Thursday, February 21, 2019

11 Orlando-area restaurants awarded four-diamond rating on AAA's 2019 list

Posted By on Thu, Feb 21, 2019 at 3:52 PM

AAA has awarded 11 restaurants within the Orlando area its prestigious four-diamond rating for 2019. A restaurant is ranked one to five diamonds by their overall food, service, décor and ambiance offered by the establishment with specifics definitions of each rank listed on AAA's website. Three Florida restaurants are ranked...

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Indie-folk heartbreakers Phosphorescent announce Orlando show in May

Posted By on Thu, Feb 21, 2019 at 3:02 PM

Indie-folk heartbreakers Phosphorescent are returning to the stage, announcing a two-month stretch of North American touring in April and May in support of their latest release, 2018's C’est La Vie. And yes, an Orlando date is included. Just a few weeks ago, Phosphorescent mainman Matthew Houck played title track "C’est La Vie"...

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10,000 Maniacs and Spin Doctors to play Ocala together next month

Posted By on Thu, Feb 21, 2019 at 2:44 PM

Nineties kids unite (and figure out your carpools and babysitters)! Alt-rock darlings 10,000 Maniacs are currently out on tour and teaming up with fellow Alternative Nation staples Spin Doctors (also playing the Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando this Friday) for a one-night-only coheadlining gig next month that's like an...

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's hacked Twitter account tweets bomb threat, racist slurs and porn

Posted By on Thu, Feb 21, 2019 at 2:21 PM

Tampa police are investigating a bomb threat made by a hacker through Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's Twitter account early Thursday morning. At around 4 a.m., Buckhorn's account started rattling off bomb threats, racist slurs and pornographic images. The bomb threat was made against Tampa International Airport. "SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER....

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Board of Trustees accepts UCF president Dale Whittaker's resignation

Posted By on Thu, Feb 21, 2019 at 1:02 PM

The University of Central Florida Board of Trustees voted on Thursday to accept the resignation of president Dale Whittaker amid an investigation into the school's misuse of $85 million in leftover state funds. Chairman Robert Garvey named UCF Vice President Thad Seymour as acting president until a longer-term interim...

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A new interactive play pavilion will open at Epcot for Disney's 50th anniversary

Posted By on Thu, Feb 21, 2019 at 12:23 PM

Epcot plans to open an immersive city for Disney's 50th anniversary as an interactive play pavilion by 2021. Although the pavilion is unnamed, it will be located in what has been known as the Wonders of Life pavilion, according to a press release. The experience will feature hands-on activities, Disney characters...

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Universal Orlando announces 'Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure' will open June 13

Posted By on Thu, Feb 21, 2019 at 11:46 AM

Nearly a year and a half after closing Islands of Adventure's iconic Dragon Challenge roller coasters, Universal Orlando has finally unveiled the name of their Harry Potter-themed replacement: "Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure." The ride will officially open June 13, 2019, according to Universal. The newly named attraction, which will...

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Florida continues to break tourism record with 126 million visitors in 2018

Posted By on Thu, Feb 21, 2019 at 11:21 AM

Toxic waterways and a devastating hurricane did not keep visitors away from the Sunshine State last year, according to Florida’s tourism-marketing arm. Visit Florida announced Wednesday that the state had 126.1 million visitors in 2018, a 6 percent increase from the record set in 2017. “It's clear that by...

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to import prescription drugs from Canada

Posted By on Thu, Feb 21, 2019 at 11:04 AM

Pointing to the high costs of health care, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday announced plans to create a program that would allow Floridians to have access to FDA-approved drugs from Canada. Appearing at The Villages, DeSantis said he will work with President Donald Trump on creation of the program,...

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Indie rock standouts Car Seat Headrest bring a big live band to the Beacham

Posted By on Thu, Feb 21, 2019 at 8:30 AM

There’s a groundbreaking seven-strong indie supergroup coming your way, Orlando, and they’re called Car Seat Headrest. The Bandcamp-born solo project of musical prodigy Will Toledo, begun in the back of his family’s van in various parking lots of his hometown nearly a decade ago, is now a fully fledged...

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