Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Publix ranks No. 3 in national consumer survey

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 4:58 PM

The home of everyone's favorite chicken tender sub just beat out 97 other companies in a national consumer survey. Based on a Harris Poll ranking corporation reputations, Publix ranked No. 3 out of the top 100 most visible companies in the country. The grocer earned a reputation quotient of 82.78 out...

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Dr. Phillips Center's second phase construction will begin next month

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 4:05 PM

After dealing with budget cuts, scheduling conflicts and legal battles, the Dr. Phillips Center will finally begin its second phase of construction next month. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the performing arts center is set to break ground March 6 on the long-awaited acoustic hall. This second phase has been in...

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Orlando ranks No. 2 in Forbes' fastest-growing cities list

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 3:37 PM

The results are in: Orlando is one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the country. According to Forbes, Orlando is No. 2 in the country, just behind Cape Coral, in its ranking of the country's fastest-growing metropolitan cities. Every year, Forbes compiles a list of America's fastest-growing cities in an...

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Spoon announce Orlando show for April

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 3:21 PM

Austin alt-rockers Spoon have announced a U.S. tour in support of forthcoming album Hot Thoughts (their first since 2014's They Want My Soul). The tour kicks off in late April and includes two Florida dates, one in Tampa and one in Orlando. Spoon play the House of Blues on May...

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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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