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  • Will I-4 tolls be pricey or peanuts? Road officials hint at rates surprisingly lower than expected

    09/13/2021 8:51:00 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | March 26, 2021 | Kevin Spear
    After years of construction, with traffic-cone obstacle courses, tire-bursting potholes and white-knuckle steering along ever-shifting lanes, it might stand that the coming tolls for the rebuilt Interstate 4 would also bring the same level of dread. But drivers might be in for a pleasant surprise. “We actually don’t know yet how much the tolls are going to be,” said Jared Perdue, the state’s transportation secretary for Central Florida. “There are a lot of unknowns and a lot of assumptions.” But while final toll calculations are still underway, Perdue’s agency estimated recently that the I-4 toll lanes will now not be...
  • Orlando urges reduced water usage as liquid oxygen used to purify water goes to COVID patients

    08/20/2021 2:12:49 PM PDT · by Stravinsky · 30 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | August 20, 2021 | Kevin Spear
    The city of Orlando and its water utility made an urgent appeal Friday afternoon for residents to cut back sharply on water usage for weeks because of a pandemic-triggered shortage of liquid oxygen used to purify water. If commercial and residential customers are unable to reduce water usage quickly and sufficiently, Orlando Utilities Commission may issue a system-wide alert for boiling water needed for drinking and cooking. Without reductions in water usage, a boil-water alert would come within a week, utility officials said. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer asked residents to immediately stop watering their lawns, washing their cars and using...
  • Biden’s Terror Strategy Defines Republicans as the New Terrorists

    06/18/2021 7:47:36 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 24 replies
    FrontPageMag ^ | Jun 18, 2021 | Daniel Greenfield
    If you disagree with the Democrats, you’re a “domestic terrorist.”As the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks approaches, Joe Biden has made it clear that he doesn’t intend to fight Al Qaeda. Instead he’s going to fight other Americans. The Biden administration’s newly released National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism mentions Al Qaeda only once in its 30 pages. Even though the FBI continues to break up Islamic terrorist plots against America, the document only defines Muslims as victims. Just last month a Seattle Muslim convert was arrested. The convert had discussed driving a "semi-truck" through "the gay pride...
  • Biden to name Pulse Nightclub a national memorial (islamic terrorism)

    06/12/2021 12:49:54 PM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies
    AP via MSN ^ | 6/12/21 | Josh Boak
    President Joe Biden said on the fifth anniversary of a mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando that he will sign a bill naming the site as a national memorial. The deadliest attack on the LGBTQ community in U.S. history left 49 people dead and 53 people wounded as “Latin Night” was being celebrated at the club. Biden said in a statement Saturday that he has “stayed in touch with families of the victims and with the survivors who have turned their pain into purpose" and described the club as “hallowed ground.” The president emphasized that the country must...
  • Bomb threat locks down Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

    06/09/2021 1:00:22 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 8 replies
    KITV ^ | Tuesday, June 8th 2021, 9:07 PM HST | Paul Drewes
    Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam was locked down for hours because of a bomb threat. Play Video: A bomb threat forced military officials to lock down Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. By the afternoon, it was back to normal for the busy Oahu base, after its gates were closed for four hours. The ripple effects of the bomb threat were also felt around Pearl Harbor. A line of traffic stretched out from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after its gates were closed at 9:39 a.m. Drivers not only waited to get in, but also were unable to leave because of a security...
  • Curb Accuses Woman Of Multiple Instances Of Vehicular Assault

    05/05/2021 12:01:27 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 1 replies
    The Babylon Bee ^ | May 3, 2021 | The Babylon Bee
    ORLANDO, FL—A local street curb on Baxter Avenue has come forward to accuse a woman of multiple vehicular assaults. According to sworn testimony, the curb endured unwelcome scuffing from tires and aluminum wheels over the course of several months. "We are proud of this brave little cement curb for coming forward," said Police Chief Orlando Rolón. "We need to do better in educating our daughters how to parallel park and put proper distance between their car wheels and the curb, for gosh sakes. Yellow paint means, 'stay away!' We will redouble our efforts to prevent this from ever happening again."...
  • Florida Highway Patrol pilot temporarily blinded in the sky by a laser, lands his plane, makes an arrest

    04/17/2021 1:28:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    MSN News ^ | March 25, 2021 | Stephen Hudak, Orlando Sentinel
    ORLANDO, Fla. — Temporarily blinded Saturday morning by a laser pointed at him from 1,000 feet below, a Florida Highway Patrol pilot alerted other aircraft about the flying hazard then landed his plane and began an investigation that led to the arrest of a Kissimmee man at a multi-story construction site. Guillermo Negron Roque, 47, was jailed pending a charge of pointing a laser light at a pilot, a second-degree felony. The bright flash of green light startled FHP pilot J.C. Pollock as he was flying west of Interstate 4 about 6:30 a.m. “At first I thought I was about...
  • Metro Orlando retains title as nation’s most dangerous for pedestrians

    04/17/2021 1:22:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    MSN News ^ | March 10, 2021 | Kevin Spear, Orlando Sentinel
    The Orlando area continues to lock down its rank as the most dangerous place in the nation for pedestrians. “Still number one,” said Rayla Bellis, primary author of the 2021 Dangerous By Design report that analyzes the nation’s pedestrian deaths and compares statistics of metro areas and states. Orlando and a few other cities had slightly better numbers in the new report than in one two years ago. “These places were so dangerous to begin with that even seeing these improvements, they are still rising to the top,” Bellis said. The report by the pedestrian-safety advocacy groups Smart Growth America...
  • Tech upgrades aim to curb I-4 crashes, congestion between Tampa and Orlando

    04/14/2021 4:12:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    MSN News ^ | April 14, 2021 | C.T. Bowen, Tampa Bay Times
    TAMPA — Transportation planners are preparing to use new technology to try to solve an old problem — traffic crashes and congestion on Interstate 4 between Tampa and Orlando. The state Department of Transportation is designing a corridor management system that will relay real time information directly to motorists about congestion, accidents, work zones, weather warnings and even end-of-the-traffic-back-up locations on I-4 and alternate routes. The idea behind so-called connected vehicle technology is to improve traffic flow on the interstate and east-west alternatives without adding new lanes or acquiring new right of way. On Wednesday, Hillsborough’s Metropolitan Planning Organization —...
  • 'I spent $15,000': Man arrested at Disney resort in Florida after refusing temperature check

    04/05/2021 7:38:18 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 74 replies
    NBC News ^ | 4/4/2021 | Doha Madani
    A man who was arrested after refusing a temperature screening at Disney Springs in Florida told authorities that he couldn't be told to leave because he had spent $15,000 on his vacation. The man, Kelly Sills, a tourist from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, bypassed the Orlando attraction's medical screening in February and refused to get his temperature checked when asked by Disney employees, according to a report from the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Body camera video released recently showed Sills refusing to leave when asked by law enforcement. "I spent $15,000 to come here," Sills said after a deputy told him...
  • “This Election Was Rigged and the Supreme Court and Other Courts Did Not Want to Do Anything About It” – Trump Blasts Fraudulent Election – Cowardly SCOTUS (VIDEO)

    02/28/2021 4:20:13 PM PST · by White Lives Matter · 111 replies
    GP ^ | February 28, 2021 | Jim Hoft
    President Trump unloaded on the “rigged” and fraudulent 2020 election during his CPAC Speech in Orlando, Florida. Trump slammed the corruption in the 2020 election and the cowardly Supreme Court. President Trump, “The election was rigged and the Supreme Court and other courts did not want to do anything about it!” President Trump was 100% accurate. He was robbed! And now America will suffer!
  • Settling the beef: Orlando attorney John Morgan dons meat sweats in Arby’s apology video

    02/28/2021 3:03:16 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    CLICKORLANDO ^ | February 26, 2021 | Adrienne Cutway
    Morgan implied fast food eatery was linked to organized crimeWhile he may take no prisoners in the courtroom, high-profile Orlando attorney and Florida’s so-called “pot daddy” John Morgan is making amends -- with Arby’s. To settle the internet beef between him and the fast food chain, Morgan got decked out in matching meat sweats and filmed an apology video outside his vacation home in Maui. The feud started a few weeks ago when Morgan posted one of his popular #Johnin60secs videos where he regularly muses on topics like getting recognized at the grocery store despite wearing a mask because he...
  • Kimberly Guilfoyle’s Wild CPAC Prediction About Trump Puzzles Pretty Much Everyone

    02/28/2021 2:48:42 PM PST · by Still Thinking · 75 replies
    HuffPost (yeah I know) ^ | February 27, 2001 | Lee Moran
    Kimberly Guilfoyle confused Twitter users on Friday with a prediction about ex-President Donald Trump.“I will confidently say that (former) President Trump from his desk at Mar-a-Lago will accomplish more for America in the next four years than (President) Joe Biden and (Vice President) Kamala Harris could ever dream of,” former Fox News host Guilfoyle, who is the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr., told the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida.
  • Hyatt claps back at CPAC haters: We take pride in operating a highly inclusive environment

    02/28/2021 9:13:11 AM PST · by george76 · 41 replies
    FOX Business ^ | February 26, 202 1 | Brittany De L ea
    The three-day event is being held at the Hyatt Regency Orlando in Florida... Hyatt Hotels defended its decision to host the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday, at a time when the political climate has become increasingly volatile, citing its belief that individuals and organizations should be able to peacefully gather and express their own views. The three-day event is being held at the Hyatt Regency Orlando in Florida, featuring a slew of prominent Republican speakers from lawmakers and former administration officials to President Donald Trump. A spokesperson for Hyatt told FOX Business in an emailed statement that...
  • 'It hasn't been the fantasy land I thought it would be': Documentary goes inside 'creepy' Florida utopia for senior citizens that it claims has sinister underbelly of racism, orgies, drunken debauchery and make-believe history

    02/09/2021 4:16:21 AM PST · by C19fan · 109 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 9, 2021 | Tata Delloye
    The sprawling expanse of flat emptiness in central Florida is an unlikely place for America's fastest growing metro area in the nation. Yet, just 70 miles northwest of Orlando sits 'The Villages' – the world's largest retirement community that surpasses the size of Manhattan and encompasses five zip codes with an ever-growing population. Spanning 32-square-miles, The Villages is a veritable boom-town for baby boomers aged 55+ who flock to the geriatric paradise in droves for its endless margarita mixers (happy hour starts at 11am), unlimited golf courses (50, to be exact), and notorious for its laissez-fair attitude towards sex, thriving...
  • Hundreds of Central Florida Republicans leave the party after Capitol riot

    01/21/2021 6:37:12 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 64 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 1/21/21 | STEVEN LEMONGELLO
    Hundreds of registered Republicans have switched parties or became independents in Central Florida in the week since the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol by a pro-President Trump mob, elections supervisors say. The number is small compared with the tens of thousands of registered voters for each party. But even that amount of movement is unusual outside of any election or registration deadline, one elections expert said. “It’s probably very rare [to switch],” said Daniel A. Smith, the chair of political science at the University of Florida. “Generally, where we see the changes are from [having] no party affiliation to...
  • New Citizen’s Safety Task Force pledges to take solutions to community gun violence

    11/11/2020 1:10:55 PM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 6 replies ^ | 11/09/20 | Nadeen Yanes
    In Mina’s report, he said homicides were up in Orange County by 22%. However, deputies have made 246 gang-related arrests and got more than 1,200 guns off the street. But right after the presentation, community activist and task force members challenged the law enforcement leaders in conversation on broadly using the term gangs. “It seemed like the reports were targeting heavily populated African American areas,” said member T.J. Legacy Cole. “You have to be careful when using that broad scope,” added Michael Scott, with the organization My Brother’s Keeper. “If I hang with the bad guy and you say I’m...
  • Puerto Rican population in metro Orlando dips back to pre-Hurricane Maria levels

    09/22/2020 6:28:46 AM PDT · by cll · 9 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 9/21/2020 | Ingrid Cotto and Adelaide Chen
    The Puerto Rican population in Central Florida returned to pre-Hurricane Maria levels, according to the latest American Community Survey, conducted yearly by the U.S. Census Bureau. The newest estimate of Puerto Ricans is roughly 385,000 in Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Lake counties, which is similar to before the Category 5 storm ravaged the island in mid-September 2017, driving many Puerto Ricans to Central Florida. UCF sociologist Fernando I. Rivera, founder of the Puerto Rico Research Hub, explained that Puerto Rico’s migration “is circular.” “Basically, the economic conditions are what really determine the population movement,” he said. “If you are going...

    09/11/2020 2:36:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    CBS News ^ | 9/11 | Dena Goldstein
    Dave Tronnes said his wife Shanti Cooper slipped and fell in the tub – but investigators believe it was murder, and suspect that without their never-ending home renovation she might still be alive.A successful businesswoman is found dead in the bathtub. Her home had been under construction for years. Did the renovation lead to her death? Correspondent Erin Moriarty reports in "Home Renovation Homicide," an all-new "48 Hours" airing Saturday, September 12 at 10/9c on CBS. "This house became more than just a project to David Tronnes. It was his life," says Ryan Vescio, a former prosecutor with the Orlando...
  • Hall of Fame coach Holtz settles lawsuit with Daily Beast

    05/22/2018 8:51:57 AM PDT · by jaydubya2 · 8 replies
    WNDU ^ | 5/21/18 | AP via WNDU
    <p>Attorneys for Lou Holtz say the former Notre Dame coach and the news website The Daily Beast have settled a defamation lawsuit filed by the ex-ESPN analyst and college football Hall of Famer.</p> <p>Orlando, Florida, law firm Morgan & Morgan announced in a news release Monday the two sides came to an amicable resolution. The firm says terms of the settlement were confidential, but The Daily Beast apologized for and corrected the headline that ran July 19, 2016, with a story on Holtz's remarks at a luncheon the Republican National Coalition for Life held during the Republican National Convention.</p>