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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: Black Lives Matter Mural Graffiti Raised Valid Points


They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Few would claim that city leaders had anything but the best intentions in mind when they painted the words “Black Lives Matter” in letters 30 feet high on the surface of Rosalind Avenue. But many Orlando residents, Black and white alike, question the utility of the mural. Last Friday Orlando volunteers finished painting the 400-foot-long statement in Pan-African colors. But as is so often the case in the nation’s discourse, anonymous commenters had something to add. Overnight, the phrases “Defund OPD” and “Not enough,” among others, were spray-painted across the giant letters. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said he was “deeply saddened that a symbol of our commitment to ending …
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Every Friday afternoon, Mark Baratelli, publisher of  The Daily City, shares his picks for can’t-miss weekend events in Central Florida.
The Daily City

Spotlight: Yoga Festival, Orlando Community Summit, and The Heavy Supper Club


The message of the event called It’s Just Yoga is – Yoga for Everyone, Yoga for You. It’s Just Yoga festivals are for yogis of all experience levels, ages, shapes and sizes. The festival also features the It’s Just Yoga Marketplace where attendees can interact, sample and explore the latest trends in health and wellness. The 6th Annual It’s Just Yoga Health & Fitness Festival is Sunday 10 to 5 at Lake Eola Park. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer’s Annual Neighborhood and Community Summit is a one-day training event to bring together residents, community leaders, city staff and elected officials looking to connect, learn and grow to build strong, vibrant communities and organizations. Registration – which is not free and equals …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: Orlando Mayoral Election


It would be easy to ignore next Tuesday’s municipal election, and just focus on the already heating up 2020 presidential election. But it would be shortsighted. Mayor Buddy Dyer, who’s been the head honcho at City Hall since 2003, is running for his fifth term in office. Having a familiar face as Orlando mayor is nothing new; the last time the city had a one-term boss was in the ’50s. But this time around, Dyer faces a pair of very motivated challengers. Aretha Simons, a nonprofit consultant and former Navy specialist, has not held elected office before but has a fascinating platform, including reparations for local African-American descendants of slaves. Commissioner Sam Ings, who is vacating his District 6 seat …
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