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Jimmy John’s workers in Baltimore unionize

August 28, 2014
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Jimmy John’s workers in Baltimore unionize

In These Times published a piece yesterday about the unionization efforts of employees who work for Jimmy John’s sandwich shops in Baltimore. The story says that the workers have organized the Jimmy John’s Workers Union under the banner of the IWW, and that they’ve filed unfair labor practices charges with the National Labor Relations...
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Worker at Wet ‘n’ Wild park in critical condition after being trapped in a pool

August 26, 2014
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Worker at Wet ‘n’ Wild park in critical condition after being trapped in a pool

The Orlando Police department says it was called to Wet ‘n’ Wild water park at 10:07 a.m. today to investigate an “industrial accident.” According to police, an employee became trapped underwater while cleaning one of the pools in the park. Another worker pulled him from the water and called for help. The Orlando Fire...
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Kody Roach charged with murder

August 26, 2014
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Kody Roach charged with murder

Today, Kody Roach was charged with murder in relation to an incident that happened early in the morning of Aug. 19 outside Vixen Bar in downtown Orlando. According to new documents released today, police were called to Vixen in response to a “gun wielding maniac” banging on the door of the bar. An intoxicated...
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SeaWorld CEO tells Sentinel parks should have done more to combat Blackfish

August 21, 2014
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SeaWorld CEO tells Sentinel parks should have done more to combat Blackfish

Today, the Orlando Sentinel ran an interview with Jim Atchison, CEO of SeaWorld Entertainment Inc., who says that the theme park giant should have fought harder against claims made in the controversial documentary Blackfish. Atchison, who says the movie was “so misleading, so full of falsehoods,” says the parks should have come out more...
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Breaking news: Federal judge strikes down Florida’s gay-marriage ban

August 21, 2014
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Breaking news: Federal judge strikes down Florida’s gay-marriage ban

The News Service of Florida reports: U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle on Thursday struck down Florida’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The 33-page decision followed similar rulings by state-court judges in South Florida. Hinkle placed a stay on the ruling. The News Service of Florida will have a full report later Thursday. The ACLU...
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Dogs from Apopka fight bust ready for release to rescue

August 20, 2014
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Dogs from Apopka fight bust ready for release to rescue

In May, authorities in Apopka busted a dog-fighting ring while a fight was in progress. The raid resulted in confiscation of more than 30 dogs, who have since been housed at Orange County Animal Services. The shelter petitioned to gain custody of the dogs, and their request was finally granted. OCAS recently announced that...
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Read the arrest affadavit in Vixen Bar shooting incident

August 20, 2014
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Read the arrest affadavit in Vixen Bar shooting incident

Today the Orlando Police Department released the arrest affadavit and charging documents for 23-year-old Kody Roach, the man who was arrested in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Aug. 14 outside Vixen Bar. At 1:43 a.m., two bike officers responded to a 911 call about a man “waving a gun around” inside the club....
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One dead, two injured in officer-involved shooting downtown (UPDATE)

August 19, 2014
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One dead, two injured in officer-involved shooting downtown (UPDATE)

Orlando police were called to respond to a report of a patron with a gun at Vixen bar early this morning. A confrontation ensued when they arrived, and shots were fired.
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Arson task force to address suspicious fires in Orlando and Seminole County

August 15, 2014
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Today the Orlando Police Department announced that it is working with the city’s Fire Department to organize a multi-agency task force to address the rash of suspected arsons that have burned a number of houses in Orlando’s historic neighborhoods, as well as 10  fires in Sanford. In Orlando, there were no injuries reported in relation...
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