Archive for June, 2011

Libertarian activist faces arraignment on criminal contempt charges on July 9.

ORLANDO – After Mark Schmidter got booked into Orange County Corrections, two things surprised him about the jail on 33rd Street. “It’s relatively clean,” he said. “It’s not like a third world deal.” The second thing is what the jail officers asked him to do. “Naturally they sent me in for a psychiatric evaluation,” he [...]

Freelining with Mike Freeman: A friendship going cold turkey.

It started when, in a very hectic and busy moment one afternoon, my cell phone rang. I glanced at the phone number, which was coming from a 407 area code – the Orlando region. I didn’t recognize the number, so I answered the call. A very familiar male voice said, “So Mike, why have you [...]

Libertarian activist Mark Schmidter arrested at Orange County Courthouse for handing out jury nullification flyers.

ORLANDO – Libertarian activist Mark Schmidter was arrested today for handing out jury nullification flyers to prospective jurors in front of the Orange County Courthouse. Although Schmidter has been handing out the flyers since last September, there has been an administrative order in place since Jan. 31 banning the practice. Until today, though, the order [...]

Poinciana student, struggling with a long commute, urges support for SunRail.

POINCIANA — Jany Perez spends a lot of time in her car – but not because her job requires her to do plenty of traveling. What she’s really facing is something else entirely: the Poinciana to Orlando commute. “I have been living in Poinciana for about 10 years,” said Perez, 21. “The commute is unbearable. [...]

Supporters and critics of commuter rail ride it out during a SunRail workshop.

ORLANDO – SunRail, the proposed commuter rail line, could pump millions of dollars into the regional economy, providing a much-needed economic investment at a time when the state remains mired in a double-digit unemployment rate, Ananth Prasad, the secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation, told the Orlando City Council today. And if not enough [...]

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