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Thu-Jul-2019 Florida insurance agency declines to cover damage caused by 11-foot alligator bursting into Clearwater kitchen

A Clearwater woman’s insurance claim has been denied after an 11-foot alligator crashed through her window.

The incident occurred before dawn on May 31, when the apex predator burst through a low window in 77-year-old Mary Wischhusen's Clearwater condo, causing extensive damage to walls and shattering bottles of wine across the floor.

Though the exact cost of the damage is unknown, Wischhusen told WPTV that she cannot afford to repair the wreckage. That’s why she filed a claim with Florida Peninsula Insurance Company.…

Thu-Jul-2019 Orlando's Park Ave CDs is one of the few stores to host a listening party for Bon Iver's new album, i, i

Few indie bands make the crossover into massive popularity as much as Justin Vernon's Bon Iver project. His fourth album, i, i, drops Aug. 30 on Jagjaguwar, but you can get a sneak peek at the whole thing on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Park Ave CDs.…

Thu-Jul-2019 Orlando murder case to be featured on HLN this weekend

The City Beautiful will make an ugly appearance on HLN's Lies, Crimes & Video as the series explores the case of a Florida woman raped and murdered in her apartment.

Set to air Saturday, the seventh episode of the eight-part series will look into the death of Sasha Samsudean. The episode, titled "Horror in Apartment 345," has the following description from HLN:

"Gorgeous 27-year-old Sasha Samsudean appears to be sexually assaulted and is found strangled in her luxury downtown Orlando apartment.…

Thu-Jul-2019 Central Florida for Good partners with Ben and Jerry's for Winter Park scavenger hunt

Central Florida for Good, an association of "purpose-driven" businesses, and Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream will co-host a scavenger hunt in Winter Park from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, along the oak-canopied paths of Park Avenue.

Participants will be able to explore local shops, boutiques, restaurants and more along the main strip of the downtown historic district while scrounging for raffle tickets from participating businesses.…

Thu-Jul-2019 The Boathouse was the only Orlando spot to make OpenTable's '100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America'

The Boathouse, a staple of Disney Springs, was the only Orlando-based restaurant to crack into OpenTable's list of the 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America.

What makes the Boathouse so scenic? It certainly doesn't hurt that it sits on a lake with a view of Disney Springs, not to mention its Dockside Bar, water taxi, and "only-in-Florida" interior decor.…

Thu-Jul-2019 Park Ave CDs teams up with 64 North for a ticket giveaway happy hour this Friday

Friday happy hour is obviously the best part of the working week, but this Friday, July 19, takes it to a new level. Park Ave CDs, Pom Pom's and 64 North team up for three hours of free stuff.…

Thu-Jul-2019 Florida House candidate who claimed to treat shooting victims after Pulse shooting admits she 'just made it up'

A former candidate for a state Democratic house seat lied about being a doctor and treating Pulse victims, Florida health officials confirmed.

A report published Wednesday by the Florida Department of Public Health reveals Catherine Elizabeth McCarthy admitted to an investigator that she “just made it up.” The department ordered McCarthy to pay $3,094.95 in fines and costs for intentionally presenting herself as a doctor without an active license.…

Thu-Jul-2019 Florida prison inmate took a break to 'dance around' after shanking guard, says Department of Corrections

A Florida Panhandle inmate who attacked three officers in a “brutal, unprovoked attack” has been charged with attempted murder of a correctional officer and possession of contraband, state prison officials said Wednesday.

“This violence is completely unacceptable.…

Thu-Jul-2019 SeaWorld Orlando announces new summer concert series with Colt Ford, Vertical Horizon and more

SeaWorld Orlando announced on Thursday a summer concert series and the limited-time return of their Fun Card.

The indoor concerts, included with park admission, will begin July 20 and take place over the next four weekends.

Country hip-hop artist Colt Ford will headline the first series on the weekend of July 20-21. The American rock band Vertical Horizon will follow, July 27-28.…

Thu-Jul-2019 Florida GOP lawmaker calls 'send her back' chant racist, criticizes Trump for not stopping it

A Republican state representative just criticized Trump for not stopping the chants of “send her back” directed at congresswoman Ilhan Omar at a recent rally.

Rep. Chris Latvala (R-Clearwater) tweeted that the chants targeting Omar, a Minnesota representative who was originally born in Somalia, were just helping divide the country.…

Thu-Jul-2019 Orlando cancels Amazon Rekognition program, capping 15 months of glitches and controversy | Orlando Weekly exclusive

Orlando's two-phase pilot with Amazon to try out real-time facial recognition software ended Thursday, capping 15 months of technical lags, bandwidth issues and uncertainty over whether the controversial face-scanning technology actually works.

The city's second pilot phase with the software, called Rekognition, began in October 2018 using four cameras at the police department's headquarters, three in downtown and one outside a community recreation center.…

Wed-Jul-2019 Disney announces new fireworks show and enhanced attractions for 2019 Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween party

Disney announced Wednesday that this year's Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom will feature a new fireworks show and several rides will be enhanced to fit the party's spooky theme.

Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas will host "Disney's Not-So-Spooky Spectacular," a fireworks show featuring projections, lasers and special lighting.…

Wed-Jul-2019 Florida students must now take 5 hours of mental health instruction

Florida students now have to take at least five hours of mental health instruction — a new requirement in line with First Lady Casey DeSantis' mental health campaign.

The State Board of Eduction voted on the new mandate Tuesday, which will apply to students from 6th to 12th grade.…

Wed-Jul-2019 Royal Caribbean ships will not stop in Puerto Rico due to protests

Today, Royal Caribbean ship Harmony of the Seas canceled a scheduled stop in San Juan, Puerto Rico, over ongoing political protests against Gov. Ricardo Rosselló.

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The cruise company also re-routed another ship yesterday, Empress of the Seas, to stop in Tortola instead of San Juan because of the protests and continued civilian unrest. It’s planned to return to Miami on Sunday.…

Wed-Jul-2019 Bowigens in Casselberry gives sour beer fans their dream menu at Sour Fest

Fans of sour beers – there are literally dozens of us – get spoiled rotten at Casselberry’s Bowigens Beer Company this Saturday.…

Wed-Jul-2019 Roque Pub's Belgian Independence Day party is less about waffles, more about beer

The Belgians celebrate their National Day every year on the anniversary of the installation of Leopold I as king in 1831.…

Wed-Jul-2019 18 free concerts happening in Orlando this week

Wednesday, July 17:
Eugene Snowden's Ten Pints of Truth 10 p.m. at Lil Indies, 1036 N. Mills Ave.
Swamp Sistas See, Hear & Say 5 8 pm at The Imperial at Washburn Imports, 1800 N. Orange Ave.

Thursday, July 18:
Kaleigh Baker 10 p.m. at Lil Indies, 1036 N. Mills Ave.
Jacob Latimore 7 pm at The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave.
The Living Room: DJ Stranger, DJ Cub, WordChemist, Marz Mello 9 pm at The Nook on Robinson, 2432 E. Robinson St.
Thursday Night Hang: Steve Luciano Trio 8 pm at Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave., Winter Park.

Friday, July 19
:
Vatos Locos
9 pm at Celine Orlando, 22 S. Magnolia Ave.

Saturday, July 20:
Codes 10 pm at Gilt Nightclub, 740 Bennett Road.
Dale Bandy & the Blue Cans 8 pm at Copper Rocket Pub, 106 Lake Ave., Maitland.
John Lee Wyatt Band 9 pm at The Nook on Robinson, 2432 E. Robinson St.
Lola Montez, Catfish Dinner 7 pm at Whiskey Lou's Lounge, 121 N. Bumby Ave.
Megan Stuart 8:30 pm at Lazy Gator at the Black Hammock, 2356 Black Hammock Fish Camp Road, Oviedo.
Mr. Richard 11 am at Kelly's Homemade Ice Cream, 3114 Corrine Drive.
Smoked Out Saturdaze: Oklahoma Stackhouse, Melodic Dissent 3:30 pm at Johnny's Other Side, 1619 Michigan St.
Universal Funk Orchestra, Summerlong 10:30 pm at Tanqueray's, 100 S. Orange Ave.

Sunday, July 21:
Ancient Sun 10:30 p.m. at Tanqueray's, 100 S. Orange Ave.
Yellow Nite Fever: Peelander Yellow 7 pm at Lil Indies, 1036 N. Mills Ave.

Tuesday, July 23:
Chad Price (Drag the River), Yes Ma'am (solo) 7 pm at Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave.

Get our top picks for the best events in Orlando every Thursday morning.…

Wed-Jul-2019 Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights features Ghostbusters for the first time

Universal Studios just announced the addition of an OG Ghostbusters-themed haunted house to its 2019 Halloween Horror Nights lineup, which runs from Sept. 6 through Nov. 2.

According to Universal, the Ghosbusters haunted house is set to commemorate the blockbuster’s 35th anniversary, tracking the movements of Peter, Ray, Egon and Winston through iconic scenes like the firehouse, New York Public Library and the Temple of Gozer.

Cult classic villains like the Slimer, Gozer the Gozerian and Stay Puft Marshmallow Man promise to lurk around every corner.

The Ghostbusters attraction joins a number of other professionally designed haunted houses and scare zones that are set up to set you on edge.…

Wed-Jul-2019 Crazy '80s Pub Crawl gives you the chance to put on your best Hopper shirt and paint the town pastel

Don’t listen to your cynical friends: The third season of Stranger Things was way better than the second, even with the over-the-top nostalgia references. Show them how wrong they are by getting dolled up like Fat Rambo in some cutting-edge finery and doing the Neutron Dance through basically every bar in downtown for the 14th annual Crazy ’80s Pub Crawl.…

Wed-Jul-2019 Synth-pop star Howard Jones gets his due at Hard Rock Live

Howard Jones doesn’t get the recognition he deserves.…

Wed-Jul-2019 Jennifer Lopez returns to Orlando for the first time in half a decade along with stars from World of Dance

For the first time in nearly six years, Jennifer Lopez will be returning to Orlando.…

Wed-Jul-2019 Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs gives guests the chance to learn how to slice sushi like a pro

Sharpen your knife skills while also sampling exquisitely fresh raw sea creatures including mackerel, hamachi and madai snapper at this “educational seminar” happening Sunday afternoon at Morimoto Asia.…

Wed-Jul-2019 Classic Gainesville band Radon join an old-school matinee at Will's Pub this weekend

It may seem like lifetimes ago to those of us “of a certain age,” but all-ages matinee shows were once an important proving ground for punk and hardcore bands to hone their stagecraft in front of die-hard fans who maybe weren’t old enough to get into these same venues at night. Matinees are not as regular of a phenomenon as they once were, but Will’s will be hosting a throwback matinee this weekend, even though they’re billing it as a brunch (“Punks don’t brunch!”) with headliners Golden Pelicans, Boston Marriage and legendary veteran Gainesville punks Radon.…

Wed-Jul-2019 Tacos & Tequila bids farewell to downtown Orlando's beautiful Cheyenne Saloon this weekend

This weekend, we bid adieu to the beautiful Cheyenne Saloon with one of our favorite food events: Tacos & Tequila, where restaurants and sponsors set up shop throughout the building to pass out their favorite takes on tacos.…

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