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Mon-Aug-2017 Activists Demand Removal of Monument to Doctor Who Experimented on Slaves

Activists Demand Removal of Monument to Doctor Who Experimented on Slaves The statue has stood at the corner of 103rd Street and Fifth Avenue since 1934.

Mon-Aug-2017 J'Ouvert Security Will Be Like New Year's Eve in Times Square, Mayor Says

J'Ouvert Security Will Be Like New Year's Eve in Times Square, Mayor Says Checkpoints, weapons searches and a ban on alcohol and large bags are planned this Labor Day.

Mon-Aug-2017 Shake Shack to Open in Morningside Heights With New Desserts Wednesday

Shake Shack to Open in Morningside Heights With New Desserts Wednesday The burger joint will introduce three new neighborhood-themed desserts at the 2957 Broadway location.

Tue-Aug-2017 'Guy in Queens Center Mall With the Straightener' Leaves After 13 Years

'Guy in Queens Center Mall With the Straightener' Leaves After 13 Years Magal left the kiosk where he became Queens famous.

Mon-Aug-2017 PHOTOS: New Yorkers Look to the Skies as Solar Eclipse Unfolds Across City

PHOTOS: New Yorkers Look to the Skies as Solar Eclipse Unfolds Across City People gathered in parks and other public spaces Monday afternoon to watch the eclipse. 

Mon-Aug-2017 WATCH LIVE: Stream NASA's View of the Solar Eclipse

WATCH LIVE: Stream NASA's View of the Solar Eclipse The Empire State Building also live streamed the eclipse from its observation deck. 

Mon-Aug-2017 City Hopes To Cut 'Rubber Room' Teacher Ranks by Half

City Hopes To Cut 'Rubber Room' Teacher Ranks by Half Currently 820 teachers work in a so-called "Rubber Room" and make about $94,000 annually on average.

Mon-Aug-2017 Man Released After Sexually Abusing 11-Year-Old Girl in Park, Officials Say

Man Released After Sexually Abusing 11-Year-Old Girl in Park, Officials Say The suspect was charged with sexual abuse, but prosecutors want to vet his alibi, officials said.

Mon-Aug-2017 13-Year-Old Boy Dies After SUV Hits Him on 135th Street, NYPD Says

13-Year-Old Boy Dies After SUV Hits Him on 135th Street, NYPD Says Kayshawn Whittick was running through traffic when a Jeep Wrangler hit him, police said.

Mon-Aug-2017 Jamaica Park a 'Disaster' Strewn With Litter and the Homeless, Locals Say

Jamaica Park a 'Disaster' Strewn With Litter and the Homeless, Locals Say The park, in downtown Jamaica, recently underwent a $2.2 million upgrade. 

Mon-Aug-2017 Where to Watch the Solar Eclipse in New York City

Where to Watch the Solar Eclipse in New York City The eclipse will be visible shortly after 1 p.m. Monday.

Mon-Aug-2017 Landlord Sues, Moves to Evict Tenant Over Confederate Flag Display

Landlord Sues, Moves to Evict Tenant Over Confederate Flag Display The owner of 403 E. Eighth Street is suing the tenant who hung Confederate flags in his windows.

Mon-Aug-2017 Uber Driver Took Sleeping Passenger to His Home to Sexually Assault Her: DA

Uber Driver Took Sleeping Passenger to His Home to Sexually Assault Her: DA Kar Keong Liao performed a criminal sex act on a woman he picked up in Midtown, police said.

Mon-Aug-2017 Driver Critically Hurt After Rear-Ending SUV on Park Avenue, NYPD Says

Driver Critically Hurt After Rear-Ending SUV on Park Avenue, NYPD Says Witnesses told police the driver, a 58-year-old woman, had been speeding, police said.

Mon-Aug-2017 African-American Graves from 1858 Rediscovered and Restored at Green-Wood

African-American Graves from 1858 Rediscovered and Restored at Green-Wood Williamsburg and Hell's Kitchen high school students located graves in the cemetery's "Colored Lots."

Mon-Aug-2017 Suspended Kaká mingled with us common folk last weekend

Orlando City superstar Kaká was mingling among us common folk at last Saturday's match against Columbus Crew SC, suggesting that perhaps a suspended Kaká is the best Kaká.

Serving his mandatory red card suspension for hamming around with his buddy Aurelien Collin of the New York Red Bulls, the Brazilian star was spotted smack in the middle of The Wall.…

Mon-Aug-2017 Guy Fieri to open restaurant in the Villages, now to be renamed Flavortown


The party-hearty over-55s living in the Villages have one more challenge to their health to contend with: Guy Fieri's American Kitchen & Bar opens this week in the Lake Sumter Landing area of the retirement community.

The Villages News reports that the restaurant will open its doors and begin toasting customers with shirt flames on Wednesday – though, as with any restaurant opening date, you'll want to check ahead before making your final 4:30 p.m. dining plans.…

Mon-Aug-2017 Charities keep canceling fundraisers at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort

At least 14 charities have canceled their fundraisers at President Donald Trump's oceanside resort in Florida after he said there were "fine people" on the side of white supremacists during a violent rally in Charlottesville.

The Washington Post reports the charities that left in the five days after Trump's comments include the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts; the American Red Cross; the Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation; the Salvation Army; Morselife; Hearing the Ovarian Cancer Whisper; the American Cancer Society; American Friends of Magen David Adom; Big Dog Ranch Rescue; Leaders in Furthering Education; the Palm Beach Zoo; the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach; the Susan G. Komen breast cancer charity; and the Autism Project of Palm Beach County.…

Mon-Aug-2017 Classic rock band Chicago to play Orlando in October

Grammy-winning classic rock icons Chicago are heading out on tour starting in late August and have pencilled in four Florida shows.

Besides Melbourne, Ft. Myers and Sarasota, the band will also be playing Orlando.

Chicago are set to play the Bob Carr Theater on Friday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m.…

Mon-Aug-2017 Lawmaker renews effort to replace Florida's Confederate statue with McLeod Bethune

Amid a national debate about monuments and statues, a South Florida lawmaker renewed his push Monday for a likeness of Mary McLeod Bethune —- an educator and civil-rights activist who founded what is now known as Bethune-Cookman University —- to represent Florida in the U.S. Capitol.

State Sen. Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale, proposed a resolution (SCR 184) to have Bethune replace Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith as one of Florida's two representatives in the National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.

The proposal is filed for the 2018 legislative session, which starts in January. House members began filing bills for the session Friday, and a proposal dealing with the state's representation in National Statuary Hall had not been filed as of Monday morning.

The Legislature voted in 2016 to replace a statue of the St. Augustine-born Smith.…

Mon-Aug-2017 Florida snake hunters have killed 500 Burmese pythons this year

Over the past 5 months Florida snake hunters have caught and killed 500 invasive Burmese pythons, according to a recent report from the South Florida Water Management District.


Last Thursday, Aug. 17, snake hunter Jason Leon of Miami hit the 500 mark by killing a seven-foot python.…

Mon-Aug-2017 Look at this stupidly massive fish

Last weekend, a Bradenton firefighter landed one of the world's biggest Warsaw groupers at the St. Pete Open annual fishing tournament, and holy nightmare of the deep, just look at this thing.

According to WFTS, James Taylor speared the 409-pound grouper at a depth of 250 feet and roughly 85 miles off the shore on Saturday, Aug. 19.…

Mon-Aug-2017 Local hip-hop showcase Flawda Grown 3 set for late September

The third installment of the Flawda Grown hip-hop showcase is scheduled for the end of September, and the lineup is heavy with some of the best home-grown MC and DJ talent the Sunshine State has to offer. Anchored by Niko Is, Nicolina and Honcho the Savage, Flawda Grown 3 also boasts up-and-comers including Drex Carter, Toneward, DJ Five Venoms, The Mike Wilson, Braindead, Abeck, Ma-Less, OJ.…

Mon-Aug-2017 Band of the Week: Howling Midnight


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

Mon-Aug-2017 Reggae royalty Damian Marley to play Orlando in September

Reggae royalty and fearsome talent in his own right Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley is hitting the road this fall behind new album Stony Hill and will be making three Florida stops. Wake the town and tell the people, Orlando will be one of those cities!

Damian Marley plays the House of Blues on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $32.

Mon-Aug-2017 Red Lion's Twisted Tuesday finds a new home (and name) at St. Matthew's Tavern

Those who miss the Tuesday night community vibes at the now-defunct Red Lion Pub will be happy to know that their Twisted Tuesdays event has now moved over to St. Matt’s, hopefully saving you a little gas money. Enjoy a potluck dinner, live music, vendors, and all the fire-spinny, glowy-hoop entertainment your little trippy heart desires every Tuesday evening.…

Mon-Aug-2017 Orlando Science Center and UCF offer in-person eclipse-viewing assistance on Monday

North America hasn’t been in the path of a total solar eclipse in 99 years, but on Monday, you’ll be able to see the total solar eclipse for a few minutes in Orlando. Orlando Science Center and University of Central Florida host viewings of the total solar eclipse, which will reach 85 percent totality in Orlando and peak at about 2:51 p.m.…

Sun-Aug-2017 Rick Scott removes Aramis Ayala from case of slain Kissimmee Police officers

After the fatal shooting of two Kissimmee Police officers, Gov. Rick Scott has removed Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala from the case because of her previous opposition to the death penalty.

In an executive order, Scott reassigned the case of Everett Glenn Miller, 45, from Ayala to State Attorney Brad King, whose district covers Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion and Sumter counties.…

Sun-Aug-2017 Second Kissimmee Police officer dies after Friday shooting

A second Kissimmee Police officer died from his injuries Saturday afternoon after a fatal Friday shooting claimed the life of another officer.

The Kissimmee Police Department says Sgt. Richard "Sam" Howard and Officer Matthew Baxter were shot during a routine stop near the intersection of Palmway and Cypress streets around 9:30 p.m. on Friday.…

Sun-Aug-2017 Democratic candidates for Florida governor vow to back LGBTQ anti-discrimination law


Three Democratic candidates for governor pledged Saturday to support legislation that would prohibit discrimination in jobs and housing based on sexual orientation.

Despite support from the business community, the legislation, known as the “Competitive Workforce Act,” has stalled in the Legislature in recent years. Also, a call for Gov. Rick Scott to use his executive power to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation in state agencies has gone unheeded.

“If you elect me governor, you won't have to wait any longer,” Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum told the LGBTA Democratic Caucus, which represents the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

“Florida is too big, too proud, too diverse a state for our politics to reflect an error of yesteryear, yesterdecade, yestercentury,” Gillum said during a caucus conference in Tallahassee.

Candidate Chris King, a Winter Park businessman, said passing the anti-discrimination law is both morally and economically right for the state.

“I want to make sure everyone is comfortable here, everyone is safe here, everyone is protected here,” King said.

Former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham of Tallahassee said she would work to “stop discrimination in its tracks.”

“We're going to protect every Floridian, no matter what color their skin is, where they come from, or who they love,” Graham said in a prepared text of her speech Saturday night to the caucus.

All three candidates said, if elected in November 2018, they would sign an executive order banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in state agencies.

Two candidates talked about how ending discrimination was personal for them.

King talked about the discrimination faced by his older brother, David, growing up as a gay man in the South.…

Fri-Aug-2017 Eustis official says city will take donated Confederate monuments

While the majority of elected officials across America looked on in horror at the death and destruction following a Charlottesville white supremacist rally around a Confederate statue, Eustis Commissioner Anthony Sabatini saw it and said the basic equivalent of "Yeah, give me two."

In a Facebook post, Sabatini said the Lake County city would "gladly accept" any donated Confederate monuments from municipalities that have removed them in the dead of night maybe because, I dunno, they don't want a repeat of the violence that led to the death of a 32-year-old woman after a driver plowed his car into protesters. Maybe that's it.…

Fri-Aug-2017 Lakeridge Winery hosts annual Harvest Grape Stomp this weekend

If you've ever wanted to smush grapes between your toes, head out to Clermont's Lakeridge Winery this weekend. The vineyard throws a two-day festival every year after their grapes are harvested, and invite folks to help crush noble muscadine grapes with their piggies.…

Fri-Aug-2017 If you needed one, here's a reason to get takeout pizza this weekend

Forget to buy eclipse glasses? Pizza Hut has you covered with this DIY video showing you how to craft your own eclipse projector from one of its boxes.…

Fri-Aug-2017 Aramis Ayala's initiative hopes to give juveniles a second chance with clean record

Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala announced a new initiative this week to help give juvenile offenders who haven't been arrested a second chance with a clean record.

Before the initiative, police officers investigating minor crimes who decided a juvenile shouldn't be arrested would still submit a report to the State Attorney's office for prosecutors to decide if they wanted to file charges.…

Fri-Aug-2017 Florida lawmaker will file bill to ban all Confederate statues, signs and names from public property

Florida Representative Shevrin Jones (D-West Park) says he will file legislation to immediately remove all Confederate statues, signs and names from public property in Florida.

"William Faulkner once stated that ‘The past is never dead,’ but I’m here to tell you that it can damn well be buried,”" said Jones in a statment.…

Fri-Aug-2017 Confederate plaques removed from Daytona Beach park

Three plaques commemorating Confederate soldiers were quietly removed this morning from Riverfront Park in downtown Daytona Beach.

The plaques were removed just days after Daytona Mayor Derrick Henry, the second black mayor in the city's history, told the Daytona News-Journal that Confederate memorials should be removed from city property.…

Fri-Aug-2017 Fluxus experimental music exhibit to open in South Florida later this month

The infamous Fluxus "anti art" movement that started in the 1960s is getting a retrospective exhibition at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery in south Florida that shines a light on the music and sound wing of the "intermedia" FLuxus spectrum.

Including new works from Fluxus sound vets Yoko Ono (!) and Alison Knowles, this exhibit will be interactive, with an eye toward the movement's past and future.…

Fri-Aug-2017 Florida bill would protect mama bears during hunts

Black bears mothering cubs under 100 pounds would be off-limits if the state conducts bear hunts in the future, under a measure filed Wednesday by Sen. Linda Stewart, D-Orlando.

Stewart's proposal (SB 156), filed for the 2018 legislative session, also would make the unlawful harvesting of saw palmetto berries on state lands a second-degree misdemeanor.…

Fri-Aug-2017 Full lineup released for local music and beer celebration Ten10 Fest

Local music and craft beer extravaganza Ten10 Fest has revealed the full lineup of artists performing and it's a stacked lineup. The fest is a collaboration between Shows I Go To and Ten10 Brewing.…

Fri-Aug-2017 Local punks Debt Neglector host record release show tonight at Will's Pub

New local punk project Debt Neglector - featuring members of New Mexican Disaster Squad, No Friends and Gatorface - celebrate the release of their debut LP Atomicland (Smartpunk Records) with a sure-to-be raucous show.

Debt Neglector plays Will's Pub tonight at 8 p.m. with Rushmore and Caffiends. Tickets are $5-$8.

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