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Past articles by Mike:

Austin is largest US city to challenge 2020 census numbers

One of the most booming cities in the U.S. over the past decade thinks that it grew even bigger than the U.S. Census Bureau says it did. Austin, Texas, became the largest U.S. city to challenge its 2020 census figures when it filed an appeal with the Census Bureau last week, saying it has more than the 961,855 residents tallied during the nation's once-a-decade head count. City officials believe… → Read More

How 10 largest US metros changed in COVID's 1st full year

Here's a look at how the 10 most populous metro areas in the U.S. changed during the first full year of the pandemic, from mid-2020 to mid-2021, according to U.S. Census Bureau population estimates released Thursday. The population estimates calculate births and deaths, as well as domestic and international migration. NEW YORK CITY: The exodus from the biggest U.S. metropolitan areas was led by… → Read More

Owners to get $42 million for citrus trees Florida destroyed

Sixteen years after their legal battle began, about 18,000 homeowners in central Florida will be paid more than $42 million collectively by the state of Florida for destroying their citrus trees during an effort to eradicate a harmful citrus disease. The homeowners in Orange County will receive about $700 per healthy tree destroyed as part of an order issued in state court in Orlando last month.… → Read More

Florida fines key county $3.5 million for mandating vaccines

Officials in Leon County, where Tallahassee, the state capital, is located, violated state law when they mandated in late July that the county's 700 employees provide proof of vaccination. → Read More

Florida breaks record for COVID-19 hospitalizations

A day after it recorded the most new daily cases since the start of the pandemic, Florida on Sunday broke a previous record for current hospitalizations, as the number of patients in hospitals because of COVID-19 once again broke through the 10,000-person threshold. The Sunshine State had 10,207 people hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to data reported to the U.S. Department… → Read More

Florida breaks record with more than 21,000 new COVID cases

Florida reported 21,683 new cases of COVID-19, the state’s highest one-day total since the start of the pandemic, according to federal health data released Saturday, as its theme park resorts again started asking visitors to wear masks indoors. The state has become the new national epicenter for the virus, accounting for around a fifth of all new cases in the U.S. Republican Florida Gov. Ron… → Read More

Gaetz associate pleads guilty to sex trafficking charges

A Florida politician who emerged as a central figure in the Justice Department’s sex trafficking investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz pleaded guilty Monday to six federal charges and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors as part of a plea deal. Joel Greenberg, a longtime associate of Gaetz, appeared in federal court in Orlando. Gaetz was not mentioned in the plea agreement or during the court… → Read More

Gaetz associate expected to plead guilty in federal case

A key figure in the federal investigation of Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz is expected to plead guilty to criminal charges next week. Joel Greenberg will appear Monday in federal court in Orlando, Florida, for a change of plea hearing, according to court documents. The plea potentially escalates the legal and political jeopardy the Florida congressman is facing and signals that Greenberg could… → Read More

Time, transparency needed as Biden inherits frazzled census

Battered by criticism that the 2020 census was dangerously politicized by the Trump administration, the U.S. Census Bureau under a new Biden administration has the tall task of restoring confidence in the numbers that will be used to determine funding and political power. Picking up the pieces of a long, fractious process that spooled out during a global pandemic starts with transparency about… → Read More

Census decision deals blow to Trump efforts on House seats

President Donald Trump's effort to exclude people in the U.S. illegally from being counted in the process for divvying up congressional seats was dealt another blow Wednesday when the Census Bureau's director indefinitely halted an effort to gather data on the citizenship status of every U.S. resident. Bureau workers laboring to comply with the Trump order were instructed to “'stand down' and… → Read More

Trump appointees pressure Census for report on undocumented

U.S. Census Bureau statisticians are under significant pressure from Trump political appointees to figure out who in the U.S. is in the country illegally, and they're worried that any such report they produce in the waning days of the Trump administration will be inaccurate, according to the bureau's watchdog agency. Two Trump appointees to top positions at the Census Bureau, Nathaniel Cogley… → Read More

Census takers fall short of target goal in areas of US

Census workers were unable to reach all the households they needed for a complete tally of the U.S. population. → Read More

Supreme Court halts census in new twist to 2020 count

The court stopped the count of U.S. residents from continuing through October. The White House had argued the head count needed to end immediately. → Read More

Disney to lay off 28,000 at its parks in California, Florida

Squeezed by limits on attendance at its theme parks, The Walt Disney Co. said it planned to lay off 28,000 workers in California and Florida. → Read More

Judge says 2020 census must continue for another month

Attorneys for civil rights groups and local governments said the shortened schedule would undercount residents in minority and hard-to-count communities. → Read More

With parks closed, Disney starts furloughs in 2 weeks

Walt Disney Co. officials announced they will start furloughing some workers in two weeks at its theme parks resorts in Florida and California. → Read More