Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Florida House panel backs 'stand your ground' change

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 3:00 PM

A move to shift the burden of proof in "stand your ground" self-defense cases is off to a fast start in the House, where the controversial proposal died a year ago. The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee, voted 9-4 along party lines Wednesday to approve the National Rifle Association-backed measure (HB...

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Rubio says he isn't showing up to town halls because of their 'hostile atmosphere'

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 2:34 PM

Concerned constituents are raising their voices at a town hall in Tampa tonight, but Florida Sen. Marco Rubio won't be there. The town hall, scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Tampa Letter Carriers Hall, was put together by constituents unaffiliated with any group. The constituents have extended this...

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Florida panther population has increased, FWC reports

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 2:24 PM

The numbers are looking up for Florida panthers. A recent head count of the Florida panther population shows an increase from a mere 100-180 range to a range of 120-230 (not including kittens). The study was conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation...

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Rollins College suspends all fraternity activities over 'high-risk behaviors'

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 1:44 PM

Rollins College is temporarily suspending all six of its fraternities after school officials say concerns over "high-risk behaviors" surfaced this week. Meghan Harte Weyant, assistant vice president for Student Affairs, sent out a campus-wide email Tuesday night saying she had "reviewed a series of student conduct concerns as they are...

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Duck Donuts will open its first Florida location in Kissimmee

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 12:32 PM

Customized desserts are migrating south this spring as Duck Donuts prepares to open its first Florida store in Kissimmee. The store, located in the Crosslands shopping center on Osceola Parkway, is poised to help introduce the made-to-order donut-buying experience to an area that constantly wonders, "Why is this donut falling short...

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New study says Orlando's traffic is one of the world's worst

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 12:26 PM

If you ask any Orlando native about the time they spend in traffic, they'll probably respond with a groan and the simple but defeated response "too much." In a recent study conducted by Intrix, a Washington-based tech company that provides traffic data and statistics, Orlando barely missed the top 10 percent when...

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Rick Scott continues to clash with House Republicans over incentives programs

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 12:15 PM

A proposal fiercely opposed by Gov. Rick Scott to cut tourism-marketing money and to eliminate Florida's business-recruitment agency is ready to be heard by the House when the annual legislative session begins. The House Appropriations Committee voted 18-12 to approve the measure (HB 7005), as Scott and House Speaker...

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Local punks Crit release new EP and music video

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 11:20 AM

Local punks Crit have premiered their new Permanent Vacation EP and music video for standout track "First Edition" through the online arm of New Noise Magazine and included a really complimentary writeup on the band that quotes our own Bao Le-Huu. Big time! (We're not even mad that the mag...

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38 free concerts happening in Orlando this week

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 11:01 AM

Wednesday, Feb. 22 Eugene Snowden's Ten Pints Of Truth 10 pm at Lil Indies, 1036 N. Mills Ave. Reggae Night with Hor!zen and DJ Red I 10 pm at the Caboose, 1827 N. Orange Ave. Back II Earth: King Carlow, Black Ant, Moody, Raf Comp 10 pm at Spacebar, 2428...

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

WWE NXT bodyslams the fourth wall at CFE Arena this week

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 4:37 PM

We love a good slam poetry jam or modern dance performance as much as the next gal, but sometimes we want more flavor on our cultural palate, and NXT never fails to deliver. As the minor league branch of the WWE universe, NXT is where independent wrestlers hoping to be...

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