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SCPD to ‘shine light’ on domestic violence awareness

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 10:42 am

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Editor’s note: This is the first of a four-part series on domestic violence, a hot-button topic  after National Football League players Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Jonathan Dwyer, Greg Hardy, Ray McDonald are alleged to have participated in abusive behavior. This series will focus on how community leaders are trying to shine a spotlight on domestic abuse, where victims can go for help and what survivors

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U.S. Marine Col. Christopher Starling, right, stands next to U.S. Marine Gen. Ronald L. Bailey on Sept. 15 during Starling’s retirement ceremony. Starling served in the Marines for 26 years.

Starling retiring from decorated Marine career for a new role

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 11:23 am

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer U.S. Marine Col. Chris Starling had about 12 hours off between retiring from the military and starting his new job.

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  • St. Cloud approves $118M budget

    Posted on October 1, 2014 at 11:14 am

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The St. Cloud City Council last week approved the city’s $118 million budget for fiscal 2014-15, which began Oct. 1.

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  • State to accept unwanted exotic pets

    Posted on October 1, 2014 at 11:02 am

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George and Rosa Van Horn, operators of Reptile World Serpentarium in St. Cloud, stand over a captured anaconda in 2010 as it warms in the afternoon sun. Florida residents can surrender unwanted exotic pets to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission starting Saturday.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer For those who have always wanted to own a python, or perhaps for those who have a python and no longer want to care for it, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission might be able to help.

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Storm is 3-2 for first time

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 1:27 pm

By Rick Pedone Sports Editor For the first time, Celebration stands 3-2 at the midpoint of the football season. The Storm, which ground out 235 yards rushing behind Willie Boyd (21-101, 2 TDs) and Hezekiah Anderson (13-91) beat Cypress Creek, 21-10, Friday. Never before in their 11-year history have the Storm won three games by week 5. The last time they won at least three games in a season, 2010

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  • OHS ready for 4-0 Hounds

    Posted on October 1, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    By Rick Pedone Staff Writer Few teams in Central Florida can match Osceola High’s offensive backfield depth, but one of those will make an appearance at Kowboys field Friday at 7:30 p.m. Class 5A Auburndale, 4-0, brings three running backs who average 10 yards per carry or more. “They have a couple of running backs who can really go. If they get loose, I don’t know if we have anybody

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  • Panthers travel to Lake Nona

    Posted on October 1, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The meat grinder that is the 7A-6 district schedule doesn’t ease for Gateway this week. The Panthers, 2-3, go to 3-1 Lake Nona Friday at 7:30 p.m. to face record-breaking Lions quarterback Tucker Israel, who can break the state’s career touchdown record (126) by throwing for two more touchdowns. Gateway was plagued by penalties (17-140) throughout last week’s 36-14 loss to St. Cloud, which dropped

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Jon Favreau has recipe for success with Chef

Posted on September 25, 2014 at 4:47 pm

  By Peter Covino A&E Editor Planning a weekend dinner? Invite Chef to the party. This tasty little confection, served up by director Jon Favreau  (who also stars and wrote the script) goes well with any dinner party. Favreau stars as the chef of a Los Angeles restaurant who gets sick of the food business after having a creative brawl with the owner of the restaurant (Dustin Hoffman). Hoffman is

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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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International Travel Company purchases Old Town

Posted on September 29, 2014 at 2:33 pm

Old Town, the iconic shopping and entertainment complex in Kissimmee that has drawn millions of visitors to its brick streets to enjoy the turn of the century atmosphere and experience weekly classic car shows, was recently purchased by The Travel Corporation (TTC –

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  • Horror-ble time: Rating the haunted mazes at Halloween Horror Nights

    Posted on September 25, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor Halloween Horror Nights is always unforgettable. It isn’t so much about all those haunted houses, though once again the scream team at Universal Orlando has done a fine job. It’s got more to do with the aftermath of walking what seems like five miles at a fairly steady clip on opening night, to make sure we see each and every house. Three days later, there

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  • Gone to pot (and proud of it) stoner veterans, Cheech & Chong, War hit the high notes in concert

    Posted on September 25, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    By Peter Covino A&E Editor Sometimes it looked more like a rally for medical marijuana, then a rock concert, but I guess that is never a surprise when Cheech & Chong come to town. The famous comedy duo, along with War, a band they have identified with since the days of their stoner movies Up in Smoke and Nice Dreams, dropped in at the Silver Spurs Arena last Saturday. Many

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