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Kissimmee police investigating shooting at clothing store

Posted on September 23, 2014 at 8:50 pm

 Kissimmee police are currently investigating a shooting that occurred at a Kissimmee clothing store Tuesday.

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Kissimmee Police Department Deputy Chief Jefferey O'Dell sets up a perimeter with crime tape after a suspicious package was discovered at the police station in downtown Kissimmee.

Suspect charged in Monday KPD hoax bomb scare

Posted on September 23, 2014 at 1:46 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Kissimmee Police Department has a man in custody who it says dropped off a suspicious package in front of its headquarters Monday, prompting the closure of several adjacent streets for a few hours. Michael Pappalardo, 39, was arrested and charged with planting a “hoax bomb”.  He was taken to the Osceola County Jail where he is being held on $2,500 bond.

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  • Man accused of sexual battering 6-year-old girl

    Posted on September 23, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a St. Cloud man Sunday in connection with a possible sexual battery.

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  • Firing based on campaign, Commission candidate says

    Posted on September 22, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Viviana Janer, the Democratic party candidate for the district 2 seat on the Osceola County Commission, said Monday that she was fired from her internal auditor position for a major hospitality company, and said it was directly related to her campaign for office. Janer, who worked out of Marriott Vacations Worldwide’s corporate headquarters in Orlando, said she was terminated on Friday, the culmination of a

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St. Cloud routs Celebration 52-8 to remain unbeaten

Posted on September 20, 2014 at 1:28 am

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer St. Cloud remains the only unbeaten team in Osceola County after a 52-8 dismantling of Celebration in the first District 7A-6 game for both teams.

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  • Osceola stops Liberty, 35-13

    Posted on September 19, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Osceola Coach Doug Nichols called it a sloppy game on a sloppy field, but he accepted the 35-13 7A-6 district victory over Liberty Friday at Kowboys field. Laderrien Wilson and Marcus Edwards each ran for two touchdowns for OHS, and Edtwain Black (3-66, 1 TD) scored on a 45-yard run on Osceola’s first play from scrimmage to account for the Kowboys’ five touchdowns. Liberty scored

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  • Panthers, Kowgirls defend OBC titles

    Posted on September 19, 2014 at 1:28 pm

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 Osceola’s Valeria Torres-Perez will help the Lady Kowboys defend their Orange Belt  Conference championship.

    Harmony  in the hunt, as usual By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The Osceola girls and Gateway boys are the defending Orange Belt Conference champions. Both teams will be challenged by Harmony, which finished second in the conference meet last year. St. Cloud’s girls will also be conference contenders. Harmony The boys, who saw a seven-year OBC championship reign end last year, won the 3A-5 district championship last season, their fourth

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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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Entertainment

Finding your roots with Dr. Henry Louis Gates

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 1:18 pm

Cal Thomas Tribune Media From 1948 to 1961, there was a show called “This Is Your Life,” hosted by Ralph Edwards. In it, an unsuspecting celebrity was lured to a place by a friend or family member where Edwards would surprise them. People from the celebrity’s past would then come out one by one and tell stories of the celebrity’s early life. A modern-day version of that program is “Finding

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  • 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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  • Jimmy Bear’s serves up outstanding BBQ, also, satisfy those munchies before the Cheech and Chong concert

    Posted on September 18, 2014 at 3:54 pm

        By Peter Covino A&E Editor When a friend took me to Jimmy Bear’s BBQ for my birthday last week, he promised it would be good barbecue. He was wrong. This is great barbecue No offense, to some of the barbecue joints that have been operating for years in the area, but Jimmy Bear’s just might be the best barbecue you ever tasted, certainly in Osceola County. I have

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