Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Disney unveils new insanely lifelike animatronics, but it will be awhile before the technology comes to Orlando

Posted By on Tue, Dec 11, 2018 at 10:54 AM

There has been plenty of focus on the theme park arms race currently underway in Orlando, but another arms race is presently happening in Japan. Tokyo Disney’s owner, Oriental Land Company, has its own attack plan that includes huge new additions to both of its theme parks, along with two...

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New 'Mission: Impossible' VR attraction headed to Pointe Orlando

Posted By on Tue, Dec 11, 2018 at 10:36 AM

It was just a few short weeks ago that Nomadic released details on its upcoming flagship virtual reality arena opening at Pointe Orlando. At the time, Nomadic confirmed that it would be offering a pre-existing VR game, Arizona Sunshine, and that it will take on a new life thanks to the...

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An increasing amount of students in Florida are looking to Bright Futures scholarships

Posted By on Tue, Dec 11, 2018 at 8:32 AM

More Florida students are taking advantage of beefed-up scholarship programs that help pay for tuition, fees and books at state universities and colleges. The number of students using Bright Futures scholarships, the state’s main merit-based aid program, is now projected to grow by 5.7 percent this academic year for...

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Florida has had 93 Zika cases so far this year

Posted By on Tue, Dec 11, 2018 at 7:00 AM

As the end of the year approaches, Florida has reported 93 cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in 2018, according to numbers posted Monday on the state Department of Health website. The number of cases has slowly increased in recent months, with all but two of the cases classified...

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Hurricane Michael losses in Florida are now nearing $4.5 billion

Posted By on Tue, Dec 11, 2018 at 6:00 AM

Two months after Hurricane Michael roared into Northwest Florida, insured losses continue to climb. As of Friday, 131,562 claims had been filed from the Oct. 10 storm, with estimated insured losses of $4.28 billion, according to numbers posted on the state Office of Insurance Regulation website. About 67 percent...

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Cash is still pouring into Andrew Gillum's political action committee

Posted By on Mon, Dec 10, 2018 at 8:21 PM

In the weeks after Democrat Andrew Gillum lost the Nov. 6 gubernatorial election, money continued to flow into a political committee that played a major role in his campaign. From Nov. 7 to Nov. 30, the committee Forward Florida raised nearly $1.24 million, according to a state campaign-finance database....

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Submit your over the top Christmas displays to this Orange County crowdsourced holiday lights map

Posted By on Mon, Dec 10, 2018 at 4:07 PM

The Orange County Property Appraiser’s office, which has fallen on hard times lately, wants all you Clark Griswold types to submit your holiday light displays to their new crowdsourced map. For those of you who don't mind a few lookie loos driving by your home or business, you can...

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Florida's first man-made clear water lagoon opened last weekend

Posted By on Mon, Dec 10, 2018 at 3:53 PM

After months of setbacks from permitting issues, Florida's first man-made clearwater lagoon finally opened near Tampa last weekend. Despite celebrating a grand opening back in April, the Epperson Project's Crystal Lagoon, a 7.5-acre artificial lake in Wesley Chapel, opened this past Saturday, Dec. 15, for the development's residents. The...

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Fugazi alumni the Messthetics announce Orlando show set for March

Posted By on Mon, Dec 10, 2018 at 3:16 PM

The Messthetics, an experimental trio containing two veterans of punk legends Fugazi - drummer Brendan Canty and bassist Joe Lally - have announced a show in the City Beautiful in March of next year as part of a larger North American run. The instrumental ensemble released their self-titled debut...

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A rivalry game between Florida and UCF football could be a reality in coming years

Posted By on Mon, Dec 10, 2018 at 2:29 PM

Is the writing on the wall for the future of a potential University of Florida and University of Central Florida football rivalry? Maybe so, says Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin, when asked whether he'd welcome a 2-for-1 series against UCF, which currently maintains college football's longest winning streak at...

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