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Equal Access to Fresh Foods


It’s widely known these days that there are huge swaths of the United States, especially in urban areas, where it’s not easy to get access to fresh, whole foods. Convenience stores stocked with nonperishables like mac-n-cheese, cup-o-noodles and premade frozen entrees are everywhere, but in some communities, true grocery stores with wide aisles stocked with fresh produce, meats, dairy and whole-grain products are scarce – you need to take a car or a bus just to get a head of lettuce or an onion, not to mention any kind of meat that isn’t in frozen nugget or patty form.
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Lorna Lambey with her late husband, Mark Wayne
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The Final Night of the Red Fox Lounge


There’s been a lot of frustration and sadness lately when it comes to new developments in Orlando scheduled to displaced beloved older spaces. Recently Theatre Downtown announced that its landlord, Florida Hospital, has plans for the building the theater has called home for 25 years. The theater has to vacate by the end of January. Shortly after that, we learned that a developer is buying multiple properties in Ivanhoe Village and will be transforming the neighborhood’s artsy warehouse district into multistory mixed-use spaces.
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Marriage Equality Laws – No Rights in Wrongful Death Case


On May 3, 2011, Orlando musician Terri Binion kissed her wife Tracy Irwin goodbye just like she might on any other morning – except, as Binion wasn’t feeling well, she only offered her cheek. Irwin was working as a contractor for a company hired by Cirque du Soleil to help complete its ambitious construction on its huge Zarkana set at Amway Arena. By 8 a.m., Irwin was at work, loading aluminum lighting trusses onto forklifts and stabilizing the load as it was slowly lifted into the air. What happened next would change Binion’s life forever. The load tilted, then it fell, fatally crushing Irwin.
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Renderings for Ivanhoe Village project, by Baker Barrios Architects, orlandoweekly.com
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Ivanhoe Village Development & Theatre Downtown


Recently, Orlando Weekly reported about a proposed development project for Ivanhoe Village. Chance Gordy, a local developer, has expressed interest in buying up multiple warehouse buildings in the neighborhood and he’s hoping to replace them with a world-class mixed-use development featuring green space, restaurants, retail and apartments. The project will certainly alter the character of the little neighborhood just north of downtown, and residents immediately expressed concern that the businesses at the heart of the thriving economy in that area – mostly creative businesses, including the Venue and Steadfast Brands clothing, to name just a couple – will be displaced. Gordy has been meeting with neighborhood stakeholders to talk about making spaces within the new development to accommodate the arts …
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Florida Center for Investigative Reporting


According a recent report by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, the gains that the legislature and governor like to claim as a veritable bounty – because of huge cuts to government jobs and spending – might actually be ruining the parts of the state where government is required to make things work.
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Floridan Aquifer, Ballot Amendment 1


On Oct. 2, the New York Times reported on California’s water crisis. In some places in the state near the Sequoia National Forest, residents’ wells have dried up. Their taps have run dry, rivers and lakes are drying up and there is no water left to shower on once-lush landscaping.
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Come Out with Pride LGBT Equality


As this year’s Come Out With Pride parade wraps its bedazzled head around a commendable and monumental tenth year, we shouldn’t be too quick to dismiss what an achievement the whole event is, and what it represents. Once upon a time, there were fights about rainbow flags on downtown flagpoles, protesters screaming death wishes at parade participants, warnings of tropical storms and other natural disasters out there designed specifically for punitive treatment of same-sex couples and those who love them.
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