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Archive for Friday, January 22, 2016


Volusia To Discuss Civil Penalties For Pot Possession

Volusia County officials are expected to discuss decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana today. Law enforcement would have the option to give a civil fine for possession rather than a criminal violation. Volusia could be the first Central Florida county with the ordinance. Several South Florida counties have adopted similar legislation. No specific ordinance has been filed yet. Check back later today for more details.
Published in Central Florida News, Health, Health WMFE



The #ReclaimMLK movement

While some cities around the country reported some inconveniences and disruptions by protestors who were trying to make their voices heard on Martin Luther King Day, the Black Lives Matter candlelight vigil in downtown Orlando outside police headquarters this week was quiet. Rather than anger, it reflected sadness, solidarity and hope for change. Participants from organizations like Dream Defenders and Organize Now read the final words of some of the most recent victims of police brutality and abuse, including Sandra Bland and Eric Garner, and after a closing prayer, attendees raised candles overhead and joined in a quiet rendition of "We Shall Overcome."
Published in Commentaries, From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Scrawny Alligators Reflect Everglades’ Many Problems

In the Florida Everglades alligators are in trouble. The reptiles are scrawny, weighing 80 percent of what they should. The alligators grow slower, reproduce less and die younger. Researchers are trying to understand why the Everglades' iconic species is in decline and what it means for the ailing river of grass.
Published in Central Florida News, Environment