;We didn't report the July 23 closing of DMAC in our last issue; with so many 11th-hour stays of execution having come down the pike in the last few months, we wanted to be absolutely sure that this was it. And it looks as if the perpetually embattled downtown digital screening room is indeed finito — at least in the UCF-run form it's always known.
;;The project was a study in good intentions and administrative indecision from its very inception; still, we'd like to know why the involved parties were floating their usual self-contradictory spin even after the jig was up. To wit: The day after the ax fell, facility director Rich Grula sent out a mass e-mail saying that the theater was merely going to be closed for a few weeks for maintenance purposes. At almost the very same moment, the associate dean of UCF's College of Arts and Humanities, Dr. Terry Frederick, was being quoted on Roger Moore's Sentinel blog — where DMAC's demise had been prematurely "reported" countless times — announcing that the school was bringing in its physical-plant staff to make some fixes for building owner Ford Kiene, and that the theater might not reopen at all.
;;Meanwhile, yet another source was telling us that somebody from UCF had already come in and pulled the plug, announcing that the school was washing its hands of DMAC and removing all of its equipment immediately. According to that source, the new CityArts Factory is taking over the operation of the theater, but nobody's sure exactly when.
;;Hey guys, can you just pick a story and stick with it? It's called death with dignity.;;
;We've grown weary of harping on WMFE's longstanding reputation as the eternal home of Lawrence Welk. But here they go, flaunting the leader of their PBS programming parade on the cover of the August issue of their subscribers' magazine, FMO. (Elmo held down July's cover spot.) They're just begging for it.
;;After months promoting the "Talk to Us … We're Listening" campaign, which resulted in the "A Vision for Our Future: Promise, Pride & Potential!" campaign, we get Lawrence Welk: Milestones & Memories premiering at the hot hour of 5 p.m. — early bird special time — Aug. 5. And the fun ;doesn't stop there: Welk's regular gal singer from the state of Texas, Ralna English, will be live in the WMFE studio (yes, she's alive, though Welk passed away in 1992) to talk us through the riveting footage, which finishes off with a 25-song medley that includes "Will the Circle Be Unbroken," "America the Beautiful" and "In the Sweet By and By."
;;And if that doesn't make you want to get out the old checkbook and write a big, fat donation to our public broadcasting affiliate, we don't know what will.;;;
;On July 28, Orlando police, Real Radio's Monsters in the Morning and Reebok held the "Kicks for Guns" event at the Citrus Bowl, aimed (pun intended) at taking firearms off Orlando's streets. Turn in a gun, get some shoes. That was the deal.;
;;OPD collected 116 firearms and 31 pellet guns. Prized snags include a Tech-9 semiautomatic machine gun; a military-grade ABC-M7A3 riot control tear gas grenade; a .25 caliber "stinger," which is a single-shot pistol that looks like a Mini Maglite flashlight; three stolen firearms; and several illegally sawed-off shotguns.
;;Bubba, one of the Real Radio Monsters, was impressed with the turnout and thinks something had to be done to help get guns off the streets "'cause they're gettin' too foolish out there … things are just gettin' out of control."
;;Detective Barbara Bergin, the OPD liaison for Crimeline, was tickled too. "Bottom line, the collection of even a few of these guns probably stopped an accidental shooting, a robbery … any gun off the streets is a good thing.";;
;In other OPD news: The; department's internal affairs division has cleared the rookie cop Juan Lynum accused of racial profiling ["Tempest in a traffic stop," June 29].;
;;According to police, Michael Ochiuzzo did everything by the book on May 6 when he pulled Lynum over for a broken headlight at 1:30 a.m. in Parramore. When the officer approached the car, Lynum was already on the phone to his mother, city commissioner Daisy Lynum, and didn't respond to Ochiuzzo's demands. Daisy Lynum later said she feared for her son's life, so she called Chief Michael McCoy and her police liaison, who made some more phone calls to get Ochiuzzo to back off. Later, OPD mailed Juan Lynum an $11.50 ticket.
;;The Lynums never backed off from their racial profiling rhetoric, ridiculous as it was. Daisy Lynum dug in deeper, calling for McCoy's resignation. McCoy declined. Juan Lynum is running for Orange County commissioner, and faces a primary election on Sept. 5.;;;
;Props to those crazy Food Not Bombs kids for possibly sending the Orlando City Commission back to the drawing board.;
;;Orlando tried to ban feeding large groups of people in city parks July 24 in an effort to keep groups like Food Not Bombs from using city parks as dining halls for the homeless. But two days later, Food Not Bombs was at it again, dishing out food from a van parked near a sidewalk and then letting people eat it wherever they chose.
;;Orlando spokesperson Heather Allbaugh says the city is studying its next move. "The ordinance does say parks, sidewalks and rights of way," she notes.
;;Happytown™ sent two representatives to the feeding at Lake Eola July 26 in the hope of seeing some good old-fashioned civil disobedience. (OK, we'll admit we had visions of baton blows raining down on heads and people being dragged away in handcuffs; OK, we'll admit that we had visions of Ben Markeson, Orlando's favorite anarchist, being dragged away in handcuffs.) Didn't happen. For now, the standoff continues.[email protected]