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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Medical Marijuana


Next to the pictures of her kids on her black refrigerator, Anneliese Clark has attached a piece of paper. She calls it the arrest plan. The Jacksonville mother created the plan so her kids know who to call for help if she gets arrested for buying medical marijuana for her 11-year-old daughter Christina. At the beginning of her life, Christina was diagnosed with epilepsy and in the proceeding decade would be given numerous drugs to keep her seizures down, stem cell treatments in other countries and undergo three brain surgeries. After Clark heard about the potential benefits of medical marijuana, she managed to get marijuana-based oils for Christina. The results were life changing. At her lowest point, Christina was having …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Pokémon GO Craze


Pokémon Go is the latest incarnation of a 20-year-old media franchise that started with the Nintendo Game Boy and mushroomed into movies, manga, cartoons, console games and even trading cards. Since the game’s American release July 6, it’s been downloaded onto millions of phones, with 21 million active users by July 12. But you don’t need stats to know how popular the game is – unless you’ve been on an internet cleanse for the past two weeks, you’ve heard plenty about it. A media empire based on the concept of collecting “pocket monsters” seems a little silly, but money has been made on stranger things. In its current iteration, scorn seems to fall on those playing the game, particularly the …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

10 Protesters Arrested at Marco Rubio’s Orlando Office


Around this time last month, the people of Orlando were forced to confront a horror we could not comprehend and then assimilate into this new normal without 49 loved ones and a constant ache. And now, earlier this week, we were confronted by something else: Ten protesters were arrested by police after a sit-in at U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s downtown Orlando office, where about 70 protesters demanded legislation for gun control, LGBTQ protections and safer communities of color. Protesters say they chose Rubio because he “continues to terrorize” queer communities of color by voting for legislation that “discriminates, dehumanizes, and denies access to the American dream.” Rubio’s office released a statement saying he respects the views of others and welcomes …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Orlando Museum of Art: Love Letters


By now, the overwhelming horror of the Pulse shootings has begun to recede. Some of us have started to be able to release the shock and dread that were a constant in the first few weeks afterward. But still, fireworks don’t sound the same. The phrase “trigger warning” is wince-inducing, even now when it’s most needed. So I doubt that anyone will be able to look at the art of Noelle Mason, currently hanging at Orlando Museum of Art, with ease. Mason’s body of work examines our perceptions of violence. She extracts imagery from public formats, like surveillance video and reinterprets it in unexpected mediums. Among several pieces on display, one in particular might puncture any serenity you’ve managed to …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Orlando women ask dental clinic for birth control in protest of HB 1411


Nada Abou-Senna walked into the Apopka Dental Care clinic Tuesday not for a teeth whitening session or to fill in a cavity, but for birth control. She told the bewildered receptionist, “My elected representative told me that I could come here for reproductive health services.” Abou-Senna and other Florida women are walking into dental care offices across the state asking for contraceptives, Pap smears and yeast infection treatments in response to Florida House Bill 1411, which puts increased restrictions on abortion clinics and is currently under scrutiny after the U.S. Supreme Court found a similar law in Texas was unconstitutional. State and federal dollars are already prohibited from going to abortion providers, but HB 1411 blocks Planned Parenthood from receiving …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

What it’s like to be queer and Latinx in Orlando now


A gunman walked into Orlando’s packed gay nightclub Pulse during Latin Night in the early hours of June 12 and unleashed a siege of terror that would ultimately kill 49 people and wound 53. The people who left us forever included an accountant, a bouncer, college students, dancers, a perfume salesman, salon owners and mothers and fathers. And it’s important to note that although the victims were from different races and sexual identities, they were overwhelmingly composed of queer Latinos, Latinas and Latinxs, a gender-nonspecific term. Nearly half of them were Puerto Rican, but there were Mexicans, Dominicans and Cubans, too, and several were undocumented. Locally, LGBTQ Latinxs, like Equality Florida’s Carlos Guillermo Smith, are grappling with the fact that …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

All of us Must be Helpers Now


Last week, which feels like a million years ago, WMFE presented a live talk with Diane Rehm. In the Q&A period, an audience member asked Rehm who she thought was her best teacher, and she promptly replied, “Fred Rogers.” Maybe that’s why as shock escalated to terror on Sunday, June 12, I thought of the story Mr. Rogers often told of his mother’s advice for confronting “scary things”: “Always look for the helpers. There’s always someone who is trying to help.” When he did, he saw that the world is full of doctors and nurses, police, firemen, neighbors and friends who are ready to jump in and help when things go wrong. In the past days, while *some* elected officials …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

East Orange County residents protest two housing developments near the the Econlockhatchee River


Jay Zembower remembers a time when he and his friends could ride their horses from Seminole County down the Econlockhatchee River and through the wilderness to Deseret Ranches. White-tailed deer, alligators, wild turkeys, gopher tortoises, sandhill cranes and black bears roamed through areas of pine flatlands, oak hammocks and lush foliage. It would be pretty hard to do that now, and as these pockets of wild green diminish, some residents feel local boundaries between rural and urban communities are going down as well. Next week, the Orange County Board of Commissioners will make decisions on the futures of The Grow and Sustany, two properties that combined would put about 4,000 homes on almost 2,000 acres in an environmentally sensitive area …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Mosquito Control Funding


While Congress can leave the Capitol for a vacation without figuring out how much money we need to fight the Zika virus, there’s no stopping the summer rains, unbearable heat and mosquitos that are about to hit Florida. Already some in the Sunshine State are struggling to keep pace with the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that carry the virus, which causes mild symptoms in most people but can cause serious birth defects to the unborn fetuses of pregnant women. As U.S. Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio fought to get $1.9 billion to battle the virus, Nelson read on the Senate floor a letter from Osceola County to the state Health department, which says they have exhausted their resources and need …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Female U.S. Soccer Team Players Seek Equal Pay


As the Orlando Pride women’s soccer team won their home opener April 23 in front of a record-breaking 23,000 fans, a handmade sign held up near the back of the stadium reminded everyone something was still not settled. “EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL PLAY,” it read. Five U.S. Women’s National Team soccer players – including Orlando Pride forward Alex Morgan – have filed a federal complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, claiming they are paid 4 times less than their male counterparts. Match attendance, TV viewership and team profits are comparable between the men’s and women’s teams—not identical, but not four times less. And while the women’s team has won the FIFA World Cup three times, the men’s team never …
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