Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Zika cases continue to increase in Florida

Posted By on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Florida has reported six additional cases of the Zika virus during the past week, bringing the total to 113 in 2017, according to numbers posted Monday on the state Department of Health website. The 113 cases were up from a total of 107 listed on the department website a week...

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Orlando teen buys $1 lottery ticket at Publix, wins $26K a year for life

Posted By on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 10:31 AM

An Orlando teen spent $1 on a scratch-off lottery ticket at the Publix near Lake Eola and is now pulling in $26,000 a year for life. According to a statement from the Florida Lottery, 18-year-old Daniela Leon Ruz claimed the top prize in their new $500-a-week scratch-off game, but chose...

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Gwen Graham takes a stand for uninsured at Longwood charitable clinic 'workday'

Posted By on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 9:48 AM

Ignacio Gonzalez was determined last week to see somebody at the Shepherd’s Hope charitable medical clinic in Longwood, even if he had to wait for a long time. Gonzalez does not have health insurance, and so for three months, he says he did not take his medications for diabetes because they...

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$100 million professional racing attraction has been proposed off Highway 192

Posted By on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 6:00 AM

A new $100 million professional grade racing attraction is being proposed for Highway 192 just west of the Margaritaville Resort complex. The new 200-acre racing complex, known as the Orlando Motorsports Park, will feature 2 to 3 tracks including a nearly 2 and a half mile-long track exclusively for members...

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Monday, July 24, 2017

City of Orlando adopts new panhandling laws

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 4:51 PM

As expected, this afternoon Orlando City Council passed sweeping new panhandling laws that will take effect immediately. Proposed by Mayor Buddy Dyer's administration, the new laws cover a wide array of restrictions– for instance, you can no longer ask for money or receive donations from cars that are stopped at...

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Orlando: Meet your new city flag

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 3:24 PM

What's blue, yellow and is the newest symbol of our community? Orlando commissioners approved a new flag Monday to represent Orlando at City Hall and other city-owned venues. To celebrate, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, commissioners and other city officials will gather next Monday, July 31, to raise the flag for...

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Universal will replace Dragon Challenge with new Harry Potter coaster

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 2:35 PM

The Dragon Challenge has been officially slain. Universal announced today that the famous Hungarian Horntail and Chinese Fireball will officially retire to make way for an all new roller coaster experience in the Hogsmeade area. On September 5, The Dragon Challenge will close permanently and construction for the new attraction...

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Former RavPig/Cask & Larder chef Scott Pizzo introduces new menu at Highball & Harvest

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 1:55 PM

Scott Pizzo, the recently appointed chef de cuisine of Highball & Harvest inside the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes, introduced new items to the modern-Southern resto's bill of fare, and we got a chance to sample some of his creative dishes at a recent media dinner. Our faves: Grilled romaine with...

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Kevin Fonzo to stage 'La Tavola' pop-up dinners

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 1:50 PM

As Kevin Fonzo prepares to hand over K Restaurant's keys to new owner Chad Phelps this week, the noted chef (and inaugural BITE Award recipient) is already prepping for the next phase of his culinary career. We told you earlier this month that Fonzo would focus his time and energy...

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NBA all-star and activist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will appear at Rollins next April

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 1:49 PM

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the 7-foot-tall athlete and activist, will appear at Rollins College for a talk next April. His book Writings on the Wall – Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White, released last year, discusses his perspectives on the racial and political divide in America along with his experiences...

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