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Dr. Joseph Ladapo, a Harvard-educated researcher, was chosen by Gov. Ron DeSantis to become Florida's next surgeon general on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021.
Dr. Joseph Ladapo, a researcher at UCLA who expressed skepticism of vaccines to end the pandemic, said Tuesday that he would “reject fear” as a public health strategy.
Paul Renner, a Palm Coast attorney who retired from the U.S. Navy as a commander, will succeed House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor.
A spokesperson used the announcement to take a shot at Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who has criticized DeSantis for not accepting the money.
The ice cream maker’s parent company, Unilever, is expected to be added to what is known as Florida’s list of “Scrutinized Companies that Boycott Israel,” prohibiting state investments and contracts...

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  1. With his wife Adriana standing behind him, Paul Renner awaits his nomination as Florida House Speaker-designate on Tuesday in Tallahassee.
  2. Governor Ron DeSantis.
  3. Dr. Joseph Ladapo, a Harvard-educated researcher, was chosen by Gov. Ron DeSantis to become Florida's next surgeon general on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021.
  4. Ben & Jerry's.
  5. Lamar Taylor, chief operating and financial officer of the State Board of Administration, was named Tuesday as interim replacement for retiring Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer Ash Williams.
  6. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor has been aggressive in her response to the coronavirus pandemic, earning praise from the medical community and public health officials, but angering some city employees and vaccine opponents who say she has gone too far.
  7. Edmund Kirby Smith
  8. In this March 2 file photo, Sen. Ray Wesley Rodrigues, R-Estero, listens during the Senate session of the Florida Legislature at the Capitol in Tallahassee. Rodrigues is leading the Florida Senate Redistricting Committee.
  9. Tampa General President and CEO John Couris speaks while Gov. Ron DeSantis listens during an August news conference at Tampa General Hospital and USF Health Morsani College of Medicine's Global Emerging Diseases Institute.
  10. Crowds like this one at a recent Pinellas School Board meeting have been larger and often more animated as boards have taken on issues including school masks, race relations and transgender rights. At this meeting on Aug. 24, one defiant speaker was removed from the chamber by security and another called the school district a "criminal enterprise."
  11. A Pegasus mural at the University of Central Florida Student Union.
  12. Tallahassee outside of Florida's Capitol complex.
  13. A clear sky and quiet street are found at the United Nations headquarters, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, in New York. The 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly begins this week. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
  14. Tampa International Airport's 49-year-old air traffic control tower, shown here on Sept. 10, is "degrading" and overdue for a replacement, said U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa.
  15. The Capitol in Tallahassee is seen following Opening Day of the Florida Legislature on March 3, 2021.
  16. Governor Gavin Newsom speaks ahead of Vice President Kamala Harris at a rally against the California gubernatorial recall election Sept. 8, 2021, in San Leandro, CA..
  17. Marilyn Fassell, of Largo, took a selfie smoking a cigarette in the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection, according to federal court records. The photo and its corresponding GPS coordinates were included in a complaint filed Sept. 9.
  18. St. Petersburg City Council Member Brandi Gabbard (left).
  19. A worker works on the light fixture over the North Portico of the White House in Washington, Friday, Sept. 3, 2021.
  20. Amanda Makki stands at the podium during an event at Largo Central Park, to announce her run for Congress on July 20 in Largo.
  21. Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan.
  22. Gov. Ron DeSantis
  23. Look Ahead America sponsor Matt Braynard, center, talks to conference attendees at his booth in February at the merchandise show of the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando.
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