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Gimme Shelter: Meet Boo, our Orange County Animal Services adoptable of the week

September 18, 2014
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Photo courtesy of Pawsitive Shelter Photography

Surely you’ve noticed that we’re animal lovers here at the Weekly. We post galleries of adoptable dogs from Orange County Animal Services twice a week, which we hope inspires some of our readers to visit the shelter and consider adopting a pet. The shelter gets thousands of dogs and cats in each year –...
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Satanic Temple says it’s going to distribute literature in Orange County schools

September 15, 2014
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Satanic Temple says it’s going to distribute literature in Orange County schools

The Satanic Temple says it will distribute Satanic literature in Orange County Public Schools in response to school board's decision to allow Christian groups to distribute Bibles.
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Tom Dyer, publisher of ‘Watermark,’ steps down

September 11, 2014
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Tom Dyer, publisher of ‘Watermark,’ steps down

Tom Dyer, publisher of Watermark, the Orlando/Tampa area’s longtime LGBT publication, announced today that he’s stepping down from his position at the paper. In farewell column posted online today, Dyer says that after 20 years at the helm of the paper he founded, he’s passing the baton to chief financial officer Rick Claggett.  
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VIDEO: 1960s promo film calls Orlando the “action center” of Florida

September 11, 2014
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VIDEO: 1960s promo film calls Orlando the “action center” of Florida

Check out this 1960s promotional video about Orlando, the “Action Center, USA.” Dig the line about the Orlando Public Library being “more than just an architectural conversation piece” and the shot of Orlando Events Live’s jai alai court. “Like ancient Rome, all roads, at least in the state of Florida, lead to Orlando!”
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Speaking of militarized police forces … did you know that University of Central Florida owns 23 M-16s and 1 grenade launcher?

September 11, 2014
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Speaking of militarized police forces … did you know that University of Central Florida owns 23 M-16s and 1 grenade launcher?

In the wake of Ferguson, it's become common knowledge that city police departments are getting their hands on more and more decommissioned military equipment. But today, the Chronicle of Higher Education revealed that it's not just city police getting in on the game – police on college campuses are also building mini arsenals of...
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Orlando International Airport refuses PETA’s anti-SeaWorld ad

September 10, 2014
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Orlando International Airport refuses PETA’s anti-SeaWorld ad

Earlier this year, animal-rights organization PETA got involved in a legal battle with the San Diego International Airport over advertising the group wanted to take out an ad featuring Kathy Najimy, urging visitors to San Diego to “please avoid SeaWorld.” The airport tried to turn the ads down, but PETA and the ACLU sued,...
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Shareholders file class action suit against SeaWorld

September 10, 2014
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Shareholders file class action suit against SeaWorld

Last month, a New York City law firm announced that it was exploring the possibility of a class-action lawsuit against SeaWorld. The Rosen Firm, which specializes in securities litigation, announced recently that it has officially filed suit against the marine park for failing to disclose to investors that park earnings were declining due to...
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Orlando City Council: approves of property tax hikes and armored vehicles for police

September 9, 2014
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Orlando City  Council: approves of property tax hikes and armored vehicles for police

The bad news is that your property taxes may go up – the good news is that Orlando could soon be home to three of the 37 military-style armored vehicles that belong to police departments in Florida.
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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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