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    On this “Bring your dog to work day,” we decided to mix things up and bring in WDBO News Cats! Meet Jayden, Julie and Justice, just three of the kittens at Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando that are in search of loving new homes. These tiny fluffy balls of love are only $10 to adopt in the month of June (which is “Adopt a Cat” month!) To meet these kittens and learn of the other kittens and cats available for adoption, head over to Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando’s website. Mobile users see video here.
  • It’s ‘Bring Your Dog to Work Day!” Here are a few of YOUR puppies hanging out at the office today! Click through the gallery below to see some precocious pups putting in their hours: GALLERY: Bring your dog to work day
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley This first official weekend of summer brings with it blistering hot temperatures, in addition to some really fun events happening around town. icFlorida’s Estee Martin paid a visit to Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley early Friday morning to talk about some top picks for having a good time this weekend. The icFlorida Fun 3: 24th Mascot Games More than 20 colorful, comical sports mascots including Stuff from the Orlando Magic and Kingston from Orlando City SC drop into the Amway Center for the 24th Mascot Games. The whole family will get a kick out of the wild characters and their zany antics as they bumble around and compete in a variety of fun and hilarious events. Proceeds benefit New Hope for Kids. Latin Fiesta Nights The biggest and best Latin party in Central Florida is Latin Fiesta Nights and this month’s Noche de San Juan edition cranks up the fun, Friday at I-Drive 360, Home of the Orlando Eye. Highlights include performances by international pop groups N-FUSION and Da New Guajira, a foam party, laser show and culinary delights such as Arepas, Mofongo, Pasteles, Coquito, Gasolina and more. Admission and parking are FREE! Caribbean American Heritage Month Festival & Street Party Spanning two days this year, the 7th annual Caribbean Heritage Month Festival showcases Caribbean culture, cuisine and music to Central Florida. On Saturday, the celebration happens indoors at Orlando Fashion Square where you will find food, live entertainment and fun for kids. Then, on Sunday, head to Church Street in downtown Orlando for a lively street festival with live music and more. We’re looking at a lot of heat and some stray showers; before you head out check the icFlorida Weekend Events Weather Forecast from WFTV meteorologist Brian Shields. 3 More Fun Things: PAW Patrol Live! Fleetwood Max – Fleetwood Mac Tribute at Daytona Beach Bandshell Classic Albums Live: Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” You can discover all sorts of great events happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com.
  • The definition of a “gentle giant,” this pup named Athena is in search of a new, loving family! This black beauty is as sweet as can be, and as equally playful! “Athena” was the Greek goddess of wisdom, and the name fits as this black beauty knows a plethora of tricks including sit, down, shake, and roll over! To learn more about this darling dog and the rest of her furry friends looking to be adopted, head over to Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando’s website! Mobile users see video of Athena here!
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley From the coast to Kissimmee, there is fun stuff happening at every turn this weekend. You just have to know where to look to find the good times. icFlorida’s Estee Martin stopped by Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley early Friday to go through the top picks for leisure time fun. The icFlorida Fun 3: Wild Florida’s 7th Anniversary Celebration Wild Florida is celebrating its seventh anniversary of providing visitors with a world of adventure in the Middle of Nowhere with FREE ADMISSION to its Gator and Wildlife Park. Get an up close and personal look at more than 200 animals ranging from native Florida species to exotic animals such as sloths, lemurs, albino alligators, zebras and more. Visitors can also enjoy airboat rides, ranch buggy tours and a meal in the Chop House Grill. Orlando City SC vs. Montreal Impact After nearly two weeks without a scheduled league match, Orlando City SC is back in action as the Montreal Impact visit Orlando City Stadium, Saturday night. With all of the recent rest, you would have to imagine both players and fans will be ready to rock. If you’ve been itching for a game then don’t miss this one, as City doesn’t have another home match until early July. Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi Tribute Band The next installment of the Star Spangled FREE Summer Concert Series at the historic Daytona Beach Bandshell features Bon Jovi tribute band, Livin’ On A Prayer. Complete with their big-hair 80s look and amazing 4-part harmony, you can rock out to favorites such as “It's My Life,” “Bad Medicine,” “Wanted Dead or Alive” and many more. A fireworks display over the ocean follows the show. Rain is in the forecast this weekend. Before you head out, check the icFlorida Weekend Events Forecast by WFTV meteorologist Brian Shields.  3 More Fun Things: Solutionary Peace Walk & Festival Comedian Jim Jefferies at Hard Rock Live Father’s Day at Leu Gardens Discover many more fun things to do around Central Florida at icFlorida.com.
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley Maybe it’s been a busy work week for you or maybe it was a breeze, either way we’re on the doorstep to what could be a fantastically fun weekend. icFlorida’s Estee Martin spent some time with Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley early Friday morning with a fun-laden does of what to do this weekend. The icFlorida Fun 3: New Smyrna Beach Sand Art Festival Creativity and fun abound at the annual New Smyrna Beach Sand Art Festival, Saturday, just south of the Flagler Avenue Beach Approach. You will be amazed as the talented artists create magnificent sculptures from nothing more than sand, water and their skill. We're not talking about the sand castles you plopped together as a kid; these are impressive works of art. Hall & Oates and Tears for Fears Two of the most popular and successful music acts from the 1980s will co-headline when Hall and Oates and Tears for Fears play the Amway Center, Friday night. English pop-rockers Tears for Fears emerged in the early 80s, scoring hits with songs such as “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” and “Shout.” Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Hall and Oates dominated MTV and the airwaves with a string of hits that included “Private Eyes,” “Maneater” and many more. 7th Annual Sea Turtle Festival It’s Turtle Time! The 7th Annual Titusville Sea Turtle Festival takes place Friday and Saturday in downtown Titusville. Celebrate sea turtles who nest on local seashores and learn more about them and how to protect the coastal areas and lagoons necessary for their survival. Activities include a beach clean-up, turtle-inspired arts and vendors, Kids’ Zone, food trucks and much more. There is a chance that Central Florida will see a shower or two over the weekend. Before you head out, check the icFlorida Events Weather Forecasts by WFTV meteorologist Brian Shields. 3 More Fun Things: Fun Spot’s 19th Birthday Celebration Clermont Jerk Festival Turnstiles: the Ultimate Billy Joel Tribute Show Get details on all sorts of fun happenings around Central Florida at icFlorida.com.
  • Meet Duchess, a young, lively lady looking to be adopted! Sweet Duchess is only 1-year-old and has the energy to prove it. If you are looking for a new buddy to accompany your runs, hikes or even practice ball with, this blonde beauty is your gal! Learn more about Duchess and all of her friends looking for a new forever home at Orange County Animal Service’s website. Mobile users see video here.
  • It looks like someone tried to make their very own Batmobile, but this Batmobile would be headed for space.   NASA’S Kennedy Space Center rolled out their brand new concept vehicle, meant to be the next Mars rover.   The space center writes on their Facebook page of their “fierce” concept rover, “the rover is a scientifically-themed outreach tool which incorporates technology that could be used by astronauts to explore Mars.”   I’m thinking it’s more ready to protect earth from space aliens. Mobile users see video here.
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley Hopefully you are ready for some good times because there is a ton of fun to be had this weekend. icFlorida’s Estee Martin visited Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley on Friday morning to talk about this weekend’s best bets for leisure time fun. The icFlorida Fun 3: New Smyrna Beach Kite Festival Get ready for a high-flying weekend of colorful fun at the New Smyrna Beach Kite Festival, Saturday and Sunday directly on the beach, just south of Flagler Avenue. Festival highlights include scores of tethered kites, kite demonstrations and competitions hosted by kite clubs and free lessons for first-timers. The kids’ zone offers free kites to the first 400 children each day, and a decorating station to personalize their kites. 139th Silver Spurs Rodeo Mosey on over to the Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park for the 139th Silver Spurs Rodeo and Wrangler Champions Challenge, Friday through Sunday. Competitions include Bull and Bronc Riding, Barrel Racing, Team Roping. Mutton Bustin’ and more. Before the rodeo, the kids can enjoy fun and games in the Schools Out Blowout area. Science Night Live – Craft Beer Edition Experience the Science Center from a new perspective during Science Night Live – Craft Beer Edition, Saturday at Orlando Science Center. Activities include beer tastings, informal craft beer workshops, giant-screen films, trivia games, star and planet gazing, and access to the new traveling exhibit, Identity: An Exhibition of You. This adults-only event proves there is no age limit on curiosity! There is a good chance that Central Florida will see some rain throughout the weekend. Before you head out, check the icFlorida Weekend Events Forecast from WFTV meteorologist Rusty McCranie. 3 More Fun Things: Nathaniel’s Hope presents the 15th Annual Make ‘M Smile Festival Star Spangled Free Summer Concert Series – Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute Movie Night at Leu Gardens – “Arrival” Discover all sort of fun events and happenings throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com.
  • This beautiful, white-coated boy is named Baloo and he is currently residing at the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando while he waits for his forever-home! Though he may be big in size, this 5-year-old is equally big in heart and is ready to give all of it to a new family! Baloo loves belly rubs and will happily flop over to give you a chance to pet him. Yet, he’s just as happy to show off his “sit” or give you a big sloppy kiss! If you would like to meet Baloo, head to Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. Better yet, if you mention you saw him here,  this spectacular pup can be your new best friend for free! Learn more about Baloo and the rest of his adoptable friends on Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando’s website! Mobile users see video of Baloo here!
  • Laurel Lee

    Laurel Lee is the producer of Orlando's Morning News, Orlando's News at Noon and produces various Ask the Expert shows on the weekend.

    Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, she bleeds black and gold and is a huge Steeler and Penguins fan (though, let's not talk about the Pirates.)

    Lured by the chance to escape ice and the dream of learning sound production, Laurel moved to Orlando to attend college. In 2012, she graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Radio and Television Production and a job at News 96.5.

    Falling into radio was a bit of a happy accident, but she couldn't be more elated about it. A few days on the job and it was love. Laurel has been at News 96.5 since October of 2011.

    When she isn't working the air waves, Laurel loves rocking out at concerts, digging for new music to jam to, and riding her motorcycle.

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  • Police in Georgia are hoping surveillance video that captured a violent attack will help them find the people responsible. Video shows a restaurant owner and her teenage daughter being beaten by two customers Thursday afternoon in Baxley, Georgia. >> Read more trending news The victims told police the suspects were unhappy with their order. The verbal argument turned violent when one of the suspects began punching the restaurant owner repeatedly. When the victim’s teenage daughter came out of the car to break up the fight, the male suspect punched her in the face. WJCL reported that Baxley police have issued warrants for the suspects, Nathaniel Smith and Latasha Smith. The pair could be charged with aggravated battery and cruelty to children. The suspects drove away from the restaurant in a cream or tan Cadillac Escalade with tag number REU8495. Officials said they headed north on Highway 144. Anyone with any information about the assault is asked to call the Baxley Police Department at 912-367-8305 or the 911 call center at 912-367-8111.
  • A dive team is searching a ditch along I-4 from which Orlando firefighters removed a car early Saturday, police said. A car flipped into the ditch near the Kirkman Road exit. Emergency services responded to the car around 8:15 a.m. App users click here to see the video. 
  • The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a small plane crash that occurred Saturday morning near Fort Meyers, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies said the plane crashed into an unoccupied day care building. >> Read more trending news One person died in the crash while another was taken to the hospital. The survivor’s condition has not been released.
  • A Transportation Security Administration agent has been arrested after he was accused of stealing money from a passenger at Orlando International Airport in Florida, Orlando police said. >> Read more trending news Alexander Shae Johnson, 22, was arrested Thursday night. Passenger Kathleen Duddleston entered the TSA checkpoint and was stopped for additional screening, police said. While she was patted down, Duddleston told TSA security officer Michelle Metz that she couldn’t see her luggage, so Metz moved her closer. Duddleston complained again that she couldn’t see her bag, and Johnson moved slightly. After the pat down, Duddleston reached for her bag and could not find her money, police said. She said she noticed a bulge in Johnson’s left front shirt pocket. Duddleston asked Johnson if that was her money, and he said he got the money from the bank, police said. The woman complained to Metz that she believed Johnson stole money from her. Metz contacted her supervisor. Duddleston has been charged with third-degree grand theft. TSA said in a statement to WFTV: TSA has a zero tolerance for misconduct in the workplace. The TSA immediately reported the allegation to OPD and we aggressively investigated the incident with our law enforcement partner. TSA officers represent a professional and honorable workforce that is trained to treat passengers and their personal belongings with care and respect. No exceptions will be tolerated. We immediately ended the federal career of this individual.
  • A scare happened at a Leominster, Massachusetts, supermarket after a 4-day-old newborn was left locked inside of a hot car while her mother was inside shopping. >> Read more trending news Mother Sharma Murphy said that on her way to Market Basket supermarket on Friday, she stopped by the fire house to make sure her baby’s car seat was properly installed. Less than an hour later, those firefighters helped rescue her 4-day-old baby, who was locked in her hot car. A shopper called Leominster police after spotting a newborn alone inside a car. It was Sharma Murphy's silver Chevy Malibu. >> A reminder of hot car dangers as temperatures climb Murphy said she was out for the first time with her newborn daughter, 4-day-old Katherine, and was nervous. “I went, I bought it. Came right out and this lady just starts screaming at me. Screaming at me,” said Murphy. Murphy said she brought her newborn inside with her to Market Basket and then returned to the car when Katherine fell asleep. She said that she ran back inside for two or three minutes to buy some baby formula. “I went (in and) I bought it,” Murphy said. “(I) came right out and this lady just starts screaming at me.” Related: Two toddlers dead after 15 hours in hot car, police say Police said the windows were rolled up. “I believe she locked her keys in the car because they had to use the jimmy to get the baby out,” witness John Casey told WFXT. According to WFXT meteorologists, the outside temperature was 84 degrees at the time. Murphy said she didn’t want to wake her newborn. “I thought, ‘OK, if I run in and run out...’ It was one of those things where she's gotta eat because I have nothing left for her and that's when everything happened and I'm like, oh my God,” Murphy said. Katherine was taken to the hospital to be checked out. Her mother said he is fine. The baby is currently in custody of DCF. No charges have been filed.