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Xander Peters

Xander Peters

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What happened to the Orlando Magic?

This week the Magic put the finishing touches on the franchise’s sad 29th season. But that was more or less expected.  What wasn’t expected, however, was just how badly this season would go, landing them last in the Eastern Conference. At times play this season has been so appalling that many have hoped to tank the remainder of the season for the sake of bettering the team’s odds in the Draft Lottery. But even if it’s considered sound to finish last, who celebrates a team with one of the worst records in the NBA? For some fans, these recent seasons have been enough to throw up their hands. Magic jerseys began to collect at the backs of closets. Some local …

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Florida police seize mentally ill man’s guns under new state law

Last week, a Broward County judge reportedly granted Florida’s first order temporarily removing guns from a person under the state’s new gun control laws. After determining the 56-year-old man from Lighthouse Point was a potential risk, authorities were ordered to remove four firearms and 267 rounds of ammunition. It was the first example of how authorities now have more power to act on evidence that an individual could pose a threat. This new law was passed after the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month. The bill – which was the first major break between the Florida GOP and NRA in two decades – also places a number of restrictions on purchasing firearms, such as raising the minimum …

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The Lucrative Business of Marketing the AR-15

On Jan. 7, Spike’s Tactical – an Apopka-based gun manufacturer – made headlines after they posted a controversial advertisement across the company’s social media accounts. Pictured in the ad: four heavily tattooed men wearing bulletproof vests, backs turned to the camera. Each man is holding his own semiautomatic rifle as he stares down a group of masked protesters, some of whom are holding makeshift weapons like lead pipes. Behind the protesters, you spot a burning city. In the top right corner, it reads: “NOT TODAY ANTIFA.” Last year, antifa demonstrators – shorthand for “anti-fascist” protesters – grabbed the nation’s attention with their protests of President Donald Trump’s inauguration and the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August. From there, …

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As Roe v. Wade turns 45, women’s right to bodily autonomy is increasingly under attack

January 22 marked 45 years since the Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade.  But tensions over abortion rights have always simmered in the Sunshine State.  An example: the 2015 bill that enacted a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion in Florida. The law has since been ruled unconstitutional. Then there’s the flip side: the advocates, like Sally Blackmun, a former chairwoman for Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando – someone who carries a story intertwined deep within the details of Roe v Wade. Blackmun falls silent for a moment when asked about the legacy of her late father, Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, who is best known for writing the Roe v Wade decision. Years before the decision, …

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WPRK has been off the air for nearly 3 months, but will return

Those who have tried to tune their radio dials to WPRK 91.5 in recent months have been met with one of two things: all-out static or the occasional crackle of what sounds like Sunday morning church. No, Rollins College’s storied WPRK hasn’t had the plug pulled. That’s the bleed-over from its Christian contemporary neighbor on the dial, WHIF 91.3. The problem is simple: WPRK’s antenna has been down for months, leaving them no way to broadcast a signal.On September 8th, less than two days before Hurricane Irma made landfall, the station staff made the decision to sign off for safety, says Greg Golden, director of student media. It was supposed to be a temporary hunker-down, but the silence on the …