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Thursday, January 27, 2022

Orange County Public Schools will no longer excuse absences of kids being kept home for fear of COVID-19

Posted By on Thu, Jan 27, 2022 at 12:48 PM

Orange County schools will no longer count students who are staying home over fear of catching COVID-19 as an excused absence. Superintendent Barbara Jenkins announced the change in a letter to parents, noting that the new rules take effect on Jan. 31. Jenkins cited the strain of teaching students...

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Murphy's Law to get romantic with Orlando at Will's Pub on Valentine's Day

Posted By on Thu, Jan 27, 2022 at 12:40 PM

Love will be in the air around Orlando come Feb. 14 … as will the sounds of classic New York hardcore, when Murphy's Law spend Valentine's Day in the City Beautiful. The NYHC legends — part of a 1980s hardcore scene in the region that included the Cro-Mags and Agnostic...

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Orlando Phil presents Beethoven-centric Resonate Festival in February

Posted By on Thu, Jan 27, 2022 at 11:41 AM

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will soon be presenting their first-ever Resonate Festival, set for the first weekend in February. From Thursday-Monday, Feb. 3-7, the Phil will take over the Plaza Live, presenting a Beethoven-heavy program of concertos, overtures and more intimate chamber pieces. Resonate will also showcase the performing...

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Winter Park Police Chief Michael Deal resigns following arrest on domestic violence charges

Posted By on Thu, Jan 27, 2022 at 11:25 AM

Winter Park Police Chief Michael Deal resigned his position following an arrest on misdemeanor domestic violence charges last week. Deal sent his letter of resignation to Winter Park City Manager Randy Knight on Wednesday evening. In the letter, Deal praised his staff and told Knight that he was leaving...

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House bill barring critical race theory in Florida public schools moves forward

Posted By on Thu, Jan 27, 2022 at 10:59 AM

A proposal aimed at limiting how various race-related concepts are discussed in classrooms and workplace training sessions received initial backing Wednesday in the House, inching forward Gov. Ron DeSantis’ push against critical race theory. The Republican-dominated House Judiciary Committee approved the bill (HB 7) in a 14-7 vote. In...

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15-week abortion ban to get second hearing in Florida House

Posted By on Thu, Jan 27, 2022 at 10:09 AM

A House panel is scheduled Thursday to consider a controversial proposal that would prohibit doctors from performing abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The proposal (HB 5), sponsored by Rep. Erin Grall, R-Vero Beach, and Rep. Jenna Persons-Mulicka, R-Fort Myers, will go before the House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee...

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Things to do in Orlando this week, Jan. 26–Feb. 1: 'Dragons and Fairies,' 'Ain't Too Proud,' Gabriel Iglesias

Posted By and on Wed, Jan 26, 2022 at 6:07 PM

Our editors' selections of the best stuff to do this week. Be sure to double-check with the venue before you set out to any of these events. Through Jan. 30 Ain't Too Proud Broadway musical tracing the lengthy career arc of Motown icons the Temptations. Walt Disney Theater, Dr. Phillips...

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Jukebox musical 'Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations' dances smoothly through the years

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2022 at 3:54 PM

Over the past couple of decades, dozens of jukebox musicals mining the biographies of popular pop groups have made their way to Broadway, but few have equaled Jersey Boys, the Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons show that set the standard for the genre. Ain’t Too Proud: The Life...

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Florida Democrats walk out during confirmation of anti-vax mandate state surgeon general

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2022 at 3:49 PM

After a walkout by Democrats who said they weren’t getting answers, a Senate committee Wednesday signed off on the confirmation of controversial state Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo. Democrats peppered Ladapo with questions about issues such as his views on COVID-19 vaccinations and wearing masks, before Minority Leader Lauren Book,...

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Former president, current Florida Man Donald Trump is planning a massive housing development in Miami

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2022 at 2:57 PM

While criminal cases continue against the once-grand business empire, The Trump Organization announced its most ambitious project since Donald J. Trump’s impeachment-studded one-term presidency. Now residing at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, former president Trump is familiar with the construction boom the state has seen in recent months. Trump is...

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