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Mon-Nov-2018 Ocoee will issue proclamation acknowledging 1920 Election Day massacre

Close to a century after it happened, the City of Ocoee will issue a proclamation Tuesday night acknowledging the 1920 Election Day massacre.

The proclamation recognizes Julius "July" Perry, a prosperous African American farmer who was shot and lynched by a white mob in Orlando after encouraging Ocoee’s black residents to vote.…

Mon-Nov-2018 Ford's Garage is now officially open at the Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets

The first Orlando area Ford Motors-themed restaurant is now open.

Ford's Garage, a Tampa-based "American comfort food" chain, can be found at the Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets at 8201 Vineland Ave., across from the North Face and Gap outlets.

As the name implies, the spot is modeled after a 1920's service station displaying vintage Ford vehicles.…

Mon-Nov-2018 Every Orlando restaurant we know of serving Thanksgiving dinner this year

We get it: We can barely bring ourselves to look away from the political dumpster fire long enough to plan Thanksgiving ourselves. Luckily, there are plenty of Central Florida restaurants offering to-go or to-stay Turkey Day meals that will deliver just the kind of comestible comfort we're craving.

This list isn't exhaustive, so check back as we update as more information on restaurants and their offerings become available.…

Mon-Nov-2018 Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill opened today in Disney Springs

Renowned chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck is taking another stab at Disney Springs.

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill opened today, which makes this celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck's fourth Bar & Grill location and his second restaurant to open at Disney Springs.

The new restaurant will follow the lead of the other three, offering a laid-back California dining experience complete with a casual lunch and dinner menu featuring Puck's signature handmade pastas, pizzas, seafood and steak.
The 250-seat restaurant offers a seated patio with a pizza bar, as well as a walk-up window where customers can order gelato and homemade pastries.

Puck previously owned Wolfgang Puck Cafe before it closed in 2017.

So many restaurants, so little time.…

Mon-Nov-2018 New details on Eola General opening in the old Handy Pantry location

Back in September, indie convenience store Handy Pantry in Lake Eola Heights closed after more than 100 years in business. Now, the folks behind the new food hall in Sanford will give a new breath of life to the space with Eola General.

Located at 522 E. Amelia St., the store will remain a traditional neighborhood convenience store, but with a few modern upgrades like offering high-quality products from local vendors, a coffee program from Wavelength Coffee, a curated selection of beer and wine, and a new breakfast lunch and dinner menu.…

Mon-Nov-2018 Florida lawmakers plan to tackle election problems after state called 'laughingstock of the world'

Florida lawmakers will be asked to tackle how elections are run, after the chaos of this year’s elections led to a federal judge calling the state’s process “the laughingstock of the world.”

Incoming Senate President Bill Galvano, who will take the reins of the chamber on Tuesday, told reporters Friday that he expects lawmakers to review various aspects of the elections process, from the handling of vote-by-mail ballots to certification dates.

Galvano, R-Bradenton, said he’s heard from a number of senators about the issue and that he wants to revisit aspects of state elections laws. He pointed to problems beyond the current election cycle, which has included troubled recounts in races for U.S. Senate, governor and agriculture commissioner and three legislative seats.…

Mon-Nov-2018 The Rolling Stones announce two Florida dates as part of their 2019 tour

Rock legends and improbable survivors the Rolling Stones today announced the dates for their 2019 "Unfiltered" tour, kicking off with no less than two Florida shows.…

Mon-Nov-2018 Florida files lawsuit against Walgreens, CVS for allegedly 'playing a role' in opioid crisis

On Friday, state Attorney General Pam Bondi announced that Florida is suing the nation's two largest drugstore chains, Walgreens and CVS, alleging that they "played a role" in furthering the national opioid crisis.

The state alleges that the two chains are responsible for overselling addictive painkillers, as well as not taking precautionary measures to stop illegal sales.…

Mon-Nov-2018 Every holiday market happening this holiday season in Central Florida

Nothing puts you in the holiday spirit like a good ol' Christmas market and this year, the Orlando area delivers plenty of ways to shop local.

Saturday Nov. 24

Coastal Christmas Market
Canal Street and Sam Avenue, New Smyrna Beach
Outdoor holiday market.…

Mon-Nov-2018 Rick Scott sets December execution for Florida inmate convicted of 1992 Miami murder

Gov. Rick Scott has re-scheduled the execution of a Florida inmate convicted of a 1992 Miami murder for Dec. 13.

Jose Antonio Jimenez was originally scheduled to die by lethal injection on Aug. 14, more than 26 years after he beat and repeatedly stabbed 63-year-old Phyllis Minas when she caught him burglarizing her Miami-Dade apartment.…

Mon-Nov-2018 Margaritaville just confirmed it's building one of the most technologically advanced water parks ever in Kissimmee

Kissimmee has been without a water park ever since Water Mania closed its doors in 2005 and in the years since, the area's infamous Highway 192 tourist district has struggled to remain relevant.

The recession plus massive new developments on I-Drive, at Universal Orlando and at Disney World has meant new competition for Kissimmee.…

Mon-Nov-2018 Everything Disney is bringing to Orlando announced at last weekend's Destination D event

Last weekend was the biennial Destination D event at Walt Disney World and, as expected, it was packed from beginning to end with plenty of news on upcoming attractions for the American resorts.

Hosted in the years in between the larger D23 Expos, Destination D is a smaller, more relaxed convention with the focus more directly tied to Disney Parks and Resorts.…

Mon-Nov-2018 Pam Bondi says reports of meeting with Trump for US Attorney General position are 'fake news'

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi disputed a report Friday she will meet with President Donald Trump next week to discuss becoming U.S. attorney general.

“The attorney general says that is fake news,” Bondi spokesman Whitney Ray said in an email Friday.…

Mon-Nov-2018 Bill Nelson concedes to Rick Scott in Florida Senate race as manual recount ends

With a victory margin of a little more than a tenth of a percentage point out of 8.2 million votes cast, Gov. Rick Scott has won election to the U.S. Senate, ending the four-decade political career of Bill Nelson.

In the final vote tallies sent to the state Division of Elections on Sunday, Scott, a two-term Republican governor, held a 10,033-vote edge —- or 0.12 percent —- over Nelson, a Democrat who was seeking re-election to his fourth six-year term in the U.S. Senate.

The election went to an automatic machine recount when Scott failed to secure a lead of more than 0.5 percent in the initial count after the Nov. 6 election.…

Mon-Nov-2018 Nikki Fried maintains lead in Florida agriculture commissioner race after manual recount

Former medical-marijuana lobbyist Nikki Fried is on the verge of being the only Florida Democrat to capture a statewide win, gaining votes over Republican state Rep. Matt Caldwell in the race for agriculture commissioner after a manual recount was completed Sunday.

The manual recount also had no effect on the outcome of three razor-thin legislative races, in which Democrat Janet Cruz flipped a state Senate seat and House Republicans picked up one seat and held onto another.

Fried’s lead over Caldwell in the Cabinet race peaked at 6,753 votes on Sunday, adding 1,446 votes to her machine-recount total, according to results posted on the state Division of Elections website.

Fried, a lawyer from Fort Lauderdale, has repeatedly claimed victory in the race, but Caldwell’s campaign wasn’t ready to concede after the bulk of the manual recount results were provided to the state Sunday.

The Republican’s campaign previously had sued the Broward County elections office and, on Sunday, continued to explore how heavily Democratic Broward and Palm Beach counties handled the recount.

In again declaring victory as the first woman to be elected Florida agriculture commissioner, the 40-year-old Fried said she intends to represent all Floridians.

“You chose a new vision, one that reflects the priorities of the people,” Fried, who won with 50.04 percent of the vote, said in a press release issued early Sunday afternoon. “To everyone who didn’t vote for me, I will be your voice in Tallahassee too.”

Fried had already set up a transition team —- headed by Congressman Darren Soto of Orlando and former Congressman Patrick Murphy —- and congratulated Caldwell, who outspent her by a two-to-one margin.

“It’s now time for us to come together and work in union to govern for the people of Florida, and I plan to work my hardest so I’m ready to tackle the issues as your next agriculture commissioner,” Fried said in Sunday's release.…

Mon-Nov-2018 Band of the Week: Linqo

Welcome to Orlando Weekly's "Band of the Week."…

Sun-Nov-2018 MX Taco opening this January in the Milk District

I know, I know you're thinking Chinga tu madre! Another taco joint???

Yes, but MX Taco — a fast-casual taqueria moving into the space recently vacated by Arepas & More at 207 N. Bumby Ave. — will be in the same vein as other high-street taquerias like Hunger Street Tacos and Black Rooster Taqueria.

That's not to say chef Ryan Manning is one to adulterate his tacos with po-mo elements and fusion-y ingredients.…

Fri-Nov-2018 Oil companies are already back to pushing for offshore drilling in Florida

Here we go again: The Florida Petroleum Council is already renewing its push for offshore drilling in state waters, not even two weeks after Florida voters approved an amendment to the state Constitution that simultaneously banned indoor vaping and offshore drilling along the coast.

In the industry's (convenient) opinion, the Sunshine State stands to gain as much as $2.5 billion in revenue as a result of offshore leasing in the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf and the Eastern Gulf of Mexico.…

Fri-Nov-2018 Federal judge rejects two election lawsuits in Florida recount

With a machine recount in the rearview mirror and a manual recount underway, the legal challenges over Florida’s elections are piled up.

In two rulings late Thursday, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker shot down an attempt to keep Republican Gov. Rick Scott from interfering in the recount process and nixed another challenge focused on the way county canvassing boards decide which ballots should be tossed.

The rulings, issued hours after Walker held hearings in a mash-up of cases, followed machine recounts in which Scott maintained a narrow lead of less than 13,000 votes over Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson in their race for the U.S. Senate.…

Fri-Nov-2018 Brightline changes name to Virgin Trains USA in new partnership with billionaire Richard Branson

The privately owned passenger-rail service Brightline will be changing its name to "Virgin Trains USA" after entering into a new partnership with  British billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Group.

Brightline plans to rename the rail service this month and start rebranding itself as Virgin Trains USA in 2019, according to a news release from the company. Virgin Group is an entertainment-travel-banking conglomerate that already operates travel companies like Virgin Atlantic airline and the high-speed rail Virgin Hyperloop One.…

Fri-Nov-2018 Trump will begin his regular weekly winter golf trips to Florida next week

President Donald Trump, a 72-year-old snowbird whose golf trips have cost American taxpayers an estimated $80 million over the last two years, will begin his regular winter golfing trips to Florida next week.

According to the Palm Beach Post, Trump is expected to arrive at his private resort Mar-a-Lago next Tuesday, and stay as late as Monday, Nov. 26, which leaves plenty of time for relaxing on the links.…

Fri-Nov-2018 Here's how to fix a mismatched signature on a mail ballot for Florida's recount

Florida voters have until 5 p.m. this Saturday to fix mail ballots that were rejected because of mismatched signatures for Florida's recount, after a ruling from a federal judge.

Voters who were belatedly notified that they submitted a signature on their ballot that does not match the one on file have until Nov. 17 to "cure" their ballot with an affidavit, available in English and Spanish.

Return the completed and signed affidavit along with a copy of your ID to your county Supervisor of Elections office by delivering it in person, mailing it in, by fax or by email.…

Fri-Nov-2018 Universal Orlando raises employee starting pay to $12 an hour

Universal Orlando announced yesterday morning that beginning in February, employee starting pay, previously $10 an hour, will be raised to $12 an hour.

The wage increase comes roughly two months after Orlando labor unions' agreement with Disney to raise wages to $15 by 2021.

Though Universal did not say exactly what motivated the raises, the UNITE HERE union, which represents hospitality workers at Disney World, took credit for yesterday's announcement on their Facebook page.…

Fri-Nov-2018 Traffic will be a major shitstorm in downtown Orlando this Saturday

Three major sporting events will happen at the same time in downtown Orlando this Saturday, which is great news for sports fans and a perfect storm for nightmarish traffic.

On Nov. 17, downtown will feature a sold-out Magic home game against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Florida Classic at Camping World Stadium, and various watch parties for the UCF game all going down simultaneously.…

Fri-Nov-2018 Morbid Angel announce all-star Tampa show next spring

Tampa death metal godfathers Morbid Angel have announced an all-star metal showcase in Tampa next March as the final date of their headlining Decibel Magazine tour. Morbid Angel will be joined by New York death metal peers Immolation as well as up-and-comers Necrot and Blood Incantation.

Morbid Angel, Immolation, Necrot and Blood Incantation ravage the Orpheum on Thursday, March 14, 2019.…

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