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Spotlight: “Gone With The Wind” Exhibit Sweeps Into Orange County Regional History Center


The 1939 film “Gone With the Wind” is not only a box office record-setter, it has also maintained a beloved and sometimes controversial presence in American culture. Its influence in pop culture is clear as well – for instance, you probably know how to complete the phrase, “Frankly, my dear…” A new exhibition at the Orange County Regional History Center celebrates the 75th anniversary of “Gone With the Wind” with memorabilia including costumes, props, screen tests, and more. Visitors can opt for an audio tour voiced by collection owner James Tumblin, the former head of hair and makeup for Universal’s movie studio. The History Center’s Kimberlee Riley gave 90.7’s Nicole Creston a tour of the “Gone With the …
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Low Voter Turnout Worries Sales Tax Advocates


Among the choices facing Orange County voters in Tuesday’s primary election is whether to extend a sales tax for public schools. Proponents of the tax are worried about low voter turnout. The half-penny sales tax extension would be applied for ten years, with the money going towards school reconstruction, building new relief schools, and technology. Some opponents say the tax will put money in the hands of developers, not educators. Dick Batchelor chairs the pro- tax extension campaign Kids for Change. He says while the campaign has been fighting misconceptions about what the money will be used for, the biggest threat to the initiative is voter apathy. “This close to the polls closing with very low voter turnout we’re …
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Intersection | Orange County Commission District 2 Candidates and Annette Taddeo


Orange County voters head to the polls next week on Tuesday August 26. The primary ballot will decide who will fill some vacancies on the Orange County Commission and also ask voters to decided on Orange County charter amendments. Ballot 2014 coverage continues with a look at some of the candidates for Orange County Commission District 2. Also, 90.7’s Matthew Peddie speaks with Annette Taddeo, the running-mate of Gubernatorial Candidate Charlie Crist about the role of Hispanic voters this election cycle and her vision for her role as Lieutenant Governor if Crist wins.
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Half-Penny Tax for Schools Draws Opposition


A half-penny sales tax in Orange County for school construction is drawing opposition. A small group of demonstrators gathered Monday on the first day of school at Washington Shores Early Learning Center to protest the tax. The demonstrators gathered at the former campus of Richmond Heights Elementary School, which closed last spring. Community activist Marcus Robinson says the district is building new schools “yet the schools in our community aren’t at capacity. They got one-way busing where they bus our kids out, but they don’t bus in any kids. It creates a deficiency in funding for our schools, but then they turn around and they don’t even zone our schools to capacity.” The half-penny tax is on the Aug. 26 …
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School Officials Reach Out to Hungry Students


Many of the thousands of students heading back to school across Central Florida are classified as ‘food insecure’. In Orange County, officials are reaching out to those students on the first day of school to make sure they have enough to eat. Last year, 65% of Orange County students qualified to receive free or reduced cost school meals. That’s more than 100,000 students. Orange County Public Schools senior director of food and nutrition services, Lora Gilbert, says even as the economy improves, the number of kids who are food insecure keeps going up. “We had about 57%  about 3 years ago, so it’s definitely trending up,” says Gilbert. “It’s very troubling. We do a lot of focus groups with students who …
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