Friday, April 16, 2021

Meet Florida's latest invasive species: the Western Clawed Frog

Posted By on Fri, Apr 16, 2021 at 4:01 PM

Florida already has a long list of invasive species, which includes Burmese pythons, Nile crocodiles, poisonous toads, “River Monsters,” herpes monkeys, meningitis snails, and cute little capybara. So, it shouldn’t be that shocking that the Sunshine State now has a clawed frog from Western Africa. Researchers with the University...

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Marijuana dispensary MedMen hopes to grow to 15 Florida locations

Posted By on Fri, Apr 16, 2021 at 1:46 PM

The marijuana dispensary chain MedMen is planning a large expansion in Florida. According to a report from the Orlando Business Journal, the nationwide chain plans to have as many as 15 operational stores in Florida by the end of the year. In anticipation of this, they hope to expand...

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis pushes back against plan to raise state's $275 a week unemployment benefit

Posted By on Fri, Apr 16, 2021 at 1:20 PM

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis put a damper on the idea that Florida might raise its unemployment benefits payouts, calling the current maximum of $275 a week "fine" during a press conference on Friday. DeSantis balked at the idea of raising the state's paltry unemployment benefit amounts when asked about...

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Orange County to run mobile vaccine site at Silver Star Recreation Center next week

Posted By on Fri, Apr 16, 2021 at 12:08 PM

Orange County's mobile vaccine operation moves over from Barber Park to a new location at Silver Star Recreation Center for the duration of next week. From Monday-Friday, April 19-23, county staffers at Silver Star on Apopka-Vineland Road will administer up to 1,000 Pfizer vaccines per day, for free. The site...

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Creative City Project announces the 2021 return of Immerse in downtown Orlando

Posted By on Fri, Apr 16, 2021 at 11:05 AM

The Creative City Project in 2021 are bringing back the event they are best known for — the Immerse performing-arts takeover of downtown Orlando. From Oct. 15-17, Creative City Project will turn 10 city blocks of downtown Orlando into a staging area for a dazzling array of performing arts, visual arts, installation and...

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Blake Shelton plays Orlando concert to celebrate grand opening of Ole Red restaurant

Posted By on Fri, Apr 16, 2021 at 10:21 AM

Blake Shelton visited Orlando on Thursday to christen his new restaurant in Icon Park with a performance. The country star and long-time judge on The Voice was on hand to celebrate his fourth Ole Red restaurant along International Drive. The sprawling, Southern restaurant is mere steps from the attraction's...

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Florida Senate pushes increase in unemployment benefits

Posted By on Fri, Apr 16, 2021 at 9:44 AM

An effort to increase Florida’s much-criticized unemployment benefits, boosting the amounts and lengths of payments, continued to advance Thursday in the state Senate. Pointing to the massive jump in unemployment last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a revised proposal (SB 1906) that would...

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Florida Legislature passes anti-protest bill, a blow to First Amendment rights

Posted By on Fri, Apr 16, 2021 at 9:25 AM

Republican lawmakers handed Gov. Ron DeSantis one of his top legislative priorities Thursday, with the Florida Senate giving final passage to a contentious law-and-order measure spawned by nationwide protests after last year’s death of George Floyd. The sweeping proposal, titled “Combating Public Disorder,” would create a new crime of “mob...

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Organic grocery store Earth Fare to reopen SoDo location

Posted By on Thu, Apr 15, 2021 at 4:13 PM

A little over a year after closing all of their U.S. locations, Earth Fare is returning to Orlando. The natural and organic grocery chain will once again inhabit its SoDo spot at the corner of Orange Avenue and Gore Street. The 24,000-square-foot grocery existed for a year in that...

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Pizza Bruno will pop-up at the Ravenous Pig's beer garden next week

Posted By on Thu, Apr 15, 2021 at 4:02 PM

Ravenous Pig Brewing's new beer garden is going to see a visit from a local foodie luminary next week, and you can reap the tasty benefits. Bruno Zacchini from Pizza Bruno will be setting up shop at the Pig's beer garden and dispensing tasty pies, of course, but there's...

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