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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

City of Orlando 'exploring' citywide changes to duplex development code

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 2:28 PM

The City of Orlando has announced an upcoming public meeting regarding proposed changes to duplex and tandem development. City staff has drafted a preliminary set of recommendations, which you can read here, and will present a "community workshop" seeking public input at City Hall Wednesday, Sept. 21. The city's stated...

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Carefree alligator strolls through Florida man's yard

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 2:23 PM

A carefree gator nonchalantly strolled through a Land O' Lakes resident's yard this week.  Randy Spencer posted the video to his Instagram showing the monster reptile ducking between shrubs and houses, making its way into a neighbor's backyard.  Spencer told USA Today the video was taken from his driveway during a routine...

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Health officials confirm first case of locally transmitted Zika in Pinellas County

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 1:12 PM

Florida health officials Tuesday reported the state's first locally transmitted case of the mosquito-borne Zika virus outside of Miami-Dade County. The Department of Health announced that a case had been found in Pinellas County, along with four additional locally transmitted cases in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami. Such cases are...

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There's a petition urging Publix heiress to stop donating to anti-marijuana lobbying group

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 1:09 PM

Over 40,000 signatures have already been added to a Change.org petition, urging Publix heiress Carol Jenkins Barnett to stop donating money to Drug Free Florida.  The petition, started by Hiedi Handford, was started in response to Carol Jenkins Barnett, the daughter of Publix CEO George Jenkins who, last July, donated $800,000 to the Drug Free...

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Florida man shot and killed after date with woman he met online

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 10:16 AM

Adam Hilarie was looking for love the night he went bowling with a woman he met on an online dating site. In their second meeting together, he was begging for his life, according to police.  The Ledger reports Hilarie, 27, was found dead in the kitchen of his Auburndale apartment...

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New district shapes Webster-Grabelle race for Congress

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 7:00 AM

A political veteran with nearly four decades of experience and a first-time candidate are facing each other in the Republican primary in Florida's Congressional District 11. U.S. Rep. Dan Webster, 67, is seeking a fourth term in Congress but is battling Justin Grabelle, 34, in the Aug. 30 primary. The...

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Remains of Dozier school victims could go to Tallahassee

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 7:28 AM

The remains of dozens of boys who were victims of beatings and abuse at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys should be reinterred in Tallahassee, the city where lawmakers and governors were responsible for the now-closed reform school, a state task force decided Friday. The task force also decided...

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Friday, August 19, 2016

'Hamilton' star Lin-Manuel Miranda donates to Darren Soto's congressional campaign

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2016 at 6:25 PM

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of the hit musical "Hamilton," apparently does not want state Sen. Darren Soto to throw away his shot at getting elected to Congress and has donated $1,500 to the candidate's campaign.  Soto is running in a tough Democratic primary to represent congressional District 9, which...

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Second zone for Zika virus found in Miami-Dade

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2016 at 4:51 PM

A second area has been identified in Miami-Dade County where the mosquito-borne Zika virus is originating, as five more people, including three tourists, have tested positive for the disease. There have now been 36 confirmed cases of people getting infected in the state, with the federal Centers for Disease...

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Coast Guard rescues Florida 'Bubble Man' for the third and probably last time

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2016 at 11:59 AM

Reza Baluchi, an endurance athlete who's lifelong goal is to reach Bermuda via a giant homemade bubble, was rescued for the third and probably last time.  Baluchi's goal is to float 3,500 miles to the Devil's Isles, which he says will take somewhere between 21 and 45 days. Last...

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