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Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo suffers facial fracture

<p> Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo suffered a facial fracture in practice Thursday and will be out indefinitely, the team said on Friday.<br/></p><p> Oladipo, a second-year player, was injured after being hit with an inadvertent elbow during a practice drill, the Magic said.<br/></p><p> He will undergo surgery on Saturday, according to the team.</p><p> The 6-foot, 4-inch Oladipo has not played this preseason because of a sprained MCL in his left knee.<br/></p><p> Last season, he played in 80 games, starting 44, and averaged 13.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.<br/></p><p> Orlando begins the 2014-15 regular season Tuesday at New Orleans.</p><p> <br/></p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:59:47 GMT

Woman's death investigated as homicide, Cocoa Beach police say

<p> Brevard County authorities said on Friday they are investigating the death of a woman as a homicide.</p><p> Cocoa Beach police say Jessica Erausquin, 27, was found dead on Rose Street just before 7 a.m. on Oct. 16.</p><p> Erausquin's death is being investigated as a homicide, police said. Her last known address was the 5200 block of Millenia Boulevard, police said.</p><p> The medical examiner found that Erausquin died from blunt force trauma to her head.</p><p> Check back for more on this developing story.</p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:54:49 GMT

2 additional West Nile virus cases reported in Central Florida

<p> Two additional human cases of the<a href="http://www.clickorlando.com/news/chickens-test-positive-for-west-nile-virus-in-orange-county/28371322" target="_blank"> West Nile virus</a> have been reported in Central Florida, health officials said on Friday.</p><p> [MORE:<a href="http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/mosquito-borne-diseases/index.html" target="_blank"> Info on mosquito-borne illnesses]</a></p><p> Volusia County health officials said they received confirmation from the state lab of a fourth human case of the virus on Friday.</p><p> The report in Volusia County comes<a href="http://www.clickorlando.com/news/2nd-human-case-of-west-nile-virus-reported-in-volusia-county/28967178" target="_blank"> weeks after two other victims of West Nile </a>were confirmed-- the third was a female in her 30s and the second victim was an elderly male.</p><p> Another West Nile virus human case was reported in Marion County on Friday, health officials said.</p><p> The confirmed infection of West Nile virus in a human follows the department’s Sept. 16 announcement that a Marion County horse had tested positive for West Nile virus.</p><p> Both Marion and Volusia counties are under a mosquito-borne illness advisory.</p><p> Details about the victims were not immediately available.</p><p> There is a heightened concern additional residents will become ill in both counties, health officials said.</p><p> Health officials are urging residents to "Drain and Cover," by draining standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying, covering skin with clothing or repellent and covering doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house.</p><p> The West Nile virus has been reported in chickens in Orange, Seminole, Brevard and Flagler counties.</p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:56:10 GMT

Edgewater police shoot, kill man

<p> Edgewater police shot and killed a man who they say threatened officers with a knife.</p><p> </p><p> <a href="/news/trevor-silvia/29316852" target="_blank">Trevor Silvia</a>, 34, died in the shooting, which occurred around 1:30 a.m. Friday at 1410 Needle Palm Drive in Edgewater.</p><p> According to police, the agency received a disturbance call and found Silvia, who threatened and confronted officers.</p><p> The officers tried to subdue Silvia with a Taser, but he "rendered it ineffective," police said.</p><p> The officers then shot Silvia, who was airlifted to Halifax Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, officials said.</p><p> Police later released an image of the knife they say Silvia brandished.  It was a <a href="/news/knife-in-edgewater-police-shooting/29315524" target="_blank">kitchen knife with a 13-inch blade</a>, police said.</p><p> Silvia's mother and her boyfriend were inside the home but were not injured, police said.</p><p> Police said Silvia was arrested on armed robbery charges in 2007.</p><p> Edgewater police Sgt. John Tarr and Officer Charles Geiger were placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.</p><p> The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will investigate the shooting.</p><p> Watch Local 6 News and stay with ClickOrlando.com for more on this story.</p><p> <br/></p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:15:08 GMT

2 shot in Orlando home invasion

<p> Two men were shot multiple times early Friday in an Orlando home invasion, and Orange County deputies continue to search for the intruders.</p><p> </p><p> The shooting happened around 3:45 a.m. at a home in the 7300 block of Burnway Drive in the Clubhouse Estates subdivision in Dr. Phillips near Bay Hill.</p><p> According to the Orange County Sheriff's Office, two gunmen entered the home and demanded money.  Deputies said a woman who jumped out of a back window of the home called 911 to report the home invasion.</p><p> Deputies said they found the victims, ages 40 and 22, suffering from gunshot wounds.  They were taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center in serious condition.  The woman was not injured.</p><p> "I haven't ever seen anything like this.  Ever, ever," a neighbor said.  "Now I want to close my door.  I don't want to open it, you know."</p><p> The Sheriff's Office said detectives believe the victims were targeted by the assailants, who were only described as black men carrying semiautomatic handguns.</p><p> Watch Local 6 News and stay with ClickOrlando.com for more on this story.</p><p> <br/></p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:03:43 GMT

Jacksonville duo catches 13-foot gator by hand

<p> After months of scouting, two Florida men finally caught the more than 13-foot gator they nicknamed "Lumpy."</p><p> The men caught Lumpy in the St. Johns River near Jacksonville using a rope and a few hooks.</p><p> It took about four hours to bring the 13-foot, 4-inch gator in and he was so heavy he broke the scales.</p><p> "Usually when people say they've seen a large alligator, it's usually around 11 feet or so. So, 13 feet, close to 13 and 1/2 feet is definitely rare," said Jim Darlington, curator of reptiles at Alligator Farm.</p><p> Right now, Florida Fish and Wildlife officers are investigating to figure out if Lumpy is the biggest gator ever caught in Florida by hand.</p>

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:59:52 GMT

20 scariest states in America

<p> Clowns, spiders and snakes, oh my! These states are the scariest in America, according to, well, Americans.</p>

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:00:00 GMT

Weirdest craft beer flavors

<p> Ever kicked back and enjoyed a cool Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout? How about a tall brewsky made from yeast found in some guy's beard? Take a look at some of the quirkiest beers brewed in craft breweries all over America. </p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:27:12 GMT

Texas man's Halloween decor inspired by Ebola

<p> Ebola-themed Halloween decorations?</p><p> That's the approach one Dallas-area man is taking.</p><p> James Faulk has outfitted his home to look like a hazmat scene, complete with caution tape and infectious waste containers.</p><p> He even has his own hazmat suit.</p><p> The display has raised some eyebrows among neighbors, but police stopped by and said Faulk isn't breaking any laws with his decor.</p><p> "It never ceases to amaze me what will offend people these days," he told Dallas TV station WFAA. "And I'm sure I'm crossing the line."</p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:41:32 GMT

DeBary candidate faces illegal recording charge after spat with city worker

<p> A DeBary city council candidate is facing a felony charge after deputies say he secretly recorded an argument with a city worker.</p><p> The worker, Eugene Leighton, worked part-time for the city enforcing its sign ordinance. Kinsella saw Leighton removing his campaign signs, which sparked the argument.</p><p> According to Kinsella, he had permission to post the signs at the shopping center where he owns a business, but Leighton believed the signs' placement violated the city's ordinance.</p><p> Local 6 obtained the audio recorded by Kinsella. The argument turns nasty in seconds. Leighton can be heard using expletives.</p><p> "Excuse me. Don't use that language at me please. Don't use profanity at me," said Kinsella.</p><p> At one point Leighton even tells Kinsella to "go to hell."</p><p> Kinsella says he told Leighton he was recording. He says he shared it with the city to show how unprofessional Leighton had been. Deputies later charged Kinsella for recording the audio without consent after Leighton reported it.</p><p> According to the charging affidavit, Leighton also told police "[Kinsella] took photographs of him, demanded to know where he lived, threatened to break his legs."</p><p> The State Attorney's Office told Local 6 the case is under review. They will investigate the case and decide whether or not to prosecute based on the charge recommended by the sheriff's office.</p><p> The city of DeBary says Leighton has been re-assigned to measure lake levels, a job that doesn't entail interaction with the public.</p><p> Leighton told Local 6 he wasn't sorry for the language and called it a response to Kinsella's alleged threats.</p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:39:27 GMT

Survey reveals inventive sick day excuses

<p> Had a big night out? Don't fancy leaving a cozy bed for the cold outdoors? Having a Ferris Bueller moment?</p><p> We may not all admit it but surely everyone has done it: called in to work sick when we're actually feeling fine.</p><p> The challenge for playing hooky is always coming up with a credible excuse. But according to a survey for the online career site <a href="http://www.careerbuilder.com/share/aboutus/pressreleasesdetail.aspx?sd=10%2f23%2f2014&siteid=cbpr&sc_cmp1=cb_pr848_&id=pr848&ed=12%2f31%2f2014" target="_blank">Careerbuilder.com</a>, while honesty may be lacking, inventiveness is not.</p><p> According to its survey, dubious excuses put forward by U.S. workers for taking a sick day range from an employee claiming a plastic surgery procedure needed some "tweaking" to get it just right, to a worker saying he or she had accidentally got on a plane.</p><p> Other gems recounted by employers include: a worker having just put a casserole in the oven; an employee who claimed to have got stuck in a blood pressure machine at the grocery store; and a worker saying he'd had a "lucky night" and didn't know where he was.</p><p> Another employee told her boss she fell and broke her ankle after her legs "fell asleep" while she was sitting in the bathroom.</p><p> Over the past year, the survey indicates, 28 percent of employees have called in to work sick when they were feeling well, down 4 percent from last year. </p><p> Of those, three in 10 said they just didn't feel like going to work and about the same proportion said they wanted the day to chill out. Around a fifth took the day off to see the doctor, while almost as many just wanted to catch up on sleep.</p><p> Fancy a snow day? Bad weather was enough for 11 percent of employees to take the day off last year.</p><p> The danger of faking it is -- of course -- getting caught.</p><p> And some workers just aren't smart enough to figure out that posting those Facebook pictures of themselves having fun when they're supposedly ill in bed could be a giveaway.</p><p> According to the survey, a quarter have caught an employee lying about being sick by checking social media. </p><p> Of those, just over a fifth have shown the employee the door, but more than half only scolded them for the lie.</p><p> But while some are wracking their brains for excuses to stay home, there are more who are struggling in to work when they shouldn't because they don't feel they can take a day off, the survey suggests.</p><p> Some 53 percent of employees said they'd gone into work when sick because they felt the work wouldn't get done otherwise, while nearly two in five workers did the same because they couldn't afford to lose a day's pay.</p><p> So who's most likely to call in sick? According to the survey, professional and business services employees, with just over a third doing so in the past year, closely followed by those in sales. </p><p> IT, retail and leisure and hospitality employees were the least likely to call in sick this past year, with only one in five picking up the phone to make that call.</p><p> And when do most sick days get taken? Unsurprisingly, perhaps, in December, January and February, when flu, coughs and colds are doing the rounds.</p><p> The survey, conducted for Careerbuilder.com between Aug. 11 to Sept. 5 this year, was based on a sample of about 3,100 workers and 2,200 hiring managers and human resource professionals.</p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:16:52 GMT

Orlando firefighter accused of making racist remarks

<p> A veteran Orlando firefighter has been cited for racist comments he allegedly made to a fellow firefighter.</p><p> A Hispanic co-worker claims the comments were directed at him by engineer Robert Goldenberg during a break at a training program on May 6.</p><p> "He stated, 'To make this place better, you need to take your people, put them in two containers and ship them back to where they came from,'" the firefighter told a department investigator.</p><p> He said the comments continued after he left the room.</p><p> "I had to go, I believe the restroom," the firefighter told investigators. "And he turned around and expressed to the class or a group of people, 'That's the way you take care of Puerto Ricans. You make them leave the room.'"</p><p> Other firefighters heard the comments made by Goldenberg, and said they were also offended and they testified as part of the internal fire department investigation.</p><p> Goldenberg, an 18-year veteran of the Orlando Fire Department, was accused of violating the department's civility rule, which requires firefighters to be civil, orderly and courteous.</p><p> During the investigation, Goldenberg claimed he didn't remember saying anything racist.</p><p> When investigators asked him if he had any issues with people of different cultures or races, he said, "I see everybody as just whatever you present. I see you as what you present."</p><p> Last week, Fire Department investigators finalized their report and sustained the allegations against Goldenberg.</p><p> His punishment, a verbal reprimand, was far less that some people would have liked to see.</p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:12:03 GMT

TV Trivia: Test your knowledge

<p> In the 1960's, television program choices were few. Can you remember what was on?  Test your trivia knowledge.</p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:44:27 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: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:43:11 GMT