Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Pulse shooter visited Kissimmee mosque days before massacre

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2016 at 5:19 PM

Omar Mateen, the gunman who killed 49 people in an attack on the gay nightclub Pulse, visited and prayed at a Kissimmee mosque four days before the mass shooting on June 12.  WKMG 6 reports the American Muslim Leadership Council released surveillance footage of Mateen visiting the facility around 10:30...

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Creepy clowns come closer: 'Now you can't trust anything,' says Brevard witness

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2016 at 2:02 PM

A Brevard County woman walking her dog was faced with her deepest of fears – clowns: the really creepy kind – on Sunday evening, according to Florida Today. Kelly Reynolds, 41, was walking her pit bull in a Palm Bay neighborhood around 7:30 p.m., when she noticed her dog...

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'Urban chicken' program receives initial approval needed for permanent roost in Orlando

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2016 at 12:40 PM

Some folks will be egg-stremely (sorry) pleased with certain results of the City Council meeting on Monday: a 5-1 vote has given initial approval to make permanent the city’s “urban chickens” program, bringing the project one step closer to permanence. If approved, the new program will allow up to four chickens per...

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Giffords tells Orlando to 'never stop fighting' for gun reform

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2016 at 10:23 AM

Gabrielle Giffords only gave a two-minute speech in Orlando on Tuesday, but the former Democratic congresswoman who survived a 2011 assassination attempt didn't need to say a lot to inspire the crowd focused on gun reform.  "Stopping gun violence takes courage," she says. "The courage to do what's right. The...

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Florida's death penalty on hold as court looks for answers

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Throughout this year, Florida's death penalty has been in a state of limbo. Executions are on hold, judges across the state are postponing death penalty cases, and defense lawyers are seeking additional reviews in the aftermath of a U.S. Supreme Court decision in January that struck down Florida's death-penalty sentencing...

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

OneOrlando Fund will give $350,000 each to families of Pulse victims

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 at 6:42 PM

Each of the families of the 49 victims killed in the massacre at the gay nightclub Pulse will get $350,000 from the OneOrlando Fund this week, though privately, they still have to iron out who will get what funds.  Currently, about half of the families of the 49 victims are...

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Rick Scott quietly shifts Florida courts rightward, leaving a judicial legacy that will far outlast his tenure

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 at 5:20 PM

It was a simple, two-paragraph letter from Judge Robert Benton II to Gov. Rick Scott a little more than a year ago that marked a milestone in Benton's life and in the course of one of the most important courts in Florida. "God willing," Benton wrote at the end, "on...

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Trump to make key campaign stop in Brevard County tonight

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 at 3:26 PM

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will be making his first post-presidential debate appearance 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Melbourne International Airport's AeroMod hangar. The real-estate-mogul-turned-reality-TV-fixture-turned-serious-presidential-contender hits Central Florida a day after Democratic vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine, who spent Monday night at a debate watch party in Orlando, and almost a...

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Learn more than 'Dónde está la biblioteca' with bilingual meetup in East Orlando

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 at 9:45 AM

Learning a new language as an adult can sometimes feel like pulling teeth. It's not enough to know the correct way to pronounce a word or where to put an accent mark—you've got to know how to confidently hold a fluent conversation, and in academic-leaning classes, that's often the part...

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Scott orders faster public notification after sinkhole dumps contamination into Floridan aquifer

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 at 7:05 AM

Gov. Rick Scott on Monday ordered new public notification rules as a result of a sewage spill in Pinellas County and a sinkhole south of Lakeland that sent toxins into the drinking-water supply. Scott said he also will seek legislation next year to put the new water- and air-pollution notice...

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