Bookmark and Share

rss logo Top Orlando Area Local News Stories

Source: Top Stories

Man walking on beach killed by plane

<p> A  man is killed and his daughter critically injured when an airplane strikes them as they walked along a Florida beach.</p>

Published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:11:39 GMT

Florida voters want marijuana legalized, new poll shows

<p> Florida voters overwhelmingly support the idea of legalized medical marijuana, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.</p><p> [CAST YOUR VOTE:  <a href="/news/25692304" target="_blank">Do you think marijuana should be legal in Fla.?</a>]</p><p> The poll released Monday morning showed that 88 percent of Florida voters support medical marijuana, compared to 10 percent who are opposed.</p><p> The poll also found that 55 percent of voters approved of recreational use of marijuana, compared to 44 percent who opposed.</p><p> The poll didn't specifically ask about the constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would legalize medical marijuana. Instead, it asked about the idea in general.</p><p> The poll of 1,251 voters was conducted July 17-21 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.</p>

Published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:19:56 GMT

Decision on school uniforms irks some in Lake County

<p> This is the time of summer many parents begin their back-to-school shopping for their children. Some parents in Lake County, however, are finding out they may want to wait on buying new clothes for their students.</p><p> The new principal at Eustis Heights Elementary School has proposed the students wear uniforms.  Monday evening, parents will have the chance to weigh in on the issue before school board members vote on it.  The school year begins August 18 in Lake County.</p><p> "The only thing left I needed was jeans and pants. I already had shirts and shoes," said Carla Rodriguez, whose son is a student at Eustis Heights Elementary.</p><p> Rodriguez is against the implementation of uniforms at her son's school because she's already done her back-to-school shopping. She believes the decision should have been made earlier in the summer.</p><p> "I know there's families who can't afford to buy their kids new school clothes. And now the school clothes I just bought him, I gotta eat that, and go buy him more clothes for the school year. It's not fair," said Rodriguez.</p><p> School leaders say the uniforms will help with an emphasized focus on academics this year at Eustis Heights Elementary. For the first time ever last year, the school received an "F" grade from the state. In years past, it's always been graded an "A" or "B."</p><p> The basic uniforms can be bought at stores like Walmart. But for moms like Rodriguez, it's just another back-to-school cost.</p><p> "I'll probably put it on more credit cards. There's nothing more I can do because they waited until the last minute," said Rodriguez.</p><p> There are five other schools in Lake County that require uniforms. The decision to make Eustis Heights the sixth will be voted on at the school board meeting Monday evening. It starts at 6 p.m at the district offices in Tavares.</p><p> One parent group also plans to discuss recess before the board. They're rallying together to tell the board they'll accept uniforms if their children are given a 30-minute recess every day, saying that's what will help increase their academic performance among other skills.</p>

Published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:20:52 GMT

Giant oak tree topples onto house in downtown Orlando

<p> An giant oak tree in downtown Orlando was uprooted on Sunday and nearly demolished the roof of a house on Mills Avenue.</p><p> The tree started to fall just minutes after homeowner Lee Mason finished mowing his lawn right underneath the gigantic oak.</p><p> "I was mowing the lawn and went inside 5 minutes before it fell, so I would have been right under it," Mason said. "It's a lot of tree, so I feel blessed I wasn't there at the time it fell."</p><p> It wasn't storming when the tree toppled, but neighbors believe it was the recent rain that weighed the tree down and the roots couldn't hold the weight up the tree upright any longer.</p>

Published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:46:00 GMT

Orlando police break up large street party

<p> Orlando police had to break up a large street party late Saturday night after 911 was called.</p><p> Police said they were called to the 900 block of Randall Street late Saturday night after a street party grew to about 1,000 people.</p><p> The street party gathering was not permitted and the size of the crowd caused the street to close down.</p><p> Police said they were trying to break up the party for about 30 minutes and ended up calling Orange County deputies to help.</p><p> Deputies and police had to don riot gear and as they were clearing people out, someone in the crowd fired shots into the air.</p><p> Neighbors tell Local 6 a much different story. They say the party was peaceful until police showed up and began harassing them. They admit they did not have permits, but say police were exaggerating the size and demeanor of the crowd.</p><p> Police said they had to deploy white smoke, which is a non-chemical agent to clear people out.</p><p> No injuries were reported.</p>

Published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:26:09 GMT

Body of man found inside Palm Bay home

<p> Palm Bay police on Monday continue to investigate a suspicious death after a man's body was found inside a home during a well-being check.</p><p> Police identified the man as 44-year-old Delroy Patrick Downer.  A medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.</p><p> Police were called Sunday morning to a home on Northwest Hydrangea Road, west of Interstate 95 and north of Malabar Road, for a well-being check, and officers said it appeared that no one was home.</p><p> When family and friends went in the house later, they found Downer dead, police said.</p><p> Crime scene investigators spent Sunday dusting for fingerprints on a car and taking photos in the house.</p><p> Police said it's possible that the homicide was drug-related. </p><p> A $5,000 Crimeline reward is being offered for information about the case.</p>

Published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:24:35 GMT

Photos: Florida mug shots

<p> Here's a look at some of the individuals who have been arrested recently in the Sunshine State.</p>

Published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:27:04 GMT

Where are 'Full House' stars today?

<p> Lori Loughlin, better known to "Full House" fans as "Aunt Becky," celebrates her 50th birthday on Monday. As you let that set in, let's take a look at where all the stars of the 1990s sitcom are today.</p>

Published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:00:00 GMT

Dog passes out with joy when owner returns

<p> Now that's one HAPPY dog!</p><p> A pooch got so excited to see its owner, who recently returned after spending two years in Europe, that it literally passed out in joy.</p><p> In a video posted to YouTube by Rebecca Ehalt, the little gray dog is seen wagging its tail and whimpering with joy until falling over.</p><p> According to the video, the schnauzer was "taken to the vet, the vet saw the video and everything is fine."</p><p> Watch the video below or by clicking <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rp03AorAWLY" target="_blank">here</a>:</p><p> </p>

Published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:15:24 GMT

Darden sells Red Lobster to Golden Gate Capital for $2.1 billion

<p> Darden Restaurants and Golden Gate Capital on Monday announced that Red Lobster has been sold for approximately $2.1 billion in cash. </p><p>  The sale of Red Lobster is part of Darden's strategy of increasing its focus on its Olive Garden brand, according to a news release.</p><p> "We are pleased to have completed the sale of Red Lobster as planned.  The completion of this transaction marks an important milestone in the actions we are taking to improve our operations, reduce costs, and focus on opportunities with the highest value-creating potential," said Clarence Otis, Darden's Chairman and CEO, in a release. While we still have work to do, we are making progress in our efforts to enhance performance and shareholder value."</p><p> Golden Gate Capital is a San Francisco-based private equity investment firm that has more than $12 billion of capital under management, including investments in Ann Taylor, California Pizza Kitchen, Payless ShoeSource, Eddie Bauer, Express, Zales, J.Jill and Pacific Sunwear.</p>

Published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:06:51 GMT

Cops: Times Square Spider-Man punches officer

<p> A street performer dressed as Spider-Man is accused of punching a police officer in New York's Times Square.</p><p> Junior Bishop, 25, got testy after the officer scolded him for demanding more money from a couple he had posed for a picture with, Reuters reported.</p><p> The woman gave him a $1 bill, but he refused it, demanding more.</p><p> According to police, the officer told Bishop he could only accept tips and not ask for money.</p><p> Bishop began arguing with the officer, and punched the officer in the face when told he was under arrest, police said.</p><p> Bishop is now charged with assaulting an officer, resisting arrest, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. </p>

Published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:37:51 GMT

He lost 100 pounds with a plant-based diet

<p> Having to ask for a seat belt extender on a flight was one of Benji Kurtz's biggest life humiliations.</p><p> He also couldn't shop at popular clothing stores -- the clothing wasn't large enough. When he found clothing that fit, he often didn't have a choice in styles or colors, able only to purchase pants available in size 50.</p><p> At his heaviest, in 2005, Kurtz weighed 278 pounds. Only 5 feet 5 inches tall, he was considered severely obese. </p><p> For several years he cycled around low-carb diets to temporarily lose 30 to 40 pounds, only to gain it back. None of the many other diets he tried worked, either. Then, by chance, the solution found him.</p><p> Over Memorial Day weekend 2013, Kurtz and his wife watched "Forks Over Knives," a documentary on the science behind plant-based eating. At that point, he weighed 258 pounds.</p><p> The scientific evidence presented on why humans should eat a plant-based diet just made sense to Kurtz. It was like a light bulb went on, he explains. </p><p> He read numerous books and watched online lectures to learn more as he began eating from the four food groups recommended by the Physicians' Committee for Responsible Medicine: Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes (with nuts and seeds). Gradually, he cut out sugar, salt and oils. </p><p> "As I saw the scientific evidence of how we have evolved as herbivores and not omnivores, and as I saw how well my body was reacting to feeding it a low-fat, whole-food, plant-based diet, it became progressively easier from there," said Kurtz, a 37-year-old entrepreneur in Atlanta.</p><p> The quick results were encouraging.</p><p> It wasn't just his weight that started to drop. His cholesterol went from over 200 to 167. His blood pressure lowered. His health insurance rates also went down three times as he got healthier.</p><p> At the same time, other things were on the rise, including his energy levels and his ability to taste food.</p><p> "Once you start eating this way, your palate totally changes," Kurtz said. "You are tasting food the way food was supposed to taste in the first place. Like a film has been lifted off your taste buds."</p><p> He also discovered that he could eat as much as he wanted of the right foods and not gain weight. His new way of eating felt more like abundance than deprivation.</p><p> Breakfast foods included oatmeal and fruit smoothies with almond milk. For lunch or dinner, his favorite foods became steamed vegetables with a faux Parmesan seasoning, red lentil chili, baked potatoes, vegan mac and cheese and split pea soup. If he got hungry in between meals, unsalted and unroasted nuts, fruit or chia pudding made with almond milk were his snacks.</p><p> After one year and one day on his new diet, Kurtz had successfully lost 100 pounds. He now weighs 138, his pant size is 31 -- 19 sizes smaller than his heaviest -- and he wears a size small in shirts.</p><p> Kurtz's story isn't uncommon, says Dr. John McDougall, a California physician who has been studying the effect of nutrition on disease for over 30 years and who answered diet questions from Kurtz during his transformation. After moving people away from a rich, high-fat American diet full of meat and dairy, McDougall says he's seen patients lose weight, be cured of constipation and lower their cholesterol levels.</p><p> One of the biggest keys to these results, he says, is understanding that humans have always been primarily starch eaters; starches aren't bad. Pasta, beans, rice, corn and potatoes are foods that satisfy the body and can be alternatives to meat and dairy.</p><p> "People think they are going to starve to death if they don't eat a hamburger," McDougall said.</p><p> McDougall went on to say that the marketing of meat and dairy has become so effective that we often associate calcium with dairy and protein with meat, when, according to him, it's quite easy to get those nutrients from a natural, vegetarian diet.</p><p> Kurtz credits his ease in transitioning into this plant-based diet to living close to a grocery store where he could purchase healthy foods and working from home, which made it easier to cook. He also found a quiet indoor pool with a friendly staff where he swims around 20 laps six to seven days a week.</p><p> "I don't crave foods I no longer eat. I'm not going to bed hungry. Everything about life is better."</p>

Published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:12:09 GMT

10 vices that are good for you

<p> It's National Milk Chocolate Day. Did you know that chocolate is among 10 vices that can actually be good for you?</p>

Published: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:00:00 GMT

Celebrities visiting Central Florida

<p> From President Obama to Cheryl Crow, John Stamos to Slash, everybody loves to come out and play at the theme parks. Take a look at some of the celebrities that have visited Central Florida.</p>

Published: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:38:36 GMT