Friday, November 17, 2017

Today is the anniversary of Nixon's 'I am not a crook' speech at Disney World

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 4:35 PM

On Nov. 17, 1973, President Richard Nixon was knee-deep in the Watergate controversy when he arrived at Disney's Contemporary Resort to give his now infamous "I am not a crook" speech. In an attempt to quell the outrage surrounding his presidency's involvement with the scandal, Nixon spoke before the Associated Press Managing...

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Orlando's Jack Kazanzas Christmas star comes to downtown this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 4:15 PM

Orlando's decades-old tradition of decorating downtown with a giant, golden Christmas star to start the holiday season is back this weekend. City workers plan to raise the Jack Kazanzas Star this Sunday, Nov. 19 near the corner of Orange Avenue and Central Boulevard. The 600-pound star is elevated 50 feet over the street. The...

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Mayor Buddy Dyer debuts transgender pride version of Orlando city flag

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 3:37 PM

In honor of Transgender Awareness Week, Mayor Buddy Dyer showed off a new transgender pride version of the official Orlando city flag. Dyer shared a photo of the flag this morning on the mayor's official Twitter account, saying "It’s #TransWeek and I am proud to support our Transgender community because everyone...

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Choose a side for Vault 5421's post-'Justice League' DC vs. Marvel party

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 2:29 PM

After you see the new Justice League movie, show your allegiance to DC or rub Marvel’s superiority in the face of disappointed fanboys at Gods & Monsters’ Vault 5421. This cosplay party features drink specials, DJs, comic book movies playing on the big screens and prizes awarded for the staff’s...

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Hourglass Brewing, Peppino's Organic Italian Kitchen & Pizzeria coming to the Hourglass District

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 2:16 PM

When we first broke the news this May about the newly minted Hourglass District and its associated food ventures, the real estate professionals behind the project — Giovanni Fernandez and Elise Sabatino — talked of grand plans for the Curry Ford Road/Bumby Avenue corridor. Well, looks like those grand plans...

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Disney lays off 145 cast members because of 'restructuring'

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 1:37 PM

It's a tough day at the Happiest Place on Earth. This week Disney announced more than 145 employees from its Walt Disney Parks & Resorts department have been laid off. Those affected work in human resources, finance, marketing, sales, and operations. As such, Disney does not expect the move will...

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Florida Democratic Party chair resigns after report of 'creepy' behavior toward women

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 12:05 PM

Florida Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Bittel has resigned in the wake of a report from POLITICO where six former state party staffers and consultants accused Bittel of creating an unprofessional and hostile workplace for women. In a statement released on Twitter, Bittel, who previously apologized, says his personal situation has become...

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Disney releases details on Batuu, the planet featured in Star Wars Galaxy's Edge

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 11:46 AM

This morning Disney released a few interesting tidbits about the new planet featured in the upcoming Stars Wars land at Disney's Hollywood Studios. According to Disney's official blog, guests riding "Star Tours - The Adventures Continue" will now get a first look at the planet of Batuu, which is...

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Florida Senate hires lawyer in Latvala's sexual harassment investigation

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 11:36 AM

The Florida Senate has hired a prominent Tallahassee lawyer amid a probe into sexual-harassment allegations against Sen. Jack Latvala, a Clearwater Republican. Meanwhile, a separate lawyer hired to conduct the investigation into possible misconduct by Latvala, who has steadfastly denied that he touched female lobbyists or Senate staffers inappropriately, estimated...

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Florida Power & Light, Broward County battle nursing home subpoenas

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 11:35 AM

Arguing they should not have to turn over documents, Florida Power & Light and Broward County have been battling subpoenas from a Hollywood nursing home where residents died after Hurricane Irma knocked out its air-conditioning system. Attorneys for The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills served subpoenas on FPL and the...

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