Florida high school alters 80 ‘immodest’ yearbook photos of female students

Not sure why they just don’t insist on burkas for the female students at this point. Oh, this was in Florida… of course.

The school district told local media the changes were made to ensure the photos met the dress code, which says girls’ shirts must be “modest”.

But critics pointed to yearbook photos of male students left unedited despite violating the same standards.

The digital alterations were made without permission, the students say.

Bartram Trail High School’s yearbook co-ordinator – a female teacher – made the decision to edit the photos after determining they had violated the dress code, the St Johns County school district said.



Texans could carry handguns without a permit under bill headed to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk

I just can’t comprehend how anybody would think this is a good idea.

A measure long sought by conservative activists allowing Texans to carry handguns without a license is on the cusp of becoming law after the Texas Senate approved a compromise on the bill Monday, sending it to Gov. Greg Abbott.

Abbott has said he would sign the permitless carry proposal into law.

“We should have ‘constitutional carry’ in Texas,” Abbott told North Texas radio host Rick Roberts in April.

2 Weeks Post Final Vaccination Update

I reached my 2 weeks post-Pfizer 2nd vaccination day on May 7th. So how has being vaccinated changed my habits? QUITE a bit actually. I celebrated by going INSIDE a Trader Joe’s. Yes, I have been one of those who has shied away from going into stores for the past year. I was fortunate to have other options like curbside pickup which I used exclusively.

But since May 7th, I have felt  liberated. I never thought that roaming the aisles of a grocery store would feel like a trip to Disney World. A trip to Target is like going to Paris. And a trip to Walmart is like…. well, being at a Walmart.

Besides my retail adventures, I’ve dined outdoors at a restaurant. It’s quite a feeling to have food prepared by people who know what they are doing. One thing I have learned about my cooking for the past 14 months is it’s difficult to think up new things to eat, especially when you’re just getting food from one curbside grocery store without having the chance to browse an aisle for inspiration.

I’ve started going into the office a few days a week. How do I feel about that? Well, working from home has advantages. Mainly the commute. But there are also a lot of distractions at home. I’ve missed being in the middle of the city. I’ll probably be complaining about going in within the next month. But at the moment it just feels like a return to normalcy.

Things I’m still not ready to do? Indoor restaurants.  I mean, we’re in summer at the moment anyway.  (Hush you summersplainers about to type in the comments that it starts on June 20th.  We’re close enough.) I’m still not really ready to travel yet.  Waiting for more people to get vaccinated and see where the infection rates stand. Especially given the CDC’s terrible mixed messaging about masks.

But as of now, I’m just happy to slowly emerge from my covid cocoon.

Vaccine boosters could be necessary as soon as September

Good to know.

The first Americans to be vaccinated against the coronavirus could require a third “booster” shot as early as September, the CEOs of Pfizer and Moderna told Axios.

Driving the news: “The data that I see coming, they are supporting the notion that likely there will be a need for a booster somewhere between eight and 12 months,” Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said yesterday during an Axios event.

That means some Americans could need a booster as soon as September or October, he added.

State of play: Only time will tell how long protection from the first two vaccine doses will last, but there’s no evidence yet that it’s fading. Even if protection does begin to fade — which is common among vaccines — it won’t happen overnight.