Friday, July 20, 2018

Two Jerry Garcia birthday and memorial events are happening in Orlando next month

Posted By on Fri, Jul 20, 2018 at 3:05 PM

Aug. 1 marks the birthday of Grateful Dead mainstay, famed guitarist and hippie icon Jerry Garcia. And though Garcia has been gone for many years now, both his legend and fanbase remains strong. So there are, naturally, nearby opportunities to pay tribute to his musical legacy. Fathom Events is putting...

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The Orlando Police Department made an 'In My Feelings Challenge' video

Posted By on Fri, Jul 20, 2018 at 2:37 PM

A new challenge has risen, and our local police has accepted it. After Drake dropped his highly anticipated Scorpion album, the hit song "In My Feelings" grabbed the viral spotlight and became the centerpiece of a challenge that is dancing its way around the world. So, Orlando Police decided...

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The LGBT+ Center of Orlando will open second location in Kissimmee on August 15

Posted By on Fri, Jul 20, 2018 at 2:18 PM

Kissimmee will get its first LGBTQ support center this summer. The LGBT+ Center of Kissimmee at 21 W. Monument Ave. will hold a grand opening ceremony on August 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Staff, volunteers and elected officials are expected to take part in the ribbon cutting ceremony....

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While Florida has a $1 trillion GDP, nearly half of residents can't afford basic needs

Posted By on Fri, Jul 20, 2018 at 1:11 PM

A week after it was announced that Florida's Gross Domestic Product is worth $1 trillion, which would make it the 17th largest economy in the world if it were a country, a new study from the United Way shows that the majority of us wouldn't be able to tell....

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Florida lawmaker calls for suspension of SunPass payments and 'full investigation'

Posted By on Fri, Jul 20, 2018 at 11:53 AM

The Florida Department of Transportation has been under fire for the SunPass fiasco over the past few weeks, and things just keep getting worse. Since the electronic toll collector has gone offline for a system-wide update, issues continue to plague normal operations, including millions of unprocessed transactions and duplicate...

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Orange County schools will spend more than $11 million to ramp up security efforts

Posted By on Fri, Jul 20, 2018 at 11:37 AM

The Orange County school district is set to spend an additional $11.6 million to boost security measures on campus in the coming year. However, citing state law in a post on the schools' Facebook page, the district says it will remain mum on the details for now. According to...

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Federal judge extends FEMA hotel vouchers for Puerto Rican evacuees until Aug. 6

Posted By on Fri, Jul 20, 2018 at 11:37 AM

A federal judge has again ordered FEMA to extend its hotel voucher program for Puerto Rican evacuees, this time until midnight on Aug. 6 Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Timothy Hillman directed the federal agency to extend its Transitional Shelter Assistance Program until July 23 for about 1,200 Puerto...

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The Body, Lingua Ignota and Freakazoid ignite Mills Ave with noise and fury

Posted By on Fri, Jul 20, 2018 at 11:01 AM

THIS LITTLE UNDERGROUND The Body, Lingua Ignota and Freakazoid, Will’s Pub, July 18 Originally emerging from the same notable Rhode Island bedlam that unleashed Lightning Bolt, adventurous duo the Body have roots that are deep in metal and noise. But over time, they’ve evolved into a categorically experimental heavy...

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Florida Republican Party pumps money into controversial education amendment

Posted By on Fri, Jul 20, 2018 at 11:01 AM

The Republican Party of Florida last week put $100,000 into an effort to pass a controversial education ballot measure in November. The GOP sent the money to a political committee known as 8isGreat.org, which is trying to build support for the proposed constitutional amendment, according to a committee finance...

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Florida lawmakers OK more money for medical marijuana office

Posted By on Fri, Jul 20, 2018 at 11:01 AM

A legislative panel agreed Thursday to boost the budget of the state Office of Medical Marijuana Use by $13.29 million to help pay for issuing new licenses and covering the costs of ongoing litigation. The Joint Legislative Budget Commission, which includes House and Senate members, unanimously approved $7.34 million...

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