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Monday, January 18, 2021

COVID data whistleblower Rebekah Jones turns herself in after Florida law enforcement issues warrant

Posted By on Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 4:36 PM

Former state COVID-19 data scientist Rebekah Jones turned herself in to the Leon County Jail after law enforcement officials issued a warrant for her arrest on allegations that she illegally accessed a Florida Department of Health computer system. Court records show that Jones, who was fired by the Department...

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As coronavirus deaths climb, critics blast DeSantis for using Floridians as test subjects in a ‘herd immunity strategy’

Posted By on Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 3:02 PM

With a surge of 1,200 reported COVID-19 deaths during the past week, Florida on Saturday exceeded 24,000 resident deaths since the pandemic started last year. The reported number of resident deaths stood at 24,004 on Saturday, up from 22,804 a week earlier, according to state Department of Health numbers....

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Hot dog! Chicago's Portillo's to open first Orlando location in March

Posted By on Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 11:28 AM

Hot dog! Chicago wiener chain Portillo’s will be opening an Orlando location in March. Joining Central Florida outposts in Tampa and Brandon, the Chicago-based hot dog purveyor will be opening the doors to this new Orlando location at the Village at O-Town West in the Lake Buena Vista area...

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The Publix stores allotted COVID vaccines by the state are located in 12 ‘safely Republican’ Florida counties

Posted By on Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 11:13 AM

A common trait of the counties that are part of Florida’s growing COVID-19 vaccination partnership with the Publix supermarket chain is that they are all safely Republican. As of last Thursday morning, 105 Publix stores were offering limited numbers of shots to people 65 and older in Bay, Citrus,...

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Universal Studios Orlando expects spring break to span 'multiple weeks' in 2021

Posted By on Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 9:51 AM

Last week Universal Studios Orlando announced to its team members that they expect a longer spring break season this year. Universal employees were told in an announcement on the team member website that their complimentary pass tickets will be blocked out from Saturday, March 13, through Saturday, April 10, to reflect...

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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Gideon's Bakehouse celebrates its grand opening at Disney Springs today

Posted By on Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 2:06 PM

Gideon's Bakehouse celebrated the grand opening of its Disney Springs location Saturday, Jan. 16, with a line of eager customers, many of whom traveled hours to get their hands on one of the bakery's massive chip-studded cookies. According to Gideon's Instagram,  just 30 minutes after opening, there was a nine-hour virtual queue....

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Friday, January 15, 2021

With COVID's end in sight, details regarding Disney's huge 100th anniversary celebration begin to emerge

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 10:41 PM

Nearly a year after the pandemic forced massive closures and destroyed the U.S. economy, there’s little hope in a return to normalcy anytime soon. For Disney, this has put a huge wrinkle in plans for the biggest celebration in Walt Disney World’s history. The 50th Anniversary celebration was meant...

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Key West proves it: Florida voters care about the environment, but Florida Republicans overrule them

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 10:29 PM

Despite rhetoric pushing for limited government Florida, Republican lawmakers often enforce their minority views on citizens who've voted for something different. (See Amendment 4, most recently.) The latest pre-emption attempt by Republicans pits them against Key West voters who in November voted to approve measures that would ensure the...

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DeSantis mobilizes Florida National Guard to protect Capitol in Tallahassee

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 9:14 PM

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday evening activated the Florida National Guard to assist state and local law enforcement agencies, following FBI warnings of potentially violent protests in state capitals this weekend in advance of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. The governor's executive order mobilizing the guard was issued "in response...

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Shake Shack's first-ever drive-thru is coming to a West Orlando shopping center

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 5:21 PM

The first ever Shake Shack drive-through will open at Vineland Pointe later this year, announced the shopping center Friday. The shopping plaza is located just west of SeaWorld on I-4, and is in phase three of its opening plans. The plaza has already opened several retail stores like Burlington, Marshall's and...

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