Freeline Media Review: “Assassinations and Other Macabre Tales”

Puppets help describe the bizarre tales in "Assassinations and Other macabre Tales."

Puppets help describe the bizarre tales in “Assassinations and Other macabre Tales.”


ORLANDO — “Assassinations and Other Macabre Tales” is a brilliant piece of mini-theater — and I say “mini” mainly because this show clocks in at a speedy 15 minutes.
But that doesn’t matter: this is still a wildly inventive attempt at dark political comedy.
The show is being performed at the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, inside the “Jamie Mykins Theater” — which turns out to be a fairly spacious closet painted black. I’m guessing only about six people can fit in at one time (there were three of us in the audience on the evening I went to see the show), and you remain standing as the room goes pitch black.
Above you, at the top of a black curtain, are two puppets — one male, one female — who take us on a wild ride as they ponder one of the political world’s most bizarre mysteries: the so-called two-year death curse among our nation’s presidents. The curse, noted in Ripley’s Believe it or Not and also called the Curse of Tippecanoe, is used to describe the regular death in office of presidents elected in years evenly divisible by twenty, starting with William Henry Harrison’s death after his election in 1840, right up to John F. Kennedy, elected in 1960. Continue reading

Deputy sheriff picks up the wrong DVD

Ernesto McCloud is no longer a deputy with the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

Ernesto McCloud is no longer a deputy with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.


DAVENPORT — There’s likely to be a limited amount of holiday cheer for a Polk County sheriff’s deputy who is now out of a job, and the sheriff is calling his behavior “atrocious.” It all involved a DVD at a local convenience store in Davenport.
Ernesto McCloud, 28, of Lakeland, was arrested on Nov. 14 and charged with one count of petit theft and one count of armed burglary.
“McCloud resigned effective immediately upon his arrest, and would have been terminated had he not resigned,” noted Carrie E. Horstman, public information officer for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, in her report on the case.
Sheriff Grady Judd had much harsher words for McCloud, who had been hired as a PCSO detention deputy in August 2010 and became a deputy sheriff in May 2013. What got McCloud arrested, the sheriff’s office said, is that he tried to steal a DVD while investigating a robbery at the Davenport store. Continue reading

Porn Star Evan Stone headlining inaugural X Run in Miami

Porn star Evan Stone will lead the inaugural X Run in Miami on Saturday.

Porn star Evan Stone will lead the inaugural X Run in Miami on Saturday.


MIAMI – Next Saturday, famed porn star Evan Stone will be making a run for it at Miami’s historic Virginia Key Beach Park, but it won’t be part of a scene in one of his upcoming X-rated opus movies.
Stone – the star of such porn epics as “Backdoor to Chyna” and “Space Nuts,” will be the headliner for the inaugural X Run in Miami – an event that will include a collection of adult stars and starlets, adult-themed exhibitors, and even a public awareness campaign about female genital mutilation – all in one day.
And it’s all being billed as an afternoon of good old adult fun for a solid cause. Continue reading

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