The news you need to know today
Here's the news you need to know this morning:
4 key points from the Facebook whistleblower's testimony on Capitol Hill
Facebook is not having a good week. Revelations brought to light from whistleblower Frances Haugen, a former data scientist at Facebook, has led to what may be the most threatening scandal in the company's history. She spoke at a hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday. NPR shared some of the major takeaways from that hearing. Read more here.
DeSantis pushes back against feds on threats to educators
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland has directed federal authorities and local law enforcement to address the increase in "harassment, intimidation and threats of violence against school board members, teachers and workers" in public schools across the country. In a tweet Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis signaled he would fight those efforts. Read more here.
The latest in the Florida mask battle
The State Board of Education will meet Thursday and is considering disciplinary action against 11 school boards that set student mask mandates to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19. At least one school board voted to change its mandate to allow parents to opt-out, but some districts are not backing down. Read morehere.
Nikki Fried urges for manatees to be placed on endangered list
After a record number of manatee deaths this year in Florida, State Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried asked the federal government to again list threatened manatees as “endangered." Read more here.
Watch out for scammers
Some scammer — or scammers — appear to have Escambia Fire Rescue in their crosshairs. And the department is working to put out that fire by warning residents to be cautious about any calls from the department requesting donations. Read more here.
A must-listen from NPR
Thirty-five years ago, Janet Jackson released "Control." The album changed the course of her career, and of pop music. NPR's Sam Sanders does a deep dive about the album and its legacy. Make sure to give it a listen.