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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Florida Supreme Court backs harsh sentence for man who maintained innocence

Posted By on Thu, Dec 2, 2021 at 4:12 PM

A divided Florida Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a judge’s decision to impose a maximum prison sentence in a firearm case after the defendant maintained his innocence and refused to show remorse. Justices, in a 5-2 decision, said Leon County Circuit Judge Robert Wheeler’s decision to impose a 15-year...

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Universal's 'Hot' Grinch goes viral on TikTok after complimenting theme park blogger

Posted By on Thu, Dec 2, 2021 at 3:32 PM

A TikTok of The Grinch interacting with a guest at Universal is the latest example of actor improv in Orlando parks to go viral. In the clip, The Grinch roasts theme park reporter Alessa Dufresne over her eyelashes before complimenting her makeup. "Oh no, yours are fake," he says...

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Attendees grumble about lackluster Immersive Van Gogh exhibit following delays

Posted By on Thu, Dec 2, 2021 at 11:58 AM

There's always been a whiff of scam about the Immersive Van Gogh experience that's long been promised in Orlando. From the hard-to-parse differences between competing exhibits with similar names to the lack of an announced venue, something seemed off about bringing Van Gogh's swirling landscapes to the City Beautiful. ...

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Florida legislature moves forward with proposal to expunge juvenile records

Posted By on Thu, Dec 2, 2021 at 10:15 AM

A proposal that would allow juveniles who have completed diversion programs to have nonjudicial arrest records expunged for any offense except a forcible felony is moving swiftly through the Senate. Currently, minors who have gone through a diversion program only can be granted a records expungement for misdemeanor offenses....

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Downtown Orlando music venue Soundbar suddenly closes

Posted By on Wed, Dec 1, 2021 at 4:25 PM

Stalwart downtown Orlando music venue Soundbar on Wednesday announced that the space's doors will be closing effective today, bringing to an end an eclectic calendar of live music programming that jumped genres effortlessly. An afternoon post on the @soundbar.orl Instagram account broke the (very) bad news to followers. "It...

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Murder of Orlando student Miya Marcano leads to legislative push for stricter background checks for apartment complex employees

Posted By on Wed, Dec 1, 2021 at 3:54 PM

Calling the measure “Miya’s Law,” state legislators are seeking to require apartment landlords to conduct background checks on employees. Bills filed in the House and Senate (HB 577 and SB 898) come after the death of 19-year-old Miya Marcano, a Valencia College student who went missing from her Orlando...

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Sea Life Aquarium celebrates season with Scuba Santa

Posted By on Wed, Dec 1, 2021 at 3:25 PM

It's that time of year where every attraction figures out how to shoehorn Christmas cheer into the thing they already offer. You can't swing a Yule log without hitting an alligator in a Santa hat or getting tangled up in millions of Christmas lights. We'd think aquariums would have...

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Orlando bands to get loud in support of Planned Parenthood for January benefit show at Will's Pub

Posted By on Wed, Dec 1, 2021 at 1:18 PM

Planned Parenthood chapters around the country have been doing the good work of ensuring abortion access and defending our reproductive freedoms for decades now, and their work became exponentially more urgent when the Texas state legislature passed a six week abortion ban earlier this year, before most people even know they...

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Florida Ag Commissioner Nikki Fried willing to break from Biden administration on Omicron response

Posted By on Wed, Dec 1, 2021 at 12:17 PM

UPDATE: Following publication of this article, a representative for Fried reached out to Orlando Weekly. She wanted to make it clear that Fried does not support "shutting back down." Original story continues below. The state's most prominent Democrat says she's not waiting on word from the Joe Biden administration when...

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