Manatees are dying at a record pace, just four years after being delisted from Endangered to Threatened
This chart shows that 937 manatee deaths have occurred in Florida as of Sept. 3, but the number has increased to 988 deaths as of Oct. 29. Chart courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, updated death total courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Manatees are dying at a record pace, just four years after being delisted from Endangered to Threatened

Manatees are a Florida hallmark, both to its identity and to its ecosystems. However, despite their population increasing over the last 50 years, 2021 has brought record levels of manatee deaths, with no sign of improvement. This Unusual Mortality Event (UME) has reignited criticism of…

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The chip shortage and how it hurts New College
Golf carts and other equipment have been harder and harder to come by as a result of damaged supply lines.

The chip shortage and how it hurts New College

While it may seem as though COVID-19’s grip on Sarasota has been weakening with the Doctors Hospital of Sarasota having no reported COVID-19 hospitalizations for the first time in two years—and many Florida residents now getting booster shots—the community still remains affected by supply lines…

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Pfizer vaccine approved for children ages 5-11 by FDA and CDC
A nurse giving a boy a dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Lyman High School in Longwood. Photo courtesy of Paul Hennessey via Getty

Pfizer vaccine approved for children ages 5-11 by FDA and CDC

The Federal Food and Drug Association (FDA) authorized the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 on Friday, Oct. 29. Shortly after that, on Tuesday, Nov. 2, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) moved to support this decision, giving their official recommendation that all children…

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CDC authorizes mixing COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, allowing for increased flexibility
COVID-19 booster shots have become more widely available to more people in the recent weeks.

CDC authorizes mixing COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, allowing for increased flexibility

In recent months, booster shots have become a hot topic. Since August, several studies have shown decreased effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines over time, though effectiveness against hospitalization remains high. Booster shots are intended to increase the effectiveness of the vaccines after they begin to wane. …

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The takeover of Afghanistan: how history repeats itself
A map demonstrating how the Taliban has gained near complete control of Afghanistan since Aug. 16. Photo courtesy of BBC.

The takeover of Afghanistan: how history repeats itself

On Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021, the Taliban had successfully taken control of the presidential palace, thus finalizing their takeover of Afghanistan. The Taliban’s expedient takeover took place over a matter of days—as U.S. forces pulled out of the region and Afghani security forces trained and…

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Conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett nominated to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, sparks nationwide debate
The U.S. Supreme Court building at dusk on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett nominated to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, sparks nationwide debate

The U.S. Supreme Court building at dusk on Capitol Hill in Washington. On Friday, Sept. 18, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died. With only 46 days before the presidential election, Ginsburg’s death sparked a nationwide debate as to whether or not President Donald Trump should…

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“Say her name”: Protesters gather in Sarasota and Bradenton as Breonna Taylor’s killers walk free
Organizers with the Party for Socialism and Liberation march towards downtown Sarasota with a banner that says, "this is a revolt against racism! Stop the war on Black America!"

“Say her name”: Protesters gather in Sarasota and Bradenton as Breonna Taylor’s killers walk free

Organizers with the Party for Socialism and Liberation march towards downtown Sarasota with a banner that says, "this is a revolt against racism! Stop the war on Black America!" On the evening of Thursday, Sept. 24, protesters in Sarasota and Bradenton spilled into the streets…

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Charities expect to raise less in 2020, here’s how to help
A single donation of blood has the potential to save three lives.

Charities expect to raise less in 2020, here’s how to help

Nowadays, the news seems to be filled with crises, ranging from the wildfires in California, the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, a pandemic and protests for racial justice. The abundance of emergencies has left many charities, nonprofits and fundraising organizations expecting to fall short of their…

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