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5 Year Old Treated with Medical Marijuana for Epilepsy


For a long time, Jacel Delgadillo wasn’t sure her son knew who she was. Five-year-old Bruno Stillo began having seizures as a three-month-old infant and soon after was diagnosed with Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy. Bruno would seize 300 to 400 times a day. The constant epileptic episodes left him unable to walk or talk. All that changed once he started using medical marijuana. Now his seizures are down to once a week and he’s learning to crawl, walk on a treadmill and can even use an iPad. Bruno got his first home delivery of low-THC cannabis earlier this year after the historic passage of Florida’s medical marijuana amendment last November. After expanding the number of conditions allowed …
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Spotlight: Market To Table


Don’t assume, as I did, that Market to Table is just another way of saying farm to table. Chef Ryan Freelove freely admits that he sources some ingredients from more conventional means, including major distributors. (Though not exclusively; indeed some items come from as close as a rooftop garden.) But that does not diminish the overall high quality of the food served here. My guest and I started by sharing an appetizer of Seared Sea Scallops, three beautiful disks with a golden sear on a pillow of truffled potato puree. The scallops were firm and fresh tasting. My companion chose the Braised Short Rib. Although it was served on the bone, it was only precariously so, the meat balanced atop …
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The War Years, Wine Walk, Art Sells and Brunch


Do your kids want to see how Grandma lived when she was young, vibrant, tanned, lithe… available? Then take them this Saturday to a new exhibit that features recreations of a living room, children’s room and kitchen as they would have appeared in the 1940s. Travel back in time with your family at the Winter Park Historical Museum in the same building as the Winter Park Farmers Market. For details go to wphistory.org. Ivanhoe Village is doing a Wine Walk tomorrow. Pay the equivalent of 12 Grande light roast coffees to get a cup of wine from each store you pass as you stroll narrow sidewalks and greet passersby with a tip of the hat and a judging side-eye. Google …
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Photo by Rob Bartlett, Artist Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, orlandoweekly.com
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Artist Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz: Pietà


In her newest performance piece, Orlando-based artist Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz has chosen to carry out an action of utter simplicity. But it is also an act of incredible endurance, both physical and emotional. Pietà, which will happen at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 21st, at the Knowles Chapel at Rollins College, was inspired by Michelangelo’s Renaissance sculpture of the same name portraying the Virgin Mary cradling the body of Jesus after his crucifixion. Raimundi-Ortiz has designed a durational work in which she will hold in her arms 33 young people of color, for three minutes and 33 seconds each. The work confronts her own anxieties as a mother, while offering a space for meditation to those affected by the contemporary climate of …
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Spotlight: Planet Hollywood Observatory


I didn’t think it was possible but Robert Earl has outdone himself. The newly rebranded Planet Hollywood Observatory is a theme restaurant of Cecile B. DeMille proportions. The massive dining venue is on three open levels — think orchestra, mezzanine and balcony — and is dominated by a huge, towering curved screen where videos and other images are projected from various angles. It’s a little bit like dining in an IMAX theater. The observatory designation is a brilliant one because an observatory and Hollywood have the same obsession: stars. Foodwise, this is still Planet Hollywood. One comes here for the spectacle, the memorabilia and the atmospherics, one doesn’t come here for fine dining. Even with — or especially because of? …
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Image: James Baldwin in I Am Not Your Negro (2016), imdb.com
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Money Show, Musicals, Enzian and Taste of Oviedo


350 dealers will be buying and selling coins, gold and silver and all this paper at the National Coin and Money Show tomorrow at the Orange County Convention Center. For details go to nationalmoneyshow.org. Two actors play 18 different characters in a retirement community in a musical called “Assisted Living the Musical” tomorrow at 1 and 6 and Sunday at 2. For details go to assistedlivingthemusical.com. A documentary about writer James Baldwin’s relationships with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King called “I am Not Your Negro” is playing all weekend at Enzian Theatre. For tickets go to enzian.org. 200 restaurants and food vendors will be on hand during the Taste of Oviedo Saturday 10 to 6. For directions go to …
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Image: Sunshine High School in Orlando is located in Oakhill Village, a strip mall on Old Winter Garden Road. (Malcolm Denemark/USA Today Network)
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Orange County School Board renews contract with an “alternative” charter school under scrutiny


Orange County School Board officials voted recently to renew a charter contract with Sunshine High School, which is currently under the microscope after a ProPublica investigation reported the charter school was a “silent release valve” for local traditional high schools by taking in academically challenged students unlikely to graduate on time. The school district has responded sharply to the article, with Superintendent Barbara Jenkins calling it “false” in a statement. ProPublica reports Olympia High School would hold assemblies for poor performing students where representatives from Accelerated Learning Solutions, a for-profit management company that runs Sunshine and other charter schools, told them they could catch up on credits and graduate. The report alleges Olympia kept its graduation rate above 90 percent …
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