ICYMI: Orlando gets a new flag, a shark-dragging video seen 'round the world and more

ICYMI: Orlando gets a new flag, a shark-dragging video seen 'round the world and more

Orlando raises a new city flag:

What's blue, yellow and white, and the newest symbol of our community? Orlando commissioners approved a new flag Monday to represent Orlando at City Hall and other city-owned venues. The new flag is a blue-and-white design featuring the Lake Eola fountain inside a large, golden "O." This flag is an update on a previous design submitted by artist Tim Eggert, a local graphic designer for the engineering firm Kimley-Horn. The city received more than 1,100 submissions from locals and artists all over the world when it started its flag design contest in February. Orlando's current flag was adopted by the city council in 1980 and depicts the Lake Eola fountain and several unidentifiable high-rise buildings.

Rick Scott sidesteps questions about Trump's military transgender ban:

When asked about Twitter posts by President Donald Trump that call for a ban on transgender people from the military, U.S. Navy veteran Gov. Rick Scott sidestepped questions by saying he was unfamiliar with the policy. "I do know the President's worried and focused on the safety of all Americans, and I do know that he relies on his military leaders to make decisions," Scott told reporters. In the past, when asked why he hasn't signed an executive order protecting state employees against anti-LGBTQ discrimination, Scott's office has said, "Florida is a state that does not tolerate discrimination of any form."

Disney workers unions seek wage hike as 'path out of poverty':

Disney labor unions representing 36,000 full-time and part-time Disney workers announced last week that they will seek wage increases as a "path out of poverty" for its members. The consortium of Disney unions, known as the Service Trades Council Union (STCU), says 23,000 cast members in the union make less than $12 an hour, and out of those, 8,000 earn $10 an hour. Under the current contract with Disney, a worker making $10 per hour wouldn't reach a living wage of $15 per hour until 2028. In a statement, Disney World Resort Vice President Jacquee Wahler says the company is planning an employment package that is "fair and equitable for the cast and the company."

Florida regulations will be reviewed after video of shark dragging goes viral:

Gov. Rick Scott called for state wildlife officials to review regulations after a disturbing video surfaced showing three men violently dragging a live shark behind a boat going at high speeds. After the video went viral, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission began investigating the men involved. "The brutality and disrespect shown to this animal is sickening and I am sure that you share my outrage over these individuals' heinous actions," Scott wrote in a letter to FWC Chairman Brian Yablonski. "I know that FWC law enforcement works to protect all of Florida's wildlife and we need to make certain they have the tools to ensure Florida has the best fisheries in the world."


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