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Community Hope Center Executive Director Mary Downey stands by the organization’s “vision board,” where goals for 2014 are displayed
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Homelessness Along Osceola County’s Tourism Corridor: A Perspective From US-192

Osceola County has one of the highest numbers of homeless families in the country, according to a recent report commissioned by county officials. And in an area dominated by the tourism industry, homelessness can present itself in unexpected ways. Many of these families are staying off the streets by squeezing into a room at one of the motels lining US-192, a busy tourist corridor. But now, most of the tourists that come to visit the theme parks nearby stay at the newer hotels on the park’s property. Tension is building between the motel owners, who want their rooms open for thrifty visitors, and the families, who are stuck in a financial position that makes it difficult to save up for …
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A laser show plays in the Orlando Science Center’s Cinedome, photo by Amy Kiley

Spotlight: Summer Nights at the Science Center

This Spotlight segment is for kids milking the end of summer break or for science-loving adults.  Summer Nights at the Orlando Science Center continues for two more weekends. On Fridays and Saturdays through August 16, Orlando Science Center visitors can enjoy movies, laser shows and stargazing. 90.7’s Amy Kiley stopped by one Summer Night ahead of her conversation with Brandan Lanman.  He’s the Science Center’s senior director of visitor experience.  Though they talked in a WMFE studio, she mixed in sounds from her Summer Nights experience. More about Summer Nights is at www.osc.org. ​Spotlight is the weekly arts, culture and entertainment segment from 90.7 News.  It airs Fridays at 5:50 p.m. and features event ideas from The Daily City’s Mark Baratelli, reviews …
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One Blood Inc.

One Blood Inc. plans to merge with Pittsburgh based Institute for Transfusion Medicine to increase operational efficiencies between the organizations.
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[Photo: Kenneth Wilson wants to tell other homeless youth, Don’t give up. He wants to help them improve their lives. By Taisha Henry.]

Homeless Youth Face Unique Challenges

August 7, 2014 | WMFE, Orlando – You would never guess they’re living on the street or in shelters. Yet more than 7,000 of Central Florida’s youth are homeless. Kenneth Wilson is a 20-year-old young man who currently attends Full Sail University. Kenneth is about 5 feet 9 inches, well-dressed in a fitted polo and jeans. He seems like your ordinary college kid. You would never guess that he lives in a homeless shelter. “You know, it was my freshman year of college, and you don’t sit here and think, I’m excited I got into a homeless shelter my freshman year of college.” When Kenneth was 18 he moved to Orlando from the midwest for college. At first he stayed …
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