The Daily Populous

Friday August 25th, 2023 night edition

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Florida education officials on Wednesday unanimously approved harsher penalties against state college employees who violate a new law barring them and students from using restrooms or changing facilities for a gender other than the one assigned at birth.

The move by the state board of education comes as LGBTQ advocates have criticized the law as a larger effort to erase them from Florida schools and society.

Under the new rules approved Wednesday, staff and faculty at Florida colleges can be fired if they use a restroom for a gender that does not correspond with their gender assigned at birth.

Employees may also face a verbal and written warning and suspension without pay as penalty for a first offense.

Colleges will be forced to fire employees after a second offense, according to the new rule’s text.

The complaint must also include “the circumstances of the event sufficient to establish a violation,” according to the new rule.

Florida’s college system consists of 28 public community and state colleges—and it operates as a separate entity from the state’s university system. »

New poll shows Lauren Boebert losing reelection as majority of her district doesn’t like her

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A new poll from Keating Research shows Democrat Adam Frisch beating Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) in the 2024 election to represent Colorado’s Third Congressional District.

“This is the only poll that I have seen with Adam up,” Chris Keating of Keating Research said.

The poll showed that 50% of likely voters in the district say they will vote for Frisch, who almost beat Boebert in 2022 in the purple district, and only 48% say they’re voting for Boebert. »

Lego to sell bricks coded with braille to help vision-impaired children read

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Lego is to begin selling bricks coded with braille to help blind and partially sighted children learn to read the touch-based alphabet.

Lisa Taylor, mum to seven-year-old Olivia, said: “Olivia first discovered Lego braille bricks at school and they had such a big impact on her curiosity for braille.

Rasmus Løgstrup, the Lego Group lead designer on braille bricks, said the company had been “inundated with thousands of requests to make [the bricks] more widely available”. »

Georgia Man Arrested for Stealing His Neighbors’ Entire Front Porch

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A Georgia man is facing a felony charge after he was accused of stealing a full wooden porch from his neighbor.

A Georgia man was charged with one count of felony theft after he allegedly walked past several "no trespassing" signs and stole a neighbor's wooden porch.

Swanger was charged with two counts of domestic violence including battery for the incident, in addition to one count of felony theft for stealing the porch. »