Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Florida death penalty cases allowed to move forward despite questions

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 7:27 AM

In what was described as an "about-face" after a previous ruling, the Florida Supreme Court on Monday ordered that death penalty cases can proceed, even with an unconstitutional law still on the books. The order came as the Legislature prepares to address a pair of Florida high court rulings last...

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa to play the Dr. Phillips Center tonight

Posted By on Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 3:30 PM

Blues-rock true believer and guitarist Joe Bonamassa hits town tonight. We’re hoping he airs some tracks from his recent collaboration with Mahalia Barnes on the Betty Davis tribute album Ooh Yea! Joe Bonamassa plays the Dr. Phillips Center's Walt Disney Theatre at 8 p.m. tonight. Tickets are still available for $69-$149....

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Cool, now Sweden is dissing Orlando thanks to Trump's 'last night' comment

Posted By on Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 2:28 PM

Many were taken aback by the President's "last night in Sweden" remark at his Florida rally on Saturday. “You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this?” said Donald Trump at a rally in Melbourne attended by "9,000 boisterous people" (and us). What could Donald...

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FWC: Annual Florida manatee count breaks record for the third time

Posted By on Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 1:34 PM

The future is looking up for Florida's manatee population. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported Monday a preliminary count of 6,620 manatees in Florida waters. The past three years have held a steady increase in the manatee population, with at least 6,000 counted per year. In 2016, manatees...

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A half-eaten shark washed up on New Smyrna Beach last weekend

Posted By on Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 1:09 PM

A big ol' half-eaten shark washed up ashore at New Smyrna Beach last Saturday, a sobering reminder that not only is there always a bigger fish, but that the ocean is metal as hell. According to WKMG, the shark was either a blacktip or a spinner – apparently it was...

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Disney releases sneak peek at new Na'vi River Journey 'Avatar' attraction

Posted By on Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 12:37 PM

Disney released a short teaser of the Na'vi River Journey, part of Disney's up-and-coming Pandora: The World of Avatar experience. According to Disney, this winding boat ride takes guests on a canoe down a secret river through a bioluminescent forest. On the ride, guests will see the world of Pandora...

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Orlando Philharmonic will perform score to 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' this year

Posted By on Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 12:22 PM

Magic is in the air with today's announcement that the Orlando Philharmonic will be performing John Williams' score to the second installment of the Harry Potter film series - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - for a two-night run this fall. The Philharmonic will be providing a live...

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New project spotlights local artists on SunRail cars

Posted By on Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 11:43 AM

In the next month, SunRail will become a moving art installation. The project, deemed, "Art Is Moving," is the brainchild of Nicki Drumb, a local artist who received a grant from The Awesome Foundation, which donates $1,000 each month to an idea the group finds to be "awesome." Pieces by...

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You can now retire to Margaritaville, also known as Volusia County

Posted By on Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 11:05 AM

The Margaritaville Resort Orlando is readying for its grand opening later this year, but if relaxing in the shadows of tourist traps and overpriced gift shops isn’t your idea of a vacation, there’s another local place to enjoy your cheeseburger in paradise. Minto Communities has announced a new partnership with Florida-based...

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Airline cutbacks suggest that Americans aren't as interested in traveling to Cuba as hoped

Posted By on Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 10:59 AM

When President Obama announced the thawing of relations with Cuba back in 2014, many expected that Cuba would become one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean for Americans. But now, just over two years in, the outlook isn’t so sunny. Airlines were quick to fill the 110 daily...

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