Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Chick-fil-A, the fast food chain whose chicken sandwiches became synonymous with the same-sex marriage debate last year, is reportedly scouting locations on Long Island.The Atlanta-based company had more than 1,600 restaurants in 39 states and Washington, D.C. as of last year, but their only eatery currently closest to LI is at NYU in Manhattan.“We’re looking at a lot of locations for them,” John Culmone, executive director of Commercial Retail Associates, told The Wall Street Journal of his firm leading the search for spots in Nassau and Suffolk counties.Dan Cathy, president of Chick-fil-A, stirred controversy last year when he came out against same sex marriage, sparking boycotts from gay and lesbian rights groups and a “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” organized by supporters.“Our intent is to not support political or social agendas,” the company said in a statement amid lingering questions about donations to anti-gay groups. “The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect.”The news that Chick-fil-A and its cow mascots urging patrons to “Eat Mor Chikin” may be coming to town did not sit well with some local LGBT advocates.“I think on Long Island we have a separation of religion and taste,” Long Island GLBT Service Network CEO David Kilmnick told Newsday.
The Batesville Bulldogs battled The Shelbyville Golden Bears in Middle School Cross Country.Boys Results: Batesville 20, Shelbyville 43Girls Results: Shelbyville 27, Batesville 29Batesville vs. Shelbyville MS CC Results (9-25)Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Derek Suits.
Arsenal kick-started their Premier League campaign with a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace.Olivier Giroud set them on the way with a wonderfully athletic finish from Mesut Ozil’s cross but Joel Ward drew palace level with only his second Premier League goal.It looked like Arsenal’s defensive frailties may return to haunt them after a 2-0 defeat to West Ham in the opening weekend but an unfortunate Damien Delaney own goal gave Arsenal the spoils.The win, Arsenal’s first following their opening day loss, means they climb off the bottom of the table whilst Palace remain sixth.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
DeSantis has repeatedly stated that he does not believe a statewide order is necessary.He said during a news conference Tuesday in Orlando, “You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.”Instead, the governor is encouraging communities to develop their own regulations regarding masks.“The outbreak is not uniform,” he said.The Florida Department of Health reported 5,004 new cases Thursday, bringing the state’s total to 109,430 confirmed cases among residents. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, the lone Democrat who is on the governor’s Cabinet, has joined her fellow Democrats in pushing DeSantis to require that all Floridians wear masks.“This is common sense, violates no one’s liberties and follows the lead of 18 other states like North Carolina, Kentucky and New York,” Fried said Thursday in a statement. “If we’re to beat this virus together, we must all act together, with all Floridians doing their part.”Palm Beach County on Thursday joined Miami-Dade and Broward counties in requiring masks. “Requiring that Floridians wear masks in public is an essential part of this accountability because people are more likely to become infected when others choose not to be responsible and wear masks,” U.S. Reps. Alcee Hastings and Lois Frankel, along with the 11 other Florida Democrats in Congress, wrote in their joint letter to DeSantis. As Gov. Ron DeSantis resists calls from Florida Democrats to issue a statewide mask mandate amid the growing number of coronavirus cases, the hashtag #DeSantisResign has become a trending topic on Twitter.The 13 Democratic members of Florida’s congressional delegation wrote a letter to the Republican governor on Wednesday, asking him to “implement an immediate statewide mask order” for people in public places.