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Thu-Nov-2017 Mayor: Terror Suspect Should 'Rot in Prison' But Not Face Death Penalty

Mayor: Terror Suspect Should 'Rot in Prison' But Not Face Death Penalty Mayor Bill de Blasio said terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov should be spared the death penalty. 

Thu-Nov-2017 Ellen Barkin Fumes on Twitter Over Detectives Response Time to Burglary

Ellen Barkin Fumes on Twitter Over Detectives Response Time to Burglary The actress spotted the suspect outside her third-floor balcony, sources said. 

Thu-Nov-2017 48,000 Students With Disabilities Not Getting Help They Need, DOE Admits

48,000 Students With Disabilities Not Getting Help They Need, DOE Admits A shortage of bilingual therapists has made the problem especially difficult in some districts.

Thu-Nov-2017 'That's What Happens,' Says Driver Who Ran Over Teen 3 Times for Egging Car

'That's What Happens,' Says Driver Who Ran Over Teen 3 Times for Egging Car The victim suffered a fractured skull base, multiple spinal fractures, bruised lungs and other injuries.

Thu-Nov-2017 VIDEO: Massive Water Main Break on Crown Heights Street Forces Evacuations

VIDEO: Massive Water Main Break on Crown Heights Street Forces Evacuations The break happened just after 4 a.m. on Pacific Street near Albany Avenue.

Thu-Nov-2017 'We Were Just Doing Our Job,' Says NYPD Officer Who Shot Terror Suspect

'We Were Just Doing Our Job,' Says NYPD Officer Who Shot Terror Suspect Officer Ryan Nash shot Sayfullo Saipov who killed eight people with a rented truck, officials said.

Thu-Nov-2017 Row of 5 Astoria Stores Housing Decades-Old Bakery Sold for $7.2M

Row of 5 Astoria Stores Housing Decades-Old Bakery Sold for $7.2M The new owners have no plans to change the properties, according to a realtor who brokered the deal.

Wed-Nov-2017 Terrorist Plotted Deadly Truck Attack for Weeks in Name of ISIS, Police Say

Terrorist Plotted Deadly Truck Attack for Weeks in Name of ISIS, Police Say The deadly attack left eight people dead and a dozen injured, officials said.

Wed-Nov-2017 Here Are the 8 People Killed in the West Side Terror Attack

Here Are the 8 People Killed in the West Side Terror Attack Five men from Argentina, a woman from Belgium, a West Village resident and a man from N.J. were killed.

Wed-Nov-2017 Williamsburg's Controversial Pfizer Rezoning Approved by City Council

Williamsburg's Controversial Pfizer Rezoning Approved by City Council The vote paves the way for developers to build a complex with retail space and 1,146 apartments.

Wed-Nov-2017 Forest Park Bird Feeders to Return in Coming Weeks, City Says

Forest Park Bird Feeders to Return in Coming Weeks, City Says The Queens County Bird Club is hoping to install two bird feeders in the park by the end of November. 

Wed-Nov-2017 Terrorist Planned to Continue Killing Spree at Brooklyn Bridge, Feds Say

Terrorist Planned to Continue Killing Spree at Brooklyn Bridge, Feds Say Sayfullo Saipov was charged by federal prosecutors on Wednesday with aiding ISIS in a terror attack. 

Wed-Nov-2017 Survivors of Opioid Epidemic Showcase Artwork at East Harlem Gallery

Survivors of Opioid Epidemic Showcase Artwork at East Harlem Gallery A new art gallery features the work of recovering addicts in East Harlem. 

Wed-Nov-2017 PHOTOS: Nitehawk's Prospect Park Renovation Reveals Vaudeville Stage

PHOTOS: Nitehawk's Prospect Park Renovation Reveals Vaudeville Stage Catwalks, balconies, a secret staircase and elaborate ceiling panels were uncovered at the theater.

Wed-Nov-2017 Group Tries to Save 'Harold and the Purple Crayon' Author's Home

Group Tries to Save 'Harold and the Purple Crayon' Author's Home Preservation groups are writing letters — in crayon — to the library, which owns the home.

Fri-Dec-2017 After taking a beating from hurricanes, Flagler Beach Pier has finally reopened

After the Flagler Beach landmark took a double beating from Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Irma, the boardwalk is once again in working, walk-able condition, News 6 Orlando reports.

Last year, Hurricane Matthew destroyed about 160 feet of the pier, forcing the city to temporarily close the landmark.…

Fri-Dec-2017 'The Book of Mormon' is still a NSFW knockout

When the first national touring company of the hit musical The Book of Mormon began crossing the country half a decade ago, Mitt Romney was running for the White House, and mocking the religious beliefs of a potential President probably made the show a tough sell in conservative areas. Today, the thought of a Commander-in-Chief whose unfounded opinions merely involve golden plates buried by pre-Colombian Jewish-Americans seems quaintly benign.…

Fri-Dec-2017 Giant LEGO animals are coming to Harry P. Leu Gardens this January

Giant animals made from more than 450,000 LEGO bricks are coming to Harry P. Leu Gardens early next year.

The exhibit, "Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks" by Artist Sean Kenney, will be on display from Jan. 6 through April 22 and features 16 sculptures in 13 displays throughout the 50-acre garden.…

Fri-Dec-2017 Marco Rubio gets his way on child tax credits in GOP tax overhaul

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio got his way on the Republican tax overhaul Friday after nobody called his bluff when the Florida senator threatened to vote against the measure for not expanding child tax credits to more low-income Americans.

The Associated Press reports GOP leaders agreed to increase the per-child tax credit from $1,000 to $2,000.…

Fri-Dec-2017 Trump will likely spend the holidays at Mar-a-Lago, again

President Donald Trump will have spent about a month and a half at Mar-a-Lago through 2017.

The final count: 45.…

Fri-Dec-2017 Undercover video shows Florida dairy farm workers using blowtorches on cows

Another undercover video of animal rights violations at an Okeechobee County dairy farm has surfaced.

The shocking footage, produced by Miami Beach-based Animal Recovery Mission, or ARM, shows employees of McArthur Dairy using a blowtorch and a sharpened steel rod, among other abuses, on the animals.…

Fri-Dec-2017 More than 600 skimmers were found at Florida gas stations in 2017

Always pay inside, folks.

A new report from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services shows that more than 600 card skimmers have been found at pumps across the state so far this year.…

Fri-Dec-2017 Flogging Molly is coming to Orlando this March

Flogging Molly have announced a March tour with the stated goal of celebrating St. Patrick's Day all month long (their words, not ours) and Orlando will host one of those stops.

The band will be gearing up for their surreal "Salty Dog" cruise and celebrating their most recent album Life is Good.

Flogging Molly plays the House of Blues on Friday, March 2, 2018, at 7 p.m.…

Fri-Dec-2017 Floridians should brace for stronger hurricanes, says former FEMA head

Many Hurricane Irma evacuees say they're apprehensive of packing up and leaving their homes again because forecast models failed to match the final track of the September storm.

That is worrisome for Craig Fugate, a former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Florida Division of Emergency Management, including during the state's devastating 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons.

Fugate said Thursday that Floridians must brace for storms that will be stronger, have longer periods at top speeds and bring more rain than in the past because of the changing climate.

Fugate, who addressed reporters during a conference call hosted by the National Hurricane Survival Initiative about a new website and year-round awareness campaign titled “Get Ready, Florida!,” said people are expecting a level of forecasting that “isn't there yet.”

Instead, people should continue to anticipate some uncertainty in forecasting, he said.

“If we knew exactly where it was going to hit it would be a lot easier, but it isn't,” Fugate said. “As we saw with Irma, a slight jog east or west of that track, we'd have been in a lot different impact.…

Fri-Dec-2017 A man was stranded on the Lake Eola fountain last night after stealing a swan boat

The Orlando Police Department says a man was rescued last night after he stole a swan boat at Lake Eola and then marooned himself on the fountain.

At around 3:30 a.m., the man, whose identity has yet to be released, successfully made it to the Linton E. Allen Memorial fountain on the stolen swan.…

Fri-Dec-2017 Katy Perry invades the home of the Orlando Magic to show 'em how to "Swish Swish" ... bish

It’s strange listening to Katy Perry after hearing “Roar” so much last year. As one of the official songs of the Hillary Clinton campaign, it served as an anthem for traditionally marginalized groups forced into silence to roar their truths to the world.…

Fri-Dec-2017 Grandma Party returns to Stardust with the best in locally made crafts and gifts

After a decade and a half, Stardust Video & Coffee’s Grandma Party Bazaar is an Orlando holiday tradition. With handmade crafts from local artisans, live music from area bands, raffles, giveaways and food, it’s basically a holiday encapsulation of the essence of Orlando.…

Fri-Dec-2017 Moody crooner Georgio "the Dove" Valentino stops into the Falcon one last time before retirement

South Florida native Georgio Valentino’s search for kindred musical spirits ended up bringing him to the Low Countries of Europe. Along with his band, La Société des Mélancoliques, Valentino fuses his love of moody soundtracks and experimental rock into a body of work that revels in moody soundscapes, cryptic lyrics and gothic-jazz groove.…

Fri-Dec-2017 Browse through stacks on stacks of independent mags at Orlando Zine Fest this weekend

At the risk of compromising journalistic integrity, we can opine that last year’s Orlando Zine Fest was an absolute blast – a well-attended showcase of local DIY print creativity. But we can say with absolute objective certainty that this year’s fest builds on last year’s success exponentially and puts OZF in the big leagues of Florida zine events.…

Fri-Dec-2017 Gods and Monsters throws "Life Day" party for hard core Star Wars fans and cosplayers

Gods & Monsters has yet to find an occasion they won’t throw a party for, and the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi is no exception. Come dressed as a holiday version of your favorite character to enter the cosplay contest, or just try to make it through the yes-it’s-really-that-bad Star Wars Holiday Special.…

Fri-Dec-2017 Get Santa-faced downtown during the 12 Bars of Christmas Pub Crawl

Help raise money for a good cause at the 12 Bars of Christmas Pub Crawl. Bring $20 or a similarly priced unwrapped toy to donate to HOPE Helps and get four free drink tickets and admission to 12 different nightspots in the central downtown area.…

Thu-Dec-2017 Disney's critically endangered Sumatran tiger cubs are finally here

Guests at Animal Kingdom can finally get a glimpse of these two adorable and critically endangered Sumatran tiger cubs, the first baby tigers ever born at Disney World.

Brother and sister Jeda and Anala were actually born last August, but made their big debut Wednesday, Dec. 13, as they're "slowly being introduced into their habitat" at the Maharajah Jungle Trek.…

Thu-Dec-2017 Just a reminder that Florida residents have until Dec. 31 to sign up for Obamacare

Right now, despite Donald Trump's attempts to completely destroy Obamacare (and anything else Obama ever did), record numbers of people are still signing up for 2018 coverage under the Affordable Healthcare Act and for Florida residents, there's plenty of time left.

Even though the Trump administration compressed the normal three-month enrollment period into just 45 days, as of last week, nearly 4.7 million people have signed up for a health plan through HealthCare.gov, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Here in Florida, more than Thu-Dec-2017 Every New Year's Eve party happening in Orlando, that we know of so far

Here you'll find every ball drop, block party, and champagne toast ringing in the new year in Orlando.

Did we miss one?…

Thu-Dec-2017 New venue Celine opening in downtown Orlando on New Year's Eve


The group behind local craft cocktail lounge Mather's Social Gathering are working on a new concept right next door called Celine Orlando.

The new three-story venue is located in the former Vain (and even more former Lyrica) space at 22.…

Thu-Dec-2017 Family of man shot by officers sues Orlando Police Department for $5.5 million

The family of Eric Provost, who was killed last year during a police-involved shooting, has filed suit against the two officers involved.

According to the lawsuit, which cites excessive force and wrongful death, the family is asking for $5.5 million for the incident dating back to January 2016, when officers responded to an emergency call placed by Provost's father, saying his son had alerted him of a possible break-in at their condominium home in Courtney Landing.…

Thu-Dec-2017 Former FAU professor can deny Sandy Hook, but we still think he's an asshole

Today marks five years since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

That's five years since a 20-year-old madman named Adam Lanza, wearing all-black clothing, yellow earplugs and sunglasses, stormed into Sandy Hook Elementary with a rifle in hand and took the lives of six teachers and 20 first-grade students.…

Thu-Dec-2017 Natalia Tena, aka Nymphadora Tonks, will join Universal's Celebration of Harry Potter

Natalia Tena, who played shapeshifting witch Nymphadora Tonks in the Harry Potter series, is joining the roster of celebrity guests at this year's "A Celebration of Harry Potter" at Universal Studios Orlando.

Tena joins an already robust list of Potter alumni attending this year's festivities, including Stanislav Yanevski (Viktor Krum), Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley), and James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley).

"A Celebration of Harry Potter" takes place Jan. 26-28 at Universal Orlando Resort, and will include a Q&A sessions with Harry Potter stars, interactive activities and displays at the Harry Potter Expo and special panels and demonstrations with creative talent from the series.…

Thu-Dec-2017 State agrees to spend $1 million on Central Florida's coast-to-coast trail

Gov. Rick Scott and the state Cabinet agreed to spend $1.08 million Wednesday for land that will help link to an ambitious bicycle and pedestrian trail planned to stretch across Central Florida, connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico.

The deal to acquire 35.2 acres to help complete the Shingle Creek Regional Trail —- which includes areas in Kissimmee, Osceola County, Orange County, and Orlando —- was approved with little comment.

“We have support from local chambers of commerce, local environmental groups, and others,” Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Noah Valenstein said. “It's exactly the type of stakeholder engagement we want to see in acquisitions, where the community is seeing the value of the acquisition directly to those living there.”

Money to buy the land from Billie Yates, Cecil Todd Yates, Jody Ketchum-Koger, and the Derrick Koger Trust is slated to come from the state's Florida Forever land acquisition program.

The trail will serve as a north-south link to larger existing regional trails in Central Florida, including the West Orange Trail and the Pine Hills Trail Corridor, which are being put together as part of a 250-mile Coast-to-Coast Connector, envisioned as a winding course from St. Petersburg to the Canaveral National Seashore.

The Department of Environmental Protection has targeted the completion of the connector for 2021, according to its website.

A priority of former Senate President Andy Gardiner, a Republican and triathlete from Orlando, the Legislature seeded the connector project with $50 million in 2014 to complete "gaps" between existing trails.

The 35.2 acres being acquired by the state will be managed by the city of Kissimmee, which is developing and building part of a local trail network that reaches from Kissimmee to Wekiva Springs State Park, and from Orlando to Mascotte, in Lake County.

The deal adds 1.3 miles to a partially completed trail that already covers 11.6 miles through Kissimmee.…

Thu-Dec-2017 Florida Is Loud Fest takes over Mills Avenue all weekend

Though organizer and performer – Ad Nauseum, Flying Limbs, etc. – Glen Ritchey would have been easily forgiven for passing on the opportunity to run a three-day underground festival pretty much by himself again, here we are with the second edition of Florida Is Loud upon us. The lineup for the big Saturday show at Will's is pretty formidable, with a Miami contingent – including Holly Hunt, Shroud Eater and Other Body – anchoring a bill that includes Jacksonville's Wørsen and Tampa's Meatwound.…

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