Sunday, August 20, 2017

Rick Scott removes Aramis Ayala from case of slain Kissimmee Police officers

Posted By on Sun, Aug 20, 2017 at 3:35 PM

After the fatal shooting of two Kissimmee Police officers, Gov. Rick Scott has removed Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala from the case because of her previous opposition to the death penalty. In an executive order, Scott reassigned the case of Everett Glenn Miller, 45, from Ayala to State Attorney Brad King,...

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Second Kissimmee Police officer dies after Friday shooting

Posted By on Sun, Aug 20, 2017 at 2:55 PM

A second Kissimmee Police officer died from his injuries Saturday afternoon after a fatal Friday shooting claimed the life of another officer. The Kissimmee Police Department says Sgt. Richard "Sam" Howard and Officer Matthew Baxter were shot during a routine stop near the intersection of Palmway and Cypress streets around 9:30 p.m. on Friday. Investigators...

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Democratic candidates for Florida governor vow to back LGBTQ anti-discrimination law

Posted By on Sun, Aug 20, 2017 at 12:04 PM

Three Democratic candidates for governor pledged Saturday to support legislation that would prohibit discrimination in jobs and housing based on sexual orientation. Despite support from the business community, the legislation, known as the “Competitive Workforce Act,” has stalled in the Legislature in recent years. Also, a call for Gov....

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Eustis official says city will take donated Confederate monuments

Posted By on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 6:42 PM

While the majority of elected officials across America looked on in horror at the death and destruction following a Charlottesville white supremacist rally around a Confederate statue, Eustis Commissioner Anthony Sabatini saw it and said the basic equivalent of "Yeah, give me two." In a Facebook post, Sabatini said the...

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Lakeridge Winery hosts annual Harvest Grape Stomp this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 5:24 PM

If you've ever wanted to smush grapes between your toes, head out to Clermont's Lakeridge Winery this weekend. The vineyard throws a two-day festival every year after their grapes are harvested, and invite folks to help crush noble muscadine grapes with their piggies. Stick around after you've dyed your feet...

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If you needed one, here's a reason to get takeout pizza this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 5:14 PM

Forget to buy eclipse glasses? Pizza Hut has you covered with this DIY video showing you how to craft your own eclipse projector from one of its boxes. Really, you could do this with any two pieces of cardboard. But they wouldn't come with a delicious pan pizza, so...

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Aramis Ayala's initiative hopes to give juveniles a second chance with clean record

Posted By on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 4:32 PM

Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala announced a new initiative this week to help give juvenile offenders who haven't been arrested a second chance with a clean record. Before the initiative, police officers investigating minor crimes who decided a juvenile shouldn't be arrested would still submit a report to the...

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Florida lawmaker will file bill to ban all Confederate statues, signs and names from public property

Posted By on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 1:35 PM

Florida Representative Shevrin Jones (D-West Park) says he will file legislation to immediately remove all Confederate statues, signs and names from public property in Florida. "William Faulkner once stated that ‘The past is never dead,’ but I’m here to tell you that it can damn well be buried,”" said...

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Confederate plaques removed from Daytona Beach park

Posted By on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 12:53 PM

Three plaques commemorating Confederate soldiers were quietly removed this morning from Riverfront Park in downtown Daytona Beach. The plaques were removed just days after Daytona Mayor Derrick Henry, the second black mayor in the city's history, told the Daytona News-Journal that Confederate memorials should be removed from city property....

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Fluxus experimental music exhibit to open in South Florida later this month

Posted By on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 12:17 PM

The infamous Fluxus "anti art" movement that started in the 1960s is getting a retrospective exhibition at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery in south Florida that shines a light on the music and sound wing of the "intermedia" FLuxus spectrum. Including new works from Fluxus sound vets Yoko Ono (!) and...

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