Will rape/murder case bring a chill to the downtown Orlando lifestyle?

The arrest of Duxbury, a security guard at a downtown Orlando condo complex, could send a chill through those contemplating a downtown lifestyle.

The arrest of Stephen Duxbury, a security guard at a downtown Orlando condo complex, could send a chill through those contemplating a downtown lifestyle.


ORLANDO — There could be a chill running through the minds of some residents of downtown Orlando today.
It’s not that a single high-profile criminal case — the arrest by Orlando Police homicide detectives of Stephen Michael Duxbury on Friday in the murder or Sasha Samsudean — is likely to scare people away from downtown.
There have been other crimes in downtown Orlando, some briefly high-profile, others quickly forgotten. But that’s the case with major cities across not just Florida, but the nation. Orlando does not have the same reputation for crime and violence that other major cities, including Chicago, have been struggling with this year.
And ask anyone who lives in the region, or frequently visits Orlando, and most will say they feel safe downtown, including at night. The SunRail trains bring visitors to four stops in downtown, and crowds flock to the Amway Center, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and the Orlando Citrus Bowl without incident. They see theatrical productions at Mad Cow Theatre, and dine at the restaurants along Orange Avenue and Wall Street Plaza, check out the region’s history at the Orange County Regional History Center, and bring the nightclubs like The Social to life at night. Continue reading

Jewish Cinema: “The Ghost Writer”

Roman Polanski's 2010 film "The Ghost Writer," completed while the director was in prison in Switzerland awaiting a ruling from the Swiss court on whether he should he extradited to the U.S., looks at issues of political persecution.,

Roman Polanski’s 2010 film “The Ghost Writer,” completed while the director was in prison in Switzerland awaiting a ruling from the Swiss court on whether he should he extradited to the U.S., looks at issues of political persecution.,


Editor’s Note: Earlier this week, a Polish court rejected a request to extradite film director Roman Polanski to the U.S. for being a fugitive from the law. The judge in Krakow, Dariusz Mazur, called the request from the U.S. “inadmissible.” Polanski, 82, is a citizen of both France, where he was born, and Poland, where as a Jewish child he was raised and survived the Nazi Holocaust, and also where he later launched his film career with highly acclaimed movies like “Two Men and a Wardrobe” and “Knife in the Water.”
U.S. prosecutors can still appeal against the ruling, and also last week, Poland’s newly elected Law and Justice party leader, Jarosław Kaczyński, said Polanski should be extradited to the U.S. if the Polish court rules against the filmmaker.
Polanski is in Poland to make a new movie, “D,” about the political persecution and anti-Semitism of the infamous Dreyfuss case in France. Here, Freeline Media looks back at Polanski’s 2010 movie, “The Ghost Writer,” which was also about political persecution — and was edited while Polanski was in a prison in Switzerland, awaiting a similar decision by the Swiss court on whether he should be extradited to the United States.
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Thoughts on pet safety on Halloween night

On Halloween night, a lot of parents are concerned about the safety of their small children. But what about the safety of their pets?

On Halloween night, a lot of parents are concerned about the safety of their small children. But what about the safety of their pets?


ORLANDO — On Halloween night, as the sun is setting, expect to see plenty of children in costumes running from one door to the next, eagerly trick or treating and filling their bags with candy.
But wait — never mind the children, who are still likely to be in bed by 8 o’clock. How about all the adults who flock to downtown Orlando at night, roaming along Church Street, many of them fully decked out in their own lavish costumes, drinks in hand, partying well into the night.
No question, Halloween is an active night in the Orlando area, with a lot of parties and spooky celebrations going on.
Before the darkness has set in, though, one county agency is issuing a cautious note — to the folks in the region who are pet owners. Continue reading

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