Tag Archives: Orlando

Orlando Paper: Water Purification Issue Grows “Dire”

The Orlando Sentinel reports: Orlando’s utility is barely able to get enough liquid oxygen needed to purify the city’s drinking water even as other urgent worries are peaking. “We are definitely not out of the woods,” said Tim Trudell, Orlando Utilities Commission spokesman. “This could quickly turn,” said Wade Gillingham, OUC’s vice president for production of electricity and water. Wade …

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Orlando Residents Urged To Conserve Water Due To Shortage Of Liquid Oxygen Used To Treat City’s Supply

The Orlando Sentinel reports: The city of Orlando and its water utility on Friday appealed to residents to cut back sharply on water usage for at least several weeks because of a pandemic-triggered shortage of liquid oxygen used to treat water. Orlando Utilities Commission consumes 10 tankers of liquid oxygen each week to remove odor and color from water. A …

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My Pulse Memory: Their Phones Kept Ringing

Gentle readers, on today’s fifth anniversary of the Pulse massacre, I’m rerunning my account of that day. The story below originally ran on Pride Life’s website on July 12th 2016 and makes its second appearance on JMG today. Their Phones Kept Ringing One month ago today, Sunday June 12th, around 8AM I began my day, as usual, by examining my …

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Orlando Marks Fifth Anniversary Of Pulse Massacre

From Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer: In the years since the tragedy, we have worked to increase the visibility of Orlando’s LGBTQ+ community and celebrate our city’s diversity during annual events like Come Out With Pride and on murals throughout the city. We proudly fly the Pride flag at City Hall and at soccer games. Businesses now display stickers provided by …

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US Senate Designates Pulse As A National Memorial

The Orlando Sentinel reports: Days before the fifth anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting, U.S. Senators passed a bill designating the site of the former nightclub as a national memorial. The legislation passed unanimously Wednesday afternoon after its sponsor, Sen. Rick Scott, asked that it and its companion bills be approved by unanimous consent in observance of the five years …

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Orlando To Preserve Iconic Parliament House Sign

The Orlando Sentinel reports: Although the Parliament House will be demolished, its distinctive multicolored sign will be preserved as a piece of Orlando history. “The City of Orlando is working on saving the sign,” city spokeswoman Samantha Holstein wrote in an email. “Staff has been in conversations with the property owner and working on coordinating the removal and storage for …

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Orlando’s Parliament House To Close After 45 Years

From the Parliament House’s Facebook page: For over 45 years, The Parliament House has called Orange Blossom Trail our home. We have to announce that our home at its current location will be closing Monday, November 2, 2020. We put up a good fight over the last 11 months to secure financing and renovate our existing property. Unfortunately, that fight …

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Biden Team Sees Orlando As Key To Winning Florida

Politico reports: In the shadow of Walt Disney World, in one of Florida’s fast-growing metropolises, Democrats are assembling a political machine that they’re counting on to destroy President Donald Trump’s dreams of reelection. The president must win Florida to capture a second term. But the increasingly Democratic Orlando region stands in his way as one of the few places in …

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Thousands Attend Reopening Day At Disney World

Orlando’s NBC News affiliate reports: “The Most Magical Place on Earth” has reopened after nearly four months with new rules in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom opened Saturday, while Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will follow next week. All of Disney’s Central Florida parks closed in mid-March in an …

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Disney World Employees Petition To Delay Reopening

CBS News reports: Walt Disney World employees are urging park executives and state and local officials to reconsider delaying the reopening of the parks due to concern over the recent surge of coronavirus cases in Florida in a petition posted to moveon.org. “This virus is not gone, unfortunately, it’s only become worse in this state,” cast members wrote. “While theme …

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ORLANDO: College Bar Loses License For Not Following Distancing Rules After 41 New COVID Cases Detected

Orlando’s NBC News affiliate reports: A popular bar in central Florida where dozens of workers and patrons have come down with the new coronavirus had its alcohol license suspended after a state inspector found patrons weren’t socially distancing and following other rules meant to slow the virus’ spread. At least 13 employees and 28 patrons have tested positive for COVID-19 …

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VIRAL VIDEO: Covidiot Fights His Way Into Walmart

The New York Post reports: A defiant shopper fought his way into a Florida Walmart after he was denied entry for refusing to wear a face mask, a viral video shows. The clip, which has been viewed 4 million times, shows the gray-haired man scuffling with an employee at the Orlando superstore Saturday — the same day face masks became …

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Theme Park: We’ll Be Open But You Might Get COVID

The New York Post reports: “Note that any public location where people are present provides an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 and we cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed during your visit,” reads a disclaimer on the park’s website. The blunt notice came alongside Universal’s announcement that its Florida theme parks would welcome visitors again on June …

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Disney To Furlough 43K, Free Health Benefits For Year

The Orlando Sentinel reports: About 43,000 unionized Disney World workers will be furloughed starting April 19, the largest wave of employees in Central Florida to be sent home without pay because of the coronavirus crisis. The Service Trades Council Union, a coalition of six locals, announced the news Saturday on Facebook Live. The coalition said Disney had agreed to provide …

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Disney Extends Closure Of Theme Parks Indefinitely

Orlando’s NBC News reports: Walt Disney World and Disneyland will remain closed until further notice, the company announced Friday afternoon. Disney said in a statement Friday that hourly employees will continue to be paid through April 18. The parks were closed earlier this month through the end of the month due to the coronavirus outbreak. “As a result of this …

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FLORIDA: Orlando’s Theme Parks To Close On Sunday

The Orlando Sentinel reports: Throughout its nearly 50-year history, Walt Disney World has closed briefly because of looming hurricanes and the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but late Thursday, the company announced it will shut down for nearly two weeks starting Sunday because of the coronavirus pandemic — an unprecedented move. The announcement had a sweeping effect. About 30 minutes after Disney …

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FLORIDA: Tens Of Alleged Ex-Gays To March In Orlando

Just in via press release: On Sept. 14, the Freedom March will be holding its fifth event at Walt Disney Amphitheater Lake Eola in Orlando, Florida. The Freedom March is an event where former LGBTQ individuals share their testimonies of overcoming these lifestyles through Jesus Christ. Jeffrey McCall is the founder of the event. “While speaking at event in D.C., …

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Orlando Cultist To MSNBC: Trump Doesn’t Lie [VIDEO]

Mediaite reports: NBC News political reporter Monica Alba interviewed a Trump supporter who said she would be voting for President Donald Trump in 2020 because “He doesn’t lie.” “What’s the main reason you’ll vote for him again?” Alba asked. The woman replied that Trump is “one of the best presidents that we’ve had for a very long time,” and then …

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Full Trump Crime Family To Appear At Orlando Rally

ABC News reports: Trump wants plenty of Trumps to help let Trump be Trump. Donald Trump’s official campaign kickoff on Tuesday night in Orlando, Florida, will showcase the president and Vice President Mike Pence, along with Trump’s adult children, campaign officials told ABC News. Amid flourishes, such as a convention-style balloon drop, there will be the implicit message that what’s …

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My Pulse Memory: Their Phones Kept Ringing

Gentle readers, on today’s third anniversary of the Pulse massacre, I’m rerunning my account of that day. The story below originally ran on Pride Life’s website on July 12th 2016 and makes its first appearance on JMG today. Their Phones Kept Ringing One month ago today, Sunday June 12th, around 8AM I began my day, as usual, by examining my …

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