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Keeping the heat on in season two, Chicago Fire on DVD, and Chicago PD DVD premiere

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 10:11 am

By Peter Covino A&E Editor Way back in the 1970s, Universal, with some help from Jack Webb’s productions, got rather innovative and created Emergency!, the first TV series that dealt with the relatively new world of the paramedic. When the show premiered in 1972, there were only about a dozen paramedic rescue units in the United States. By the early 1980s, nearly half of all Americans were within ten minutes

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  • Hanging around with the bats, bat exhibition at the science center

    Posted on September 18, 2014 at 3:35 pm

          Just in time for the fall and Halloween, the Orlando Science Center has gone batty. The center’s “Bats: Myths and Mysteries” opens today at noon. The bat exhibit features live animals, educational simulations, interactive displays and more. This hands-on, educational exhibit will introduce visitors to the amazing world of the flying mammal people are both frightened and fascinated by. After visiting, guests will have a new appreciation

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  • A comic book store for fans of comics and collectibles

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    For Fans of comic books and collectibles, Orlando is about to get what should be a really great store. Gods & Monsters, which is being called  the nation’s second-largest comic, collectibles and gaming facility,  is coming to the. Artegon Marketplace Orlando (the old Festival Bay), Nov. 20. GODS & MONSTERS is  the first high-end, innovative comics and collectibles store of its kind in the country, including to a press release

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Travel

Halloween Horror Nights is back

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 10:33 am

        By Peter Covino A&E Editor It still feels very much like summer, but Universal Orlando is plunging head-on into fall and the start of Halloween Horror Nights, with new scarezones and haunted houses announced for the return of the one of the country’s biggest Halloween events. Among the new mazes and scarezones for 2014: The Purge: Anarchy, based on the horror film, will debut as a

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  • New rodeo, championship barbecue event coming to Kissimmee in 2015

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    The RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo has a new home: the championship event will be held at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee for the first time on March 25-28, 2015. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA)-sanctioned rodeo will feature eight heart-pounding events over four action-packed days, during which time 24 contestants will compete for more than $1 million in cash and prizes. Along with the big rodeo event will

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  • Nashville is more than just a little bit country. Music City USA more than lives up to its name with iconic attractions

    Posted on September 5, 2014 at 9:25 am

              By Peter Covino A&E Editor If you haven’t been to Nashville in more than a decade, you haven’t been to Nashville. The city got an NFL team in recent years, and even a TV series named after it. But Nashville is so much more than Moon Pies and Goo Goo Clusters. It is foremost, all about its music heritage, and has taken great strides to

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Education

Hanging around with the bats, bat exhibition at the science center

Posted on September 18, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      Just in time for the fall and Halloween, the Orlando Science Center has gone batty. The center’s “Bats: Myths and Mysteries” opens today at noon. The bat exhibit features live animals, educational simulations, interactive displays and more. This hands-on, educational exhibit will introduce visitors to the amazing world of the flying mammal people are both frightened and fascinated by. After visiting, guests will have a new appreciation

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  • Osceola County school students crush summer reading goal

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    By Jennifer DiDomenico For the News-Gazette Osceola County’s performance in the Scholastic Summer Challenge on Sept. 10, saw six district schools crack the top 100. After Osceola County School District Superintendent Melba Luciano challenged students to read a total of 12 million minutes, students more than doubled their goal with a combined total of more than 24 million minutes. The district schools will appear in the 2015 Scholastic Book of

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  • Ms. Pratts goes to Washington

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 12:29 pm

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Poinciana High School junior Alexis Pratts speaks in front of a class. She will travel to Washington D.C. to bring awareness to career and technical education in the state of Florida.

    By Aiyana Ruiz For the News-Gazette A Poinciana High School student will travel to Washington D.C., later this month to meet with several officials and Senate representatives to bring awareness to career and technical education in the state of Florida. Alexis Pratts, a junior, will not only represent Osceola County and the state of Florida when she meets with a representative of U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, but also SkillsUSA, which

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Religion

Evening of Praise events reaches ninth year

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 1:12 pm

By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer Evangelist Rupert Henry, along with several local churches and foster care organizations, held an Evening of Praise recently to promote the awareness of foster youth in Osceola County. It was the ninth year that Henry has organized this event, not only to raise money for foster youth, but also to encourage communication between the churches and organizations that are working for foster youth in the

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  • Kissimmee pastor joins march to push immigration reform in D.C.

    Posted on May 7, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer Rev. Javier Figueroa, of Centro de la Familia Cristiana de Poinciana in Kissimmee, believes that immigration law should be enforced, but not at the expense of separating families. That’s why he, as well as religious leaders across the country, have joined the march to Washington, D.C. to urge progress on current immigration reform.  Figueroa, who is on the board of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition,

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  • St. Cloud church celebrates 25 years of worship

    Posted on August 30, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer Transforming from four families holding church services in schools around St. Cloud to a few thousand families, Cornerstone Family Church marked its 25th year in St. Cloud with a celebration that began Aug. 25. Nathan and Trish Blackwell, the church’s founders and leaders, said that, over the years, the church has changed in size and population, but its focus  has stayed the same. Cornerstone Family

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Health

White patches on child’s skin could be vitiligo

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 1:16 pm

By Dr. Sue Hubbard For the News-Gazette I recently saw a 10-year-old patient for her routine physical. One of her mother’s concerns was that her daughter had “white patches” under both arms. Once I examined her, I told her mother that the “white patches” were actually due to Vitiligo, an acquired disorder of pigment loss. Vitiligo is caused by a reduction in functional melanocytes, the cells that cause pigmentation in

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  • Hospital introduces first residency programs

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer A program three years in the making, medical the Osceola Regional Medical Center recently launched its first residency program. Not only a first for Osceola Regional, but also for Kissimmee, the program is the result of a partnership between Osceola Regional Medical Center, Orlando Veterans Health Administration Medical Center and UCF College of Medicine. Currently, the hospital holds residency programs for internal medicine, training students

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  • Remember to drain and cover

    Posted on July 11, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Belinda Johnson-Cornett Osceola County Health Department Florida Department of Health in Osceola County advises the public to remain diligent in protecting themselves from mosquito bites. To date there has been four confirmed cases of imported chikungunya fever in Osceola County. Chikungunya (chik-en-gun-ye) fever is a virus spread by bites from an infected mosquito. In all four cases, the infected person traveled outside of the US and became symptomatic once they

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