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    In an attempt to empty the seats at white nationalist Richard Spencer’s event Thursday at the University of Florida, the Alligator Brewing Co. wants to offer you free beer...in exchange for your unused tickets.   According to the brewery’s Instagram account, they cannot ‘ask you to protest or boycott,’ but for every two tickets that you present at Tall Paul’s/Alligator Brewing, you’ll get a free pint of beer!  “This is our town. Shut. Him. Down. Gainesville will always be about love, not hate,” reads the Instagram post. (Instagram) On Wednesday, Spencer’s campaign organizer, Cameron Padgett, posted a series of live Twitter videos claiming the bar kicked him out and called him a “Neo-Nazi fascist” when he tried to exchange his tickets for beer. “I’m here at Tall Paul’s bar and they’re not wanting to honor my tickets right now,” said Padgett in one video. “They’re discriminating against me, breach of contract.”   (Twitter) (tweet) (tweet)He admits he wasn’t really going to trade the tickets and that he just wanted to see what the bar would say. In a Facebook post, Alligator Brewing denies calling Padgett any names and says they were unable to verify that the tickets were valid since they hadn’t been publicly released. (Padgett says in a Twitter video ‘pinned’ by Spencer that general public tickets wouldn’t be available to pick up until Thursday. ) “After entering, he began live tweeting video and his friendly demeanor changed from naive and friendly to aggressive and concerning. We asked him to leave, at which point he began fabricating false slurs we had used (we were still unaware of who he was and what he was doing but would insult him??) and continued to film to create a false narrative.” The brewery is cautioning the city of Gainesville to be safe during the Spencer event because “a non-violent approach may still be met with aggressiveness.” (Facebook)
  • When Taylor Swift asks ‘are you ready for it?’ she may have been talking about Andretti Indoor Karting and Games.     **News 96.5 WDBO’s Samantha Jordan got to check the place out. Watch the video report below** The new premier, one-stop shop family entertainment center is located in Orlando on Universal Boulevard near the Orange County Convention Center, boasting  ‘10 ways to play under one roof.’ The tourist district location is the first in Florida, with more locations planned across the state.   Named for the world-renowned racing legend Mario Andretti, the new center is 150,000 square feet of serious fun featuring heart-pounding attractions, a full-service restaurant, two bars with more than 100 HD Tvs, and meeting and event space. “The unique thing about our place is the Andretti brand and the standards of service that we provide to our guests,” says manager Keith Charlton. “Everything is elevated to the next level.”  “It’s whatever melts your butter,” said Mario Andretti, who was in Orlando Tuesday night to cut the ribbon for the grand opening. “We want to earn our stripes in the community. We want to be a good neighbor and we want to be an asset. We want the community to be proud of us because we’re certainly proud to be here.” When you walk into the building, you’ll be greeted by a friendly host or hostess who will direct you to registration and then to the ‘Starting Line’ where you’ll choose your unique Andretti experiences:*  3 tracks of indoor karting*  12 lanes of boutique bowling*  More than 100 arcade and prize games (like the world’s largest Pac-Man game)*  Two-level laser tag* Six virtual reality CXC racing simulators* 7D HD ‘dark ride’ interactive motion theater*Extreme ropes course and curved zip lineOf course, you shouldn’t come to Andretti Indoor Karting and Games without riding the karts! These aren’t just any old go-karts: these are high-speed electric SODI RTX Superkarts. You’ll take a ride on the specially designed, multi-level tracks that will have you feeling like a pro racecar driver.  (VIDEO) If you need to take a break and refuel,  you’re only a few steps away from the Andretti Grill, a full-service, scratch-kitchen featuring delicious cuisine like wood-fired brick oven pizzas and homemade lemon blueberry cheesecake. Need a cocktail or just want to watch the game? You can choose from the downstairs bar or the ultra-cool, upstairs Sky Bar, with a 180 degree view of the track and an LED illuminated dome roof.   Not only is Andretti Indoor Karting and Games bringing money to the local economy, it has also brought more than 400 jobs to the area with more to come.  “As we grow with our events, we’ll be growing our staff as well,” Charlton says. For more information, click HERE.
  • A now viral video out of Northern Vietnam shows a little boy ‘riding’ on top of the families pet....a 20-foot python!The 3-year-old boy, named Truong, is seen happily sitting on the back of the massive python in the flooded streets of Thanh Hoa. The family says the 176-pound snake is ‘gentle’ and it’s been their pet for 4 years. It was raining and their yard got flooded that day, so they decided to put the snake in the  yard to relax. While the family does not seem concerned about anything bad happening, many viewers are extremely worried. 'Just takes 2 seconds and 6 men wouldn't get that child out if it's clutch. Sadly, only a matter of time!' (VIDEO)
  • A new heart-stopping video shows two roommates in Yuba County, California barely escaping massive wildfires with only seconds to spare. 'I think I'm just happy to be alive honestly,' Michael Vien told KOVR, which they captured on camera. In the video filmed on October 8, Vien and his friend Layton Smith scramble to escape the flames as the Cascade Fire begins engulfing their surroundings. With only moments to react, the two grabbed a few belongings, their dogs and jumped in the car while embers from the massive fire rained down all around them. “We’re going to f***ing die, dude, we gotta get out of here!” one of the men screams before they take off down the smoke-filled road with fires burning all around them. (VIDEO) “My eyes are burning, man,” says the driver. Both men are heard saying how hard it is for them to breathe.  They finally reach the gate at the end of the road and drive to safety. Vien and Smith lost everything in the fire but are thankful to be alive. 
  • Orlando police say the man who shot at an OPD bike cop Monday morning in the Rosemont area will be charged with attempted murder.Dracarris Hill, 23, is facing several charged, including possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.   The shooting was reported at 2:30 a.m. at a shopping center at Cinderlane Parkway and North Orange Blossom Trail, Mina said.   Orlando Police Chief John Mina said the officer, whose identity hasn't been released, encountered Hill and the two exchanged gunfire before the gunman ran away.   Police said they found Hill, who had a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, walking in a field north of the shopping center. Investigators said they also found a handgun in the field. (tweet)    'Our officers risk their lives every single night,' Mina said. 'This is the perfect example of (how) officers never know what they're going to come in contact with.'   The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.   Mina said the officer who shot Hill has been employed by the agency for six years. He has been placed on paid administrative leave, following standard protocol after a shooting.  Hill has several crimes on his record including burglary, grand theft and resisting an officer.
  • Someone’s house cat in Mississippi is now an internet superstar for its perfectly-timed photobomb.Fox 13 reporter Scott Madaus was teasing his upcoming story about various cougar sightings when the ordinary kitty got its close-up. 'I'm Scott Madaus, live in Hernando, Mississippi where there have been spottings of a cougar. And that's not it, that looks like a house cat.”The camera then pans to the seemingly sleepy cat just hanging out in a field and stays on the cat throughout the duration of the live tease. The caption on the screen reads “Large Cat Spotted.”Madaus admits the shot of the cat was planned but didn’t expect it to become the internet gold that it is now. The video has racked up more than 69,000 views on Facebook. (Facebook)
  • No wildfires are going to keep this postal worker  in Santa Rosa, California from getting the mail delivered on time. Douglas Thron is an aerial videographer and captured drone footage of a U.S. Postal Service worker delivering mail in the almost completely burned down neighborhood of Coffey Park after the massive northern California wildfires.The mail carrier is seen stopping at homes, most of them completely destroyed, and leaving mail in the still-standing mailboxes. “It was a trippy thing,” Thron told Mercury News. “I was shocked to see him because most of the roads were blocked off, but he obviously had access.” The video was taken October 10, just days after the fires began tearing across California’s wine country. So far, 31 people are dead and almost 500 people are still missing. (VIDEO)
  • Get ready to feel the rush...the Ray Rush that is. SeaWorld’s waterpark, Aquatica, announced Thursday that they will be adding a brand-new family raft slide in spring 2018 that promises ‘three-in-one thrills for guests of all ages.’Ray Rush will be a nearly 60 feet tall, family raft ride that will take riders on three exciting thrills throughout the attraction.First, riders will be launched at 33 feet per second with water jets that will push them into the first enclosed tube section.   “Next, riders will swirl into a colossal translucent sphere which spins the raft around the slide walls before entering another enclosed tube section, “ according to Aquatica’s press release. “Finally, riders will drop into an open-air halfpipe that resembles the shape of a manta ray. Rafts will soar back and forth on the wings of the manta before entering the final enclosed tube section that ends with a splash.” (VIDEO) Ray Rush will be located next to Walkabout Waters and will accommodate up to four riders per raft. To make room for the new attraction, HooRoo Run will close permanently on October 31, 2017. Walhalla Wave will close temporarily on the same date and reopen along with Ray Rush next year.  “Ray Rush will offer a ride experience you won’t be able to get anywhere else in Florida. Aquatica will be the first waterpark in the state to combine these three unique elements into one attraction” said Cathy Valeriano, Aquatica Orlando vice president. “Ray Rush is the perfect addition to our attraction portfolio, complementing what is already one of the most family-friendly waterslide lineups in Orlando.”
  • In light of the accusations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, actor Ben Affleck is now under fire for some past inappropriate behavior of his own. After former ‘One Tree Hill’ star Hilarie Burton came forward saying Affleck grabbed her breast during an appearance on MTV’s TRL in 2003, a video has surfaced of Affleck in 2004, pulling Canadian TV personality Anne-Marie Losique onto his lap during an interview and making several sexual comments. “You usually show a lot more cleavage than this, what’s the story? Why are you covering it up today?” asks Affleck. “It’s Sunday morning,” laughs Losique. “That never stopped your before,” Affleck replies. “You would be at church with that rack on display.” But Losique is defending the actor, saying it was a staged segment and she was not offended at all.“This was for the camera,” Losique tells People. “You have to understand that we have done dozens and dozens of interviews like that. It was for a show I was producing, so I was not at all a victim. When the cameras rolled, we would start to do that game. As soon as it stopped rolling, there was none of that. He never touched me in any improper way. He was very respectful, I must say.” **WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE** (VIDEO) On October 10, Affleck posted a statement on Twitter, condemning the actions of Weinstein, who helped Affleck and Matt Damon with their break-out film ‘Good Will Hunting.” “I am saddened and angry that a man who I worked with used his position of power to intimidate, sexually harass and manipulate many women over decades,” Affleck writes. “This is completely unacceptable, and I find myself asking what I can do to make sure this doesn’t happen to others.” (tweet) Twitter users spoke out, with one posting, “He also grabbed Hilarie Burton's breasts on TRL once. Everyone forgot though.” “I didn’t forget,” Burton replied. (tweet) Affleck admitted to his actions and tweeted out an apology. (tweet)
  • A video of Florida doctor yelling at a patient to leave his office because she complained about her long wait time has gone viral on social media. In a post on her Facebook page, Jessica Stipe says she had an appointment at 6:30 and by 7:45 she still had not been seen. Stipe says she was in severe pain and throwing up, so she asked for her co-pay back and wanted to leave. That’s when Stipe and the doctor get into it while Stipe’s daughter records the exchange on her cellphone. (VIDEO)  “I specifically asked this lady to let people know when they make an appointment that they may not been seen in a timely manner,” the woman says. “Are you kidding me?” the doctor yells. “We’ve already been working on you. We’ve done a urine test on you. I’ve seen you. The two go back and forth until the woman says she wants to go home and go back to bed.“Then fine. Get the hell out. Get your money and get the hell out.....If you go to CareSpot you’re waiting for 3 hours. Go to the ER and wait for 9 hours. Get the f**k out of my office!”   Stipe says as they were leaving the doctor shoved her daughter and took her phone.  Gainesville After Hours said they have no comment, according to WGFL. (FACEBOOK)
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    Samantha Jordan is a reporter for Orlando's Morning News and website contributor for News965.com.

    After graduating from the University of Central Florida, Samantha interned for the morning show at Magic 107.7 in 2010. She was then offered a job in Houston, TX for the top 10 radio news station KTRH 740. Trading in her swimsuit for a cowboy hat, Samantha made the move to KTRH where she worked as the web reporter and writer. Her on-air segment 'Connected' brought to life all of the viral videos that are trending on the web. Houston listeners dubbed her 'the web goddess' as she brought light-hearted and comedic relief during the morning commute.

    Television came calling and Samantha was approached by the local TV station Fox 26 to participate in their weekly 'Fox in Focus' segment, which talked about women's issues in a debate-style setting. In 2012, Samantha was offered a job with News 96.5 as an anchor/reporter and happily returned to her hometown. 

    When Samantha isn't reporting or scouring the web for cat videos, she enjoys going to concerts, movies, and spending time with her son and their dogs, Sebastian and Maya. 

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  • The American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday that an Oklahoma school's national anthem policy is unconstitutional. >> Read more trending news The statement was released after Stuart Public Schools enacted a policy requiring all students, staff and spectators to stand for the national anthem, prohibiting any form of protest. The Hughes County school's policy was announced amid a nationwide conversation about kneeling during the national anthem. Professional football players started kneeling in protest of police brutality against minorities. The protests received increased scrutiny after President Donald Trump criticized NFL players who chose to join the protests. While some say the protests are disrespectful to U.S. service members, other say they fall under free speech and raise awareness to an important domestic issue in the country. The ACLU of Oklahoma's legal director released a statement Wednesday: “Stuart Public Schools’ new policy is blatantly unconstitutional and unenforceable. The Supreme Court has made clear that students have the right to express themselves. Our Constitution guarantees that public schools can neither mandate forced displays of patriotism and nationalism, nor forbid lawful protests against injustice. Stuart Public Schools has chosen to violate both of these guarantees. This school district’s school’s leaders are in desperate need of a First Amendment lesson, one that they are likely to receive swiftly in the event they actually attempt to enforce this unlawful policy.” The organization's director of external affairs also released a statement: “Forcing students to stand for the National Anthem is irresponsible and flies in the face of every conceivable understanding of the First Amendment. If this school district were actually interested in real patriotism, they would do their duty as a government actor to uphold the values of the Constitution rather than waste taxpayers’ time and resources with an unlawful attempt to shut down the expression of their students and staff.”
  • An Orlando man with a gun, hired for security was arrested Thursday on the campus of the University of Florida. Moments before the start of the controversial speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer, Alachua County Sheriff Deputies arrested Sean Brijmohan, 28, on a charge of carrying a firearm on school property.  According to the Alachua County Sheriff's Office, a deputy saw Brijmohan walking with a gun on his waist and under his shirt. Brijmohan does posses a concealed carry license, deputies said.  It's not known which media organization Sean Brijmohan was hired by or what security firm he is employed by.  The streets of Gainesville were empty hours before Spencer's speech, with only media and uniformed law enforcement officers lining streets of the university.  Protesters shouted, 'Not in our town! Not in our state! We don't want your Nazi hate!
  • A 15-year-old boy was killed and a 17-year-old boy was injured Wednesday evening when a fight escalated into an exchange of gunfire, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said. Deputies were called shortly before 9:30 p.m. to Hummingbird Lane near Lake Underhill Road and South Chickasaw Trail, where Joshua Zapata had been shot, Orange County Deputy Ingrid Tejada-Monforte said. 'We heard some voices out here and we looked out the window and there were some people across the street,' said Stephen Stull, who lives nearby.  Zapata, who was described as very uncooperative, was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center in stable condition, Tejada-Monforte said. Photos: Teenage boys shot in Orange County Just heartbreaking-- a 15 yr old is dead and a 17 yr old is recovering following a shootout between two teens. We are live outside ORMC pic.twitter.com/4GZRk3wi1F — Ty Russell (@TRussellWFTV) October 19, 2017 Read: Deputies: Man, 25, shot during fight in Orange County Investigators said Anthony Jamie Santiago, who was shot multiple times, was found minutes later on nearby Puffin Drive. Santiago was taken to Florida Hospital East, where he died. Deputies said the boys got into a fight, but its cause is unknown. Neither boy lived in the neighborhood. The shootings remain under investigation. No other details were given. Read: Police: Orlando bike cop shoots man who shot at him
  • A 46-year-old man shot a 25-year-old man Wednesday evening during a fight, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said. The shooting was reported shortly before 9:15 p.m. on Hollister Road near Lake Pickett and Chuluota roads in the Bithlo neighborhood, Orange County Deputy Ingrid Tejada-Monforte said. Jose Irizarry Caraballo was arguing with a man when another man tried to break up the fight, Tejada-Monforte said. The identities of the other two men haven't been released. Read: Deputies: 1 of 2 teenage boys shot in Orange County dies Investigators said Caraballo shot at the man who was trying to breaking up the argument but hit the man with whom he was arguing instead. The victim was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center in stable condition, deputies said. Watch: Luis Toledo trial: Detectives' interview played for jurors Caraballo was booked into the Orange County Jail on an aggravated battery charge. The shooting remains under investigation. No other details were given. Read: White nationalist Richard Spencer to speak at University of Florida
  • An Orange County fire chief said he and his team treated around 1,300 patients when there were stationed in Puerto Rico for eight days.  Juan Atan said he left with a group of 36 emergency personnel from South and Central Florida and was stationed in Manati on the island.  'Once you see it with your own eyes, it's a whole different ball game,' he said.  Read: Orange County elementary school holds forum to help displaced Puerto Rican families adjust Atan said his team was an acute care unit that took care of patients ranging from people coming in ill to helping the injured.  Video: Puerto Ricans struggle to secure flights off island after Hurricane Maria 'We work long hours. We worked anywhere from 12 to 16 hours. Yes we were tired. But our fuel was when those folks came in and looked at us and smiled,' he said.  Watch: Officials: 23K Puerto Ricans evacuate to Orlando, many more waiting on flights He said what struck him most about the trip was the gratefulness of those affected by the storm. Photos: Hurricane Maria slams Caribbean  'Again, that is what gives us fuel to do that. This lady, I mean she basically lost a lot of stuff. She just had a big smile when we brought her on the helicopter, she was a true trooper,” he said.  Video: Supply drive ongoing for students, families displaced to Central Florida from Puerto Rico He said he isn’t sure if he will be called back to Puerto Rico—as aid workers are still assessing the prolonged need for recovery.  According to Orlando International Airport, nearly 9,000 individuals have visited the Disaster Relief Center there to receive services with relocating to the area.  Read: KUA sends linemen to help Puerto Rico; for some, it's personal Channel 9's Nancy Alvarez is traveling to the island to survey recovery efforts. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.