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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Orlando is the first city in Florida with a fleet of “dockless” rental bikes


In October, city officials passed a new ordinance that allowed the electric bike rental company Lime to operate downtown. This one-year pilot program makes Orlando the first city in Florida with a fleet of “dockless” rental bikes. With dockless bikes, convenience is the point. Download the app, locate a GPS-chipped bike on the map, and you’re off. When you get where you’re going, leave the bike wherever you like, so long as it’s not obstructing vehicle or pedestrian traffic – there’s no need to return it to a docking station. Lime charges $1 to unlock the bike and 15 cents per minute to ride, with no membership fee. Also convenient is the lithium-battery power assist, which helps the less athletic …
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Every Friday afternoon, Mark Baratelli, publisher of  The Daily City, shares his picks for can’t-miss weekend events in Central Florida.
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Spotlight: Winter Fringe, Marlon Wayans, Uncomfortable Brunch, and Orlando Shakes


Are you a lover of the Orlando Fringe Festival? Get a big heaping taste of it this weekend! The festival is putting on Winter Mini-Fest, which features 22 shows, many of which are from around the country. The festival takes place all weekend at the Orlando Shakespeare Center. For details go to orlandofringe.org. Marlon Wayans, the famous actor, stand-up comedian, and star of the NBC TV show “Marlon,” is performing Saturday at 4:45 p.m. at Orlando Improv. Watch a movie, enjoy brunch, and drink a cocktail all at the same time during Uncomfortable Brunch! This film buff afternoon event has been running for five years. The film this week is “Mulholland Drive”. Uncomfortable Brunch takes place Sunday at 1 …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

UCF developed real-time mass surveillance artificial intelligence software for Orlando


Amazon’s facial recognition technology isn’t the only tool that Orlando is considering in its efforts to monitor the public using street cameras – the University of Central Florida has also developed a mass surveillance system for the city. UCF researchers have installed an artificial intelligence-powered software that can recognize facial characteristics and body movements to detect assaults, robberies and even explosions in real time. Orlando was the subject of blistering criticism last year after reports revealed that the police department was piloting Amazon’s Rekognition, a facial-recognition technology that plugs into security cameras to identify and track people of interest as they walk down the street. But by early 2016, students and professors from UCF’s Center for Research in Computer Vision …
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Every Friday afternoon, Mark Baratelli, publisher of  The Daily City, shares his picks for can’t-miss weekend events in Central Florida.
Spotlight

Spotlight: Star Wars Art Show, Postcard Expo, AdVintage Flea Market, and Piano Concert


Do you like Star Wars? Absolutely without a doubt 100 percent boots the house down realness! Do you like art? Well would like art if it had Star Wars on it? Yes! The Annual Star Wars Art Show takes place Saturday 4 to 8 at the Hourglass Brewery. Millions and millions of postcards from the past featuring every topic imaginable will be on display and for sale during the DeLand Paper and Postcard Expo. Imagine – postcards on tables, postcards on shelves, postcards behind glass cases. All for sale. The DeLand Paper and Postcard Expo is Saturday 10 to 4 at Volusia County Fairgrounds. Would you like your house to be decorated with old stuff, just not your own? Then …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Central Florida veteran fights the federal government over classification of marijuana


Central Florida combat veteran Jose Belen struggled with PTSD for more than a decade after his 14 months in Iraq. After severely adverse reactions to the opiates and tranquilizers prescribed by VA doctors, including years-long bouts of suicidal urges, he began self-medicating with cannabis and found relief. That’s why he joined a lawsuit against the federal government to challenge the Schedule 1 classification of ‘marihuana.’ These drugs are said to have “no currently accepted medical use.” On December 12, his case landed in federal appeals court. During oral argument, one of the panel of judges pointed out, “We have a situation where one part of the government [FDA] said it’s a medicine and another part of the government [DEA] says …
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Every Friday afternoon, Mark Baratelli, publisher of  The Daily City, shares his picks for can’t-miss weekend events in Central Florida.
Spotlight

Spotlight: Citrus Parade, Vegan Debate, and Drag Race Star Willam


Floats made from grapefruits, marching bands, local performers, and more will be walking down the streets of downtown Orlando during the Orlando Citrus Parade Saturday starting at 10:30. Four vegans and four omnivores will go head to head with researched facts and peer reviewed reports to see who’s right and who’s wrong in front of a crowd made up of folks on both sides during the Great Vegan Debate Saturday 6 to 9 at Timucua Arts Foundation. The Rupaul’s Drag Race celebrity Willam is coming to Orlando to be her funny self tonight at 9 at Southern Nights nightclub. Roxy Andrews will also be there. She’s Roxy Andrews and she’s here to make it clear, of course.
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