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March 17, 2023 Evening News

Fire Destroys Motorhome


One of those big Class A motorhomes was destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon in Ocala. The motorhome was parked at Cummins Sales and Service, 321 SW 52nd Ave. On arrival, firemen found the battery compartment ablaze. No injuries were reported but the interior of the motorhome was trashed. Large Class A motorhomes can range in value up to a half million dollars.


More Our Way or The Highway Legislation On the Way


Our way or the highway legislation is moving through the Florida legislature that would weaken public employee unions. The Republican-led legislature has been chipping away at employee rights now for ten years. Now the government wants a 60% threshold for a union to even be viable at a business and a law passed that would forbid union dues to be deducted automatically from paychecks. The GOP typically endorses the wishes of their big business, big-money friends.


Appeals Court Issues Stop Woke Act a Blow


A federal court here in Florida has stopped the DeSantis administration from implementing part of his so-called Stop Woke Act. On Thursday a US Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a request from the DeSantis administration to overturn a previous ruling which blocks his so-called Stop Woke Act from being used in higher education institutions. The Stop Woke Act prohibits the teaching of lessons or business practices such as diversity training, which could make people feel guilt, anguish, or other forms of distress because of wrongdoings due to their race, sex, or national origin. But the ruling did not include the merits of the case which now goes to a higher court.


Division Among The States


Doctors in California who mail abortion pills to people in other states would be protected from prosecution under a new bill to be unveiled Friday in the state Legislature. The bill would not let California extradite doctors who are facing charges in another state for providing abortion medication. It would also shield doctors from having to pay fines. And it would let California doctors sue anyone who tries to stop them from providing abortions.


Putin Under Indictment For War Crimes


The International Criminal Court said on Friday it issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin for war crimes because of his alleged involvement in the abductions of children from Ukraine. The court said in a statement that Putin “is allegedly responsible for the war crime of unlawful deportation of (children) and that of unlawful transfer of (children) from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation.”  The warrants, while symbolic, don’t mean anything as long as Putin remains in Russia or other friendly counties.


Biden Calls For Tougher Bank Scrutiny


President Joe Biden on Friday called on Congress to allow regulators to impose tougher penalties on the executives of failed banks, including clawing back compensation and making it easier to bar them from working in the industry. Biden wants the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to be able to force the return of compensation paid to executives at a broader range of banks should they fail, and lower the threshold for the regulator to impose fines and bar executives from working at another bank.


Wow What Science Can Do


Scientists have created baby mice with two fathers for the first time by turning male mouse stem cells into female cells in a lab. This raises the distant possibility of doing the same for people – although experts caution that very few mouse embryos were born alive and no one knows whether the same technique would work in human stem cells. Scientists described their work in a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. About 1% of the embryos – 7 out of 630 – grew into live mice.


Changes To Your Computer Software


Microsoft is infusing artificial intelligence tools into its suite of office software, including Word, Excel, and Outlook emails. The company said Thursday the new feature, named Copilot, is a processing engine that will allow users to do things like summarize long emails, draft stories in Word, and animate slides in PowerPoint.




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