Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Florida legislators line up gun bills for 2017 session

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 10:35 AM

Floridians with concealed-weapons licenses would be able to carry firearms into areas now deemed "gun-free" under an array of measures that will be championed by Republican lawmakers during the first legislative session since mass killings at an Orlando nightclub and a Fort Lauderdale airport. Proposals have been introduced to allow...

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Pulse victim's mother will attend Trump's speech to Congress

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 10:33 AM

U.S. Rep. Val Demings has invited the mother of a victim killed at the gay nightclub Pulse to President Donald Trump's first address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night. The Orlando Democrat announced she will be attending the speech in Washington D.C. with Christine Leinonen, whose son...

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Fork in the Road chef Bryce Balluff dead at 35

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 9:45 AM

St. Pete native and Orlando chef and food truck pioneer Bryce Balluff was found dead last Tuesday. Scott Joseph's Restaurant Guide reports the cause of death as self-inflicted gunshot wound. Memorial services were held on Sunday. Balluff attended University High School. He participated in local theater productions, including being part of...

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Foodstock Orlando offers four days of food and music around the city

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 8:00 AM

It might not be three days of peace and music, but Foodstock Orlando is definitely a celebration you don’t want to miss. The multi-day food and music festival features local food vendors, Florida agricultural expositions and live music, all to raise funds for local education scholarships and grants. The...

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Orlando Phil's Women in Song series concludes with collaboration with Aoife O'Donovan

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Wednesday is the final installment in the Orlando Philharmonic’s ambitious Women in Song series; live, bird-on-a-wire collaborations between the Phil and female composers and songwriters who come from distinctly non-classical backgrounds, in front of a rapt audience. The creative give-and-take and telepathy is often exhilarating to see and hear. After...

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Is SeaWorld Orlando building a new raft ride?

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 6:00 AM

In April 2016, SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby announced a plan to bring new guest experiences to the SeaWorld family of parks in a "major and minor" addition plan. With this new plan, the parks would be getting a major new experience one year, followed by minor experiences the following year....

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Here are 10 issues to watch during the Florida Legislature's 2017 session

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 3:57 PM

Florida lawmakers are poised to return to Tallahassee for the March 7 start of the 2017 legislative session. They will grapple with hundreds of bills during the 60-day session, while also trying to reach agreement on a state budget that will top $80 billion. Here are 10 big issues...

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What is going on with this creepy Avatar Land robot?

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 3:41 PM

Last night during the Oscars, Disney debuted a new commercial highlighting their soon-to-open Pandora: The World of Avatar at Animal Kingdom, and, good lord, why is that Na’vi robot so incredibly uncomfortable to look at? The 30-second spot starts with Avatar director James Cameron telling you about how cool The...

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Almost half of Florida families classify as working poor, study says

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 3:14 PM

A recent study from United Way shows that 45 percent of households in Florida and 43 percent in Orange County, still find it nearly impossible to obtain even the most basic necessities, and the numbers show the problem is only getting worse. Despite being employed, according to United Way, many...

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Florida officers kill man accused of shooting at Sabal Trail pipeline after chase

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 3:03 PM

A suspect accused of using a high-powered rifle to shoot at a piece of the Sabal Trail pipeline in Dunnellon was shot and killed by local law enforcement officials after a car chase this weekend. The Marion County Sheriff's Office said its deputies responded to the pipeline around 9 a.m....

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