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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: FL House rejected proposed increase to unemployment benefits

Florida House Republicans this week rejected Democratic efforts to increase our notoriously low unemployment assistance. Governor Ron DeSantis had already put a damper on the very idea that Florida might raise benefits, calling the current maximum of $275 a week for 12 weeks “fine,” and adding that classic chestnut “it is what it is,” which everyone knows is a polite way of saying “tough … cookies.” With its dependency on hospitality and tourism, Central Florida has been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus pandemic with widespread, temporary closures. These industries depend on cheap labor to function, and now they want it back — but they’re having a difficult time re-filling those low-paid, non-insured jobs. House Republicans insinuate those positions are …
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Spotlight: Artlando, Oktoberfest, Brunch Fest and Sleepy Hollow

Orlando Weekly is putting on their annual day of arts and culture called Artlando this weekend. There will be performances, artist tents, food, and more. Admission is free. Artlando takes place Saturday 11 to 11 at Loch Haven Park. For details go to artlando.com. Try four different festbier brews while enjoying live music, festival contests, food and more during Oktoberfest Saturday at 11 at the Brewstillery in Winter Park. It’s next to Foxtail Coffee. Try brunch offerings and what not from multiple restaurant vendors during the all-day Orlando Brunch Festival Saturday at noon at Festival Park. For details go to orlandobrunch.com. A corn maze, scavenger hunt and pumpkin patch all await guests during the Fall Maze and Pumpkin Patch at …
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Intersection: Remembering Billy Manes

Orlando lost one of its strongest voices over the weekend. Billy Manes a journalist, activist, provocateur, died over the weekend shortly after parting ways with the LGBT publication Watermark. Before Watermark he wrote for Orlando Weekly it was in that capacity that for years WMFE listeners heard Manes on our air.
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The War Years, Wine Walk, Art Sells and Brunch

Do your kids want to see how Grandma lived when she was young, vibrant, tanned, lithe… available? Then take them this Saturday to a new exhibit that features recreations of a living room, children’s room and kitchen as they would have appeared in the 1940s. Travel back in time with your family at the Winter Park Historical Museum in the same building as the Winter Park Farmers Market. For details go to wphistory.org. Ivanhoe Village is doing a Wine Walk tomorrow. Pay the equivalent of 12 Grande light roast coffees to get a cup of wine from each store you pass as you stroll narrow sidewalks and greet passersby with a tip of the hat and a judging side-eye. Google …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Orlando Weekly 25th Anniversary- A Look Back

25 years ago, Orlando was a different city – there was no Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center or Amway Center, Universal Orlando was just opening its doors to tourists and Orlando Weekly was just launching as The Weekly, a home-delivered weekly publication owned by the Toronto Sun. As the years have passed, we’ve seen a lot of change in the City Beautiful. Our downtown may not have the edgy outsider vibe that it used to, but it does attract what Mayor Buddy Dyer calls “world-class” performing arts. Dyer has realized the dream of having a performing arts center across from City Hall – a dream that originated with his predecessor Mayor Glenda Hood. And The Weekly has graduated to become …
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A transgender woman says TSA in Orlando detained her because of an ‘anomaly’

After enjoying the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal last weekend, Shadi Petosky was traveling back home Monday when TSA officials at the Orlando International Airport detained her for an “anomaly.” Petosky, who is a transgender woman and a writer, started tweeting her experience after she stepped into the body scan machine, where officers select a pink or blue button to scan female and male travelers based on officers’ gender perceptions. People whose bodies don’t conform to their perceived gender, like transgender and gender non-conforming people, can be subject to additional screenings and pat-downs. Petosky said the body scanner picked up an “anomaly,” so she told the officer she was transgender, but she said the agent didn’t appear to …
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SPARK Movement- Women on the Map APP

In February 2014, SPARK Movement, an organization that fights negative representations of girls in the media, released a report analyzing 4 years’ worth of Google doodles. The whimsical art that greets Google users most mornings often pays tribute to significant figures in world history, yet SPARK noticed just 17.5 percent of those honored between 2010 and 2014 were women. So they built an app called “Women on the Map,” released last month, that sends an alert to users’ phones any time they pass a place where women have made history.
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