Friday, June 22, 2018

Rick Scott wants to build a privately funded high-speed rail from Orlando to Tampa

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2018 at 5:41 PM

Days after being roasted for rejecting $2.4 billion in federal funding for a high-speed rail line in 2011, Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday that a private company will fund a high-speed rail connection from Orlando to Tampa. Scott's office says the Florida Department of Transportation and Central Florida Expressway Authority received...

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Here's Marco Rubio getting blasted by hecklers outside a Florida immigration detention facility

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2018 at 4:24 PM

Marco Rubio, a mostly absent Republican Florida senator who seems to only poke his head up for good press, was heckled to hell and back today after visiting a federal detention facility for migrant children in South Florida. While standing in front of the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children, protesters...

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The Democratic governor's debate in Orlando isn't happening

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2018 at 4:08 PM

Announced today by the Orange County Democratic Party, the gubernatorial debate that was set to be held in Orlando Tuesday has been canceled. Just two candidates for Florida governor – Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Winter Park businessman Chris King – announced they would attend the debate, while former congresswoman...

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Trump administration sued for ignoring wildlife impact in plans to drill in the Gulf

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2018 at 3:30 PM

On behalf of three environmental groups, Earthjustice filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration Thursday for failing to protect threatened species in the Gulf of Mexico as it pushes to expand drilling amid regulatory softening. According to Earthjustice, the administration has yet to complete "a legally required consultation about...

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Orlando must learn to live with its giant grasshopper overlords

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2018 at 3:00 PM

Have you seen one of these giant grasshoppers? Well, they're everywhere, and it's safe to say they currently run this town. They're called lubber grasshoppers, and though they usually appear from July to August, our recent heavier rainfall has summoned these beasts from their gross little egg pods in...

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Orlando groups call on Police Chief Mina to back out of Amazon's plan to use citywide facial recognition cameras

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2018 at 2:22 PM

A coalition of 11 local civil rights groups and advocacy organizations are calling on Orlando Police Chief John Mina to back out of a deal with Amazon that employs facial recognition software on city surveillance cameras. In a letter sent to Chief Mina on Thursday, the coalition, which includes...

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Industrial legends OhGr and Lead Into Gold announce Orlando show

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2018 at 1:52 PM

Infamous Skinny Puppy frontman OhGr led one of the most intense and over-the-top performances we've ever seen when SP played the Edge in Orlando in 1992 as part of their "Last Rites" tour. Eventually he overcame the psychological and chemical torment that was feeding his self-destructive performances around that...

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Disney Teamsters union in Orlando violated labor law, board rules

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2018 at 1:47 PM

A Teamsters union representing Walt Disney World workers violated federal labor law when it failed to respond to members who were trying to resign from the union, according to a ruling from the National Labor Relations Board. Union officials at Local 385, which represents transportation workers and costumed characters...

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Foxtail Coffee and Orange County Brewers are coming to Orlando International's new terminal

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2018 at 12:53 PM

Orlando International Airport's new south terminal is opening in early 2021, and a variety of local food options will debut along with it. Foxtail Coffee Co. and Orange County Brewers will be among the first available options, and PGA Tour Grill, Shake Shack and Auntie Anne's pretzel shop are...

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Connecticut editorial roasts Florida Gov. Rick Scott for turning down transit funds

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2018 at 12:49 PM

The Florida Democratic Party rather gleefully sent around an editorial from the Hartford Courant today titled "Thank for everything, Gov. Scott. Love, Connecticut." ("Thank"? Maybe they've been laying off copy editors.) In cheering for the debut of the new Hartford commuter line, the editorial board wrote: "This much-anticipated train...

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