Thursday, May 25, 2017

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signs bill ending 'tampon tax'

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 12:25 PM

Today, Florida Gov. Rick Scott approved a bill that would make feminine hygiene products tax-exempt. The bill, which covers things like tampons and menstrual pads, was included in a $180 tax cut package passed by Florida Legislature and will go into effect next January, reports the Associated Press. The tax cut...

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Universal's Volcano Bay is now officially open

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 10:36 AM

Volcano Bay, Universal's new water theme park, has officially opened today. This morning's grand-opening celebration included an elaborate ceremony involving drummers, singers, outrigger canoes and, of course, the "native" Waturi islanders. To mark the official opening, islanders handed Universal president Bill Davis a ceremonial “lotus stone,” which then caused an...

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Del the Funky Homosapien proves being weird and articulate aren't mutually exclusive

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 9:57 AM

THIS LITTLE UNDERGROUND Del the Funky Homosapien and Sean Shakespeare, The Social, May 23 In perspective and aesthetic, Del the Funky Homosapien has often seemed more from outer space than the West Coast. The chill step and left lean of his signature lyrics and flow have made him one...

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Orlando's Haitian community calls on Trump to keep his promise

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 8:23 AM

As they stood in front of Universal Studios in Orlando this week, the local Haitian community chanted one message for President Donald Trump: "Keep your promise." Haitian refugees say they want the Trump administration to continue expanding immigration protections into the long term. Earlier this week, Department of Homeland Security...

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Rick Scott vetoes bill to tear down Florida's 'liquor wall'

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 7:44 AM

Pointing to concerns about preserving small-business jobs, Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday vetoed a heavily debated and lobbied measure that supporters said would repeal a relic of the nation's emergence from Prohibition. The so called “liquor wall” law, which requires hard spirits to be sold in separate facilities from most...

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Local grunge band Yogurt Smoothness to play Will's Pub tonight

Posted By on Wed, May 24, 2017 at 3:55 PM

Proopulsive local grunge revivalists Yogurt Smoothness return to an Orlando stage tonight. Expect monolothic riffs paired to eccentric song structures. Yogurt Smoothness play Will's Pub with A Wolf in the City and Fingerstripes at 8 p.m. tonight. Tickets are $-$8. ...

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Bizarre WFTV segment calls Lake Eola a terrorist 'soft target'

Posted By on Wed, May 24, 2017 at 3:27 PM

Following Monday's bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, U.K., local television station WFTV stated in an extraordinary segment, that on any given day, downtown's Lake Eola Park could be a target for terrorists. WFTV's Karla Ray called upon security expert Zach Hudson to point out that the bridge in International...

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28 free shows happening in Orlando this week

Posted By on Wed, May 24, 2017 at 3:24 PM

Wednesday, May 24 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 Daniel Heitz Band 10:30 pm at Tanqueray's, 100 S. Orange Ave. Dearest, Colorvision, Bluesferbones,...

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Major Florida marijuana grower and processor changes hands

Posted By on Wed, May 24, 2017 at 3:09 PM

A Canadian-backed firm will take over management of Chestnut Hill Tree Farm, one of Florida's seven medical marijuana operators, the companies announced Wednesday. The deal involving Aphria Inc., a marijuana grower and processor based in Ontario, and Chestnut Hill comes on the verge of a massive expansion of Florida's medical-marijuana market, sparked...

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Trump budget would eliminate Amtrak in Florida

Posted By on Wed, May 24, 2017 at 2:24 PM

President Donald Trump's proposed budget for fiscal year 2018 calls for some of the most aggressive spending cuts the country has seen in years. Among those cuts, the Trump budget proposes reducing Amtrak's funding by 50 percent. Amtrak says the budget cuts would shut down service in 23 states, including Florida....

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