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Screen Time with Equality Florida's Nadine Smith

Photo illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios. Photo: Equality Florida

Nadine Smith is a badass journalist turned badass organizer — now the executive director of Equality Florida, the state’s largest LGBTQ political advocacy group.

  • She lives in St. Petersburg with her wife, Andrea, and 11-year-old son, Logan.

So how does one of Florida’s "Most Powerful and Influential Women" interact with tech?

Snell Isle architectural gem asks $1.75M

Photo courtesy of Brittany Ranew at Premier Sothebys Intl Realty

Starting with the oversized art sculpture entrance, this house knows how to make a first impression.

The state of play: Listing agent Brittany Ranew says this $1.75M smart home is a refreshing departure from homes more typical in Snell.

COVID's effect on textbook accessibility

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

For vulnerable students, the pandemic has worsened the problem of textbook access, according to a report released by Student Public Interest Research Groups.

The problem: With remote schooling, it's much harder to borrow someone's textbook or get a used book for cheap, forcing students to pay for access codes just to do their homework.

Florida lawmaker asks Justice Department to investigate DeSantis over vaccine site

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, left. Photo: Octavio Jones/Getty Images. Right, Gov. Ron DeSantis. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fl.) asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate whether Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) violated federal law when he opened a pop-up vaccine distribution site available exclusively to residents in two of Manatee County's wealthiest zip codes.

Why it matters: The former governor sent a letter to acting U.S. Attorney General Monty Wilkinson on Sunday, complaining that DeSantis is selectively creating vaccine distribution sites "to benefit political allies and donors, over the needs of higher risk communities and existing county waitlists."

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