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Archive for Thursday, January 7, 2016



UCF Approves Key Agreement With Governor Rick Scott

UCF will not pitch its planned downtown campus to the Florida Board of Governors this month but the university has approved a key agreement with the governor. UCF is buying itself more time to raise $20 million its raised $8 million of that so far. The college will kick in $20 million and is asking the state for the final $20 million.
Published in Central Florida News

Standoff In Melbourne Ends With Suspect In Custody

Law enforcement in Melbourne are thanking a local veterans advocate for his help during negotiations with an armed suspect during an overnight standoff. The suspect, identified by police as Michael Thomas Taylor, who is believed to be a military veteran, surrendered and was taken into custody around 10.30 a.m. after barricading himself in the Coral Gardens apartment complex Wednesday night.
Published in Central Florida News

Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins

Much of the South celebrated Christmas in shorts last month; 2015 was the warmest year on record across the globe. While droughty California became ever more parched, Texas and Oklahoma were rocked by floods in their wettest May ever. In March, a nurse filed suit after being infected with Ebola when that virus jumped borders to the U.S. But readers of the growing genre of post-apocalyptic fiction were mentally prepared for all this. Last year was stuffed with literary disaster porn like Station Eleven, Black Moon, and Gold Fame Citrus, Claire Watkins novel of a waterless American West. (Think Chinatown crossed with Cormac McCarthys The Road.) The novels highest achievement may be the way it avoids the disaster-as-metaphor dodge ...
Published in Commentaries, From the Pages of Orlando Weekly