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Tue-Jan-2019 Blue Origin set to launch UCF student payload Wednesday morning

Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket is set to launch Wednesday at 8:50 a.m. CST (9:50 a.m.…

Tue-Jan-2019 Darren Soto refiles bill granting immigration relief to deported Central Florida military spouse

U.S. Rep. Darren Soto has refiled a bill granting immigration relief to Alejandra Juárez, the wife of a U.S. Marine combat veteran who was forced to deport to Mexico last year under the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policies.

Last August, Alejandra Juárez, 39, was separated from her husband, former Marine Sgt. Cuauhtemoc "Temo" Juárez, 41, and 16-year-old daughter, Pamela.…

Tue-Jan-2019 Five places in Florida were just added to the United States Civil Rights Trail

The U.S. Civil Rights Trail is a group of destinations significant to the fight for civil rights in America, mapped out so visitors can easily plan trips to pay respects. More than 100 sites in 15 states are included but until this week, none in Florida.…

Tue-Jan-2019 Road to Asteria series brings Hi I'm Ghost to Wall Street Plaza

The Asteria Arts & Music Festival, returning to Polk County for the third year this April, has begun its hype phase with a series of preview shows across the state.…

Tue-Jan-2019 Majority of Americans believe recent hurricanes in Florida were worsened by climate change, says study

After yet another season of record-breaking hurricanes, flooding and wildfires, never have more Americans felt concerned about climate change.

According to a study produced by the Yale program on climate change communication, a total of 72 percent of polled Americans now say climate change is a matter they deem personally important, marking the highest level of concern since Yale started polling the question in 2008.…

Tue-Jan-2019 Florida ranked one of the worst states for highway safety laws

We all know what a pain it is to drive in Florida, but now there's a study to put into perspective just how bad we compare to the rest of the country.

The Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety released their 2019 Roadmap Report detailing which states have the best and worst traffic safety laws and, you guessed it, Florida was rated one of the worst states.

States were rated on how many of the 16 road safety laws recommended by AHAS they had. If they had fewer than seven, they were marked "red" and if they had at least 9, they were marked "green".…

Tue-Jan-2019 Ron DeSantis appoints Carlos Muñiz, who has never been a judge, to Florida Supreme Court

In the final step in reshaping the Florida Supreme Court, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday named Carlos Muñiz, general counsel at the U.S. Department of Education, as his third selection to the state’s highest court.

The appointment of Muñiz, 49, who served as chief of staff to former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and deputy general counsel to former Gov. Jeb Bush, solidifies a conservative majority on the court after years of justices regularly thwarting the Republican-led Legislature and the GOP governor.

“The court is going to apply the law as written,” DeSantis said while announcing his selection outside the governor’s mansion. “You may not agree with every decision, but they are not going to go off on a major tangent.…

Tue-Jan-2019 Tokyo Disneyland debuts awesome Kingdom Hearts-themed hotel rooms

This Friday’s release of Kingdom Hearts III might be the most anticipated game release of this entire year. Disney, who is better known for their video game flops, has seen huge success with the Kingdom Hearts series over the past sixteen years.…

Tue-Jan-2019 Dave Matthews Band announces Central Florida show set for this summer

The indomitable Dave Matthews Band have announced details and dates for a huge summer tour kicking off in April (a lil' early but still) that will include several Florida dates.

And though Orlando DMB-heads got overlooked this time around, there are dates in Jacksonville, West Palm and one just down the highway.

Dave Matthews Band headlines the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Wednesday, July 24, at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale Feb. 22.

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Tue-Jan-2019 Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi accepts Washington lobbyist position

In predictable fashion, former state Attorney General Pam Bondi has accepted a position with one of Washington's top lobbying firms.

On Tuesday, Ballard Partners' announced that Bondi, a two-term Republican politician who left office earlier this month, will lead the firm's new regulatory compliance office that "will focus on serving Fortune 500 companies to implement best practices that proactively address public policy challenges such as human trafficking, opioid abuse and personal data privacy," according to a news release from the firm. 

Brian Ballard, who's known for his political fundraising in Florida and has close ties to President Donald Trump, heads the firm.…

Tue-Jan-2019 Orlando attorney John Morgan wants Florida voters to decide on $15 an hour amendment

Arguing that Florida's middle class is getting squeezed out, Orlando attorney John Morgan announced his ballot initiative to raise the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour.

"There's nothing more profitable than slave labor," said Morgan at a press conference Tuesday morning while announcing his Fight For 15 initiative.…

Tue-Jan-2019 Virgin Voyages' cruise ship suites will have 'peek-a-boo' showers and rock-n-roll rider sheets

Virgin continues to prove its new cruise line, Virgin Voyages, isn’t going to be just another run of the mill cruise experience.

Recently they made this point via new details regarding the RockStar Suites, their luxury level accommodations.…

Mon-Jan-2019 The Venue is closing on Sept. 12 and it won't be moving into the Yard at Ivanhoe

Blue Star, Orlando's biggest burlesque booster and the founder of Fringe favorite VarieTease, announced tonight in an emotional livestream that The Venue, her community-focused theater in the Ivanhoe District, will close for demolition after Sept. 12, and won't be rebuilt inside The Yard development as previously planned.

Blue began her video address on Facebook and Instagram by recounting how The Venue was originally created by "seven lesbians and a shovel and some drywall," and thanking her fans and supporters, including Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.…

Mon-Jan-2019 Frankie Beverly and Maze announce Orlando show for this spring

Soul and funk legends Maze featuring Frankie Beverly have announced an Orlando show that is sure to be music to the ears of serious fans of classic soul and R&B.

Beverly's Maze had their sound honed down from the beginning; their first two albums Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly (1977) and Golden Time of Day (1978) are widely acknowledged as classics and the band still brings the thunder live to this very day.

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly headline the Hard Rock Live on Saturday, April 20, at 9 p.m. Tickets go on sale January 25.
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Mon-Jan-2019 Downtown Orlando's Chela Tacos is celebrating their one year anniversary with $12 all-you-can-eat tacos

To celebrate one year around the sun, Chela Tacos is going big for tomorrow's Taco Tuesday.

On Jan. 22, the downtown Orlando taco spot located in the Chase Plaza is offering $3 tacos all day long, and all-you-can-eat tacos for just $12 at dinner (slightly reduced from their typical $15 all-you-can-eat Taco Tuesday special).…

Mon-Jan-2019 United We Brunch returns to Orlando for one big brunch blowout

Bloody marys, mimosas and brunch, oh my! Orlando Weekly's United We Brunch returns to the Orchid Gardens & Ballroom on March 23 for one day only in 2019.…

Mon-Jan-2019 A pirate-themed hotel is coming to Legoland Florida in 2020

Legoland's new hotel wants to be a totally immersive, swashbuckling adventure.

Legoland Florida recently released a few details about the upcoming Pirate Island Hotel, opening in the spring of 2020.

The hotel, which is only a few steps away from Legoland park, will include 150 pirate-themed rooms, free breakfast, a pool deck, scavenger hunts and in-room treasure chests.…

Mon-Jan-2019 Ron DeSantis wants to nix Florida private school scholarship waitlist for low-income students

On Monday, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis announced his intention to end the waitlist for the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship – a program that offers private school scholarships to low-income K-12 students in Florida.

His reason: The scholarship's waitlist has gotten out of control.…

Mon-Jan-2019 Florida cop ran over two people lying on road to watch lunar eclipse

A West Palm Beach Police officer ran over two people with his patrol car Sunday night while they were lying in a roadway to watch the lunar eclipse.

The Palm Beach Post reports the officer was patrolling the Apoxee Wilderness Trail around 11:30 p.m. when his 2018 Ford Explorer hit a man and a woman, both 24 years old.…

Mon-Jan-2019 Everything we know about the huge update coming to Jurassic Park at Universal's Islands of Adventure

NBCUniversal’s commitment to adding a new attraction to every theme park they own every single year has remained true, as they prepare to open a new show at Universal Studios Florida and a new Harry Potter-themed coaster at Islands of Adventure.

While much of the focus has been on these two major attractions, there are already indications of what next year will bring to the resort.…

Mon-Jan-2019 Disney's new Star Wars land will likely be getting the world's greatest ride

As Disney prepares to open two new Star Wars-themed lands this year, we are just now starting to learn details about what to expect in these billion-dollar areas.

Opening first in Disneyland this June, and then “late fall” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be the largest, most detailed, and most expensive single themed lands Disney has ever built.…

Mon-Jan-2019 Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspends Palm Beach County elections chief Susan Bucher

Saying the county conducted its last election like the “Keystone Cops,” Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday suspended Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher.

In his executive order, DeSantis cited a litany of problems with Bucher’s office, such as failing to complete a machine recount of three statewide contests, including the U.S. Senate and governor’s races, by the legal deadline. He also said Bucher’s office violated state law in handling damaged ballots, reporting vote totals and providing ballots to the canvassing board.

DeSantis said Palm Beach did not complete its recounts in all of the highly contested state races, which also included the race for state agriculture commissioner, until 50 days after the Nov. 6 general election.

“So that an election that happened the week after Halloween, you ended up not having the recount until after Christmas.…

Mon-Jan-2019 UCF President Dale Whittaker: 'Broken culture' that led to improper spending needs to change

University of Central Florida President Dale Whittaker on Friday acknowledged a “broken culture” at his school, after receiving an investigative report on the improper use of state funding to construct a major campus building.

The report, which was reviewed by the university’s board of trustees on Friday, focused on UCF’s use of $38 million in operating funds to build the 137,000-square-foot Trevor Colbourn Hall. State policy restricts the use of the funds to activities such as instruction, research, libraries, student services or maintenance.

The investigation also outlined a total of $84.7 million in state operating funds that either were used or slated to be used by UCF for construction projects, in direct violation of state policy.

The funds included $38.2 million for Colbourn Hall, $13.8 million for another eight construction projects and $32.7 million in operating funds that were transferred for potential construction projects but not used.

UCF has since replaced the misspent $52 million in operating funds used for construction with proper funding.

“This is about more than one building.…

Mon-Jan-2019 Band of the Week: Letters to Part

Welcome to Orlando Weekly's "Band of the Week." Every week, we highlight one of our favorite local bands.…

Sat-Jan-2019 Chicago rapper Noname brings rising heat and old-school grandeur to Orlando

Noname at the Beacham, Jan. 17

Chicago rapper Noname is rising fast.…

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