Wednesday, June 20, 2018

NFL Pro Bowl will return to Orlando's Camping World Stadium in 2019

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 1:36 PM

The Pro Bowl will be making its return to Orlando's Camping World Stadium in 2019. This is the third year the all-star game from the National Football League will be hosted in Orlando. Before the actual event, players, coaches and fans participate in a full week of activities around...

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Sen. Bill Nelson: 'Why do they not want the senator from Florida to get into this detention facility?'

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 1:19 PM

Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson was denied entrance yesterday to a facility in Homestead, Florida, that houses some children who were separated from their families by immigration officials. In a speech on the Senate floor earlier today, Nelson relayed that a total of 174 such minors are being detained in...

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City of Orlando hasn't said if they're still using Amazon's facial recognition cameras

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 1:13 PM

Last December, the Orlando Police Department teamed up with Amazon to test facial recognition software on at least eight surveillance cameras, three of which are located in Downtown Orlando. That pilot program ended Tuesday, June 19, according to a blueprint outlining the city's use of the software. And, after...

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Public funeral for four Orlando children killed in standoff set for Saturday

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 11:57 AM

A public funeral will take place this weekend for the four children who were tragically killed during a standoff at an apartment complex near Universal Orlando. The funeral service will be held in honor of the children on Saturday at St. James Catholic Cathedral Church in downtown Orlando. The...

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Orange County gives go-ahead for 'higher speed' Brightline train to lay tracks through wetlands

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 11:43 AM

On Tuesday, Orange County commissioners gave the OK for All Aboard Florida’s request for a Conservation Area Impact Permit, allowing the private company to start laying tracks for its high-speed passenger train linking Orlando to Miami. The expansion will require Brightline to convert more than 100 acres of wetlands along...

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Trump policy of separating immigrant families at border sets off bipartisan furor in Florida

Posted By on Tue, Jun 19, 2018 at 7:18 PM

Amid escalating bipartisan demands for President Donald Trump to stop separating undocumented immigrant children from their families at the southern U.S. border, two high-ranking Florida Democrats were denied access Tuesday to a federal detention facility in Homestead housing an estimated 1,000 minors. The Trump administration family-separation policy —- which...

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Florida lawmakers file bill to end family separation at U.S. border

Posted By on Tue, Jun 19, 2018 at 7:18 PM

Florida lawmakers, along with 190 other House Democrats, filed a bill Tuesday to end the Trump Administration's policy to separate migrant children from their parents at our country's border. Local Representatives Val Demings and Stephanie Murphy were among the co-signers of the bill. "We are a country of law and...

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Florida lawmakers blocked from entering Homestead facility holding 1,000 migrant children

Posted By on Tue, Jun 19, 2018 at 6:51 PM

Florida lawmakers were blocked from entering a Homestead facility where federal immigration authorities are holding an estimated 1,000 undocumented migrant children. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and state Rep. Kionne McGhee were denied entry to the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children that was recently reopened under...

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Orlando area protests planned in response to Trump's policy of separating migrant children from parents

Posted By on Tue, Jun 19, 2018 at 6:50 PM

If you happen to be part of the 66 percent of Americans who currently believe it's entirely disgusting and wrong to have your kids ripped from your arms over a misdemeanor, there's an upcoming nationwide protest you should be aware of. Following intense backlash to the Trump administration's abhorrent policy...

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The Florida Times-Union's newsroom just announced its intention to unionize

Posted By on Tue, Jun 19, 2018 at 3:08 PM

On Tuesday, the newsroom at the Florida Times-Union announced it had started the process that will lead to a vote on whether to unionize.  The newsroom, a group of 35 to 40 individuals that includes reporters, photographers, copy editors and desk editors, hopes the move will help them “gain...

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