Governor calls for restrictions on some international flights to battle Ebola

As an international tourist destination, Florida state health officials want to take steps to protect Florida's residents, tourists, and tourism industry workers from the Ebola virus.

As an international tourist destination, Florida state health officials want to take steps to protect Florida’s residents, tourists, and tourism industry workers from the Ebola virus.


ORLANDO — Florida remains one of the nation’s top tourist destinations, and Central Florida and the city of Orlando have experienced record-breaking years recently for tourism.
But as an international destination, there’s growing concern about the potential risk here for the possible arrival of visitors from Liberia and other African nations who could potentially be carrying the Ebola virus, and what it means for the other visitors to the region’s top tourism destinations like Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Studios and SeaWorld Orlando – and the employees who work there. Continue reading

Pass the veggies, please, at the Veg Fest

The Central Florida Veg Fest will be held in downtown Orlando on Oct. 25.

The Central Florida Veg Fest will be held in downtown Orlando on Oct. 25.


ORLANDO – Cookouts on the grill with sizzling burgers, steaks and hot dogs, outdoor events featuring plenty of beef products …. Sigh.
What’s a veggie lover to do?
One possibility is to set aside Saturday, Oct. 25, make a trip to Orlando Festival Park, and revel in the largest vegetarian festival in the South – a virtual who’s who of plant-based goodies.
The Central Florida Veg Fest will be celebrating its ninth year on Oct. 25, when it gets held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the park at 2911 E. Robinson St. in downtown Orlando. It’s partly a celebration of vegetarian cooking and meals, partly a fund-raiser to further the cause of a vegetarian lifestyle, and partly educational. Anyone who desires to learn more about the benefits of vegetarian eating, this is the event for you. Continue reading

Freelining with Mike Freeman: What’s to fear?

As Freeline Media editor Mike Freeman glances out his window at night, he often wonders: is there a serial killer lurking out there?

As Freeline Media editor Mike Freeman glances out his window at night, he often wonders: is there a serial killer lurking out there?


My friend Brek and I have a running argument (friends tend to do that, you might have noticed, and on the positive side, it can taken as a sign that they care.)
Anyway, Brek is quite insistent that I’m afraid in life of the wrong things, and that there are far more compelling and immediate things I need to be fearful of then that which does send shivers up my spine and leave me feeling anxious in the pitch darkness of night.
Brek’s advice, quite simply, is that I should be afraid — very afraid — of cancer.
His logic is that we’re both at the age of 51, and not all of us age gracefully, so it’s wise and prudent to see a doctor regularly starting now, with regular checkups for things like cancer. It’s an issue Brek has taken seriously for years; he does in fact see his physician regularly, and has even had the standard now-that-you’re-over-50 colonoscopy.
He’s also peeved that I moved to Florida in 2002, and I haven’t been to see a doctor once. Well, that’s not entirely true. I did go to an outpatient clinic a few years ago to see if the local doctor could remove a batch of earwax that I couldn’t get out. That was it.
But regular physicians and physicals? Cough, turn your head, blink six times while singing “Ah Luetta,” all that jazz, no. Continue reading

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