Don’t forget risks that storms pose to pets, OCAS warns

As Tropical Storm Erika approaches Florida, Orange County Animal Services ir urging people not to forget the dangers this storm poses to their pets.

As Tropical Storm Erika approaches Florida, Orange County Animal Services ir urging people not to forget the dangers this storm poses to their pets.


ORLANDO — As Tropical Storm Erika approaches Florida, Gov. Rick Scott and county and city leaders are urging the public to be prepared for the worst, and to anticipate that this storm will likely bring heavy rains and winds to the state, potentially knocking down tree limbs and causing flooding in some areas.
At the same time, another government agency, Orange County Animal Services, is urging residents to keep in mind the storm risks posed to a highly vulnerable part of the population: pets.
“It is vitally important for pet owners to have a written disaster plan that includes their pets,” said Dil Luther, division manager of OCAS. “Under no circumstances should pets be left behind.” Read more »

Huckabee tops anti-tax group’s straw poll vote

GOP Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee won the straw poll vote taken on Thursday at two of the Sunshine State's prominent anti-tax groups.

GOP Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee won the straw poll vote taken on Thursday at two of the Sunshine State’s prominent anti-tax groups.


ORLANDO — In the ongoing coverage of the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, it’s often noted that Florida has provided two top-tier candidates — former Governor Jeb Bush and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio — to the race.
There are actually three candidates who call Florida home in this race, and it was the third nominee who swept a straw poll on Thursday, conducted by two of the Sunshine State’s leading anti-tax groups.
Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, best selling author of the book “Gods, Guns, Grits and Gravy,” and former Fox News talk show host, won the straw poll conducted during the Florida Taxpayer Summit in Orlando.
More than 100 activists, political leaders, elected officials and candidates participated at this event, held at the Rosen Centre Hotel, and Huckabee won with 26.3 percent of the vote. Read more »

Situational Awareness: What really got exposed?

Jonathan Pagan was sought by Osceola County Sheriff's detectives on a charge of indecent exposure.

Jonathan Pagan was sought by Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives on a charge of indecent exposure.


POINCIANA — Exactly what happened in a parked car in Poinciana earlier this month?
Calling it a “suspicious incident,” the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office has forwarded charges against a 25-year-old man to the State Attorney’s Office.
The charge: exposure of sexual organs.
The place: a parked car.
Twis Lizasuain, the public information officer for the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, noted in her report that two women came forward to say a man sitting in a parked car — later identified by authorities as Jonathan Pagan — had exposed himself to them.
Or did he?
“The investigation began on August 17 when deputies took a report regarding a suspicious incident,” Lizasuain wrote. “They spoke with two females who indicated they were riding their bikes in the area of Steward Boulevard and Pleasant Hill Road when they saw an unknown male, later identified as Jonathan Pagan, sitting in a vehicle parked in the turning lane. When they rode by, the females saw Pagan partially undressed and inappropriately touching himself.” Read more »

Freeline Media Review: “Carrie The Musical”

Clandestine Arts theater company is now producing a revival of the legendary Broadway flop "Carrie The Musical."

Clandestine Arts theater company is now producing a revival of the legendary Broadway flop “Carrie The Musical.”


ORLANDO — Here’s a good question for all playwrights and stage directors: assuming you have a high degree of flair and creativity, how successfully can you produce a musical based on a unique source: horror movies.
If you’re inclined to point to the huge success of “Phantom of the Opera” or “The Rocky Horror Show,” it’s worth noting that the tone of “Phantom” played less like horror and more like gothic romance, while “Rocky” delivered more campy humor than scares.
Face it, it’s just downright difficult to deliver the scares when a character is belting out a tune that sounds like top 40 crooning. Would you be terrified of, say, a “Friday the 13th” musical that had Jason singing “I frown, I frown, because you all let me drown” while he’s waving a knife? I didn’t think so, either.
Orlando’s Clandestine Arts theater company has reached into the vaults, and opted to revive a production that’s had a fairly tortured history: “Carrie The Musical,” the one-time Broadway show adapted from the novel by Stephen King and, more importantly, the 1976 Brian de Palma movie. Read more »

Don’t look behind you: Bloody Rabbit is there

"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 — The Freeline Productions novel “Bloody Rabbit” takes readers on a dark journey into a world where people are desperately struggling to find stability, as they cope with a grim and lingering economic anxiety. The book’s author, Michael W. Freeman, views this anxiety through the eyes of the book’s lead character, R.T. Robeson, a resident of Orlando. It follows him on the sometimes darkly comic, sometimes terrifying path his life takes.
The book — available on Amazon.com and on Kindle in eBook form — also explores the ways in which a serious economic downturn causes some people to look for scapegoats. As R.T. Robeson so painfully discovers, he has become one of those symbols with a huge target on his back.
Explore “Bloody Rabbit” through this excerpt from the novel. Read more »

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