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What You Missed This Week in La Gaceta

From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga

► Circuit Judge Monica Brasington granted a temporary injunction against the City of Gainesville, preventing the City from enacting a policy of requiring its employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 on or before Oct. 30 or face progressive disciplinary actions, including termination. The sole plaintiff, Darris Friend, the organization County Citizens Defending Freedom and the winning attorney are crowing that this is a victory against vaccine mandates. … (to read more, buy a paper)

► … Locals from Miami-Dade say the Department of Health is completely wrong and the local population’s vaccine rate is far lower. Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber pointed to the Department of Healths vaccination number by zip code to demonstrate its math is wrong. The Department of Health is showing 2,700 percent vaccination rate for zip code 33122, which includes the Miami Airport. …(to read more, buy a paper)

► Governor Ron DeSantis and his legislative cohorts were handed a huge defeat by the courts on his 2020-21 legislative priority, House Bill 1, which redefined peaceful protests as riots and offered harsh punishments.
U.S. District Judge Mark Walker granted a temporary injunction against the enforcement of the new law and dispensed much criticism of it in a 90-page order. The judge offered this, “If this court does not enjoin the statute’s enforcement, the lawless actions of a few rogue individuals could effectively criminalize the protected speech of hundreds, if not thousands, of law-abiding Floridians.” … (to read more, buy a paper)

► … Amazon is now pro-pot and will lobby for legalization of recreational use and the expungement of criminal records for marijuana use. It’s hard to tell if Amazon is now cool or if the company is desperate for employees or if it wants to position itself to deliver marijuana to customers’ homes in the future. Amazon is rapidly expanding in states with legalized recreational use and in states with expanded medical marijuana use. Many new hires can’t pass a marijuana drug screening and it is also hurting their numbers in minority hiring. …
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► ExpoLatino Tampa Bay will connect Hispanic-owned companies with each other and major organizations on Oct. 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Cuban Club in Ybor City. The event features seminars and exhibitions and can be attended in person or virtually. Admission is free and there is still time for vendors and sponsors to sign up. Visit www.sanmatiasgroup.com for more information. For tickets, go to Eventbrite.com.(to read more, buy a paper)

From Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut

► … A few Saturdays ago, I was sitting on the couch watching MeTV and was delighted to see a “Three Stooges” marathon. If ever there were a group of men who could make you forget the entire outside world and mindlessly stare into the oblivion, Moe Larry and Curly are those men. Unfortunately, this was a Shemp marathon and there was no Curly to be seen. I have no idea who would program such a thing. Moe, Larry and Curly could certainly drive a day’s worth of programming, but Shemp? It’s like they were trying to get me off the couch. Nevertheless, I persisted….(to read more, buy a paper)

From O’Pinions To Go, by Joe O’Neill

► According to the new book “Peril” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, Gen. Mark Milley felt the need to personally–and secretly–assure his Chinese counterpart that the U.S., regardless of what Demander-in-Chief Trump was blustering and tweeting about, would not attack China. Trump and his GOPster lackeys have now labeled the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs a “traitor.” He’s not. In a Strangelovian way, he actually had the back of anybody who understandably feared a cataclysmic, worst-case scenario with a raging, unhinged president with access to nuclear codes. But Gen. Milley did have other choices besides blind fealty to an existential threat. He could have made a high-profile resignation—and then lend de facto support for, say, the 25th Amendment that can be invoked to remove a president for disability, including mental imbalance. Perhaps Mike Pence would have agreed by that time. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From In Context, by Doris Weatherford

► This column is devoted to current events in their historical context, but you know that I can get personal, too. This is one of those times. My emotional self wants to put some things in print about the memorial for my late husband that my daughter and I held on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. I was especially heartened by the strength of family, as almost two dozen kinfolks came from out of state. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Silhouettes, an interview with Sherry Silk, by Tiffany Razzano

► It should come as no surprise that Sherry Silk has always been an animal lover. After all, she’s known for her role with the Humane Society of Tampa Bay and helping transform the organization since taking the helm as CEO. … She’s also focused her efforts beyond animal adoption. “We’ve done a lot more than finding animals homes,” she said. In the fall of 2007, the Humane Society launched a program to help disadvantaged people keep their pets by offering free shot clinics – a program similar to one she ran in Detroit – and free pet food banks. Through programs like these, they’re able to keep pets in their homes and out of the shelter, she said. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Líneas de la memoria, por Gabriel Cartaya

► … Orlando Sánchez Soto es un pianista, clarinetista y, preferentemente, un excelente saxofonista cubano que en los últimos años vive y toca en Nueva York. Fue uno de los fundadores del Festival de Jazz Plaza de La Habana en 1980 y partícipe del mismo, al lado de los más grandes intérpretes de ese género, hasta el año 2013. Ha deleitado al público devoto del jazz en más de 30 países, entre ellos Canadá, Estados Unidos, México, Panamá, Colombia, Perú, Portugal, España, Francia, Alemania, Italia, Bulgaria, Turquía, China y Japón. Es autor del libro Sistema Armónico Complementario, utilizado por muchos profesores en la enseñanza de música y sigue, con el saxofón a cuestas, apostando por la paz y el amor en el mundo.
Has tocado jazz con varias de las figuras más representativas de este género en nuestros tiempos, entre ellos Wynton Marsalis, Craig Harris, Chucho Valdés, Teodosii Spassov y otros. ¿En qué escenarios se han producido?
Los maestros Teodosii Spassov y Milcho Leviev pertenecen al período que viví en Sofía, Bulgaria, donde hay muchos intérpretes destacados del Jazz. Con ellos compartí, entre 1994 y 1998, en muchos festivales. Con los otros artistas de fama internacional que has mencionado, donde incluyo a David Valentin, David Murray y otros, nos reunimos en La Habana.
Te graduaste del Instituto Superior de Arte de La Habana en 1987. ¿Qué significó en tu formación esa institución universitaria?
Mi educación musical comenzó desde la cuna, a través de mi madre Maritza Soto Machirán, quien estudió piano en el Conservatorio Amadeo Roldán y luego Musicología en el Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), y fue directora de varios Conservatorios de La Habana. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Briznas culturales, por Leonardo Venta

► … Teniendo en consideración lo poco usual en que sale a la luz una obra inédita de un período ya recorrido de las artes plásticas, es notable el que un dibujo que se le atribuye a Vincent van Gogh –el cual conforma el trabajo preliminar del cuadro “Worn out (Desgastado)”, de 1882– e integra desde el pasado 17 de septiembre la colección del Museo Van Gogh, con sede en la Plaza de los Museos en el sur de Ámsterdam.
El boceto –perteneciente a las obras más conocidas del período en que el genial pintor, oriundo del pequeño y gélido pueblo holandés Grout-Zunder, residiera en la ciudad de La Haya– es una especie de acechante silencioso gemido a la desesperanza, el cual cobra forma a través del derrumbado continente de un anciano de la clase obrera sobre una rústica silla, con la espalda encorvada en señal de abatimiento, el rostro escondido entre las manos y los apesadumbrados codos apoyados sobre las abiertas piernas.
…(to read more, buy a paper)

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