Monday, June 26, 2017

Disney says animatronic Trump will have speaking role in Hall of Presidents

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 1:09 PM

Contrary to previous information, President Donald Trump's animatronic robot at Disney's Hall of Presidents won't be muzzled. Back in May, Vice's Motherboard spoke to an anonymous Disney cast member who talked of a possible rollback of the attraction to an older format. Before 1993, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington were the...

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London DJ A-Sides to headline Torque at Native tonight

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 12:48 PM

Metalheadz-affiliated veteran DJ/producer A-Sides has been releasing his own music and records by others since around 1996, leaning heavily towards jungle and drum and bass. Now a globe-trotting performer, A-Sides lands in Orlando tonight. A-Sides plays Torque at Native tonight at 10 p.m. Tickets are $10-$12. ...

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Half of Florida lawmakers earn failing grades on open government

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 12:44 PM

A new scorecard shows half of Florida lawmakers earned failing grades on their support of open meetings and public records in this year's legislative session. The Associated Press reports 77 lawmakers earns Ds and three earned Fs out of 160 legislators, according to a grading system produced by the Florida...

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TSA officer arrested for stealing passenger's cash at Orlando airport

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 11:19 AM

Police say an Orlando International Airport employee was caught red-handed when he tried to steal a passenger's cash on Thursday. WESH 2 reports Kathleen Duddleston, a passenger at OIA, was going through security when she was pulled aside for a patdown, according to an Orlando Police report. As she...

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Mermaids that are paid by the State of Florida featured in Vogue magazine

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 10:13 AM

While Pitbull’s Florida promotion might be getting scrutiny, a band of mermaids on Florida’s west coast are giving the state plenty of publicity in places that rarely talk about Florida for our numerous roadside attractions. Vogue did a photo essay (and accompanying beauty feature on waterproof makeup) with the...

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Band of the Week: The Palmettes

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Welcome to Orlando Weekly's "Band of the Week." Every week, we highlight one of our favorite local bands. This week, we're pleased to bring you The Palmettes. The Palmettes are playing Wally's on June 29. Just the facts: Who's in the band?Edward Thomas Murtaugh - Bass/Guitar/Vocals Jana Mays -...

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Fun Spot opens a wild wooden coaster, but the ride still has surprises to come

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 9:59 AM

Fun Spot America in Kissimmee opened its new wooden coaster, Mine Blower, this weekend. The new coaster is the first permeant thrill ride built at the park since Fun Spot bought it in 2004. Clocking in at 2,289 feet in length and with a lift hill of 83 feet,...

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SpaceX successfully reuses another Falcon 9 rocket

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 9:53 AM

SpaceX accomplished another re-flight mission on Friday with the BulgariaSat-1 satellite launching from NASA’s historic Launch Pad 39A in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The satellite will be operated by Bulgaria’s only satellite operator, BulgariaSat, providing high-definition television services to the Baltic region of Europe for the next 15 years. The...

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Scott finally signs bill implementing medical marijuana, but smoking is still barred

Posted By on Sat, Jun 24, 2017 at 11:02 AM

More than seven months after Floridians overwhelmingly backed the broad legalization of medical marijuana, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed a bill aimed at carrying out the voters' wishes. Lawmakers passed the bill (SB 8-A) during a special session this month after struggling to reach agreement on an implementation plan...

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The Districts tease gigantic new sound in Florida debut with the impressive Spirit of the Beehive

Posted By on Sat, Jun 24, 2017 at 10:39 AM

THIS LITTLE UNDERGROUND The Districts and the Spirit of the Beehive, The Social, June 23 Since forming in high school, young Pennsylvania band the Districts have built a name on a shaggy and true brand of rock that’s as rootsy as it is indie. And it’s a sound that’s...

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