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    As if traffic on I-4 near the attractions isn't enough on it's own, a depression opened up in the median near World Drive Thursday, causing additional slow downs.   As emergency personnel arrived to investigated the incident, drivers slowed down to get a better look as well.   The depression, which is about 15 feet wide and 10 feet deep, was reported just before 5 p.m. rush.   The Florida Department of Transportation was evaluating the situation and had not released any information on what would be done to mitigate the depression.   No other details were immediately released.
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  • A fast-moving, 250-acre wildfire broke out Thursday afternoon in DeLand, prompting crews to close a section of State Road 44.Interactive map: Burn bans in effect in Central FloridaThe Florida Forest Service said on Twitter that the fire started as 2-acres on the north side of State Road 44, then spread to the south side near Damascus Road.State Road 44 is closed from Damascus Road and Pioneer Trail. Traffic Section: Find an alternate routeWindy conditions are making it difficult for firefighters to get a handle on the blaze. Images of brush fire off Damascus Road today causing closure of SR 44 - Air One is assisting w/ bucket pic.twitter.com/1RkhLokxQC-- Volusia Co. Sheriff (@VolusiaSheriff) April 27, 2017 #Damascus Fire is between New Smyrna and Deland on SR 44. Please avaoid area!! Road is Closed for a section of 44-- FFS Bunnell (@FFS_Bunnell) April 27, 2017 By 3:30 p.m., the blaze had grown to more than 100 acres. Crews had the fire 50 percent contained by 6:20 p.m.The Florida Forest Service said 15 bulldozers are being used to fight the blaze, and crews are also working to put it out by air. Raw video of brush fire: No structures were in danger.Crews are working to contain the fire and ask that people avoid the area.Photos: Massive brush fire in DeLand near State Road 44 Burn Ban Info: Volusia County Fire Rescue has issued an outdoor burn ban due to the ongoing dry conditions. The ban will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday and applies to the county's unincorporated areas, Oak Hill, Lake Helen and Pierson.Raw: Brush fire breaks out in DeLandUnder the burn ban, all outdoor burning, unless authorized by the Florida Forest Service, is prohibited. This includes the burning of yard trash, household paper products, bonfires, campfires, warming fires and cooking fires.Outdoor cooking done with a contained gas or charcoal grill (excluding a fire pit) is the only exception. Follow Ty Russell on Twitter for updates. #Damascus wildfire in Deland is nearly 20 acres NO structures in danger at this time. 20+ Units on scene @VCNewsInfo @volusiafire pic.twitter.com/nx3umrW1Dx-- FFS Bunnell (@FFS_Bunnell) April 27, 2017 https://t.co/oSc93BkvB3. Video of huge fire west of #NewSmyrnaBeach. #wftv pic.twitter.com/zgkvPioUqq-- tom terry (@TTerryWFTV) April 27, 2017 #Damascus 🔥 air support. @FLForestService pic.twitter.com/7BlxugSrPX-- FFS Bunnell (@FFS_Bunnell) April 27, 2017
  • The Latest on Alex Acosta's confirmation as President Donald Trump's secretary of labor (all times EDT): 6:40 p.m. The Senate has confirmed law school dean Alex Acosta as President Donald Trump's secretary of labor. The 60-38 vote Thursday fills out Trump's Cabinet just ahead of the president's 100th day in office. Once sworn in, Acosta will be the nation's 27th secretary of labor, leading an agency that enforces workplace protections for about 10 million employers and 125 million workers. Acosta wasn't Trump's first choice for the job. That was former fast food CEO Andrew Puzder, who withdrew his name from consideration after becoming a political headache for the new administration. Acosta has been a federal prosecutor, a civil rights chief at the Justice Department and a member of the National Labor Relations Board. Democrats have complained that Acosta's positions on overtime pay and other issues are unclear. ___ 2:20 p.m. The Senate is poised to confirm Alex Acosta as President Donald Trump's secretary of labor. The vote expected Thursday would make Acosta the only Hispanic in the Cabinet and complete Trump's Cabinet as he approaches the 100-day mark of his presidency. But the drive to fill the labor position was rocky for a president who had promised to advocate for American workers. Trump nominated Acosta only after his first choice, Andrew Puzder, withdrew from consideration under a cloud of questions and criticism. The fast food CEO acknowledged having hired a housekeeper not authorized to work in the U.S. and belatedly paying the related taxes. The Senate already has approved Acosta, 48, three times previously, for positions in the Labor and Justice Departments.
  • Jordan Spieth showed off his stellar short game. Ryan Palmer contributed momentum-saving par putts. They turned out to be quite the team Thursday in the Zurich Classic, the first official team event on the PGA Tour in 36 years. Spieth hit a bump-and-run from 100 feet to a front pin to set up birdie on the par-5 11th, chipped in for birdie on the 14th and closed out their foursomes round with a 15-foot birdie for a 6-under 66 to share the lead with 18-year-old Ryan Ruffels and Kyle Stanley. Nick Watney made a 60-foot eagle putt from well off the green at the par-5 18th as he and Charley Hoffman were among four teams at 67. Even in the tough alternate-shot format, benign conditions at the TPC Louisiana allowed for good scoring with 43 of the 80 teams breaking par, and 18 teams in the 60s. 'Alternate-shot format with these conditions, anything 3 under or so was a solid score,' Spieth said. 'Grab a few extra and be in pole position , it's fantastic. We're just going to try and have as much fun as we had today.' The partnership of Spieth and Palmer, close friends who live in Dallas, took root late last year when Palmer's caddie, James Edmondson, said they would have to play together if Edmondson beat Spieth in a friendly match. He got Spieth on the last hole, and Spieth decided to add the Zurich Classic to his schedule. Spieth said his partner didn't miss a shot over the first 10 holes, and Palmer pitched in with key putts. They hit only two of the last seven greens in regulation and still played that stretch in 3 under par. 'It's great watching his short game,' Palmer said. 'It's one of the best in the world. And when the putter is rolling, it makes it not has hard to make those 5-footers. We both had our fair share, and we poured them in.' Palmer made a 6-foot par putt on the 13th hole and, after Spieth chipped in on the 14th, Palmer made a 12-foot par putt on the 15th. Ruffels, who turns 19 on Saturday, was an amateur in Australia when he played with Stanley at the Australian Masters. They got along well, are now represented by the same management firm and decided to play together in New Orleans. Ruffels had never played foursomes until nine holes of practice on Tuesday, but it sure didn't show. Starting on the back nine, they began the round with four straight birdies, with Stanley making three of those putts. 'We both keep it in play, and we both hit it quite long, and we gave ourselves a lot of opportunities,' Ruffels said. 'So all it took was someone to start rolling a few putts in, like we both did.' Some teams getting most of the attention didn't fare too well. Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, the gold and silver medalists at the Olympics last summer in Rio, played the par 5s in 2 over and opened with a 72. Jason Day and Rickie Fowler, who have a corporate relationship with Zurich, could only manage a 71. The cut will be made after Friday fourballs to the top 35 teams and ties. The winners will each get credit for a PGA Tour victory, just as it was in 1981 at the Walt Disney World National Team Championship in 1981, the most recent official team event. Brian Stuard, who won the Zurich Classic last year on his own, has Chris Stroud as a teammate. They had a chance to tie for the lead on their final hole, the par-3 ninth, until Stuard hit into the water. He made a 20-foot putt to at least escape with bogey and a 68. Also at 68 were Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly, a pair of 50-year-olds from Wisconsin who still have full PGA Tour status. They also had a chance to join the leaders until Kelly missed a 3-foot par putt on the 17th. Brooks Koepka and his younger brother, Chase, who received a sponsor exemption, were among those at 69. Spieth headed to the practice range after the round, and then the two-time major champion and Palmer had plans Thursday night. New Orleans coach Sean Payton invited them to the Saints' team room for the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. Both are Cowboys fans, but Palmer is friends with the coach and played the pro-am with Payton and quarterback Drew Brees. 'It'll be really cool just kind of sitting in the back and watching that process take shape,' Spieth said. 'I've always wondered what it's like.
  • The driver of a black Mercedes allegedly involved in a hit-and-run crash with a crossing guard in Eatonville has been arrested, officials said. The crossing guard was helping a child cross the street shortly after 8 a.m. at West Kennedy Boulevard and Wymore Road when Mercedes hit the guard while making a left turn, police said.Investigators said the child had not yet started crossing when the woman was hit. On @WFTV Police in @eatonville_fl still looking for driver who hit crossing guard at this intersection this AM & didn't stop pic.twitter.com/M3W3wf0u3Z-- Angela Jacobs WFTV (@AngelaJacobsTV) April 27, 2017 Eatonville Mayor Eddie Cole, who stopped by to check on the woman, told Channel 9 that he thinks motorists are cutting through Eatonville to avoid construction on the I-4 Ultimate project. 'A lot of people are taking their shortcuts though Eatonville,' he said. 'It's not just on Kennedy, but it's also on our back streets. And it's unfortunate.'The crossing guard was struck on the leg, but was back on the job at the same intersection a few hours after being hit.'For the kids to see her out here, it speaks volumes of her and her care of the community and the kids in the community,' Cole said.Cole said he knew drivers were going to cut through Eatonville in increasing numbers, and understood why. That being said, he warned drivers that his city was not going to put up with anyone breaking the law.'We're growing. Central Florida is growing,' Cole said. 'However, we still have to respect the law and the speed (limit).'Police did not immediately release information on the driver arrested in connection with the crash.
  • Action 9 exposes restaurants in Central Florida that keep failing basic food safety inspections 'Hi, Todd Ulrich from Channel 9.'Ulrich showed up with a retired federal food inspector at Wok & Roll on Lake Underhill Road to see what's going on inside the restaurant. Action 9 chose the restaurant after it failed five state inspections. Photos: Action 9 exposes dirty restaurants in Central Florida 'This is a big deal?' Ulrich asked the retired food inspector.'This is a very big deal,' Paul Cook said as he pointed out frozen chicken thawing in stagnant water in the dish sink.'That's a high-priority violation,' Cook said.'There's a contamination risk here?' Ulrich asked.'Very much. (There's) standing water. You're also washing your dirty pots and pans,' Cook said.Action 9 spotted a soiled cutting board, a wide-open back door and other risky food temperatures.'A very dangerous level right here,' Cook said. SLIDESHOW: See Todd's Top 20 Dirty Restaurants List A manager said his staff had made big improvements; however, Action 9 found more trouble inside the cooler.'These are dirty wire baskets storing food,' Cook said.'Based on what you saw, does that restaurant get a failing grade?' Ulrich asked.'For the short amount of time we're here, I saw three critical violations,' Cook said.Action 9 analyzed 51,000 state inspections to isolate top food safety violators over the past two years. New on Action 9's list is Norman's Raw Bar in Cocoa, Jimmy Hula's near UCF and La Lechonera Latina on East Colonial in Orange County.China Buffet on International Drive was found to be a top violator. Action 9 and Cook found many repeat violations that included hand-wash sinks turned into trash cans and uncovered food on the floor. Cook said he also found other unsafe conditions in the cooler.'Rusty water contamination, dripping down. And we need a cover on this,' said Cook.Action 9 found dirty conditions from the wok line to the meat cleavers stored with screw drivers and wrenches.'Yeah, they're not doing daily cleaning,' said Cook.Go Hyang Gip, a Korean barbecue restaurant in south Orlando, flunked nine recent inspections for roaches. Inspectors said it was so bad, the restaurant was closed four times the same week.Action 9 found minor items, like uncovered food on the floor, but no bugs. The owner said they've hired new pest control.'You made big changes?' asked Ulrich. 'Of course,' replied the owner. The owner at Norman's Raw Bar told Ulrich he has a new manager, the kitchen has been remodeled and other serious issues have been corrected. Jimmy Hula's near UCF and Steak and Shake did not return calls.