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Tue-Oct-2017 WATCH LIVE: Cow on the Loose in Prospect Park, Police Say

WATCH LIVE: Cow on the Loose in Prospect Park, Police Say Police are responding to reports of a cow on the loose in Brooklyn. 

Tue-Oct-2017 4 People Hurt, 1 Critically, in Crown Heights Building Collapse, FDNY Says

4 People Hurt, 1 Critically, in Crown Heights Building Collapse, FDNY Says Work was being done on the building at the time of the collapse, officials said.

Tue-Oct-2017 Red Hook Takes Top Spot as Brooklyn’s Priciest Neighborhood, Report Says

Red Hook Takes Top Spot as Brooklyn’s Priciest Neighborhood, Report Says New townhouses in the area boosted the median sale to $1.92 million, Property Shark found.

Tue-Oct-2017 Justice Sotomayor Offers Career and Life Advice in Queens College Talk

Justice Sotomayor Offers Career and Life Advice in Queens College Talk The Bronx-born Supreme Court Justice urged students to get involved in civics.

Tue-Oct-2017 Tennis Coach Says Female Player's Sex Harassment Complaint Got Him Fired

Tennis Coach Says Female Player's Sex Harassment Complaint Got Him Fired Jeffrey Menaker, now a coach in Queens for Berkeley College, was fired by Hofstra in September.

Mon-Oct-2017 Million-Dollar Condos Offer Sweeping Views of Public Sex in Harlem Park

Million-Dollar Condos Offer Sweeping Views of Public Sex in Harlem Park A volunteer group has been working to step up foot traffic in the park in hopes of reducing public sex.

Tue-Oct-2017 Religious Group Makes Building 'Unlivable' in Bid to Boot Tenants, They Say

Religious Group Makes Building 'Unlivable' in Bid to Boot Tenants, They Say Lawyers representing 12 tenants say the landlords cut off WiFi and other services to the building.

Tue-Oct-2017 Luxury Buildings in Williamsburg and LIC Ignore Fair Housing Laws: Lawsuit

Luxury Buildings in Williamsburg and LIC Ignore Fair Housing Laws: Lawsuit The Rabsky Group built three buildings that are not accessible to people in wheelchairs, the suit says.

Tue-Oct-2017 NYPD Van Hits Machete-Wielding Teen in The Bronx After Pursuit, Police Say

NYPD Van Hits Machete-Wielding Teen in The Bronx After Pursuit, Police Say The teen was struck at the intersection of Grand Concourse and East 193rd Street, police said.

Mon-Oct-2017 Gallery Defends 'Chinatown' Display Critics Call Racist 'Poverty Porn'

Gallery Defends 'Chinatown' Display Critics Call Racist 'Poverty Porn' Dozens of protesters took to the James Cohan Gallery on Sunday to rail against a the installation.

Mon-Oct-2017 Fort Greene's P.S. 20 Fears Arts & Letters Will Take Over its Building

Fort Greene's P.S. 20 Fears Arts & Letters Will Take Over its Building Both schools are over-capacity, but DOE officials say there are no plans for one to oust the other.

Mon-Oct-2017 Poor Black Communities Targeted for Turnstile-Jumping Arrests, Report Says

Poor Black Communities Targeted for Turnstile-Jumping Arrests, Report Says Broadway Junction, Livonia Avenue, Sutter Avenue and Junius Street had the highest arrest rates.

Mon-Oct-2017 Police Offer $2,500 for Info on Suspects in Bed-Stuy Home-Invasion Murder

Police Offer $2,500 for Info on Suspects in Bed-Stuy Home-Invasion Murder A service for Waldiman Thompson will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Hanson Place Church in Fort Greene.

Mon-Oct-2017 Chelsea Bomber Found Guilty on All Charges in Terror Trial

Chelsea Bomber Found Guilty on All Charges in Terror Trial Ahmad Khan Rahimi was convicted on all eight counts against him Monday after his eight-day trial.

Mon-Oct-2017 Swedish Tourist Socked in Face in Central Park Mugging, NYPD Says

Swedish Tourist Socked in Face in Central Park Mugging, NYPD Says The attack happened on West Drive near South Drive around 12:10 a.m., police said. 

Tue-Oct-2017 With Virgin partnering with Hyperloop One, Florida's route is now one step closer to reality

Sir Richard Bronson is known for his willingness to embrace new technologies and to approach existing businesses in brand new ways.

Bronson’s Virgin Group is known for its retail stores, airlines, hotels, and many other businesses.…

Tue-Oct-2017 Epcot just received a 'gigantic' hiccup in its reimagining plans

Epcot is on the cusp of the most extensive update to the park since its opening in 1982. We now have confirmation of some aspects of this updating; including a Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster and a Ratatouille ride behind the current France pavilion.…

Mon-Oct-2017 Orlando ranks as third best American city for vegans and vegetarians

The City Beautiful just became a lot greener, as it was named the third best vegan and vegetarian-friendly city in the U.S.

According to Wallethub, a 2016 Harris Poll commissioned by the Vegetarian Resource Group compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 15 categories. Collected data ranged anywhere from the percentage of restaurants serving meatless options to the cost of groceries for vegetarians.…

Mon-Oct-2017 Gov. Scott calls for increased security funding at Jewish day schools

Following last year's spike in anti-Semitic crimes, Gov. Rick Scott has proposed putting $1 million toward protecting Jewish day schools.

Scott announced the plan Monday while speaking at the Katz Hillel Day School in Boca Raton.…

Mon-Oct-2017 Rick Scott declares emergency before white supremacist Richard Spencer's UF speech

Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency days before white supremacist Richard Spencer gives a speech at the University of Florida.

Scott's executive order is for Alachua County, which is home to Gainesville, the city where UF is located.…

Mon-Oct-2017 Florida farmers may get loans to help with Hurricane Irma damage

Florida farmers in 44 counties may be eligible for federal loans to help cover damage inflicted by Hurricane Irma, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced.

Still, Florida might have to wait months for broader federal assistance to the agriculture industry, which sustained more than $2.5 billion in losses from the storm.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue notified Gov. Rick Scott on Friday that the federal agency determined that Florida had sufficient production loss to warrant a “secretarial natural disaster designation” for most of the peninsula.

The designation makes farmers eligible to be considered for Farm Service Agency programs, including emergency loans, Perdue wrote in a letter to Scott. Farmers have eight months to apply for the loans.

“FSA considers each emergency loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of production losses on the farm and the security and repayment ability of the operator,” Perdue wrote.

The federal designation names 19 counties as “primary” natural disaster areas and 25 as being in “contiguous” counties.…

Mon-Oct-2017 Sweeping measure targets Florida's opioid epidemic by curbing prescription pills

Doctors would be limited to prescribing seven days' worth of opioids for patients with acute pain and would have to check a statewide database before ordering most prescription pain medications, under a proposal filed Friday in the state House.

The 114-page bill, sponsored by House Commerce Chairman Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton, incorporates proposals put forward by Gov. Rick Scott aimed at curbing the opioid epidemic that has engulfed the state.

Scott's office issued a news release Friday announcing the filing of the measure, an indication of the importance of what will be one of the most-pressing issues for the Legislature during the session that begins in January.

“Families across our state are struggling with pain and loss inflicted by the national opioid epidemic and today I am proud that Senator Benacquisto and Representative Boyd are filing important legislation to help combat this terrible crisis,” Scott said in the release. Senate Rules Chairwoman Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, is expected to file a companion measure to Boyd's bill.

The proposal (HB 21) would limit doctors to writing prescriptions for three days' worth of opioids, such as highly addictive oxycodone, unless the practitioner decides a seven-day prescription is “medically necessary to treat the patient's pain as an acute medical condition.”

For the week-long supply, physicians would have to document the patient's “acute medical condition and lack of alternative treatment options to justify deviation” from the three-day limit.

Some doctors, especially those who work in emergency rooms, have balked at a three-day limit and the requirement for documentation, which they say would take away time from patients.

Critics of a three-day limit also say that prescription-drug restrictions, while possibly stopping new patients from becoming addicted, won't do anything to address the growing number of overdoses on heroin and fentanyl, a deadly synthetic opioid often mixed with heroin.

“In the emergency department, we see four to five overdoses a day,” Aaron Wohl, an emergency doctor in Lee County, told the Senate Health Policy Committee this week.…

Mon-Oct-2017 Popular Manzano's Deli coming to Winter Park by end of year

Manzano's Deli, a fixture in New Smyrna Beach and DeLand, will set up shop in the retail plaza at the intersection of West Fairbanks and South New York avenues in Winter Park.

The plaza, which currently houses ceramics studio All Fired Up, will soon see the Little Blue Donut Co. move into the old Scratch space at the end of November.

Manzano's Deli first opened in New Smyrna Beach in 2009, then in DeLand in 2010. Ownership of the two delis split and the current owners of the New Smyrna Beach operation — Angie and Brian Thompson — are the ones expanding into Winter Park.…

Mon-Oct-2017 Once-dead rumors come back to life, indicate Universal's response to WDW's 50th Anniversary

Last week we shared details of the rumored new Star Trek attraction coming to Universal Orlando. That plan is actually a long-canceled project that seems to now be back on the front burner.…

Mon-Oct-2017 Band of the Week: Raspberry Pie


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

Mon-Oct-2017 Orlando's karaoke queen, DJ Di, turns Big Daddy's into Gran Papi's for a benefit for Puerto Rico

For one night only, Audubon Park's Big Daddy's becomes "Gran Papi's" to help out with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. This karaoke benefit for relief funds for Puerto Rico, hosted by boss Boricua babe DJ Di, invites attendees to come dressed as their favorite Puerto Rican celebs (J. Lo, Ricky Martin, all of Menudo) and sing their songs.…

Sat-Oct-2017 Native stars Hundred Waters level up with new pivot, Kelsey Lu shows why she's next

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Hundred Waters and Kelsey Lu, The Social, Oct. 12
With their just-released third album, Communicating, Hundred Waters now emerge with their most accessible work yet – and that’s anything but the concession it sounds like. The Gainesville-born, Orlando-connected breakouts have always been unequivocally of left field, transmitting on their own extraterrestrial wavelength from conception.…

Sat-Oct-2017 Framework Craft Coffee House coming to Mills 50

You'll recall that local coffee stalwart Vita Luna Cafe recently rebranded itself as Framework Craft Coffee House and announced they'd open a storefront somewhere in the Mills 50 District.

Owner Danny Alvarez told me that he hopes to open Framework sometime this fall in the way-cool building at 1050 N. Mills Ave., which once housed the Just Drive car repair shop.

But you needn't wait 'til then to sample Framework's coffee.…

Fri-Oct-2017 You can finally track LYNX buses in real time

The waiting-and-wondering-game is over.

Today LYNX announced the release of a new app which allows you to track buses in real time, something that's incredibly useful for riders standing around waiting in the sun.…

Fri-Oct-2017 Watch this Florida cop easily bag an escaped 9-foot-long anaconda

A detective in Tallahassee was tasked with capturing a 9-foot-long anaconda, which is a thing cops in Florida have to do now.

On Wednesday, Oct. 11, Detective Emily Shaw with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office was called to collar the massive snake, which escaped from its owner's enclosure.

As you can see in the video above, Shaw had no problem bagging up this reptile.…

Fri-Oct-2017 'I-4 Eyesore' owner now says exterior will be completed by January

Back in 2001, Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings was in theaters, Björk wore a swan dress, and the construction of the Majesty Building (aka the I-4 Eyesore) began.

Now, 16 years later, SuperChannel 55 President Claud Bowers says the exterior of his company's 18-story building will be completed by Jan. 23, reports WJAX.…

Fri-Oct-2017 Florida brewery offers free beer in exchange for unused tickets to Richard Spencer's speech

In an attempt to create an empty auditorium, a brewery in Gainesville is offering a free beer in exchange for unused tickets to the speech by white supremacist Richard Spencer at University of Florida.

Alligator Brewing Co. announced on Oct. 12 that anyone who brings in two tickets to Spencer's event will receive one free draft beer.…

Fri-Oct-2017 You can now bring your dog to Walt Disney World Resort hotels

Beginning Sunday, Oct. 15, for the first time ever, select Disney resorts will allow guests to bring their dogs.

Sorry, cat-lovers, maybe next year.…

Fri-Oct-2017 The best way to party before the parade is at Big Gay Brunch

What better way to gear up for Pride weekend than with Orlando’s biggest pre-parade brunch? Big Gay Brunch includes a brunch spread with bottomless mimosas, a Bloody Mary bar and blended drinks from Licor 43.…

Fri-Oct-2017 Florida health officials try to remove judge from medical marijuana dispute


Accusing him of being biased, Florida health officials want Administrative Law Judge John Van Laningham removed from a case involving a medical marijuana license.

The highly unusual request came two days before a hearing was supposed to begin in a challenge filed last month against the state Department of Health by Homestead-based Keith St. Germain Nursery Farms.

In an affidavit filed Tuesday, state Office of Medical Marijuana Use Executive Director Christian Bax accused Van Laningham of having “prejudged the issues in this matter” and attempting to help St. Germain.

“Based on all of the facts set forth above, I have firmly concluded that the department cannot receive fair consideration of the issues and will not receive a fair final hearing in this matter if ALJ Van Laningham remains assigned as the administrative judge,” Bax said.

The tug-of-war between the judge and health officials escalated, with the judge chiding the state, lawyers for Bax refusing to back down and the nursery accusing the department of judge-shopping.
On Thursday, Van Laningham refused to take himself off the case, ruling that health officials waited too long to make their request.

The health agency had to ask for the disqualification no later than 10 days after the judge's first involvement in the litigation, which would have been Sept. 25, Van Laningham wrote.…

Fri-Oct-2017 Florida senator apologizes for downplaying Hurricane Irma nursing home deaths

State Sen. Dennis Baxley issued an apology Thursday for questioning whether the deaths of residents of a Broward County nursing home were related to Hurricane Irma or were an inevitability given their advancing ages.

“As a funeral director and ordained elder of my church, I have spent my entire adult life working with families who are grieving the loss of a loved one. In addition to my faith, working in this field has shown me day in and day out that the life of each and every member of our society is special and worthy of respect.…

Fri-Oct-2017 Traffic will be a major clusterf*ck this Saturday in downtown Orlando


Being awesome isn't always easy, and this Saturday, because of five massive events, traffic in downtown Orlando is going to be a goat rodeo. Those events, on top of the usual weekend downtown madness, are:

—The 2017 Come Out With Pride Festival at Lake Eola Park, which includes a parade marching throughout downtown
—Bruno Mars at Amway Center
—The National Women’s Soccer League Championship at Orlando City Stadium
—Markiplier’s "You’re Welcome" Tour at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
— The Orlando Philharmonic's "Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles" at Bob Carr Theater

Plus let's not forget the inevitable rolling road closures due to construction on 408 and the I-4 Ultimate project.…

Fri-Oct-2017 After Hurricane Irma, pet poop became a legitimate problem for Florida public schools

Floridians love their pets, and they're not about to abandon them in a storm.

But it turns out that when many Floridians have to flee their homes in the face of a major hurricane, like Irma, they often end up in public schools that provide the bulk of storm shelters across the state.

Sen. Bill Montford, a Tallahassee Democrat who is also head of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents, said given the experience with recent storms, schools and pets are not always a good mix.

“We all love pets but sometimes a school facility is not the best place to house pets,” Montford said. “We had everything from dogs to birds.…

Fri-Oct-2017 Wonton Asian Kitchen to open in Winter Park in early November

We recently told you about Wonton Asian Kitchen opening in the Winter Park Financial Center near the intersection of Fairbanks and Orlando avenues, and now we can tell you a bit more.

One of the partners in the venture told me that he and his cohorts have been involved in the Asian food biz for a while and have been looking to work together on a venture like this for some time.

The restaurant will be a "fresh casual" concept delivering cuisine that the partner described as being "underrepresented."

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"Wonton Asian Kitchen will be about flavors that are familiar and exotic," he says, "and Winter Park — the arts and cultural hub of the area — is a great home to showcase our fare. There are a lot of people here who appreciate good food, know good food, and expect good food."

Just some of the "good food" he speaks of: well, wontons (of course), which will be served as finger-food appetizers and in soups.…

Fri-Oct-2017 Local music heavy Godless America Mixtape to be released on International Cassette Store Day

Cassette Store Day is here again this weekend. The plucky lil' sibling to the better-known Record Store Day focuses its attention squarely on that unfairly maligned medium, the audiocassette.…

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