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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: Tampa Mayor Jane Castor “Happy” with Super Bowl Pandemic Compliance


Cognitive dissonance reigns supreme in the United States once again. George W. Bush declaring “mission accomplished” in 2003 arguably launched our modern age of political inconsistency. Presidents have long said one thing and done the opposite, but that speech ushered in an era of brazen divergence from reality that was brought to high art by our 45th fully unclothed emperor. So Americans of this generation are used to hearing our leaders make statements contradicted by the evidence of our own senses, but Central Florida — Tampa, to be specific — is the locus of the biggest whopper of this young year. Last weekend’s Super Bowl brought tens of thousands of fans together in the middle of a deadly airborne pandemic. …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: Orlando’s Arts Organizations have had to pivot in light of the pandemic


As the nation turns a page, all of us are ready for fresh beginnings, and not just political. After four years of chaos in government and almost a year of COVID lockdown, everyone is eager for something to celebrate. And not to be premature, but there’s light on the horizon. Orlando’s arts organizations have had to pivot in light of the pandemic, and it’s no surprise that they’ve come up with creative solutions to share artistic inspiration with us all along. A good example is the current exhibition at the University of Central Florida Art Gallery, which can be visited in person or enjoyed online in a very well-crafted virtual presentation. Now monetary help is here to support that ingenuity, …
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A nurse at Orlando Health receives the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine. Photo courtesy of Orlando Health.
Intersection

Florida hospitals struggle to meet demand for vaccine


As COVID-19 cases surge and the vaccine rollout continues, hospitals are scrambling to meet sky-high demand.  Joining Intersection to talk about the role of hospitals in vaccine distribution and the challenges of getting the vaccine out to as many people as possible are Dr. George Ralls, the senior vice president and chief medical officer with Orlando Health, and Mary Mayhew, the CEO and president of the Florida Hospital Association. 
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