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

Florida legislative session, ALICE, working poor, poverty, lower income

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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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Hello pollen, my old friend

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 2:25 PM

Does your face feel like it's filling with cement? Is your car covered in a fine dust? The answer to both of those questions is more than likely "yes." That's right, pollen season is here, and you're about to get jammed up. Too early you say? Let's take a quick...

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Human testing underway for vaccine against Zika-carrying mosquitos

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Human testing has begun on a new vaccine that essentially makes us all taste bad to Aedes Aegypti mosquitos, which are known for carrying tropical diseases like Zika. Last week, the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) launched Phase 1 of a clinical trial to test a investigational...

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The Goo Goo Dolls announce Orlando show for August

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 12:57 PM

Nineties alt-rock heartthrobs the Goo Goo Dolls played Orlando twice last year and the audiences must have made a hell of an impression, because the just-announced Long Way Home summer tour includes an Orlando show at the end of August. The Goo Goo Dolls with Phillip Phillips play Hard Rock...

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Cress Restaurant's '7 Courses, 7 Countries' was a meal that mattered

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 12:10 PM

The 300-odd folks who gathered for Hari and Jenneffer Pulapaka's "7 Courses, 7 Countries" event in DeLand were treated to a truly special dinner. Dishes from the seven countries listed in Donald Trump's recent immigration ban – Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and the Sudan – were served up family-style. For...

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Hundreds rally in Orlando to save Obamacare

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 11:03 AM

Several years ago, Sean-Paul Lewis says, the Affordable Care Act saved his life. Last weekend, tucked into a wheelchair with a breathing tube in his nose, he rallied to save the law that extended his time. Lewis, of Longwood, says he's been on a long path recovering from serious physical crises...

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Disney's Fort Wilderness just got a ridiculously cool retro food truck

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 10:45 AM

Disney first got in on the food truck craze back in 2012 with a temporary food truck at the Wide World of Sports. Less than a year later, news broke of Disney World getting up to 10 specialty-themed food trucks. Those 10 trucks never materialized, but in late 2013 four...

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