Nonprofit group works to protect endangered journalists

The pen mightier than the sword? Sadly for too many journalists worldwide, the terrifying opposite has become true.

The pen mightier than the sword? Sadly for too many journalists worldwide, the terrifying opposite has become true.


It used to be that when there were discussions about protecting journalists, these talks were happening at the height of the great recession, a time when newspapers and print journalism were taking a major economic hit and reporters, editors and photographers were losing their jobs and careers.
With an improving economy, that’s no longer the main focus when the issue of “protecting” journalists gets raised. Today, the discussion today is about something far more radical, extreme — and dangerous.
The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent nonprofit organization that works to safeguard press freedom worldwide. Although formed in 1981, their mission has taken on a new urgency in the past year — for tragic reasons.
Last week, CPJ set out new standards aimed at protecting freelancer journalists who are at risk of violence, even death, when they attempt to cover news in certain parts of the world, then deliver their reports to viewers and readers.
It is, the organization based in New York City, a huge endeavor to help protect them. Continue reading

Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s new season: from Monty Python to elephants and piggies

The Orlando Shakespeare Theater's new season opens with the comedy musical "Spamalot" in September.

The Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s new season opens with the comedy musical “Spamalot” in September.


ORLANDO — It’s been said that variety is the spice of life.
Even William Shakespeare, in his play “Antony and Cleopatra,” wrote that “Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale Her infinite variety.”
Perhaps with that logic in mind, the Orlando Shakespeare Theater is touting its 27th season as quite likely to become one of its very best, and certainly one that offers a wide variety of topics — from Monty Python to Charles Dickens’ ghosts to elephants mixing with piggies, to — yes, of course — Shakespeare.
“Glorious musicals, re-imagined classics, bold new hits, and laugh-out-loud comedies,” is how the Orlando Shakes team is billing the 27th season, which launches on Sept. 9 with “Monty Python’s SPAMALOT,” the highly irreverent musical by Eric Idle. Continue reading

“Speed dating” event matches pets with loving homes

Orange County Animal Services is hosting a "speed dating" event today and Saturday to help match pets in the shelter with loving homes.

Orange County Animal Services is hosting a “speed dating” event today and Saturday to help match pets in the shelter with loving homes.


ORLANDO — Speed dating has been a popular mating ritual for years, a more formalized matchmaking process that encourages folks to meet a whole new and large group of people. It’s been recorded that the first speed-dating event took place at Peet’s Cafe in Beverly Hills in 1998.
There will be a speed dating event in Orlando today and Saturday – and it’s a unique one.
After all, the host is Orange County Animal Services.
Central Florida’s largest pet rescue and adoption center, which received nearly 20,000 animals at its shelter in 2014, is hosting a speed dating gathering today for Valentine’s Day. But the goal is a bit different: to match pets with loving families.
“Anyone who is interested in finding love can speed date through more than 100 four-legged dates at the shelter,” the agency noted in a news release. Continue reading

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