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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: Florida Woman makes 85 Cents for every Dollar Florida Man Makes



A lot of Florida Man stories went viral last week because of an internet challenge, but few Florida Woman headlines. Here’s one that should be trending: Florida women working full-time make about $5,515 a year less than men, a new report from the National Partnership for Women & Families. That’s 85 cents for every dollar a man makes, according to an analysis from the Sun Sentinel. The gap varies by race and ethnicity. Latina and Black women are paid about $20,000 less a year than white, non-Hispanic men, the biggest gap out of any group, according to the report. If the annual gender wage gap were eliminated, a working woman in Florida would have enough money, on average, to pay …


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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: Orlando currently has the most severe affordable housing shortage in the country



Orlando’s affordable housing crisis has just imploded, in case you were wondering. Last year a 2018 report ranked the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford area second in the country for having the most severe affordable housing shortage, offering only 17 available and affordable units for every 100 extremely low-income renters. It is now worse. The Orlando metro area currently has only 13 affordable and available units for every 100 extremely low-income households, making it the most severe affordable housing shortage in the country, according to a report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. The report also found that Florida ranks first among states where low-income renter households are severely cost-burdened, with 80 percent of households spending half their income on rent or mortgage rather than food …


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Orange County Gets $10 Million For HIV/AIDS Care



The grant will help enhance access to high-quality care for people with HIV and supports strategies to reach communities of color for the estimated 10,000 to 12,000 living with HIV or AIDS in the Metro Orlando area.




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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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Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando: The 12 cats of Christmas



Since last year, Orlando Weekly has been writing fantastical dating profiles for 12 adoptable felines from Orange County whose Christmas wish is a home for the holidays – and this year, we’re focusing on kittens. Kittens have special needs that make shelter more challenging, such as not having a developed immune system and getting sick quicker, says Orlando resident Lisa Krakosky, who fosters kittens until they’re ready for adoption through Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. People may not realize that some shelters simply euthanize kittens under eight weeks old. Cats that young require the kind of individual nursing both feeding and vigilance against illness that most shelters can’t provide. Cathy Rodgers, who’s also with the local pet alliance, says the …


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Gun Violence Analysis Report: 358 people have been shot and killed in Orlando since 2014



In the past five years, 358 people have been shot and killed in Orlando, according to an analysis from The Trace. A new map created by the nonprofit journalism organization tracks fatal and non-fatal shootings in the U.S. from Jan. 1, 2014 through Dec. 13, 2018, using data from the Gun Violence Archive. The map excludes individual suicides committed with firearms (which make up the majority of deaths associated with guns), but nonetheless paints a stark picture of what 150,000 incidents of gun violence looks like at the local level. The map shows there have been at least 710 shootings in Orlando since 2014, leaving 358 dead and 687 people injured. Within Orlando and Orange County, there have been 19 …



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