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    With 51 million people traveling out of town nationwide, the days before and after Thanksgiving will be a headache for travelers. To make the situation even more frustrating, Orlando is projected to be the busiest travel spot in the country for Thanksgiving. As you might imagine, a significant amount of the load will be placed on Orlando’s theme parks and attractions. Typically, the 18th – 25th of November is the busiest time to visit Disney or Universal in the month – but there are ways to avoid the massive crowds.  If you want to do more than just head to grandma’s house for Turkey Day, we put together some resources to make the most of your time off from work and school. Orlando Crowd Calendar The website Undercover Tourist offers a wealth of tools to plan your trip. The most useful of which is the crowd calendar. It uses historical data to estimate which theme parks and attractions will be the busiest on any given day. You can also see which days are the busiest overall. The website also has everything needed to plan your car rental, hotel stay, and even find discount tickets. The Thanksgiving Feast Skipping the home cooked meal for Thanksgiving is becoming increasingly popular as more restaurants and attractions offer special deals. icFlorida provides a one-stop destination for Thanksgiving celebrations in Central Florida. Here’s a rundown of all the Thanksgiving celebrations happening in Central Florida.
  • Minnesota Senator Al Franken is the latest public figure to be accused of sexual harassment. KABC News anchor Leeann Tweeden described an encounter with Franken in which he kissed and grabbed her breasts while she was sleeping. “You knew exactly what you were doing.” Tweeden writes, “You forcibly kissed me without my consent, grabbed my breasts while I was sleeping and had someone take a photo of you doing it, knowing I would see it later, and be ashamed.' At the time in 2006, Franken was still a comedian and he was on a USO Tour to entertain troops. The Democratic Senator had planned a series of skits for a show. In a post on KABC’s website, Tweeden said she felt uncomfortable during a rehearsal. He said to me, “We need to rehearse the kiss.” I laughed and ignored him. Then he said it again. I said something like, ‘Relax Al, this isn’t SNL…we don’t need to rehearse the kiss.’   He continued to insist, and I was beginning to get uncomfortable.   He repeated that actors really need to rehearse everything and that we must practice the kiss. I said ‘OK’ so he would stop badgering me. We did the line leading up to the kiss and then he came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth.   I immediately pushed him away with both of my hands against his chest and told him if he ever did that to me again I wouldn’t be so nice about it the next time. Tweeden explained that she is telling her story because there may be others. The accusation prompted a swift call from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for a review by the Senate Ethics Committee.  Read the full post at KABC.com.
  • Boston Dynamics is well known for creating strange walking robots, but the company’s latest creation could be its most advanced yet. A short teaser video introduces “SpotMini,” the most recent iteration of the company’s quadruped robot. The details are scarce for now – the video is subtitled “For more information … stay tuned.” If the new dog-bot is anything like its predecessor, SpotMini will be able to travel through rough terrain with ease. The old model weighs about 160 pounds and is powered by hydraulics. The original “Spot” could even withstand attacks from humans. Still no word if this dog prefers kibble or canned food.
  • With a pack of Budweiser on the side of his lawn mower, 56-year-old Kenneth Alleshouse was arrested Friday on suspicion of driving drunk. Alleshouse’s blood-alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit when an officer found him driving erratically on a main road, according to St. Lucie Police.  The officer pulled the driver over on the 10400 block of U.S. 1 and immediately noticed the strong odor of alcohol, police said.  (Mobile users click here for more pictures.) Alleshouse was arrested for DUI and taken to the St. Lucie County Jail, according to the arrest report.
  • After months of speculation, Universal Orlando Resort is sharing new details about the hotel properties coming to the land where Wet ‘n Wild once stood. A press release lays the groundwork for a combined 2,800 guest rooms across two new hotels designed to be “value-driven” with nightly rates blow $100 per night. The hotels are set to open in the summer of 2019. (Mobile users click here to see rendering.) Despite the lower price tag, the hotel options will include a variety of amenities including three pools, two food courts, bars, fitness rooms, and car rental facilities. Guests will also get early park admission to the resort’s three theme parks. According to the press release, the hotels will be build on a 64-acre site at the intersection of Universal Blvd. and International Drive. They will be the resort’s seventh and eighth hotels. Room reservations open up in early 2018.
  • A series of ad campaigns released by the House Intelligence Committee reportedly showcases the political motivations paid for by Russian sponsored Internet companies. A handful of the images showcases an effort to rally Donald Trump voters in parts of the Sunshine State. Facebook provided the advertisements and fake accounts to Congress amid the ongoing investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election. One campaign called “Florida goes Trump!” promoted Donald Trump rallies in 17 cities across Florida. According to The Daily Beast, the marketing effort spread across Instagram and Facebook, encouraging users to attend a “patriotic state-wide flash mob.” Some of the social media posts that promoted the content originated from account names like “_american.made” and “Tea Party News.” Read an earlier story here from The Daily Beast.
  • Large black bears are actually fairly common in Seminole County, but this one was apparently hungry enough to look for snacks in a garage refrigerator. Brad Tamm recorded video of the bear as it poked around his garage in Longwood. (Mobile users click here to watch) “Get out of here! Holy s---, that is a big bear.” Tamm can be heard yelling on the video. The animal spent a few moments searching through the fridge before Tamm opened a door and yelled at it. The video then shows the bear saunter away to the neighbor’s house. The homeowner has lived at the same home for more than a decade, but told Fox 35 he had never seen a bear that large. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recommends keeping the garage door closed to avoid encounters with black bears.
  • The newly formed onePULSE Foundation is conducting a public survey to gather input on the upcoming memorial at the Pulse nightclub. The survey will remain live until October 31, 2017. “Information collected from the survey will be analyzed to identify consensus, trends, and an overall understanding of public desires for the Pulse memorial and museum,” Executive Director Barbara Poma said. The onePULSE Foundation will eventually support an educational program and community grants to help survivors. The current goal is to open a memorial and museum at the site of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. You can find the survey at the onePULSE Foundation website.
  • The Kissimmee Utility Authority shared photos of its linemen stationed in Puerto Rico. Three of the six are pictured sharing their snacks with a young boy in Caguas. Last week, the power company sent a crew to Puerto Rico to help restore power following the destruction left behind by Hurricane Maria. (Mobile users can click here to see the photo.) The linemen are working alongside crews from Jacksonville Electric Authority, according to KUA. Kissimmee’s team is spending 30 days in Puerto Rico to help get the island back on the grid. By working with FEMA, the US Department of Energy, and the Army Corps of Engineers, Puerto Rico’s governor is hoping to have power restored to 95% of the island before Christmas. Hurricane Maria killed more than 40 people when the storm made landfall on September 20th.
  • The artist of the latest cover portrait for the New Yorker describes the President as a “dangerous clown.” The illustration will run on next Monday’s edition of the magazine, one day before Halloween. Asked about the painting, artist Carter Goodrich told the New Yorker “I’m still just as stunned now as I was a year ago, on Election Night.”  Many Twitter users likened the photo to Pennywise from the movie It. Donald Trump has made several appearances on the cover, almost always showcasing the controversy surrounding his presidency.
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  • A man was fatally shot late Wednesday at an apartment complex on Lake Monroe, the Sanford Police Department said. The shooting was reported at about 11:30 p.m. at The Overlook at Monroe apartments on West First Street west of North French Avenue, Sanford police spokesman Ronny Neal said. Antoine Haggins was sitting in his vehicle when two unknown men approached him, Neal said. One of them shot him and they both ran away, he said. Photos: Fatal shooting at Sanford apartment complex #Breaking #Sanford #News Sanford Police investigating a shooting @the Overlook at Lake Monroe Apartment Complex.— Sanford Police (@SanfordPolice) November 23, 2017 Read: 2 men lead Sanford police on chase Haggins was taken to a hospital, where he died. The shooting remains under investigation. No other details were given. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimeline at 407-423-8477. Read: Sanford woman accused of stalking boyfriend with GPS device
  • We know you would much rather listen to News 96.5 WDBO all day, but sometimes you need to let your mind rest and watch a classic. We’ve assembled a list of classic Thanksgiving movies and television shows that will be (or should be) airing this Thanksgiving Day.  A must see for everyone is the Macy’s Thansgiving Day Parade which begins at 9 a.m. We poured though sites like TVGuide.com and  NewsObserver.com to compile a list of Thursday’s television marathons and where they will air below: The Simpsons (FXX, 8pm-12am)Friends (TBS, 1pm-6pm)Gilmore Girls (UP, 6am-12am)Chrisley Knows Best (USA, 6am-10:30pmLong Lost Family (TLC, 4pm-3am)Blue Bloods (ION, 11am-12am)South Park (Comedy Central, 6am-9pm)Dirty Jobs (Discovery, 9am-7pm)Duck Dynasty (FYI, 10am-4pm)Ozzy and Jack's World Detour (FYI, 5pm-4am)Live PD: Police Patrol (A&E, 2pm-4am)Forged in Fire (History, 7am-4am)Tanked (Animal Planet, 2pm-6am)Teen Titans Go! (Cartoon Network, 6am-3pm)The Andy Griffith Show (9 a.m. -2 p.m.) followed by M*A*S*H (TVLand, 11am-5pm)Forensic Files (HLN, 6pm-6am)The Three Stooges (IFC, 6am-6pm)Gone With the Wind (Sundance, 6am-12am)Running Wild With Bear Grylls (National Geographic, 12pm-3am) The Godfather and Godfather 2 run all day on AMC starting at 9 a.m.  Godfather 3 will air at 2 a.m. Friends (TBS 1 p.m.)  watch 10 Turkey Day episodes If your feeling nostalgic, VH1 will be showing classic throwbacks like Coming to America,  Grease,  Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and  Pretty Woman.  Click here for the schedule.  We didn’t forget the kiddos, FX is offering family-friendly films from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday.  See movies like, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs will be playing alongside  Despicable Me 2  and Minions. Furthermore FXX will be showing comedy classics like Anchorman 2 followed by The Simpsons marathon listed above.  A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving aired on ABC at 8 p.m. Wednesday. If you missed it click here to watch it on teachertube. Finally, you MUST revisit or see for the first time the classic Turkey’s Away episode from WKRP in Cincinatti that originally aired October 30, 1978.  Watch the entire episode on youtube by clicking here. You will surely Thank Yourself if you do. 
  • Orlando-area Democratic Congressman Darren Soto says the massive influx of Puerto Rican evacuees to Central Florida will have a long-term positive effect on the area’s growth, but there are many short-tern needs to be met. To date, 120 to 160 thousand Puerto Ricans have moved from the island to the US with many choosing to live in Central Florida.  Soto says the growth will eventually turn into more jobs for the area, but right now it’s stressing out budgets: school boards, cities and counties. Along with Republican Congressman Dennis Ross and Democratic Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy, Congressman Soto co-signed a letter requesting additional federal funds for HUD housing vouchers, Section 8 assistance in the short-term, and HUD dollars to build more affordable housing in the region. “In Central Florida, we have a need for higher paying jobs and affordable housing,” Soto tells News 96.5 WDBO in an exclusive interview.  “It’s what I hear everyday.” Soto says a lot of Puerto Ricans are getting jobs already. “That’s the positive,” he says.  “They’re getting jobs at the parks, at the hotels and so many different industries around here.  But we need to have long-term housing strategies in the process.” Soto says many hotels in Central Florida are helping the Hurricane Maria evacuees. “Particularly the 192 and I-4 corridor, they’ve really stepped up.  Some of our higher-end hotels, we really could use more help.  We need you.” But right now he’s focused on the medium and long-range solutions for the families who want to stay. “A lot of these folks - even though they’ll be working a full-time job or maybe their spouse is - they’re still going to need more apartments...and more affordable, single-family households,” he says.  “That will be a crunch if we don’t get our act together.  And while a lot of folks are talking about it, we need action.” Soto says anyone who touts him or herself as “pro economy” is going to want growth. “Growth is jobs in Central Florida,” he says.  “Because that’s what creates new small businesses that grow to new big businesses.  It requires more housing, but it’s gotta be done right.  We can’t have urban sprawl.” CLICK HERE to read the letter Soto and his colleagues sent to Chairman Frelinghuysen and Ranking Member Lowey in the House Appropriations Committee.  CLICK HERE to read the letter they sent to FEMA Administrator Brock Long.  They’re requesting the House and FEMA to fully fund the host-state agreement with Florida.  The FEMA/Host-State agreement provides direct reimbursement to the state of Florida for costs associated with evacuation and shelter support for Puerto Rican evacuees.
  • A man impersonating a law enforcement officer pulled over a woman in Arkansas, according to the St. Francis County Sheriff’s Office. The incident happened Saturday on Highway 38 near Hughes. >> Read more trending news Investigators said a man impersonating a game and fish officer stopped a woman and asked to check her vehicle for guns. He had a blue light on his dash and was in a dark-colored pickup truck. The man did not show the woman a badge or a weapon. The incident happened during the daytime hours and appears to have been an isolated occurrence. Investigators said they believe they know who the man is, but no arrests were immediately made. Officials said the impersonator is not the same one who stopped people earlier this year.
  • Police in Austin, Texas, are looking for a woman who they say stole merchandise from a Macy’s department store with the help of another woman and four children no older than 10 years old. >> Read more trending news Investigators are looking for 27-year-old Martha Monique Lopez, who is charged with robbery by assault, according to an arrest affidavit filed this week. On Nov. 12, police received a call around 2 p.m. from a store employee who watches for shoplifters at the Macy’s in the Domain shopping center. She told police she was watching the children, who were between 7 and 10 years old, through a security camera. According to the affidavit, they re-entered the store and met two women near the hotel bedding and pillow area. The store worker told police that she saw the women point to some pillows, which the children then picked up before they “exited the store past the last point of purchase without attempting to pay for the items,” the affidavit said. The worker said in the affidavit that she confronted the children and identified herself as a Macy’s employee, after which point she said the children complied and started to come back with her to a store office. The employee told police that as they were going back to the office, the two women approached her and one of them told her to let the children go and then pushed her, according to the affidavit. The other woman and the children began running away, the employee told police. She tried to grab the children, but the “female who told her to let her children go began to punch (her) on the left side of her face, chest and left arm with a closed fist causing (her) pain and redness,” the affidavit said. The employee told police that she “tried to grab the female to detain her but the female took off running and (she) ripped (the woman’s) shirt off of her and the female ran out of the store wearing just a black bra,” the affidavit said. A customer saw the woman running from the store and saw her and the children get into a white 2009 Chevy Malibu with a Texas license plate that matched a car registered to Lopez, according to the affidavit. Lopez was also identified by the store worker from a photo taken during a previous arrest, police said.