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    Protesters in black masks started fires and damaged property in an attempt to stop controversial speaker Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking at the University of California-Berkeley in February. >> Read more trending news It is situations like those that have U.S. senators on the Judiciary Committee discussing free speech on college campuses. In the past several months, universities have canceled speakers after threats of violence. Many of the speakers have been conservative, prompting concern among Republican senators about universities potentially silencing controversial voices. “That is an open invitation to discriminate based on viewpoint,” Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, said she’s worried universities lack equipment and security to protect students from violence at speeches. “I do believe that the university has a right to protect its students from demonstrations once they become acts of violence,” Feinstein said. Zachary Wood, a student at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, testified in front of the committee. He said it is important to have your beliefs challenged. “Instead of nurturing thoughtful debates of controversial topics, many college educators and administrators discourage free debate by shielding students from offensive views,” Wood said. “Yet one person’s offensive view is another person’s viewpoint.”
  • New legislation on Capitol Hill aims to equip cars with technology that could help save the lives of children. >> Read more trending news  More than 800 children have died from heatstroke in hot cars since 1990, according to Kidsandcars.org. A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced the Hot Car Act this week. “Our legislation would move us one step closer to getting this inexpensive technology in every car on the road to help save the lives of children nationwide,” said U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, R-Ohio. Parents and families who have been affected by hot car deaths and safety advocates joined members of Congress to push the bill.The bill would require cars to visually alert drivers to check rear seating once the car has been turned off. The alert must also include a noise to remind the driver to check the back seat. The alert system could also include a vibration system to physically alert the driver. The technology would be similar to the alert a car gives when keys are left in the car or the headlights are still on. The bill would also educate the public on the risks of leaving a child unattended in a car after it has been turned off. Nine children have died so far this year from being left in a back seat. 
  • Restaurants and bars in Washington, New York and other U.S. cities are treating James Comey's long-awaited Senate testimony like the Super Bowl. >> Related: Comey expected to confirm Trump asked him to drop Flynn investigation: reports Several will open early Thursday with food and drink specials while tuning televisions to coverage of what the fired FBI director has to say about President Trump and questions surrounding Russia and the 2016 election. >> Related: Trump told Russian officials firing 'nut job' Comey relieved pressure on him: report Shaw’s Tavern in Washington, D.C., is set to host a watch party called “The Comey Hearing Covfefe,” named for the mysterious word President Trump tweeted about the press.  >> Read more trending news The event begins at 9:30 a.m.  The tavern will feature $5 Russian-flavored vodka specials and an 'FBI' sandwich. Shaw’s tavern isn’t the only bar offering a special event. Duffy’s Irish Pub in D.C. will also open early for the testimony. The restaurant will feature special drinks including a Bloody Mary and a 'covfefe cocktail.'  Senators can go just a block away if they'd rather watch Comey at a bar. Capitol Lounge, just a block from Capitol Hill, will open at 9 a.m. for the hearing.
  • The 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee is this week, with the finals airing Thursday at 8:30 p.m. >> Read more trending news Since 2014, the spelling bee has ended in a tie, with co-champions. But this year is different, with new rules to prevent a draw. Now, spellers must take an extra written exam. The tiebreaker test consists of 24 items: 12 spelling and 12 multiple-choice vocabulary questions. How would you do on a tiebreaker test? Here are examples of vocabulary questions provided by the Scripps National Spelling Bee.   1. Which of these would be most dulcet?  a. a jet engine b. a popular lullaby c. a poorly written essay d. a red-colored seaweed 2. If something is baneful, it is: a. healthful b. plentiful c. fruitful d. harmful 3. Which of the following is closest in meaning to schlepp? a. tell a lie b. knock down c. haul d. taste 4. What is a cutpurse? a. a pickpocket b. a small, collapsible knife c. a fringed handbag d. a noxious weed 5. Something said succinctly is: a. legalistic b. flowery and nostalgic c. vague d. brief and exact 6. An example of an ergogenic activity is: a. taking a course on public speaking b. cutting expenses to increase savings c. trying bungee jumping as a hobby d. increasing sleep time by an hour   7. A jurisprude is: a. a failed bill in a legislative body b. a person who likes to show off their legal knowledge c. a judge who hands down an unusually stiff sentence d. an officer in a courtroom 8. A pennate object is shaped like a: a. wing b. boat c. tube d. ring   This quiz comes from the Scripps National Spelling Bee website. The answers can be found at the bottom of this article. The spelling bee had 291 contestants hoping to be named champion. This is the largest amount of contestants ever. This year, if there are two winners at the end of the championship round, the scores for the tiebreaker tests will be revealed. The speller with the highest score will be named the champion.   Answers for the quiz: B D C A D D B A    
  • Osceola county has now created designated parking spaces as a way to honor wounded veterans.  The County Commissioner Fred Hawkins Jr. said, “It’s important to take care of our wounded warriors, who have sacrificed so much to protect our freedoms. The signs that read 'combat Wounded' and have a Purple Heart medal symbol on them have been place at the Beaumont complex where the county’s office for veterans is located. More signs will be placed in the courthouse, government center and other properties. The board agreed to put up the signs after the idea was pitched to Hawkins by a resident, Peter Olivo, who served in Vietnam where he lost both his legs. Commissioner Hawkins said, 'this is one small way to show our gratitude.” The Wounded Warriors Family Support project, which provides the signs for free, is happy to help the over 1.8 million Purple Heart recipients. “It is just something to say thank you,” Olivo said. “When I shed blood for my country it made me feel proud. I would do it all over again. I lost both my legs but I gained a whole country. It is a great for me to see these things go up. To me it’s a very, very big thank you.”
  • Lego announced a new collection of Disney mini-figures.  18 characters ranging from the classic Mickey Mouse to the superhero Mr. Incredible.  This is the first time the company debuts a collection of Disney characters.  The new mini-figures will hit stores starting May and sell for a suggested price of $3.99.  Like most Lego figures, the beloved character will be sold in blind package. 
  • An Orlando man was arrested for stealing over 300 vases from Highland Memory Gardens cemetery.  Robert Christopher Jacobsen, 34, was arrested and charged with three counts of grand theft and three counts of injuring or removing a tomb or monument. WDBO contacted the cemetery that said that they replaced all the vases at no cost to the families.  It also increased security at the cemetery by adding fences and security cameras.   The thefts began last November when the cemetery discovered that 67 vases were missing last November. Weeks later another 268 vases were reported missing but were thought to have been stolen.  An alert later came from a scrap metal dealer that contacted law enforcement after he turned down a man that wanted to sell a unusually large amount of bronze vases.  The dealer was able to write down the suspect license and tag information that later led to an arrest by the Seminole County Sheriff's Office. 
  • Governor Rick Scott wants Yale University to move to Florida.  Lawmakers in Connecticut have proposed a tax on the profit on investments to Yale's $25.6 billion endowment.  The governor said, 'With news that the Connecticut Legislature wants to unfairly tax one of the nation’s most renowned universities to deal with the state’s budget shortfall, it is clear that all businesses in Connecticut, including Yale, should look to move to Florida.' He continued on to say, 'since I took office in 2011, we have not raised any taxes or fees in Florida.  In fact, we have cut taxes 55 times, including $1 billion in tax cuts over the last two years, which saved Floridians $5.5 billion.'  Scott has previously told businesses to get away from high-taxes in Connecticut and move to low-tax Florida.  This probably won't prompt one of the country's most prestigious colleges to move to the sunshine state. Yale's Press Secretary, Tom Conroy, responded by saying, 'It’s wonderful to be recognized as an outstanding asset, but Yale, New Haven, and Connecticut have been on common ground to great mutual benefit for 300 years. We’re looking forward to reaching even greater heights in education, research and civic engagement over the next three centuries and more.' The Governor of Connecticut, Dannel Malloy, said that Scott's comments are nothing more than gimmicks and not real economic strategies. 
  • We've learned that two people died in the plane crash this morning at Peter O. Knight Airport in Tampa. Officials tell us one plane, a twin-engine Cessna 340, was headed to Pensacola, and was taking off from the airport when the crash happened near the seawall.  We have heard the plane possibly hit another plane, which was attempting to take off at the same time.  Large clouds of smoke could be seen coming from the airport.    Fire officials confirmed the two people were found dead at the crash scene.  (Video from News Channel 8-Tampa) ------------------------------------- A small plane crashed Friday morning at Peter O. Knight Airport. The Peter O. Knight Airport is on Davis Islands in Tampa.  The fire crews responded when the plane caught fire.  Airport crew was notified of the crash at around 11:30 a.m. on Friday.  Two planes were involved in the crash but it is unclear exactly what happened.  There is no word if there were any injuries or how many were on board. 
  • Central Florida is holding early voting from now through March 13th.  Early voting centers are open from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Alafaya Branch Library 12000 East Colonial Drive Orlando, FL 32826 Southwest Branch Library 7255 Della Drive Orlando, FL 32819 Apopka Community Center & VFW 519 S. Central Ave. Apopka, FL 32703 Supervisor of Elections Office 119 W. Kaley Street Orlando, FL 32806 Renaissance Senior Center(South Econ Community Park) 3800 S. Econlockhatchee Trail Orlando, FL 32829 Washington Park Branch Library 5151 Raleigh Street, Suite A Orlando, FL 32811 South Creek Branch Library 1702 Deerfield Blvd. Orlando, FL 32837 West Oaks Branch Library 1821 E. Silver Star Road Ocoee, FL 34761 Southeast Branch Library 5575 S. Semoran Blvd. Orlando, FL 32822 Winter Park Library 460 East New England Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789 Hiawassee Branch Library 7391 W. Colonial Dr. Orlando, FL 32818 Herndon Branch Library 4324 E. Colonial Dr. Orlando, FL 32803 Chickasaw Branch Library 807 N. Chickasaw Tr. Orlando, FL 32825  Edgewater Branch Library 5049 Edgewater Dr. Orlando, FL 32810  Maitland Community Park 1400 Mayo Ave. Maitland, FL 32751 Orange County National Golf Center 16301 Phil Ritson Way Winter Garden, FL 34787 Acacia Florida Centro Borinqueno 1865 N. Econlockhatchee Tr. Orlando, FL 32817 
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  • The National Women's March continued over the weekend, and people started showing up at Lake Eola in downtown Orlando as early as 8 a.m. on Sunday to join the cause.   Some of those in attendance include people from the Time's Up and Me Too Movements. Demonstrators held up signs about women's rights and say they're fed up with sexual harassment and assault. They also are calling for racial equality and environmental reform.      Hundreds of women and women also attended a Women's March in Melbourne Saturday afternoon. Demonstrators of all ages marched along the Eau Gallie Causeway, across the Indian River Lagoon.    Many carried signs with quotes of empowerment, along with some obscenities.    This is the second year for the march, which also lands on the one year mark that President Trump has been in office.
  • At least 48 people have been displaced after a fire occurred at the Windsor Cove apartments Saturday morning.   Firefighters say the fire broke out at 1470 Mercy Drive around 10am. Investigators say it started on accident when a child was using a space heater to light a paper on fire. 30 of the 48 displaced residents were children. One of those children were treated for smoke inhilation, but no one was injured.      The American Red Cross was notified and deployed an emergency response vehicle and supplied 11 families with personal hygiene kits, support to replace medication and money to find a hotel to stay in temporarily.    The Fire Department says all 12 units in the building were evacuated because the power was turned off due to fire damage to the electrical system.    Some residents will be able to return home once the system is fixed, but for others, it may take longer.
  • Two people were shot, leaving one dead and another in the hospital in Southwest Orlando on Saturday night.    At 8:47 p.m., deputies responded to the 1000 block of 23rd Street in reference to a report of gunshots. Upon arrival, deputies located two victims, a white female and a black male, who were suffering from gunshot wounds.    Both victims were transported by Orange County Fire Rescue to ORMC, but the female, identified as 51 year old Kelly Lee Foley, died from her injuries. Detectives are seeking information on a vehicle that looks like this. It is reference to an older model red or maroon Dodge Ram van with a camper top and possible damage to the right tail light area. The suspect is described as a black or Hispanice male, bald with light complexion, between the ages of 45 to 50, and is 5’9’’ weighing 180 pounds with black plastic framed glasses. If you have any information about this case, you are asked to contact Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS(8477). There is a reward up to 5,000 dollars.
  • A new ad released by President Donald Trump's campaign is claiming that Democrats are “complicit” in killings by undocumented immigrants. The ad was released after Senate Democrats opposed a short-term spending bill to keep the government from shutting down. >> Click here to watch “President Trump is right — build the wall, deport criminals, stop illegal immigration now,” the ad said, showing clips of top Democrats. “Democrats who stand in our way will be complicit in every murder committed by illegal immigrants.” >> Trump cancels Florida trip as government shutdown looms “President Trump will fix our border and keep our families safe,” the ad concluded. The ad was released on the one-year anniversary of Trump’s inauguration. >> Government shutdown: What closes; will you get your Social Security check; what happens to SNAP, WIC On Friday, Senate Democrats opposed a short-term spending bill to fund the government and keep it from shutting down after Republicans refused to include a provision to protect thousands of immigrants brought here as children. >> Read more trending news  President Trump bashed Democrats after the failed vote, saying that they wanted “unchecked illegal immigration.” “Democrats are holding our Military hostage over their desire to have unchecked illegal immigration. Can’t let that happen!” he tweeted Saturday morning. Earlier on Saturday, he again bashed Democrats, tweeting that they were more “concerned with Illegal Immigrants than they are with our great Military or Safety at our dangerous Southern Border.” (H/t: The Hill)
  • David and Louise Turpin are facing a string of charges, including torture, after police say the couple kept their 13 children locked away in subhuman conditions in their Perris, California, home. On Thursday, the Turpins made their first court appearance. >> Watch the video here >> On Rare.us: Here’s what the children in the California torture house did to cope with the alleged abuse David Turpin appeared in chains, wearing a lavender shirt and black jacket while his wife sat nearby, also in chains and a black jacket. The Turpins entered not guilty pleas to all of the charges, some of which date back to 2010. The district attorney says the couple is facing 94 years to life in prison if convicted on all counts. >> Dogs found in perfect condition in home where 13 siblings held captive During the arraignment, the Turpins were quiet and spoke only to say they acknowledged their right to a speedy preliminary hearing, CBS reports. They will appear in court again on Feb. 23, and their bail was set at $13 million. District Attorney Mike Hestrin said in a press conference, “As a prosecutor, there are cases that stick with you, that will haunt you. Sometimes, in this business, we’re faced with looking at human depravity, and that’s what we’re looking at here.” Authorities said the parents were able to keep their children hidden away by listing their home as a private school. Some of the kids, who ranged in ages from 2 to 29, reportedly didn’t know what a police officer was. The children were only allowed to eat once a day and shower twice a year, authorities said. However, the parents reportedly did allow them to keep journals, and authorities said the kids filled hundreds of notebooks. Those have not been released and are still being reviewed by law enforcement. The children are currently being cared for in the hospital, authorities said. The Riverside University Health System has set up a fund for the children that will go to their long-term needs, according to a press release. The hospital said the children have already seen a tremendous outpouring of support. >> Read more trending news  Brian Rokos of the Press-Enterprise was present at the hearing and reported that David Turpin is being represented by a public defender, while Louise Turpin has outside counsel. During Thursday’s arraignment, the public defender requested that media be banned from the trial, but the judge shot that down. Rokos said reporters from around the world were in the courtroom. The Turpins' lawyers have not announced whether they will try to have the case moved out of Riverside County.