Thursday, August 31, 2017

Winter Park votes against police body cameras because it's a 'political football'

Posted By on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 5:11 PM

Winter Park commissioners voted against equipping its police officers with body cameras because they don't want the city's public safety to become a "political football." The Orlando Sentinel reports Winter Park Police Chief Michael Deal wanted the cameras for his officers and put a request in the 2018 fiscal budget. But the...

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Snooty the manatee's death was a 'preventable accident'

Posted By on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 4:58 PM

The death of Snooty, a beloved 69-year-old manatee at the South Florida Museum, has been deemed "a preventable accident" and the result of employees failing to communicate. On July 21, a day after his birthday, Snooty died after his tankmates Randall, Baca and Gale dislodged a bolted panel in their...

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Tonight, Sweden’s Trepaneringsritualen combine ritual and noise into a transformative experience

Posted By on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 4:19 PM

It ends, as most worthwhile things do, in a mess of blood and tears. The audience’s ears stop ringing and fists gradually unclench. A sense of shocked relief runs through the room. The bloody, hulking demon mage who was just screaming all manner of arcane curses and incantations over pitch-black,...

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Florida Highway Patrol official suspended after ticket quota probe

Posted By on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 4:03 PM

A Florida Highway Patrol regional commander got a three-day suspension as the agency completed an internal review about whether troopers received quotas for writing traffic tickets. The agency has maintained there are no quotas, but the controversy resulted in the exit of two other high-ranking agency officials. The three-day suspension...

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Orlando Weekly is accepting donations for Hurricane Harvey relief

Posted By on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 3:59 PM

In the wake of the devastating floods that have ravaged Houston, Texas, Orlando Weekly is currently looking for donated items to send to those displaced by Hurricane Harvey. We are asking the community to drop off supplies at our downtown Orlando office during regular business hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) at...

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Ugly Orange goes big again with Burger Records band Death Valley Girls and St. Pete's Soapbox Soliloquy

Posted By on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 3:09 PM

THIS LITTLE UNDERGROUND Death Valley Girls and Soapbox Soliloquy, Will’s Pub, Aug. 29 [image-10] In what is turning out to be a banner year for them, Orlando promoter upstarts Ugly Orange – who first distinguished themselves by illuminating worthy young Florida talent and expanding the music venue landscape – just...

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State Attorney Aramis Ayala organizes death penalty panel to review murder cases

Posted By on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 1:36 PM

After the Florida Supreme Court ruled against her petition to stop Gov. Rick Scott from removing her from death penalty cases, Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala says she has organized a death penalty review panel to examine first-degree murder cases individually. "With implementation of this panel, it is my expectation...

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White supremacist Richard Spencer will defy ban and speak at University of Florida

Posted By on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Despite being previously denied permission, white supremacist Richard Spencer still plans to speak on the University of Florida campus Sept. 12. According to the Gainesville Sun, Cameron Padgett, a 23-year-old Georgia State University student and organizer for Spencer's speeches, said the white supremacist and his National Policy Institute are going forward with...

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Mannheim Steamroller to play holiday shows at Universal Studios

Posted By on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 1:10 PM

Universal Studios has just unveiled their schedule of holiday programming and events for this year, and proggy Xmas enthusiasts Mannheim Steamroller figure in prominently. The group will be playing a slate of their now-ubiquitous holiday music sets at the theme park in November and December. Mannheim Steamroller is set to...

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Florida Supreme Court rules against Ayala on death penalty cases

Posted By and on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 12:02 PM

Today, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that Gov. Rick Scott has the authority to remove death penalty cases from Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala. "Far from being unreasoned or arbitrary ... the reassignments are predicated upon ‘good and sufficient reason,’ namely Ayala’s blanket refusal to pursue the death penalty in...

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