To honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and in the spirit of his profound legacy, the City of Tallahassee, with support from other agencies and community organizations, will host the annual MLK Day parade and celebration on Jan. 15, 2024. See the schedule.
The Tallahassee City Commission will conduct interviews for the City Attorney position on Tuesday, Jan. 16, beginning at 2 p.m. Get the background on the four candidates.
Tallahassee Police announced on Friday public safety cameras will be installed in the next coming weeks in certain areas to prevent crime and increase safety. Cameras will be installed in the Tuskegee neighborhood and along West Pensacola Street
LCS Board member Rosanne Wood said that some social apps cause chaos in schools everyday and noted the impact on a student’s self image, depression, bullying and suicide rates. Listen to her comments here.
LOCAL SPORTS NEWS
Florida State men’s basketball got a win on the road Saturday against Notre Dame to start ACC play 4-1. The Noles won 67-58 by forcing 14 turnovers and holding the Irish to 42% shooting from the floor. Next up, it’s the first matchup of the season against Miami and former Nole Matthew Cleveland on Wednesday night at 7.
On Saturday, FSU landed another transfer portal commit as Florida offensive line transfer Richie Leonard IV announced he will be playing for Mike Norvell in 2024. A graduate transfer with one season of eligibility remaining, Leonard IV brings a wealth of experience after starting all 12 games at left guard for the Gators in 2023.
Florida Democrat lawmakers filed legislation that would disband the Florida Department of State’s Office of Election Crimes and Security, along with other measures aiming to “increase access to voting.” The press release said since the creation of the Office of Election Crimes and Security, it has “served as a politicized weapon to intimidate Black voters from exercising their freedom to vote by arresting Floridians whom the State genuinely misinformed about their voting eligibility.”
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has endorsed former President Donald Trump for president. Rubio follows Sen. Rick Scott in endorsing the former President’s try to be Republican presidential nominee for a third time.
Florida State Rep. Dean Black said he received “death threats” after filing a bill that provides formal definitions for the terms “man” and “woman” under Florida Statutes. On Florida’s Voice with Brendon Leslie, Black said he received “death threats over this particular bill” and he said people have called for his “assassination.”
The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear an appeal challenging a judicial ruling that established a constitutional right to vagrancy. A panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2022 blocked the Oregon town of Grants Pass from enforcing “anti-camping” laws on public property. The judges said the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment prohibits cities from arresting or imposing penalties on homeless people for squatting on public property if there aren’t enough shelter beds for every vagrant.
The 2024 presidential election cycle kicks into high gear today with the Republican Iowa caucuses, the first nominating contest of the primary season. Former President Donald Trump enters the day as a significant favorite, with the closely watched Iowa Poll showing him with 48% of the vote. Former Gov. Nikki Haley (SC) and Gov. Ron DeSantis (FL) are in a tight race for second, polling at 20% and 16%, respectively. The next closest candidate, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, sits at around 8%. See poll averages here.
Markets mixed at close of trading Friday (S&P 500 +0.1%, Dow -0.3%, Nasdaq 0.0%) as fourth-quarter earnings begin to be released (More).