Saturday, March 25, 2017

Florida Rep. Cary Pigman charged with DUI

Posted By on Sat, Mar 25, 2017 at 12:53 PM

With a blood-alcohol level nearly double the legal limit, state Rep. Cary Pigman was charged with drunken driving after a traffic stop on Florida's Turnpike several hours after a House session Thursday, according to a police report. Pigman, 58, an Avon Park Republican, was charged with driving under the influence...

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Tampa postpunk group Empire Cinema debut new single 'Pretty Reckless'

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 5:17 PM

Tampa postpunk group Empire Cinema are no stranger to Orlando concert stages, with repeated appearances playing with the likes of Pathos, Pathos that even led This Little Underground's Bao Le-Huu to praise them as one of the more promising new acts of the postpunk variety, noting: "Empire Cinema often flex...

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Black lawmakers demand governor leave Aramis Ayala on Markeith Loyd case

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 5:05 PM

The controversy over Gov. Rick Scott's decision to yank Orange-Osceola prosecutor Aramis Ayala from the high-profile case of accused cop-killer Markeith Loyd continued to escalate Thursday when black lawmakers demanded that the governor rescind his order. Scott reassigned the case of Loyd, accused of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon,...

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Federal judge rules Florida must add same-sex spouses to partners' death certificates

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 4:18 PM

Despite the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court's 2015 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges changed laws for gay widows and widowers, same-sex spouses in Florida have been fighting to have their names added to the death certificates of their partners. On Thursday, March 23, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle changed that...

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Here's your chance to help revise Florida's state Constitution

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 3:39 PM

Months after the formation of the commission to review proposed revisions to the Florida Constitution, Central Florida is bracing for their first hearing of the year. The commission in charge of rifling through these proposals is the Florida Constitution Revision Commission, which is currently headed by friend to Gov. Scott and...

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TV chef Emily Ellyn brings her kitchen quirk to Bok Tower Gardens this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 3:17 PM

Rockabilly "retro rad" chef Emily Ellyn will visit Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales for two days of gorgeous flowers and kick-ass cooking this weekend. Tomorrow, March 25, Ellyn will be doing a canning demo to show all the cool things you can preserve in Mason jars (it's not just...

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Florida lawmakers consider letting Rick Scott pick administrative judges

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 3:05 PM

One case involved a tiny horse track where an employee waved a red rag to start a "race" between two aging nags. Another centered on whether pari-mutuels could continue to offer popular "designated-player" poker-style games at card rooms throughout the state. And a third focused on a dispute between a...

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Disney reveals sneak peek at theme song for 'Happily Ever After' firework show

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 3:05 PM

For 13 years, Jiminy Cricket narrated our favorite Disney wishes during Magic Kingdom's fireworks finale every night. But now, it's time to wave goodbye to our little conscious guide as Disney prepares to reveal its new nighttime spectacle, Happily Ever After. Disney has revealed a sneak peek of the new theme...

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Florida Senate approves bill that lets grocery stores sell hard liquor

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 2:46 PM

Floridians are one step closer to picking up a bottle of Jack Daniel's with their frozen meatloaf at the grocery store. According to the Tampa Bay Times, legislators passed SB 106, the "whiskey to Wheaties" bill, through the Florida Senate Thursday, March 23 in a 21-17 vote. The bill would...

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Orlando garage-soul group the Sh-Booms featured on NPR

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 2:42 PM

Though they didn't ultimately win the Tiny Desk Contest by NPR Music, Orlando's own soul powerhouse the Sh-Booms left enough of an impression to get a nice feature on NPR anyway. So take that, suckas. Check out the story and interview with singer Brenda Radney here. ...

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