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Postcards, Science, Highland Games and Cosplay Tribute


If you’re old or just old at heart, enjoy perusing tables and more tables covered in cool vintage postcards and paper ephemera at The Orlando Paper and Postcard Expo at the Central Florida Fairgrounds Saturday 10 to 5. An exhibition of technology designed to ignite interest in STEM education is happening this weekend at Otronicon Saturday and Sunday at the Orlando Science Center. Tickets are neither cheap nor free but hey neither are skateboards. An annual celebration of Scottish heritage with games, food, vendors, music and plenty of beer is taking place at the Scottish Highland Games at Central Winds Park Saturday 8 to 8 and Sunday 9 to 5. Go to FLASCOT.com for details. The annual tribute to Dr. …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Orlando Democrats and Reform Advocates Push for a Ban on Assault Weapons


Survivors and family members of victims of the Pulse massacre plan to testify in front of Florida lawmakers in the coming months in support of a measure that would ban the sale and possession of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines. The bill includes a long list of specific assault-rifle models, including the Sig Sauer MCX rifle used by the gunman at Pulse to kill 49 people and injure at least 53 on June 12. State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith and Sen. Linda Stewart, both Orlando Democrats, filed their respective proposals in the Republican-dominated Florida Legislature, where it stands little chance of success. So far this session, conservatives have filed bills to allow concealed-weapons licensees to openly carry handguns in public …
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Fishkind Conversations: Orlando’s Housing Market Tops The 2017 Charts


Orlando gets the top spot on a new list of the hottest housing markets for 2017. 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind says there’s more than one Florida market expected to take names this year. Economic analyst Hank Fishkind says he’s glad to see Zillow recognize the strength of the Orlando housing market, and he also predicts that strength will last through 2017. But he tells 90.7’s Nicole Darden-Creston there are other Florida markets that may experience even faster price increases.
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Spotlight: Viet-Nomz


Let me just put this right out there at the beginning: Viet-Nomz might just be serving the best Vietnamese food in the area. Those of you who know me know that I don’t make such statements lightly. It’s a bit of a silly name — the Nomz part is for nom nom, which people type in a message when they want to affect chewing sounds. Don’t look at me, I just report these things. The menu here is less confusing than most Vietnamese restaurants, which often have more than 100 types of soup, rice and noodle dishes, though the actual options may even be more numerous here. That’s because Viet-Nomz’s concept is a variation of an assemblage operation. That is, …
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Backyard Chickens, Adjectives Unhinged, Lightsabers and BBQ


Having a small backyard flock of chickens is a growing trend in metro areas. Getting started with your own backyard chicken coop can be daunting, but the end result is rewarding because -eggs. Pet Care Professional Laura Helseth will share her experience, offer tips and answer your backyard chicken questions at the Alafaya Library at 12000 East Colonial Drive Saturday 3 to 4. Adjectives is one of Orlando’s best sources for vintage, antique and unique and now they’re combining the original Adjectives Market Altamonte with their newer Unhinged warehouse and creative workspace and having a grand reopening party! The new space is 40,000 sq. ft. full of curated collections, made by over 100 local and international artisans, designers, and craftsmen. …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Brennan Center for Justice Report on FL Ex-Felon Voting Rights


Florida may not gone through a hanging chad debacle during this presidential election, but a new report argues the state’s voter policies are “radically out of step” with the rest of the country in regards to how it treats ex-felons. The Brennan Center for Justice says more than 1.6 million residents have lost their right to vote in Florida for virtually the rest of their lives due to an antiquated voting ban for people with past felony convictions, which represents more than 10 percent of the state’s voting-age population. Ex-felons who’ve been released can’t vote, hold office or serve on a jury in Florida, and those who would like their voting rights back must petition before the governor and a …
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Spotlight: Valisa Bakery


Now that’s a sandwich. Valisa is a Puerto Rican bakery, deli and restaurant. Its front display case is filled with scrumptious looking pastries, pies and cakes. But I was looking for something savory, so I started perusing the menu board on the wall behind the counter. I zeroed in on a sandwich called the Choripan, which technically is more of a South American sandwich than Caribbean, but it sounded good to me. It gets its name from mashing up of the words chorizo and pan, or bread. Here it also includes smoked ham along with Swiss cheese and sauteed onions. And all of it was impressively stacked. The layers of meat made me think of a New York delicatessen. And …
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