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SeaWorld CEO tells Sentinel parks should have done more to combat Blackfish

August 21, 2014
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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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SeaWorld announces plans for new killer whale habitats

August 15, 2014
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SeaWorld announces plans for new killer whale habitats

SeaWorld says the new habitat for killer whales, which will be unveiled in its San Diego park in 2018, will be nearly double the size of the current whale pools.
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Video: Robin Williams once starred in a short film at Disney’s MGM Studios

August 14, 2014
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Video: Robin Williams once starred in a short film at Disney’s MGM Studios

From 1989 through 2003, Robin Williams took center stage in Walt Disney World’s Magic of Disney Animation tour at Disney’s MGM Studios (now Disney’s Hollywood Studios). Williams starred in Back to Neverland, a 10-minute film that was part of the tour, alongside Walter Kronkite. Williams played a tourist who gets turned into a cartoon...
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The Onion: 9,600-mile-long megacoaster unveiled at Busch Gardens

August 14, 2014
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The Onion: 9,600-mile-long megacoaster unveiled at Busch Gardens

We know it's satire, but everybody knows that, if there were to be some kind of insane, overly ambitious theme park ride that pushed the limits of human endurance, it would be located in Orlando, not Tampa.
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Map of suspected arsons in Orlando’s historic districts

August 13, 2014
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Map of suspected arsons in Orlando’s historic districts

Yesterday afternoon, Orlando police were called to investigate a suspicious odor of smoke in the vicinity of 1406 E. Harwood St. in Orlando’s Colonialtown neighborhood. When they arrived, officers discovered the smell coming from 419 Shine Ave., right around the corner. It was the 13th fire suspected to have been intentionally set in one...
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