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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis reacts after publicly signing HB7, alternately dubbed the "individual freedom" law or the "stop woke" bill, during a news conference at Mater Academy Charter Middle/High School in Hialeah Gardens, Fla., on Friday, April 22, 2022. Three federal lawsuits, the latest filed Thursday, are challenging the law.
The ruling came as a third lawsuit was filed Thursday challenging the new law.
The university disputes the claim by an adult website in the case of a manager who embezzled $12.8 million.
State says First Amendment principles were “completely disregarded” when prayer was not allowed over a stadium loudspeaker.
The money would be spent to boost its rankings and try to get into a highly regarded clique of research universities.

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  1. A 31-year-old Florida teacher has been charged with interfering with the custody of a minor.
  2. Ralph Puglisi, center, leaves the federal courthouse in Tampa on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, after he pleaded guilty to embezzling $12.8 million from a nonprofit company affiliated with the University of South Florida. Puglisi was flanked by his two lawyers, Anthony Rickman, left, and Nicholas Glance, right.
  3. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis reacts after publicly signing HB7, alternately dubbed the "individual freedom" law or the "stop woke" bill, during a news conference at Mater Academy Charter Middle/High School in Hialeah Gardens, Fla., on Friday, April 22, 2022. Three federal lawsuits, the latest filed Thursday, are challenging the law.
  4. Players from Cambridge Christian and Indian Rocks Christian pray after a football game in 2014. The Florida Department of Education is supporting Cambridge Christian in its ongoing court fight against the Florida High School Activities Association for not allowing the school to use the stadium's public address system for a prayer before the 2015 state championship game.
  5. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister speaks to the media about a shooting that happened in the parking lot of Earl K. Lennard High School in Ruskin on Thursday. He said a 17-year-old student took out a gun he had brought to school to show a friend who was visiting him, and the friend began playing with it and accidentally shot himself in the leg.
  6. A view from inside the Muma College of Business at the University of South Florida campus in Tampa. The university is asking for $50 million from the state to help it achieve more prestige.
  7. State Board of Education member Ryan Petty said he has “grave concerns” about some LGBTQ support guides provided to Florida students, teachers and school staff members.
  8. If things go according to plan, USF players may be high-fiving fans in their own on-campus stadium in a few years.
  9. Century Tower is a major landmark at the University of Florida, the State University System's flagship school. The state Board of Governors is looking closely at two candidates as it works to select a new chancellor to oversee the system.
  10. Students climb an outdoor stairway during the first day of classes at Pasco County's newest public school, the Kirkland Ranch Academy of Innovation, on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, in Wesley Chapel.
  11. Ron DeSantis on May 16, 2022.
  12. In 2012, Jack Fernandez, of Tampa stood in front of renderings after Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, in conjunction with the Friends of the Riverwalk, unveiled details about the new Historical Monument Trail that would wind around Tampa's Riverwalk. Fernandez was on the committee for the project.
  13. Nancy Velardi, center, president of the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association, criticizes the Pinellas County school district's pay offer for 2022-23 after union members walked out of contract talks on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2020.
  14. Araseli Martinez-Pena, in center, a Hillsborough County Public Schools coordinator of equity and inclusion, talks with a family at a temporary Immigrant School Registration and Welcome Center located at Leto Adult Center, 7010 N. Manhattan Ave, on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022 in Tampa.
  15. Three companies have submitted bids to build the football stadium on USF's campus.
  16. Lourdes Hernandez-Gonzalez, on left, a Hillsborough County Public Schools social worker, talks with Valeska Torres, 27, and her daughter Sofia, 6, from Honduras, at a temporary Immigrant School Registration and Welcome Center located at Leto Adult Center, 7010 N. Manhattan Ave., on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022 in Tampa.
  17. Students go to class during the first day of school at the Kirkland Ranch Academy of Innovation on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, in Wesley Chapel.
  18. Children arrive for classes at Skycrest Elementary School during first day of school in 2021. Schools are starting the 2022-23 academic year this week.
  19. Kindergartner Ezekiel Shorter, 5, and his mom, Rebecca Valentin, hold hands as they arrive for the first day of school at Maximo Elementary.
  20. A view of St. Petersburg College's Gibbs campus in St. Petersburg. The school's board of trustees, meeting on Aug. 9, 2022, voted against giving adjunct faculty more compensation in the form of a fee and a bonus.
  21. Sanders Memorial Elementary School first grade teacher Julie Forsting takes notes on Florida's new "parental rights" laws during a presentation on the first day back to work on Aug. 3, 2022.
  22. Grant Park Christian Academy will not have to follow new federal laws regarding sexual orientation and gender identity in order to continue receiving federal school lunch dollars, the school’s lawyers said Monday.
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