WFLA: Federal judge declines to block Florida ban on mask mandates

WFLA: Federal judge declines to block Florida ban on mask mandates . “A federal judge declined Wednesday to block a ban imposed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to prevent mandating masks for Florida school students amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Judge K. Michael Moore in Miami denied a request by parents of disabled children for a preliminary injunction against an executive order that DeSantis issued in July that served as the basis for the Florida Department of Health issuing a rule that required school districts to allow parents to opt out of any student mask mandates.”

Orlando Sentinel: Ex-Supreme Court justice backs ‘Grim Reaper’ who sued DeSantis over COVID pandemic

Orlando Sentinel: Ex-Supreme Court justice backs ‘Grim Reaper’ who sued DeSantis over COVID pandemic. “Daniel Uhlfelder garnered national headlines for donning the costume to criticize DeSantis’ handling of the pandemic. As COVID-19 cases surged throughout the state in March 2020, Uhlfelder filed a lawsuit asking a judge to order the governor to close beaches and issue a “safer-at-home” order to curb the spread of the virus. Leon County Circuit Judge Kevin Carroll in April 2020 found that he lacked the authority to force the governor to shut down beaches and dismissed the case but encouraged Uhlfelder to pursue an appeal.”

Techdirt: Florida Presents Its Laughable Appeal For Its Unconstitutional Social Media Content Moderation Law

Techdirt: Florida Presents Its Laughable Appeal For Its Unconstitutional Social Media Content Moderation Law . “Now that Texas has signed its unconstitutional social media content moderation bill into law, the action shifts back to Florida’s similar law that was already declared unconstitutional in an easy decision by the district court. Florida has filed its opening brief in its appeal before the 11th Circuit and… it’s bad. I mean, really, really bad.”

Charlotte Observer: NC criminal justice group launches database to track reports of police misconduct

Charlotte Observer: NC criminal justice group launches database to track reports of police misconduct. “Emancipate NC, a Durham-based criminal justice organization, has launched a platform to track police misconduct throughout North Carolina. The non-profit said its online tool will allow people to report negative experiences with law enforcement officers, and that community responses will be used to form a database.”

Wired: Twitch Sues Users Over Alleged ‘Hate Raids’ Against Streamers

Wired: Twitch Sues Users Over Alleged ‘Hate Raids’ Against Streamers. “SINCE EARLY AUGUST, Twitch has been wrestling with an epidemic of harassment against marginalized streamers known as ‘hate raids.’ These attacks spam streamers’ chats with hateful and bigoted language, amplified dozens of times a minute by bots. On Thursday, after a month trying and failing to combat the tactic, Twitch resorted to the legal system, suing two alleged hate raiders for ‘targeting black and LGBTQIA+ streamers with racist, homophobic, sexist and other harassing content’ in violation of its terms of service.”

France 24: French ex-health minister Buzyn under formal investigation over handling of pandemic

France 24: French ex-health minister Buzyn under formal investigation over handling of pandemic. “Former French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn has been put under formal investigation on Friday over her handling of the Covid-19 pandemic last year, after investigators at a special court in Paris concluded there were grounds to prosecute her. Buzyn has been charged with “endangering the lives of others”, the prosecutor of the Republic’s Court of Justice said, but not for a second possible offence of ‘failure to stop a disaster’.”