Friday, March 22, 2019

Lawmakers don't want Visit Florida to promote cities that banned sunscreens harmful to coral

Posted By on Fri, Mar 22, 2019 at 11:40 AM

Florida Senate leaders are putting up money to keep the state’s tourism arm alive, despite an effort by the state House to scrap the agency. But the Senate's $50 million for Visit Florida comes with a hitch: The agency would be barred from promoting communities that have banned certain sunscreens....

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Thad Seymour will continue as UCF interim president until 2020

Posted By on Fri, Mar 22, 2019 at 11:18 AM

With the University of Central Florida planning to name a new president in 2020, trustees voted Thursday to keep Thad Seymour Jr. in the role of interim president. Seymour, who most recently served as the university’s vice president for partnerships and chief innovation officer, was tapped last month to...

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Pitbull performs for free at Universal's Mardi Gras this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Mar 22, 2019 at 8:00 AM

There was a time when a rapper named Pitbull seemed kinda scary, but then we all discovered that the much-maligned pit bull dog breed is actually loving, affectionate and cuddly. Similarly, Pitbull, aka Armando Pérez aka Mr. 305 aka Mr. Worldwide, has seen his public persona change from scrappy...

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South Florida punks Nunhex close out the weekend at Will's Pub

Posted By on Fri, Mar 22, 2019 at 7:30 AM

Miami filth-punk masterminds Nunhex have carved a musical and literal (Uncle Lou’s roof never stood a chance) path of destruction through the City Beautiful on their increasingly rare forays northward. And this time around everything’s bigger; the venue is Will’s and the powerhouse support acts – heavy local contenders...

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Smiths and Morrissey get the cover treatment from Ordinary Boys at Independent Bar this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Mar 22, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Live shows at Independent Bar are rare enough that any one is noteworthy, but this week’s booking of South Florida’s premier Smiths and Morrissey tribute act, Ordinary Boys, is worth a special mention. With Morrissey himself seemingly hell-bent on undoing all the goodwill he’s earned over the years with...

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Torque brings cutting edge dance music across the pond for the World of Drum & Bass

Posted By on Fri, Mar 22, 2019 at 6:30 AM

Nomadic drum & bass night Torque finds yet another new home, Room 22, this one rising from the ashes of Orange Avenue’s Vintage Lounge. For this edition, they’ve brought in some luminaries of the English drum & bass scene, including Bristol’s TC, Derby’s Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Leicester’s DJ...

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Colorful Hindu festival Holi takes over Bill Frederick Park this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Mar 22, 2019 at 6:00 AM

The Hindu festival of colors, also known as Holi, is celebrated every spring in honor of the triumph of good over evil, which might feel a little counterintuitive right now because the evil of pollen is flourishing. Nevertheless, the Orlando Holi Festival promises to be a vibrant celebration, allergies...

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Florida man who mailed pipe bombs to Trump critics pleads guilty

Posted By on Thu, Mar 21, 2019 at 7:56 PM

The Florida man who mailed pipe bombs to prominent Democrats critical of President Donald Trump pleaded guilty Thursday in a New York federal court. NBC News reports Cesar Sayoc, 57, admitted to 65 felony counts, including charges of using weapons of mass destruction. "I know that these actions were...

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Florida lawmaker demands answers on sexual abuse claims at Homestead child migrant camp

Posted By on Thu, Mar 21, 2019 at 7:27 PM

A Miami lawmaker on Thursday sent a letter to the head of the state’s child-welfare agency demanding to know the steps it is taking to ensure migrant children in a federal shelter in Homestead are housed “safe and free from sexual abuse.” Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez delivered a letter...

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Failure and Swervedriver show that they're no mere nostalgia acts at the Plaza Live

Posted By on Thu, Mar 21, 2019 at 6:52 PM

THIS LITTLE UNDERGROUND Failure and Swervedriver, Plaza Live, March 19 This one might as well have been called the Due Respect Tour since it's the convergence of a couple somewhat overlooked 1990s sonic titans from both sides of the pond for a big co-headlining North American run. Los...

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