China or operate in China. Additionally, it would require state agencies to notify the legislature of any contracts or agreements with Chinese-affiliated entities.

Supporters of the bill argue that it is necessary to safeguard Florida’s interests and national security. They point to the Chinese government’s record of intellectual property theft, cyber espionage, and human rights abuses. Opponents, however, argue that the bill is unnecessary and could harm Florida’s economic ties with China.

The bill has gained support from some lawmakers and interest groups, including the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Veterans Association. However, it has also faced criticism from some who argue that it could harm Florida’s relations with China, which is one of the state’s top trading partners.

The issue of Chinese investment in the United States has been a contentious one in recent years, with concerns about national security and economic competition driving much of the debate. Some argue that Chinese investment in U.S. businesses and infrastructure can create jobs and stimulate economic growth, while others worry about the risks of Chinese ownership and influence.

As of now, it is unclear whether the bill will pass or be signed into law. However, the debate surrounding Chinese investment in the United States is likely to continue, and similar bills may be proposed in other states as well.

A Fire Broke Out at the Ritz Carlton 

May 5th 2023

A fire broke out at the construction site of the Ritz-Carlton in Tampa, causing the project to temporarily shut down. The fire department responded quickly and extinguished the blaze, which was caused by a welding accident. No injuries were reported, but there was significant damage to the structure, resulting in delays in the construction timeline.

The Ritz-Carlton is a highly anticipated luxury hotel that is set to bring new jobs and economic growth to the Tampa area. The project had been moving along smoothly until the fire occurred, causing concerns among local officials and investors. However, the developers have reassured the public that they are working diligently to resume construction as soon as possible.

The incident has raised questions about construction safety and the importance of adhering to proper welding procedures. The fire serves as a reminder that accidents can happen at any time, and it is crucial to take all necessary precautions to prevent them. The construction company responsible for the Ritz-Carlton project has pledged to investigate the incident and take steps to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.

Despite the setback, the Ritz-Carlton project remains an exciting prospect for the Tampa community. Once completed, the hotel is expected to attract tourists and business travelers from around the world, boosting the local economy and creating jobs for residents. While the fire has caused a delay in the construction process, the developers remain committed to delivering a high-quality product that will be worth the wait. The incident serves as a reminder of the resilience of the Tampa community and its ability to come together in times of need.