Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Rick Scott cites London fire in vetoing bill easing protections for condos

Posted By on Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 10:56 AM

Pointing to a high-rise fire in London that killed dozens of residents, Gov. Rick Scott late Monday vetoed a bill that would have eased fire-protection requirements for older condominium buildings in Florida. The bill (HB 653), which passed the Legislature with only one dissenting vote, dealt with requirements for retrofitting...

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Florida Legislature can't decide who should replace Confederate general in D.C. National Statuary Hall

Posted By on Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 10:33 AM

Lawmakers trying to settle on a new statue to represent Florida at the U.S. Capitol say they will take another shot next year, after legislation to pick the replacement for a Confederate general's likeness got bottled up in a state House committee. The Legislature voted in 2016 to replace Gen....

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A new hotel is rumored to be headed to WDW, but Disney might not be building it

Posted By on Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 8:34 AM

With all the major new attractions and updates throughout Walt Disney World happening over the next few years, it’s no wonder that the resort may need more hotel rooms. Theme park industry insider Jim Hill has even suggested that Disney is looking to sell out all of Walt Disney...

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Monday, June 26, 2017

PR's Taco Palace closes Winter Park location

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 5:23 PM

PR's Taco Palace, a local Tex-Mex institution for almost three decades, is closing its Winter Park location. Scott Joseph's Orlando Restaurant Guide reports owner Perry Inman is closing the restaurant at 499 W. Fairbanks Ave. for a number of reasons, including issues with the building and a lack of parking partially...

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Spoiler alert: 'RuPaul's Drag Race' winner sashays her way to Orlando

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 3:12 PM

The winner of Season 9 of RuPaul's Drag Race will be making an Orlando appearance this weekend. In the season finale, drag queens Peppermint, Sasha Velour, Shea Couleé and even Orlando's own Trinity "The Tuck" Taylor lip-synced for their lives, but Sasha Velour was the one who made it...

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SeaWorld is under federal investigation for statements made after 'Blackfish'

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 3:05 PM

SeaWorld is under investigation by two federal agencies for comments that company executives made in response to Blackfish, a 2013 documentary that alleged the theme park was mistreating its orca whales. Reuters reports SeaWorld said it was subpoenaed last Friday in an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and...

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Niko Is takes over the Henao Center for a pop-up show on Tuesday

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 3:02 PM

Innovative local rapper Niko Is will throw another one of his semi-regular free pop-up shows this week in Orlando. The Henao Contemporary Center will play host to an event featuring live music, DJs, MCs, live art, and projections from Illuminated Paths, along with food and beverages. Niko Is presents the...

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Rick Scott appoints political ally as Florida's new chief financial officer

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 1:52 PM

Florida's next chief financial officer will be one of Gov. Rick Scott's original political allies. Scott on Monday turned to former state Rep. Jimmy Patronis, 45, to complete the term of Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, who will leave the elected Cabinet office Friday for a job at Florida Atlantic...

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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 toward jungle and drum & 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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