Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Student testing debate returns to Florida Legislature

Posted By on Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 1:20 PM

The testing wars have returned to Tallahassee. Two years after widespread computer problems undermined confidence in the state's new standardized tests and sparked a political firestorm, lawmakers are once again floating ideas to reduce high-stakes exams in Florida schools. Critics of the state's testing system say that reflects the fact...

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Florida black bears snap selfies on National Geographic photographer's camera

Posted By on Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 1:20 PM

Apparently, Florida black bears like taking selfies, too. Carlton Ward Jr., a Florida wildlife conservation photographer, recently discovered 68 black bear selfies on one of his camera traps in the Florida Everglades. For the past few months, Ward has been working on camera traps in the Everglades through a grant...

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Sixty years later, 'Little Rock Nine' member sees similar hatred in today's politics

Posted By on Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 1:11 PM

When Minnijean Brown Trickey tried to go to school in 1957, the mobs of white segregationists who aimed to stop the black 15-year-old girl from integrating Little Rock Central High School carried signs saying, "Stop the race mixing" and "Go back to Africa." Sixty years later, the wording may have...

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Trump's new helicopter pad at Mar-a-Lago will make it a little easier for him to golf every weekend

Posted By on Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 12:53 PM

In order to make his Florida golf outings slightly more convenient, a large dirt pit at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach will soon be a functioning helipad for the Marine One helicopter. The 40-50ft pit was spotted Tuesday with orange cones surrounding it. See the bottom right corner...

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29 free shows happening in Orlando this week

Posted By on Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 11:45 AM

Wednesday, March 1 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. The Strange Trip 10:30 pm at Tanqueray's, 100 S. Orange Ave. Thursday, March 2 Thursday...

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Table to farm: Disney chefs spotlight local ingredients at Field to Feast

Posted By on Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 10:42 AM

The bucolic surroundings of Long & Scott Farms will, once again, provide the setting for eight culinary maestros to showcase their chops at one of the most hotly anticipated food fêtes on the calendar. Field to Feast, the outdoor culinary extravaganza organized by Edible Orlando, will see eight of...

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Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum is running for Florida governor

Posted By on Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 10:18 AM

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum officially confirmed this morning that he is indeed seeking the 2018 Democratic nomination for governor of Florida. "I’m running for Governor of Florida. I hope that you will join me on this journey," said Gillum in a Facebook post. "Nothing about my background suggest I should even...

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NYC punks Foster Care get down and dirty at Wally's

Posted By on Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 8:00 AM

In the musical lifespan of a touring band, the musicians usually play a series of increasingly anonymous clubs or bars, never finding that elusive perfect spot where their music makes the most sense, sonically and aesthetically. You can count them on one hand; the Velvet Underground at Warhol’s Factory, Yanni...

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Okeechobee Music Festival kicks off its second year with Bassnectar, Kings of Leon and more

Posted By on Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 7:00 AM

The expansive and eclectic Okeechobee Music Festival is back for its second year and is boasting some impressively well-known artists. This year, Usher, Kings of Leon, Bassnectar and Wiz Khalifa, along with about 80 other artists, take the stage at the three-day camping and music festival in Sunshine Grove. (OK,...

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Depeche Mode will play two Florida shows this September

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 5:22 PM

Synth-pop godfathers Depeche Mode have just announced the North American itinerary for their "Global Spirit" tour set for later this year. And though there are no Orlando dates (yet?), there are two Florida shows within reasonable striking distance for those willing to get "behind the wheel." Depeche Mode play the...

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