Articles by Tamara Lush, Alan Suderman and Frank Bajak

Florida Cyber Attack Raises Alarm Over Security of Water Treatment Plants

A hacker’s botched attempt to poison the water supply of a small Florida city is raising alarms about just how vulnerable the nation’s water systems may be to attacks by more sophisticated intruders. Treatment plants are typically cash-strapped, and lack …

Virus-Hit Florida Lashed by Weakened Tropical Storm Isaias

Bands of heavy rain from Isaias lashed Florida’s east coast Sunday while officials dealing with surging cases of the coronavirus kept a close watch on the weakened tropical storm. Isaias was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm Saturday …

Florida Shatters Daily COVID Case Record as Disney Parks Reopen

Florida shattered the national record Sunday for the largest single-day increase in positive coronavirus cases in any state since the beginning of the pandemic, adding more than 15,000 cases as its daily average death toll continued to also rise. According …

Florida Reaches Grim Coronavirus Milestone

Florida health officials say the state has reached a grim milestone: more than 200,000 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus since the start of the outbreak. State statistics released Sunday show an additional 10,000 confirmed cases. The highest …

Actors Union Asks Disney to Delay Reopening Florida Parks

A day after Disney said it would delay reopening its California theme parks, the union representing actors at Walt Disney World said Thursday that the company should also postpone welcoming back guests at its Florida parks which are scheduled to …

Many Florida Business Owners Take Slow Approach to Reopening

Despite reopenings throughout Florida, some cities and businesses are hesitant about welcoming the public, saying they want to take things slow due to lingering safety concerns. It’s a delicate balance, especially for small business owners who have been closed since …

Shooting at Florida Gaming Tournament Highlights Event Security Issues

A champion gamer’s decision to open fire Sunday afternoon during a video competition in Jacksonville, Fla. – killing two people and wounding nine others before killing himself – has prompted calls from gamers for more security at esports tournaments. “It’s …

Why Organizations Cover Up Sex Abuse Scandals

Of all the horrific details contained in the Pennsylvania grand jury report on child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, one sentence stands out: “The main thing was not to help children, but to avoid `scandal.”’ When sex-abuse cases dominate …

Toxic Algae Bloom Devastating Florida’s Gulf Coast

Tons of dead fish. A smell so awful you gag with one inhale. Empty beaches, empty roads, empty restaurants. A toxic algae bloom has overrun Florida’s southern Gulf Coast this summer, devastating sea life and driving people from the water. …

Media Faces Challenge in Keeping Online Threats from Escalating

After a Florida radio station’s general manager told hosts they didn’t have to put an obnoxious repeat caller on the air a couple of months ago, the man stood on the sidewalk outside and vented his irritation with the station …