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Fri-Jul-2018 Two Jerry Garcia birthday and memorial events are happening in Orlando next month

Aug. 1 marks the birthday of Grateful Dead mainstay, famed guitarist and hippie icon Jerry Garcia. And though Garcia has been gone for many years now, both his legend and fanbase remains strong.…

Fri-Jul-2018 The Orlando Police Department made an 'In My Feelings Challenge' video

A new challenge has risen, and our local police has accepted it.

After Drake dropped his highly anticipated Scorpion album, the hit song "In My Feelings" grabbed the viral spotlight and became the centerpiece of a challenge that is dancing its way around the world.

So, Orlando Police decided to do the challenge too, and they filmed themselves dancing around Lake Eola.…

Fri-Jul-2018 The LGBT+ Center of Orlando will open second location in Kissimmee on August 15

Kissimmee will get its first LGBTQ support center this summer.

The LGBT+ Center of Kissimmee at 21 W. Monument Ave. will hold a grand opening ceremony on August 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.…

Fri-Jul-2018 While Florida has a $1 trillion GDP, nearly half of residents can't afford basic needs

A week after it was announced that Florida's Gross Domestic Product is worth $1 trillion, which would make it the 17th largest economy in the world if it were a country, a new study from the United Way shows that the majority of us wouldn't be able to tell.

A study released Thursday by United Way, titled the ALICE Project, showed that while Florida's employment rate has improved from 2012 t0 2015, 47 percent of Florida's households still cannot afford basic needs.…

Fri-Jul-2018 Florida lawmaker calls for suspension of SunPass payments and 'full investigation'

The Florida Department of Transportation has been under fire for the SunPass fiasco over the past few weeks, and things just keep getting worse.

Since the electronic toll collector has gone offline for a system-wide update, issues continue to plague normal operations, including millions of unprocessed transactions and duplicate charges, leading to increasing frustration from the public.

In a letter addressed to Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday, Rep. Janet Cruz called for an investigation to determine the terms under which Maryland-based contractor Conduent was permitted to oversee a $287 million upgrade to the SunPass system.

The House Democratic Leader called out FDOT for "lack of transparency" and for downplaying the mounting issues with the system, problems that Cruz described as "alarming and worrisome."…

Fri-Jul-2018 Orange County schools will spend more than $11 million to ramp up security efforts

The Orange County school district is set to spend an additional $11.6 million to boost security measures on campus in the coming year. However, citing state law in a post on the schools' Facebook page, the district says it will remain mum on the details for now.…

Fri-Jul-2018 Federal judge extends FEMA hotel vouchers for Puerto Rican evacuees until Aug. 6

A federal judge has again ordered FEMA to extend its hotel voucher program for Puerto Rican evacuees, this time until midnight on Aug. 6

Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Timothy Hillman directed the federal agency to extend its Transitional Shelter Assistance Program until July 23 for about 1,200 Puerto Rican households displaced from the island by Hurricane María. About 600 of those families were staying in hotels across Florida.

The initial extensions from the court came after LatinoJustice PRLDEF filed a lawsuit against FEMA, alleging the federal agency "arbitrarily, capriciously and unlawfully" cut off the hotel voucher program for Puerto Rican evacuees after eight months, unlike its response to victims of other natural disasters.…

Fri-Jul-2018 The Body, Lingua Ignota and Freakazoid ignite Mills Ave with noise and fury

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The Body, Lingua Ignota and Freakazoid, Will’s Pub, July 18

Originally emerging from the same notable Rhode Island bedlam that unleashed Lightning Bolt, adventurous duo the Body have roots that are deep in metal and noise. But over time, they’ve evolved into a categorically experimental heavy act, transcending either of those boxes with a remarkably wide horizon that’s been known to feature electronics, beats, dark ambience and tendrils of dissonance that stretch out into the bleak industrial fringe.…

Fri-Jul-2018 Florida Republican Party pumps money into controversial education amendment

The Republican Party of Florida last week put $100,000 into an effort to pass a controversial education ballot measure in November.

The GOP sent the money to a political committee known as 8isGreat.org, which is trying to build support for the proposed constitutional amendment, according to a committee finance report posted on the state Division of Elections website.…

Fri-Jul-2018 Florida lawmakers OK more money for medical marijuana office


A legislative panel agreed Thursday to boost the budget of the state Office of Medical Marijuana Use by $13.29 million to help pay for issuing new licenses and covering the costs of ongoing litigation.

The Joint Legislative Budget Commission, which includes House and Senate members, unanimously approved $7.34 million to help the office process an estimated 400 applications that are expected as companies compete for four potentially lucrative medical-marijuana licenses.…

Fri-Jul-2018 Downtown Pour brings booze and live entertainment to Thornton Park

The previously annual Downtown Pour – normally taking place on Church Street – now has a sister event over in Thornton Park.…

Fri-Jul-2018 Parliament House celebrates its 43rd Anniversary this Saturday

At 43, you’d expect a midlife crisis of sorts from Parliament House, but that’s definitely not the case.…

Fri-Jul-2018 This weekend's Tom & Dan Ninth Anniversary ’90s Party will be anything but mediocre

When they joined the podcast game nine years ago, Central Florida’s favorite podcasters may not have anticipated the incredible size of their legion of loyal listeners, or as they describe them, “scumbags.” But one thing is for sure: They sure do love treating their fans to freebies. That’s why Tom Vann and Daniel Dennis are hosting ’90s-style throwback entertainment for free in celebration of their ninth anniversary.…

Thu-Jul-2018 A transgender woman died in Orlando today, and how it was reported was awful

A transgender woman was found dead Thursday morning at an Orlando apartment complex.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office says her body, which had signs of trauma, was found at around 5 a.m. in the back of the Reserve at Lake Buchanan Apartments on Holden Avenue, near Orange Blossom Trail.…

Thu-Jul-2018 Central Florida Rep. Val Demings joins bipartisan push for new bipartisan Russia bill

Rep. Val Demings (D-Florida) announced today that she's joining a group of bipartisan congressional lawmakers in introducing the Secure America from Russian Interference Act.

According to a news release from Demings, who represents Florida's 10th congressional district, the new legislation incorporates previous bipartisan bills, such as the Defend Against Russian Disinformation and Aggression Act.…

Thu-Jul-2018 An Orlando Winn-Dixie is actually nice now

The Crystal Lake Winn-Dixie celebrated a re-grand opening today after getting a major face lift.

Back in March, the supermarket chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and was forced to close 94 locations nationwide, three of those being in Orlando.…

Thu-Jul-2018 Former Orlando mayoral candidate Paul Paulson sued for running 'sham charity'

Former Orlando mayoral candidate Paul Paulson is being sued after six states and the Federal Trade Commission accused him of running his nonprofit Help the Vets Inc. as a "sham charity."

The lawsuit was settled before it was filed, with Paulson agreeing to pay $1.75 million to legitimate veterans charities, which is more than double the amount he personally received from Help the Vets, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's office said.…

Thu-Jul-2018 Fuzzy's Taco Shop in downtown Orlando holds grand opening Friday

Get fuzzy with a free shot of Cuervo at the grand opening of Fuzzy’s Taco Shop downtown, 5-10 p.m. Friday.

The latest location of Fuzzy's opened recently at 131 N. Orange Ave., between Jefferson and Washington streets.…

Thu-Jul-2018 Ted Nugent points to Pulse massacre as reason not to allow firearms at his Virginia show

On Tuesday night, prior to his performance at a concert venue in Roanoke, Virginia, Ted Nugent fans were told they wouldn't be allowed to bring their firearms into the show. Nugent's management cited events like the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando as their reasoning.…

Thu-Jul-2018 Orlando's Tiger Fawn releases new music video for 'Little Birdie'

Orlando-based musician Tiger Fawn has just released a new music video for live favorite "Little Birdie."…

Thu-Jul-2018 Anna Eskamani's opponent Lou Forges just dropped out of the race for Florida House District 47

Lou Forges, an Ocoee Democrat running against Anna Eskamani in House District 47, has dropped out of the race.

In an email to her supporters on Thursday afternoon, Eskamani said Forges had officially left the primary.…

Thu-Jul-2018 Publix to debut Kahwa Coffee at their new in-store cafes

Publix announced it will introduce Kahwa Coffee, a St. Petersburg-based coffee, to its new in-store cafes set to open by the end of the year.

Of the 130 new cafe locations across the southeast, Winter Garden and Bradenton will be the first stores to offer the local product. Both spots now have cafes open and will begin selling the brand immediately.…

Thu-Jul-2018 Florida governor candidate Jeff Greene loaned nearly $10 million to his own campaign

After getting a late start in the race, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jeff Greene put $9.6 million of his money into the campaign in less than a month, according to a finance report posted on the state Division of Elections website.…

Thu-Jul-2018 Florida fisherman catches shark, which is then eaten by a 500-pound Goliath grouper


While reeling in a 3-foot shark last week, a Florida fisherman helplessly watched as his catch was devoured by a massive 500-pound Goliath grouper.

The snatch and grab occurred just off the coast of Everglades City, Florida, during a charter with Everglades Fishing Company.…

Thu-Jul-2018 Florida Board of Education signs off on 'Hope' scholarships rule

The Florida Board of Education on Wednesday unanimously approved a rule to help move forward with a controversial new program that will let bullied students transfer to private schools.…

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