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Thu-Jun-2017 Fire Engulfs 4 Bronx Buildings, FDNY Says

Fire Engulfs 4 Bronx Buildings, FDNY Says Around 168 firefighters responded to the fire at a two-story residence in Unionport, the FDNY said.

Thu-Jun-2017 Con Edison Patches 4-Inch Hole That Allowed Oil to Spill Into East River

Con Edison Patches 4-Inch Hole That Allowed Oil to Spill Into East River The test took place Thursday morning, officials said. 

Thu-Jun-2017 Rikers Island Closure Depends on City Council NIMBYs, Mayor Says

Rikers Island Closure Depends on City Council NIMBYs, Mayor Says Bill de Blasio called on city council members to support new jails in their districts.

Thu-Jun-2017 Reported Hells Angel Who Works as EMT Arrested for Slashing Tire, NYPD Says

Reported Hells Angel Who Works as EMT Arrested for Slashing Tire, NYPD Says Christopher Felix, an FDNY EMT, was arrested for slashing tires on East Third Street, police said.

Thu-Jun-2017 VIDEO: Limo Driver Belts Out 'Let's Dance' While Stuck in Midtown Gridlock

VIDEO: Limo Driver Belts Out 'Let's Dance' While Stuck in Midtown Gridlock The hero was seen driving through Midtown Thursday while singing at the top of his lungs. 

Thu-Jun-2017 'He Would've Murdered Us,' Transgender Woman Says of Bat-Wielding Bully

'He Would've Murdered Us,' Transgender Woman Says of Bat-Wielding Bully “He said, ‘My bullet’s going to reach you faster than the cops,'" victim Andi Dier said.

Thu-Jun-2017 NYPD Absence at Meeting To Discuss Cyclist Deaths 'Insulting,' Board Says

NYPD Absence at Meeting To Discuss Cyclist Deaths 'Insulting,' Board Says Two cyclists were killed in Chelsea in less than a week earlier this month.

Thu-Jun-2017 Cuomo Taps Joe Lhota to Head MTA, Again, Amid Subway Meltdown

Cuomo Taps Joe Lhota to Head MTA, Again, Amid Subway Meltdown Lhota will once again lead the agency, which needs $3 billion to upgrade its subways, a report says.

Wed-Jun-2017 East Harlem Rezoning is 'Ethnic Cleansing,' Locals Say During Chaotic Vote

East Harlem Rezoning is 'Ethnic Cleansing,' Locals Say During Chaotic Vote Protesters hissed and booed throughout the meeting, then stormed the stage to protest the vote. 

Thu-Jun-2017 2 Women Stabbed and Beaten in Upper West Side Robbery, NYPD Says

2 Women Stabbed and Beaten in Upper West Side Robbery, NYPD Says Dahieline Deaza stabbed one woman with a glass object and punched the other, police said.

Wed-Jun-2017 Crown Heights Board Plans to Nix Armory Plan as Official Review Begins

Crown Heights Board Plans to Nix Armory Plan as Official Review Begins Critics are calling for more affordable housing and fewer condos at the historic Bedford-Union Armory.

Tue-Jun-2017 400-Foot 'Road Tattoo' Mural Adorns Broadway's New Public Plazas

400-Foot 'Road Tattoo' Mural Adorns Broadway's New Public Plazas "Sew and Sew" will run along two stretches of Broadway through Labor Day weekend.

Thu-Jun-2017 Discrimination Against Immigrant Renters Spikes Prompting City Outreach

Discrimination Against Immigrant Renters Spikes Prompting City Outreach Cases of housing discrimination based on immigration status have increased over the last 12 months.

Thu-Jun-2017 Trader Joe's New Brooklyn Store to Open Friday at City Point, Company Says

Trader Joe's New Brooklyn Store to Open Friday at City Point, Company Says The Downtown Brooklyn store will be the grocery's second location in the borough.

Wed-Jun-2017 89 Percent of Turnstile Jumpers Arrested Are Black or Latino, Data Show

89 Percent of Turnstile Jumpers Arrested Are Black or Latino, Data Show So far this year 8,625 people have been arrested for theft of services in New York City, data show.

Thu-Jun-2017 Suwannee Hulaween festival announces full lineup for 2017

The popular Suwannee Hulaween music festival has announced the full lineup for this year's event and it's as "jam"-packed as you expect. The festival, now in its fifth year, promises to go all out.

The acts announced as part of this year's lineup will no doubt be very good news to fans of this unique music fest.…

Thu-Jun-2017 One of the nation's top restaurants is coming to Longwood

If you place any credence in the oft-benighted opinions of unqualified users on crowd-sourced sites, Longwood is about to get one of the finest eateries in all the land.

To be fair, Tampa's AJ's Press has dazzled many journos and food scribes as well with their pressed sandwiches, so it's hard to overlook the fact that the eatery is the fourth highest-ranked restaurant in the U.S. of A. according to Yelp!

The sandwich joint will makes its way into the Train Depot Shoppes near the intersection of State Road 434 and Ronald Reagan Boulevard in Longwood "in early August," according to owner Andy Hesman.
Greg and Jill Lynn, the husband-and-wife team who run AJ's in Tampa, will provide the recipes and culinary expertise, along with the name (the "A" in "AJ's" comes from Greg's actual first name, Andrew, and the "J" from wife Jill).

AJ's Press Longwood will open in the space previously occupied by Carrie's Bistro and Zorba's Greek Taverna, will seat 27 guests, and will offer an identical menu to the Tampa original, with some pricing tweaks.
Hesman and Greg Lynn have known each other for nearly three decades and bring a wealth of restaurant industry knowledge to the venture, and both fully expect the general consensus among Orlandoans to mirror that of Bay Area Yelpers.

And the country.

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Thu-Jun-2017 Orlando's Trinity 'The Tuck' Taylor goes for crown on RuPaul's Drag Race finale

The time has come for you to lip sync for your life this Friday in your living room as you watch Orlando's Trinity Taylor and her famous tuck go for the crown on the season finale of RuPaul's Drag Race.


The ninth season of Drag Race has given us everything – from Aja's iconic Linda Evangelista rant-turned-club remix to fan-favorite Valentina's tragic, telenovela downfall during a lip sync to Ariana Grande's "Greedy." But a standout from the season has been Trinity, 32, who was initially derided as just another pageant queen until her plastic injectable realness and artistry won us over – she even got name-dropped on a Saturday Night Live skit.…

Thu-Jun-2017 World's Largest Swimming Lesson teaches basics of water safety at SeaWorld's Aquatica

Aquatica, SeaWorld's water park, hosted a group swimming lesson in conjunction with the World's Largest Swimming Lesson program this morning.

Thu-Jun-2017 Hundred Waters announce Orlando show for October

Los Angeles-based electronic inner travelers Hundred Waters have announced a fall tour and Orlando will host one of only two Florida dates. The trio got their start in Gainesville, FL, recording for Elestial Sound, but have captivated a much wider audience, along the way organizing the FORM Arcosanti and even recording for Skrillex's OWSLA label.

Hundred Waters play the Social on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. with Kelsey Lu.…

Thu-Jun-2017 Duck Donuts opens in Kissimmee July 1, but you can get their donuts now

Although their grand opening isn't until July 1, the brand-new Kissimmee location of North Carolina-based Duck Donuts is in soft-open mode.

The store is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day until they're "up and running at full speed," after which they'll be open longer hours.…

Thu-Jun-2017 Florida Supreme Court blocks panel from forcing police testimony

Amid heavy national scrutiny of police conduct, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday said a Miami citizens' panel did not have the authority to subpoena an officer to testify as part of an investigation into a traffic stop.

The Supreme Court, in a unanimous 34-page opinion, said the city-created investigative panel was barred from issuing a subpoena to police Lt. Freddy D'Agastino in 2009 because of a state law known as the “Police Officers' Bill of Rights.” The court pointed, in part, to the Legislature imposing an “elaborate interrogation framework of rights and obligations” that police agencies must follow in interrogating officers.

The ruling said giving a citizens' investigative panel the ability to subpoena officers would conflict with the state law and, as a result, be unconstitutional.

“Indeed, the power to issue a subpoena to a citizen and to enforce it with the power of contempt is among the most powerful tools a government may wield,” said the ruling, written by Justice R. Fred Lewis. “Moreover, if we were to hold otherwise, nothing would preclude the formation of other bodies similar to the (citizens' panel) by other governmental units with concurrent geographical jurisdiction over an officer, all empowered with subpoena power and potentially subjecting an officer to repeated governmental pressure over an extended time, rendering the limitations provision in the (Police Officers' Bill of Rights) meaningless.

“We therefore hold that the (panel's) invocation of its subpoena power as applied to police officers is unconstitutional because compelled interrogation of police officers in investigations that could lead to their discipline is preempted by the (Police Officers' Bill of Rights).”

The case stemmed from a complaint filed in 2009 alleging misconduct by D'Agastino during a traffic stop.…

Thu-Jun-2017 Pizza Bruno celebrates the one-year mark with beer, coffee and clam pie


Pizza Bruno has stacked up the accolades (from us and basically everyone else) since it opened for business, and the team is marking their one-year anniversary in style with a blowout party this Saturday.

From 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 24, pay $10 for admission to the celebration and enjoy MIA, Central28 and Cask & Larder beers; coffee from Foxtail; music by the Pizza Brothers and Eat the Elderly; and of course, pizza.…

Thu-Jun-2017 Electro shapeshifter Green Velvet holds court at Venue 578 tonight

Veteran U.K. techno alien Green Velvet takes over Venue 578 for a night of the unexpected with Latmun. The low door price for an event this of this calibre is a steal.

Green Velvet and Latumn play Venue 578 as part of the Create series tonight at 10 p.m.…

Thu-Jun-2017 Orlando will hold anti-violence vigil tonight in honor of slain Muslim teen

Muslim organizations and other advocates are planning an anti-violence vigil in Orlando Thursday night in honor of Nabra Hassanen, the Muslim teen who was kidnapped and beaten to death with a baseball bat.

The Loudoun Times-Mirror reports the 17-year-old and her friends were returning from an overnight event at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society mosque in Sterling, Virginia when they were attacked by 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres.…

Thu-Jun-2017 Downtown traffic is going to be epic on Saturday

Ride-sharing or carpooling is highly recommended if you are attending any of the four big events taking place downtown Saturday, June 24.

At various times throughout the day, the following shows and games are happening:

  • PAW Patrol Live! at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Thu-Jun-2017 Florida's Daughters of the Confederacy group wants time capsule found in statue

Florida's chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy wants ownership of the time capsule found inside of the Confederate monument that was removed this week from Lake Eola Park.

The controversial "Johnny Reb" statue that stood in Orlando's public park for over 100 years was dismantled Tuesday for its move to the Confederate veterans section of Greenwood Cemetery.…

Thu-Jun-2017 Seattle's Wimps bring grown-up punk to Will's Pub

Even though the members of Seattle’s Wimps have grown-up jobs that limit their touring schedule, and write songs about how great naps are and the frustrations of being the old guy at a party, they’re still undeniably punk, even if it’s only part-time. Wimps' songs are full of humor and nervous, head-bobbing energy, with a deliberately minimal aesthetic that belies the chops of some of their members; singer-guitarist Rachel Ratner was in cult speed-punk band Butts, and drummer Dave Ramm played with the Intelligence.…

Thu-Jun-2017 Watch local MC Sean Shakespeare's new video for "Ghost"

Local MC Sean Shakespeare has just unveiled a new music video for his heady track "Ghost," shaped and produced with collaborators from the Second Subject collective and label. The track itself is a deft musical co-creation between Shakespeare and the inimitable Swamburger, while the video was directed by Juan Ordonez.…

Wed-Jun-2017 Florida higher ed official says maybe women earn less than men for 'genetic' reasons


Among what seems like an epidemic of pale, stale males making misogynistic remarks this week, Florida can claim its very own: State University System board member Ed Morton, who suggested women's genes are to blame for their lower salaries.

Jessica Bakeman at Politico was first with the story, which has since been reported widely. At yesterday's board meeting, members were discussing ways to close the pay gap between male and female graduates of Florida universities.…

Wed-Jun-2017 Sabal Trail pipeline starts pumping natural gas to Florida

Despite constant protests and the continuing outcry from environmental advocates, the 515-mile Sabal Trail pipeline started pumping natural gas to Florida from Alabama last week.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports the company confirmed the pipeline began flowing gas through 484 miles of the route starting on June 14.…

Wed-Jun-2017 Indie rockers Afghan Whigs announce Orlando show for September

Indie rock survivors Afghan Whigs have announced a U.S. tour set for later this year in support of new album In Spades, and Orlando has the distinction of hosting the opening date of the whole shebang.

The Afghan Whigs are set to play the Social on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. with Har Mar Superstar. Tickets can be had for $30-$130.

Wed-Jun-2017 Sanford aims to be Florida's top craft beer destination


Sanford wants to become a hub for craft beer connoisseurs.

With two microbreweries already open and several new ones on the way, the city aims to become the next big craft brewery spot, emulating Asheville, North Carolina. Sanford Economic Director Bob Turk, Sanford Brewing owner Allan Jackson and others will visit Asheville next month to observe how its brewery businesses are attracting outside visitors.

"Sanford is still in the early stages in the urban renewal aspect," Jackson told the Orlando Business Journal. "Property here is still reasonably affordable compared to other Central Florida areas."

Wops Hops, which opened in 2014, is Sanford's first brewery.…

Wed-Jun-2017 Advocates call out Rick Scott for failing to sign LGBTQ anti-discrimination order after Pulse

A year after a gunman targeted the gay nightclub Pulse on "Latin Night" and murdered 49 people, LGBTQ advocates say Gov. Rick Scott broke his promise by failing to sign an order that would protect state employees against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Leaders with Equality Florida and state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith say in the days following the mass shooting, they met privately with Scott's staff to ask the governor to sign an executive order banning anti-LGBTQ discrimination against state hires. The Orlando Democrat, who was a lobbyist with Equality Florida before he was elected, said the governor's team promised they would take action.…

Wed-Jun-2017 Miami Uber driver fined for not speaking English


An Uber driver in Miami was fined $250 on Sunday for not speaking English.

When a Miami International Airport officer approached Carmen Echevarría as she let her passengers out onto the curb, she asked one of the passengers to help translate what the officer was saying.

"Then she asked why, if I was an Uber driver, I didn't speak English," Echevarría told Telemundo 51, the first station to report the citation. "I told her 'so sorry, a little English,' then she called the inspector who also confronted me and told me in order to be an Uber driver I needed to speak English."

When Uber, Lyft and other similar companies were authorized to compete with taxis in Miami-Dade County legislation approved in May of last year, an English-language provision within the law was adopted, reports the Miami Herald.…

Wed-Jun-2017 Real Radio 104.1's Jim Philips announces impending retirement

The longtime host of WTKS 104.1-FM's "The Philips File" announced yesterday that he will be retiring in January 2018. "I'm retiring.…

Wed-Jun-2017 First look at chef Tim Keating's revamp of the Urbain 40 menu

The art deco, Jazz Age, speakeasy feel is still in full swing – literally – at Urbain 40 with former Flying Fish Cafe chef Tim Keating coming over to helm the kitchen.

The former trés Français brasserie is now a bastion of upscale global cuisine, and its new menu includes dishes from Italy and China along with some classic American crowd-pleasers. But don't fret: Keating left some of the French-forward dishes on the menu (like the onion soup and salade Niçoise) to satisfy fans of the restaurant's first iteration.

We were lucky enough to sit down with Keating and taste some of his new menu items.…

Wed-Jun-2017 Florida court allows ACLU's public records fight over police cellphone tracking

In a long-running dispute that centers on the state's Sunshine Law, a federal appeals court Tuesday said the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida can delve into information about a police officer's requests to use cell-phone tracking devices.

The ruling by a panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stemmed, in part, from questions about whether Sarasota police detective Michael Jackson was acting as a state law-enforcement officer or as a special deputy U.S. marshal when he sought court orders allowing use of tracking devices.

The distinction is important because Florida's Sunshine Law, which grants broad access to public records, could allow the ACLU to obtain Jackson's applications for the devices. The ACLU filed a public-records lawsuit, but a state circuit judge and a U.S. district judge dismissed it because they ruled Jackson was working as a federal officer.

But in an eight-page decision Tuesday, the appeals court said the case was improperly short-circuited and that the ACLU should be able to gather information through the legal “discovery” process.…

Wed-Jun-2017 28 free shows happening in Orlando this week

Wednesday, June 21
Eugene Snowden's Ten Pints of Truth 10 pm at Lil Indies, 1036 N. Mills Ave.
Reggae Night with Hor!zen and DJ Red I 10 pm at the Caboose, 1827 N. Orange Ave.
The Daniel Heitz Band 10:30 pm at Tanqueray's, 100 S. Orange Ave.

Thursday, June 22
Thursday Jazz Jams 8 pm at Austin's Coffee, 929 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park
The Mellow Relics 10:30 pm at Tanqueray's, 100 S. Orange Ave.
Kaleigh Baker 10 pm at Lil Indies, 1036 N. Mills Ave.
Raleigh Estes and Friends 8 pm at Muldoon's Saloon, 7439 Aloma Ave., Winter Park.
James Pippin, Renee Is a Zombie 8 pm at West End Trading Company, 202 S. Sanford Ave., Sanford.

Friday,
June 23
Floorplay: Frankie Alex & Trini D. 10 pm at Backbooth, 37 W. Pine St.
No Need 10:30 pm at Tanqueray's, 100 S. Orange Ave.
Paul Smith 7 pm at Dead Lizard Brewing Company, 4507 36th St.
Überbahn 10 pm at The Falcon, 819 E. Washington St.

Saturday, June 24
D. Wyte, Javi.Groove 8 pm at Aloma Bowl, 2530 Aloma Ave., Winter Park.
Haves&Thirds, Blacksunblackmoon, Kate Shults, T-Func, Temperament 9 pm at The Falcon, 819 E. Washington St.
Introspectre, Goose Hands, Joe Lamy, Taryn Roberts 8:30 pm at Austin's Coffee, 929 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park.
Micah Schnabel (Two Cow Garage) 9 pm at Lil Indies, 1036 N. Mills Ave.

Sunday, June 25
Ancient Sun 10:30 pm at Tanqueray's, 100 S. Orange Ave.
Gwadcip$ 9 pm at Lil Indies, 1036 N. Mills Ave.
Don Bear, Tears of a Tyrant, The Whiskey Sharts 6 pm at Belle Isle Yacht Pub, 7521 S. Orange Ave.

Monday, June 26
Open Mic Hip-Hop
9:30 pm at Austin's Coffee, 929 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park.
Jazz Meets Motown 8 pm at The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive.
Reggae Mondae: Florida Man 10:30 pm at Tanqueray's, 100 S. Orange Ave.
Veda 10 pm at Lil Indies, 1036 N. Mills Ave.
Featuring Humans, Mop and Kyle, Fingerstripes 8 pm at 64 North, 64 N. Orange Ave.

Tuesday, June 27
Jazz in the Courtyard with the DaVinci Jazz Experiment 7 pm at Cafe DaVinci, 112 W. Georgia Ave., DeLand.
The Groove Orient 10:30 pm at Tanqueray's, 100 S. Orange Ave.
Singer-Songwriter Open Mic 7:30 pm at Austin's Coffee, 929 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park.

Wed-Jun-2017 Florida Democratic chairman says party is 'moving forward' after racial remarks

Florida Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Bittel appeared set to keep his position, at least for the moment, after meeting Tuesday with African-American state lawmakers angered by comments Bittel made at the party's annual fundraising dinner Saturday.

Bittel met with Senate Minority Leader Oscar Braynon, D-Miami Gardens, and Rep. Kionne McGhee, a Miami Democrat set to take over as leader of the party's House caucus after the 2018 elections. The two had been harshly critical of remarks Bittel reportedly made comparing African-American lawmakers to children after they and others complained about his decision to scrap a portion of the fundraising dinner's program that would have featured Democratic legislators.

In a statement issued after Tuesday's meeting, Bittel gave no indications that he intended to step down, despite speculation that he might do so if asked by Braynon or McGhee.…

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