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  • Orlando Paper Endorses Grayson Foe, Calls Congressman an 'Embarrassment'

    10/15/2010 4:17:20 PM PDT · by I still care · 4 replies ^ | Oct 15. 2010 | Foxnews
    Central Florida's largest newspaper is endorsing challenger Dan Webster over Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson in the 8th Congressional District race, calling Grayson's antics -- including misrepresenting Webster's discussion of the Bible -- an "embarrassment" for Floridians. The Orlando Sentinel editors wrote in Friday's edition that Grayson "carries the hyper-partisan fever" and Webster is the "antidote."
  • Cop Who Broke Elderly Man's Neck Cleared

    10/15/2010 1:11:19 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 43 replies
    wftv ^ | October 15, 2010
    ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orlando police say an officer, who broke an 84-year-old man's neck, did nothing wrong. Officer Travis Lamont was cleared by the department late Friday morning. Orlando Police Chief Val Demings said Officer Lamont did not violate policy. He broke 84-year-old Daniel Daley's neck in September while arresting him. Since the department has cleared Officer Lamont's use of force, there will be no internal affairs investigation into the officer's actions. WFTV spoke with Daley's lawyer, Mark NeJame, Friday. NeJame told WFTV he is not surprised that the Orlando Police Department cleared the officer, but says it was wrong...
  • Don't Tickle Me Elmo: Sesame Street Character Kicks Florida Man's Butt

    09/28/2010 12:10:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Tue, Sep 28, 2010 | TODD WRIGHT
    Man in Elmo costume is attacked and breaks man's fingers He's cute. He's cuddly. He's red all over. And he throws a mean right hook. Introducing Florida's version of Elmo. A man wearing the Sesame Street character's costume for a promotional event pummeled a guy in Orlando after he was attacked in a guitar shop over the weekend. The costumed fighter's name hasn't been released, but he left a pretty good impression on his attacker, who told police he felt threatened by the Elmo costume. Police believe the attack was unprovoked and the attacker might have mental issues. That guy...
  • Did Far-Left Dem Congressman Alan Grayson Scam The City Of Orlando? (FR exclusive)

    09/14/2010 6:05:20 PM PDT · by MindBender26 · 46 replies
    Friends and Fiends | MB26
    Did Far-Left Dem Congressman Alan Grayson Scam The City Of Orlando? (FR exclusive) Citizens of Central Florida are accustomed to being scammed by far-left Congressman Alan Grayson. Grayson recently spent $73,000 of federal taxpayers’ money on a re-election DVD. The DVD was supposedly an “informational” recording, but everyone who held their nose and watched it saw that it was clearly a “re-elect me” piece from Florida’s most infamous Congressman….. paid for by us. Grayson is well known and reviled throughout the country for announcing on the House floor that Republicans wanted old people to die to reduce health care costs....
  • Passenger Removed from Flight to Florida from Detroit [Flight 1721]

    09/11/2010 3:56:25 AM PDT · by Cindy · 40 replies · 1+ views
    (AP) via ^ | UPDATED: 11:43 pm EDT September 10, 2010 | n/a
    ROMULUS, Mich. SNIPPET: "Delta Air Lines Inc. spokesman Kent Landers said flight 1721 left the Detroit airport in Romulus at about 7:30 p.m. Friday and returned about an hour later. He said the passenger was removed from the plane. FBI spokeswoman Sandra Berchtold said the female passenger wasn't arrested but wouldn't be allowed back on the plane."
  • Orlando home prices hit 12-year low

    09/10/2010 5:32:37 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | September 10, 2010 | Mary Shanklin
    For the first time in more than a decade, the median price of a home in Orlando has dropped to less than $100,000... Sales prices were down 22 percent from a year earlier. The last time existing houses were so cheap in Orlando was May 1998, when a mid-range home cost $98,984. In comparison, it was just three years ago when median prices peaked at $264,436... more than 70 percent of August sales were distress properties. " With foreclosures and short sales dominating the market, the median price continues to be lowered," said Kathleen Gallagher McIver, Re/Max Town & Country...
  • Some can't afford the cost of being homeless in Orlando

    09/01/2010 8:14:18 AM PDT · by inflorida · 17 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | September 1, 2010 | Kate Santich
    If being homeless had an upside, you might suppose that at least it's free. Except it's not — not if you want to stay at most Central Florida shelters. For years, the region's shelters have charged small fees to those who spend the night — in part to offset their own costs, in part to encourage people to get a job and move on. But in the worst economy in decades, even the homeless are getting poorer, with many struggling to come up with as little as $2 to $10 a night. "How can you charge someone who doesn't have...
  • Professor Accuses UCF Officers Of Racial Profiling

    09/01/2010 2:05:54 AM PDT · by VeniVidiVici · 24 replies
    WFTV-TV ^ | 30 August 2010 | Staff
    ORANGE CO., Fla. -- Both the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Orlando police are investigating a traffic stop involving a UCF professor who accused officers of discriminating against her. The same professor has made public statements in the past about racial profiling. While there was no comment from the police department itself, the university is calling this an "urgent matter." Dr. Jennifer Vest is a multi-racial, distinguished philosophy professor at the University Of Central Florida. She writes poetry about discrimination and she's an activist for gay rights. "Everywhere I go there's somebody who's got a problem with me racially,...
  • Captured on Video: Fundraising for Hamas in U.S. Mosque

    08/31/2010 12:54:42 AM PDT · by lbryce · 10 replies
    Andew Breitbart Presents Big Peace ^ | August 30, 2010 | Staff
    An alarming, must-see video at Big Peace shows prominent leaders of the Islamic community in the United States openly raising money for terrorism at a Saudi-funded mosque in central Florida. Organized by the Islamic Society of Central Florida’s Imam Muhammad Musri, the compelling video features leftist former UK MP George Galloway and three-time felon Mahdi Bray of the Muslim American Society’s Freedom Foundation raising at least $55,000 for Hamas. The fundraiser– held at Masjid Al-Rahman mosque in Orlando, Florida– was intended to raise money for Galloway’s Viva Palestina, then funneling money openly to the Islamist terrorist movement of Hamas in...
  • Dengue Fever Showing Up In Central Florida

    07/24/2010 5:23:48 AM PDT · by driftdiver · 15 replies · 2+ views ^ | July 21, 2010 | Staff
    Dengue fever has infected a handful of people in Central Florida, health officials said. “This is not a regular flu virus that you get, you feel a lot worse,” said Dr. Todd Husty. “You get a real great fever, a horrible fever; it's called ‘break bone fever.’ You feel like your bones are breaking, but it's really joint pain,” Husty said. Health officials said more than a dozen people have picked up the virus from Mosquitoes in the Keys. More than 30 more across the state of Florida have the fever after picking it up out of the country.
  • Report: Democrat Rep. Alan Grayson Tied Financially to Florida Tea Party Candidates

    06/25/2010 9:37:43 AM PDT · by kristinn · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Friday, June 25, 2010 | Kristinn
    A video report by WKMG 6 Orlando reporter Tony Pipitone titled "Money Trail Links Grayson to Fla. Tea Party" exposes financial ties between Democrat Representative Alan Grayson and several "Florida Tea Party" candidates. Grayson is suspected of fronting bogus Tea Party candidates, including Peg Dunmire who is running against Grayson, to split the Tea Party vote so that Democrats win elections.Pipitone reports "Florida Tea Party" candidate Raoul Rodriguez (sp?) recently bought radio ads for Grayson on an Orlando station. On the paperwork for the ads, Rodriguez identified hmself as the treasurer for Friends to Re-Elect Alan Grayson, a committee authorized...
  • Fight Over "Tea Party" Name Gets Heated

    06/24/2010 10:10:21 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 18 replies
    WFTV ^ | June 24, 2010 | WFTV
    ORLANDO, Fla. -- A fight over the “Tea Party” name is getting ugly in Orlando. Late Thursday morning, a news conference by one group turned into a shouting match and police had to be called out. At the Supervisor of Elections Office Thursday, there was some pushing, shoving and name-calling. It happened between two groups that both claim to be part of the Tea Party. Members of the Tea Party Movement insist their name was hijacked by political consultant Doug Guetzloe and local attorney Fred O'Neal, who registered a third party called the Florida Tea Party. But Guetzloe, O'Neal and...
  • New Road To Bear President Obama's Name

    06/18/2010 6:43:16 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 70 replies · 957+ views ^ | June 18, 2010 | Dave D’Marko
    ORLANDO -- Is it too soon to name a road after President Barack Obama? A new road being built through Orlando will have his name. Roads in Orlando honor some of our greatest presidents, from Washington to Jefferson and now Obama. On Friday, Orlando leaders made President Barack Obama Parkway the first road under construction in the nation named after our 44th President, and surely one of the few in history to be named after a sitting president in his first term. "I think it’s great if people want to support their presidential candidate, but I think it's a little...
  • Freep Kosmas Today!

    06/16/2010 6:22:37 AM PDT · by Big Guy and Rusty 99 · 3 replies · 138+ views
    none | 06/16/2010 | Big Guy and Rusty 99
    Due to the big thunderstorm yesterday, we are doing the protest of Suzanne "Kooky" Kosmas regarding the finance reform bill today. Contact me if you are interested. It is going to be Tuesday 6/15 at 5:30pm at her Orlando office. 12424 Research Parkway Orlando, FL 32826-3249
  • Freep Kosmas today!

    06/15/2010 6:15:44 AM PDT · by Big Guy and Rusty 99 · 3 replies · 242+ views
    06/15/2010 | Big Guy and Rusty 99
    Hey, We are doing a protest of Suzanne "Kooky" Kosmas regarding the finance reform bill. Contact me if you are interested. It is going to be Tuesday 6/15 at 5:30pm at her Orlando office. 12424 Research Parkway Orlando, FL 32826-3249
  • Freep Suzanne "Kooky" Kosmas

    06/12/2010 8:26:31 AM PDT · by Big Guy and Rusty 99 · 11 replies · 329+ views
    none ^ | 06/12/2010 | Andrew Horvet
    Hey, We are doing a protest of Suzanne "Kooky" Kosmas regarding the finance reform bill. Contact me if you are interested. It is going to be Tuesday 6/15 at 5:30pm at her Orlando office.
  • Alan Grayson Has Opponent

    06/08/2010 6:54:24 PM PDT · by scottfactor · 13 replies · 50+ views ^ | 06/08/2010 | Scott Factor
    Republican Dan Fanelli is challenging the notorious nutbar Congressloon Alan Grayson. He has ran some interesting ads, the latest of which is this one about “Obamacare”. The ad suggests elderly people can be denied coverage under the new health care rules, because, well, they’re old.
  • Magic has shown no heart

    05/23/2010 1:04:40 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 59 replies · 838+ views
    Fox Sports ^ | May 23, 2010 | Jeff Goodman
    No heart. I’m not sure you can find a pulsation right now among Orlando’s trio of Dwight Howard, Vince Carter and Rashard Lewis. With their backs against the proverbial wall, all three came out and laid a gigantic egg. That’s $50 million that should have just stayed home and watched the Eastern Conference finals on television — because they were all bystanders on Saturday night in Boston’s 94-71 thrashing in Game 3. Howard went through the first 11:51 without scoring as the Celtics took a 27-12 lead after the first quarter. The NBA’s most dominant big man finished with a...
  • Emma the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida

    05/21/2010 9:49:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies · 1,104+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | May 21, 2010 | Chris Johnson and Matt Fortune
    Emma Watson took some time away from her studies to enjoy a behind-closed-doors tour of the muc- hyped Wizarding World Of Harry Potter at the Orlando Resort in Florida. The 20-year-old actress, who plays Hermione Granger in the films, was joined by some of her co-stars, including Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) and Oliver and James Phelps (Weasley twins Fred and George). Dressed in a short blue summer dress, Emma, who is currently studying at Brown University in Rhode Island, was given a tour around the $200m stunning attraction ahead of its official opening in June.
  • Shopping mall has reptilian visitor

    05/20/2010 6:18:09 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 11 replies · 674+ views
    upi ^ | May 19, 2010
    ORLANDO, Fla.- A Florida shopping mall had an unexpected, and unwelcome, visitor Wednesday when a 10-foot alligator took up residence on a nearby sidewalk, authorities said. Trappers were called to the Millenia Mall in Orlando, Fla., early in the morning to capture and remove the animal, WESH-TV, Orlando, reported. They said more of the reptiles are seen at this time of year when the alligators' mating season begins. "Most of the time when you have a big single alligator, it's usually a male adult searching for a girlfriend," gator trapper Terry Parlier said.
  • Pro-life Catholic widow seeks Florida Congressional seat to help support families

    04/22/2010 10:19:20 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies · 227+ views
    cna ^ | April 22, 2010
    Mrs. Karen Diebel. Orlando, Fla., Apr 22, 2010 / 08:20 am (CNA).- A pro-life, pro-family Catholic widow named Karen Diebel is seeking the Republican nomination for a Congressional seat in Orlando, Florida, saying it is “critically important” to have a voice for such issues represent the district.“There is such danger right now, with both the incumbent and the administration. All the decision-making on economic and social issues is in opposition to the values that reinforce and support strong families,” she has said.According to the Catholic Advocate, Diebel is 43 years old and has three sons ages 10, 12 and...
  • Vatican Appoints Strongly Pro-life Bp. Wenski to 'Gay-Friendly' Miami Archdiocese

    04/20/2010 1:50:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 382+ views
    Life Site News ^ | April 20, 2010 | Kathleen Gilbert and John Jalsevac
    VATICAN CITY, April 20, 2010 ( - Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Bishop Thomas Wenski of Orlando, Florida, to become the next metropolitan archbishop of Miami, which has gained a reputation as a "gay-friendly" diocese for hosting homosexualist events.Wenski will replace Archbishop John Favalora, whose resignation was accepted by the Vatican on Tuesday. Although Favalora will not turn 75, the usual age for requesting retirement, until this December, the Vatican did not give a reason for allowing the early resignation. He led the archdiocese for 16 years.Archbishop-elect Wenski, who speaks English, Spanish and Creole and will serve a large Cuban...
  • Man too fat to face food scam charges

    04/01/2010 4:57:54 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 20 replies · 738+ views
    Nine News ^ | April 2, 2010 | Ninemsn staff
    A 272kg man accused of stealing food and scamming restaurants has been unable to face his charges in court because he is too sick and fat. George Jolicoeur, 38, remained in a bed in his nursing home while his lawyer pleaded no contest to five petty theft charges in an Orlando court in the US state of Texas, the Palm Beach Post reports. The offences were all committed in 2007, when a more mobile Jolicoeur on five occasions walked into a restaurant or food store and claimed he had been sold substandard food. On each of the occasions, Jolicoeur demanded...
  • Cuba and the United States : Honeymoon cancelled

    03/13/2010 12:39:11 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies · 578+ views
    The Economist ^ | Mar 4th 2010
    A familiar mistrust descends. hopes that Mr Obama and his Cuban counterpart, Raúl Castro, would end a 50-year freeze in relations between their countries have proved wildly premature. Mr Obama began with some gestures. The latest round of talks took place in late February. They were overshadowed by familiar rows. The American officials demanded the release of Alan Gross, who was working under contract to USAID and was arrested in Havana in December. His family says he was helping Jewish groups in Cuba ... Four days after the talks Orlando Zapata, an imprisoned dissident, died in custody in a Havana...
  • Whale trainer's death jars safe world of adventure

    02/28/2010 12:28:48 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 21 replies · 1,122+ views
    hosted ^ | 2 hours ago | TAMARA LUSH
    ORLANDO, Fla. — It is billed as a leisurely boat tour. The shark surfaces, its fin slicing through the water. The boat's captain, armed with a grenade launcher, blasts away at the bloodthirsty monster. Nearby gas lines explode and a column of fire erupts into the blue sky. We feel the heat from the flames, hear the shark's body churning in the water. A child hides her face in the crook of her mother's arm and whimpers as chilly water sprays everyone on the boat. Of course, it isn't real. It's the "Jaws" ride at Universal Studios in Orlando, an...
  • Three Female Tea Party Musketeers

    02/27/2010 7:25:17 AM PST · by Lloyd Marcus · 13 replies · 1,004+ views ^ | 02-26-2010 | Lloyd Marcus
    Housewives and moms Lisa Feroli, Diana Evans and Suki Carder epitomize what the Tea Party Movement is all about; We The People taking back our country in whatever ways our passion and talents lead us. This dynamic trio have created and host a new political forum which they have named, “Eat and Greet”. The forums are held in a restaurant in each Central Florida congressional district. All candidates running for office in that district are invited to attend. Each candidate is given two minutes on the microphone for an opening monologue. Diana, Suki and Lisa are polite but firm. When...
  • Whale that killed its trainer won't be isolated

    02/25/2010 11:26:14 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 87 replies · 1,589+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 25, 2010 | MIKE SCHNEIDER
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Trainers will continue to work with a killer whale that grabbed one of their colleagues and dragged her underwater, killing her, but SeaWorld said Thursday it is reviewing its procedures. People lined up to get into the Orlando park a day after the whale named Tilikum killed veteran trainer Dawn Brancheau as a horrified audience watched. Tilikum had been involved in two previous deaths, including a Canadian trainer dragged under water by him and two others whales in 1991.
  • (FROM 2004) Sea World Attack Reaffirms Whale of a Truth: Captive Orcas Can Be Dangerous

    02/24/2010 6:28:54 PM PST · by beaversmom · 65 replies · 2,243+ views
    HSUS ^ | July 28, 2004
    Just about everyone with access to a 24-hour news channel has seen the home video of a killer whale attacking his trainer at a Sea World facility in San Antonio. The whale, named Ky, is seen repeatedly trying to submerge his trainer of 10 years—in front of a shocked audience which turned out to see a seemingly innocuous event called the Shamu Adventure. No doubt trying to dismiss the attack as a simple rush of randy hormones, the trainer has publicly labeled it the actions of a teenage whale nearing breeding age. To which we would say: That's exactly the...
  • 1 Killed At SeaWorld

    02/24/2010 12:38:49 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 41 replies · 1,394+ views ^ | Feb. 24, 2010 | Nick VinZant, Amanda Evans and Adam Longo
    ORLANDO -- One person is dead after an incident at SeaWorld. According to a witness, one of the trainers got pulled into the Shamu tank in Shamu Stadium and was killed. It happened during a Dine With Shamu event. Orange County EMT officials were called out to SeaWorld after it was reported a woman was not breathing. Around 2:30 p.m. News 13 received confirmation from Orange County Fire Rescue that it was a fatality. The dolphin and whale shows for the rest of the day have been cancelled.

    02/24/2010 12:50:26 PM PST · by keving · 12 replies · 974+ views
    Orlando, Florida - A person was found dead Wednesday after an incident inside Shamu Stadium at SeaWorld Orlando. Emergency personnel were called to the park and found a person dead, according to Orange County Fire Rescue spokesman John Mulhall. The death was not the result of a natural death, he said. Our partners at WKMG in Orlando say witness Victoria Biniak said she saw a trainer thrashed around by a whale from a viewing area, although that has not been confirmed by park officials. "The trainer was explaining different things about the whale.. and then the trainer that was down...
  • Orca Pulls SeaWorld Trainer To Her Death

    02/24/2010 1:27:07 PM PST · by Steelfish · 45 replies · 3,208+ views
    MSNBC ^ | February 24, 2010
    Orca Pulls SeaWorld Trainer To Her Death 'Grabbed ... and started thrashing,' witness says; 2 earlier deaths cited ORLANDO - A SeaWorld trainer was killed Wednesday when an orca pulled her into the water as she was talking to visitors. Orange County Fire Rescue spokesman John Mulhall said paramedics were called to the Shamu Stadium at the theme park resort where they found a worker who could not be revived. WKMG-TV reported that a witness, Victoria Biniak, said she saw the incident from a viewing area where the orca, or killer whale, is housed. "The trainer was explaining different things...
  • Grayson [D.Florida] safe after Niger coup; returning home

    02/19/2010 4:06:16 PM PST · by Lorianne · 13 replies · 687+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | February, 19 2010 | Mark Matthews
    News has a way of following U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson — even when he travels overseas. The bombastic lawmaker from Orlando was in the Niger capital this week when military officials overthrew President Mamadou Tandja in a show of force. Tandja has dissolved key government institutions in a bid to stay in power indefinitely. “He was very close to the action; he heard the gunfire” said Todd Jurkowski, a Grayson spokesman. He said the freshman Democrat already was on his way back to the United States and should land sometime late Friday or early Saturday. Jurkowski said Grayson’s stay in...
  • Sarah Palin in Orlando - March 12 - Special Reception and Package for FReepers

    02/09/2010 12:10:58 PM PST · by MindBender26 · 66 replies · 1,750+ views
    Sarah Palin will be in Orlando March 12 for a special speech. This is the date when the 2010 campaigns will begin in earnest, so it will be great, and a very big deal. Am arranging a special section for FReepers. A special two night discounted hotel package will be avaiable for FReepers only on that weekend. Remember, it's warm and no snow in Orlando. Watch FR for details and discounted hotel/travel/tickets.
  • Alleged Car Thief Found Playing 'Grand Theft Auto'

    01/23/2010 2:06:46 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 10 replies · 557+ views
    AP ^ | Jan 22, 4:33 PM EST | AP
    Alleged car thief found playing 'Grand Theft Auto' ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Sheriff's deputies in central Florida found a suspected car thief playing the "Grand Theft Auto" video game, and they later charged him with just that. Polk County deputies investigating the theft of a 1998 Dodge Durango arrested 30-year-old Michael Ray Ekes on Thursday. They found the SUV outside a Haines City home. Ekes was inside in the house, playing the popular video game. Ekes was charged with grand theft auto, burglary and drug possession. At the time of his arrest, he was out of jail on bond for...
  • Was ALGORE in TOWN? Sleet, Snow Fall In Parts Of Central Florida VIDEO Included

    01/10/2010 9:53:36 PM PST · by Steelers6 · 14 replies · 1,115+ views
    WFTV News ^ | January 9, 2010 | steelers 6
    ORLANDO, Fla. -- Central Florida saw a very unique winter weather mix Saturday, the likes of we may not see again for a generation. People all across Central Florida woke up to sleet and snow Saturday morning and the freezing temps were back Sunday morning, this time without the sleet and snow. If you are on the roads this weekend, watch out for a few slick spots around the area, especially for bridges and overpasses, after temperatures dropped back below 32 Saturday night. If you saw rain Saturday, it won’t dry out overnight and ice could remain Sunday. Thousands of...
  • Orlando-bound flight diverted because of 'suspicious' Christmas ornament

    01/01/2010 6:06:01 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies · 956+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | January 1, 2010 | Anthony Colarossi
    An Orlando-bound Northwest Airlines flight was diverted to Nashville this morning after a suspicious item was discovered on board the plane. The item: a Christmas ornament. "A suspicious item was found and out of an abundance of caution, the pilot decided to divert to Nashville," said Delta Air Lines spokesman Carlos Santos, whose company recently acquired Northwest. "Fortunately it turned out to be a harmless article."
  • Phoenix Security Officials Detain Two Men for ‘Acting Suspicious’ on Flight

    12/28/2009 3:23:30 AM PST · by Tigen · 24 replies · 1,990+ views
    MYFOXPHEONIX.COM ^ | 27 Dec 2009
    PHOENIX - Tensions are running high after Friday's attempted terror attack aboard an airplane, and those fears sparked a security scare at Sky Harbor Airport Saturday night -- and two men had to be pulled off a plane. The two men were described as Middle Eastern and were reportedly acting suspicious. The flight crew called ahead for law enforcement and security officials to meet them on the tarmac. When the US Airways flight from Orlando landed in Phoenix about 8 p.m., the passengers on board were told to remain in their seats. Police officers boarded and pulled the two men...
  • Two Passengers Detained After Flight To Phoenix

    12/27/2009 3:12:08 PM PST · by truthkeeper · 52 replies · 3,951+ views
    The New York Post ^ | December 27, 2009 | Associated Press
    PHOENIX — Authorities say they’ve detained two men thought to have been acting suspicious aboard a flight bound for Phoenix. A Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman says passengers aboard U.S. Airways Flight 192 from Orlando, Fla. Saturday night reported that two men were acting strangely.
  • TOURIST ARRESTED IN DISNEY BOMB THREAT German Man Claimed He Was Joking...

    11/29/2009 10:44:56 PM PST · by Cindy · 29 replies · 2,106+ views
    "Tourist Arrested In Disney Bomb Threat German Man Claimed He Was Joking, Deputies Say" ORLANDO, Fla. - SNIPPET: "According to the Orange County Sheriff's Office, Naumann was going through a security checkpoint at the entrance of the Magic Kingdom at about 10:22 a.m. and told a worker that he had two bombs in his backpack. The Disney cast member questioned Naumann, of Leipzig, Germany, and he again stated that there were two bombs in his backpack, deputies said."

    11/24/2009 9:16:14 AM PST · by patriotgal1787 · 37 replies · 1,758+ views
    Central Florida News 13 ^ | Nov. 23, 2009 | Jason Wheeler
    ORLANDO -- Sarah Palin is making a pair of stops in Central Florida today as part of her nationwide book tour for her newly released autobiography, “Going Rogue: An American Life.” The former Alaska governor is scheduled to make stops in The Villages and Orlando Tuesday afternoon, but fans eager to meet her started lining up 12 hours early Tuesday morning.
  • Internet Romance Leads To Attempted Murder, Suicide

    11/16/2009 3:45:36 PM PST · by VeniVidiVici · 13 replies · 958+ views
    WFTV-TV ^ | 11-16-2009 | Staff
    ORLANDO, Fla. -- It was an Internet romance and it led to an attempted murder and a suicide in Orlando. Police say a woman, scorned by a man she thought was her online lover, showed up at his Middlebrook Pines Apartment (see map) late Sunday night with a handgun. The man survived the shooting, but then the shooter killed herself. Paula Harris, 30, drove all the way from the Atlanta, Georgia area, according to investigators, and checked into the Holiday Inn at Universal Boulevard and Sand Lake Road (see map), just over four miles from 44-year-old Andre Barboza's Orlando apartment....
  • Apparent home invader shot to death by homeowner(FL)

    11/12/2009 7:26:22 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies · 650+ views ^ | 12 November, 2009 | Bob Hazen
    A 25-year-old man was shot to death on Orlando's west side while apparently trying to break into a home. WDBO's sister station, Channel 9 Eyewitness News, is identifying the dead suspect as Mark Clark. He was found outside the front door of 5369 Botany Court, near Kirkman Road, around 7:30 Wednesday night. The Orlando Police Department has not provided any details other than that they're working a death investigation. The homeowner's mother said her daughter heard three men trying to break into the house and opened fire. The other two suspects ran away.

    11/12/2009 5:46:54 AM PST · by Syncro · 71 replies · 2,852+ views
    Tea Party Express II ^ | November 12, 2009 | Levi Russell-Email
    PRESS CONTACT: Levi Russell - or 509.979.6615 TEA PARTY EXPRESS II GRAND FINALE IN ORLANDO - THURSDAY!National Tour Culminates with Rally in Orlando ORLANDO, FL -- THURSDAY, NOV. 12TH - 6:00 PM - Lake Eola Park (ORLANDO, FLORIDA) - The national, cross-country Tea Party Express II: Countdown to Judgment Day ( tour has arrived in Orlando, FL for what will be the exciting culmination of a 40-city tour. The Tea Party Express launched from San Diego on October 25th, and has crossed the country holding Tea Party rallies in support of conservative principles. More than 50,000 people have participated in the tea party rallies during this tour...
  • The Tea Party Express wraps up its second cross-country tour in Orlando!

    11/11/2009 10:22:40 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 28 replies · 1,802+ views
    Tea Party Express II ^ | Nov 12, 2009 | Jim Robinson
    The Tea Party Express successfully completes its second cross-country bus tour, tonight, in Orlando, Florida. This second Tea Party Express tour in 2009 included 41 Tea Party rallies in 41 cities covering 17 states in 19 days! Woo hoo! My ears are still ringing and heart still pounding! Thousands of patriotic citizens turned out all across this great land to help us tell Obama & Co that we're fed up and we're not going to take it any longer! We're determined to take our country back from the Marxist usurpers! No more taxes! No more socialism! No more bailouts! No...
  • Yesterday's Orlando Office Shooting Jason Rodriguez profile: 'He was a very, very angry man'

    11/07/2009 6:15:41 AM PST · by Brilliant · 66 replies · 2,331+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 11/7/09 | Susan Thompson, Jason Garcia, Mary Shanklin, Dave Damron, Rachael Jackson, Henry Pierson Curtis
    Years before Jason Rodriguez allegedly opened fire in a former employer's office Friday, he scared people with his spiral into erratic behavior. "He was a very, very angry man," said his former mother-in-law, America Holloway. She recalled Jason Rodriguez saying that "nobody liked him" at Reynolds, Smith and Hills Inc., an architectural-engineering firm in downtown Orlando where he worked as a draftsman until he was fired more than two years ago. In the past three or four years, 40-year-old Jason Samuel Rodriguez struggled with divorce, mental-health treatment, debt, underemployment, personal bankruptcy, and -- according to those who know him --...
  • Breaking News: Orlando Shooting

    11/06/2009 9:46:14 AM PST · by myfreepress · 58 replies · 3,779+ views
    MyFreePress ^ | 11/6/2009 | Jason
    Another shooting on the very day we vote in Health Care. ORLANDO, Fla. -- At least eight people were shot inside a downtown Orlando high-rise Friday morning. Firefighters were called to Gateway Center at 1000 Legion Place around 11:30 a.m. The building is near Lake Ivanhoe. All patients have been taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center. At least four of the eight patients are serious trauma cases.
  • At Least 8 Shot In Downtown High-Rise (Orlando Fla)

    11/06/2009 10:15:33 AM PST · by bronzey · 33 replies · 2,051+ views
    WESH ^ | 11-06-09
    At least eight people were injured in a mass shooting inside a downtown Orlando high-rise just before noon Friday, according to the Orlando Fire Department.According to Orlando Fire Department District Chief Michael Droege, an unknown number of people are still in the building and could be injured. He said the SWAT team is still trying to pull people out of the building.WESH 2 reporter Gail Paschall-Brown, who is at the scene on the ground, said that 15 employees came out of the building very distraught. Paschall-Brown spoke with one who said that a former employee came into the office who...
  • Gunman apprehended after killing 1, injuring 5 others at Orlando office building [Orlando shooting]

    11/06/2009 12:04:46 PM PST · by Star Traveler · 47 replies · 3,314+ views
    The Canadian Press (via Google news) ^ | Friday, November 6, 2009 | Mike Schneider
    ORLANDO, Fla. — Police in Orlando say a gunman has been apprehended after killing one person and injuring five others at a downtown office building where he was let go two years ago. Police Chief Val Demings says 40-year-old Jason Rodriguez surrendered to police at his mother's home after officers saw him through a window and asked him to come out.
  • Halloween Tribute to Alan Grayson

    11/01/2009 2:36:36 PM PST · by Brilliant · 3 replies · 464+ views
    Orlando Weekly | 10/2009 | Orlando Weekly
    Excerpt: And when Republicans demanded an apology, guess what? He said no! No apology for you! What’s more, he twisted the knife by apologizing instead to the people who died because they didn’t have health insurance! Do you understand how scary this man is? HE COMMUNICATES WITH THE DEAD!
  • Greyhound bus passengers get screened, pat down in special TSA operation[FL]

    10/24/2009 10:33:38 AM PDT · by BGHater · 14 replies · 1,082+ views
    ORLANDO SENTINEL ^ | 22 Oct 2009 | Susan Jacobson
    Bryce Williams wasn't expecting to walk through a metal detector or have his bags screened for explosives at the Greyhound bus terminal near downtown Orlando. But Williams and 689 other passengers went through tougher-than-normal security procedures Thursday as part of a random check coordinated by the U.S. The idea is to keep off guard terrorists and others who mean harm, thereby improving safety for passengers and workers. There was no specific threat to the bus station on John Young Parkway south of Colonial Drive. Although the TSA is best known for its agents at airports, the agency's Visible Intermodal Prevention...