Tuesday, February 21, 2017

House Speaker offers money for Visit Florida – with conditions

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 11:00 AM

House Speaker Richard Corcoran is willing to allow Visit Florida to remain alive, at one-third the funding sought by Gov. Rick Scott and with a list of conditions attached. A Scott spokeswoman quickly called the "massive cut" a threat to Florida families that rely on the tourism industry. In the...

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Rapper J. Cole is coming to Orlando this fall

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 10:56 AM

He's performed with all over the country, but now J. Cole will be taking the City Beautiful to Dreamville in a show for Orlando's "eyez" only. The hip hop star is bringing his "4 Your Eyez Only Tour" to Orlando this fall. The concert will be Wednesday, Aug. 16 at...

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The White House doesn't want to admit how much Donald Trump golfs in Florida

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 10:51 AM

In a weekend filled with making up nonexistent terrorist attacks in Sweden and launching a presidential campaign just three weeks into his presidency, Donald Trump, a man who consistently criticized Barack Obama for anything that resembled a vacation, somehow squeezed in 18 holes of golf with professional Rory McIlroy...

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Large fire engulfs building at Orlando's troubled Tymber Skan community

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 9:23 AM

This morning Orange County Fire Rescue was called out to a massive fire at Tymber Skan, the troubled condominium complex near Millenia. Orange County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Kathleen Kennedy says eight firefighting units responded to the fire, which fully engulfed a structure that appeared to be vacant. "The fire was knocked down...

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There's a strong rumor that Disney World will be getting a massive gondola system

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 8:00 AM

With Star Wars Land expecting to draw huge crowds back to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the already strained mass transit system at Walt Disney World will need some upgrades. Now it looks like Disney is about to break ground on the biggest expansion of its mass transit system since the early...

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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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