As summer heat soars, so does electric usage

The sweltering summer heat is putting pressure on electric usage in Orlando and Kissimmee.

The sweltering summer heat is putting pressure on electric usage in Orlando and Kissimmee.


ORLANDO – The temperatures are not the only thing that have been rising in the past week, as those numbers hit the mid-to-upper 90s, and even clocked in at 100 degrees on Friday.
The soaring heat index also means more people cranking up their air conditioners — and electric usage is soaring as well. Utility providers in both Orlando and Kissimmee reported record usage by Friday afternoon.
The Orlando Utilities Commission recorded sky-high demand, noted spokesman Tim Trudell.
“With another day of very hot temperatures, OUC electric demand is forecasted to reach near record levels,” Trudell noted by email on Friday.
It was the first time in 10 months that electric usage has been this high, he said. Read more »

UCF researchers working on virtual preservation in New York

The TWA Flight Center at Kennedy Airport in New York is going to be the subject of a virtual preservation effort by researchers at the University of Central Florida.

The TWA Flight Center at Kennedy Airport in New York is going to be the subject of a virtual preservation effort by researchers at the University of Central Florida.


ORLANDO — It was in 1962 when the Trans World Flight Center opened as the original terminal designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen for Trans World Airlines at New York City’s Kennedy International Airport. There have been changes to the structure over the years — some portions of the complex got demolished, and there are have renovations to other sections.
But its historic significance is not in doubt, and in 1994 the City of New York designated both the interiors and the exteriors of the terminal a historic landmark, while in 2005 the National Park Service listed the TWA Flight Center on the National Register of Historic Places. Such is the building’s impressive style that director Steven Spielberg used it in his 2002 movie “Catch Me if You Can.” Read more »

Search on for suspect in sexual battery case

Kissimmee police are looking for Alejandro Martinez-Rosario, a suspect in a sexual battery case.

Kissimmee police are looking for Alejandro Martinez-Rosario, a suspect in a sexual battery case.


KISSIMMEE — Kissimmee police detectives are asking for the public’s help in finding a man wanted in a case involving the sexual battery of a teenage girl.
The Kissimmee Police Department just issued an alert asking that anyone with information about 21-year-old Alejandro Martinez-Rosario contact their Major Crimes Unit at 407-846-3333, or by e-mail at seeitsayit@kissimmee.org.
Detectives say Martinez-Rosario is wanted for questioning, because the suspect was involved in what Stacie Miller, media and public relations officer for the Kissimmee Police Department, described in an email as “a lewd and lascivious battery on a minor.”
Miller noted that the department first learned of the allegations on May 13. The department was told that the sexual assault happened on Feb. 14 at the Budgetel Inn at 4104 W. Vine St. in Kissimmee. Read more »

Surviving in the dark world of “Bloody Rabbit”

"Bloody Rabbit" follows one man's terrifying journey from hopelessness to a new start -- in a world spinning out of control.

“Bloody Rabbit” follows one man’s terrifying journey from hopelessness to a new start — in a world spinning out of control.


ORLANDO — Consider this: Anyone who got downsized during the great recession, and eventually found a new job — or multiple jobs, including part-time positions below their skill levels — at a far lower rate of pay is very likely still struggling to make ends meet. Their standard of living has fallen, seemingly permanently.
Freeline Productions’ novel “Bloody Rabbit” explores that lingering economic anxiety, that unending tension being felt even as jobs get created each month, even as gas prices fall, and even as the pace of layoffs has slowed to a crawl. If this is a recovery, the nation seems to be saying, it sure doesn’t feel like one yet.
The book’s author, Michael W. Freeman, views this economic anxiety through the eyes of the book’s lead character, R.T. Robeson, a resident of Orlando who had assumed that by his late 40s, he was financially stable and successful. Then the recession and housing market collapse came along, and took everything he had — his job, his savings, his home, car, even his cat. As he struggles to cope, he has another huge challenge: to hold onto his dignity. Read more »

Fourth of July spectacular slated for Lake Eola

Lake Eola Park will be the site of a fireworks spectacular on July 4.

Lake Eola Park will be the site of a fireworks spectacular on July 4.

ORLANDO — The City of Orlando is getting the word out now to residents, visitors and tourists alike that on this upcoming Independence Day holiday, Lake Eola Park will absolutely become the place to be.
After all, on Saturday, July 4 the city will host the 38th Annual Fireworks at the Fountain — the largest and longest running fireworks display in Central Florida.
The festivities begin at 4 p.m., and the city is encouraging people to arrive early so they can be sure to get a good viewing spot for an event that typically draws thousands to downtown Orlando.
Long before darkness sets in and the fireworks begin, there will be plenty of activities and entertainment on hand, courtesy of the City of Orlando Families, Parks and Recreation Division. Read more »

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