Tuesday, December 6, 2016

New 50-story hotel rumored for the Orlando tourist district

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 9:00 AM

The tourist district has seen plenty of new growth, but there's one site that has long sat dormant. At the corner of the Beachline Expressway and I-4 sits an undeveloped 20-acre site that at one time was supposed to host a large observation wheel. While that project fell through (and the Orlando...

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Pulse owner says decision to keep club was 'emotional'

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 8:38 AM

Barbara Poma says she struggled for months with the decision to sell the gay nightclub Pulse to the City of Orlando. Over the Thanksgiving break, she decided she couldn't walk away from the site where 49 people were killed and more than 50 were injured on June 12. "You couldn't...

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Epcot's Spaceship Earth transformed into the Death Star last night

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 8:01 AM

In celebration of both Star Wars at Disney's Hollywood Studios and the upcoming film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Epcot's Spaceship Earth was transformed into a giant Death Star using digital projections last night. The media only event was hosted by the Disney Parks Blog and took place...

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The James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Dinner returns to Capa Steakhouse this weekend

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Last year's James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour dinner at the Four Seasons Resort was undoubtedly the highlight of the 2015 culinary calendar, and this year's event – taking place at 6:30 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 10, at Capa Steakhouse – promises to be the same. No fewer than three James Beard...

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Florida takes death penalty case to U.S. Supreme Court

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 7:00 AM

The state plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit a landmark case in which justices struck down as unconstitutional Florida's death-penalty sentencing procedure because it gave too much power to judges, instead of juries. Attorney General Pam Bondi's lawyers will appeal a ruling by the Florida Supreme Court...

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Credo's Church Street Exchange location now has specialty beverage list

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 6:00 AM

I gave the corporate coffee powers some love last week, so today here's some news about one of our beloved local coffee shops: Downtown Credo. Nestled between co-working spaces in the Church Street Exchange (the newest of the three locations, including the College Park original and Health Village at Florida...

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Florida officials may be planning 'novel' change to lethal injection

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 4:50 PM

In a move that would be certain to spur more litigation over the state's already embattled death penalty, Florida corrections officials appear to be planning what could be a dramatic change to the triple-drug lethal injection process —- including the use of a drug never before used for executions....

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The Offspring, Soundgarden and more announced for Welcome to Rockville Festival

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 2:32 PM

Welcome to Rockville, arguably one of Florida's largest rock gatherings, announced its 2017 lineup today. The packed lineup, shown below, features classic rockers like Soundgarden, A Perfect Circle, Def Leppard, the Offspring and more. The two-day festival will be held April 29-30 at Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville, Florida. Tickets...

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Stevie Nicks and the Pretenders coming to Orlando in early 2017

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 1:23 PM

Stevie Nicks, the undisputed witch queen of pop music, has announced another round of dates for her "24 Karat Gold Tour" with the Pretenders and they've penciled in an Orlando show for 2017. Nicks, this time stepping solo instead of with Fleetwood Mac, and Chrissie Hynde's new wave survivors, the...

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We've all been this woman

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 12:48 PM

Last weekend, a couple wearing matching T-shirts had a precious moment in front of Cinderella Castle at Disney World, like couples do. However, a photobombing woman in a Christmas sweater witnessed this all-too-common display of affection, and well, just look at her face. We are her, and she is us....

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