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    The 2nd Annual Brews for Barks benefiting K9's for warriors is taking place Saturday March 25, in downtown Orlando.   K9'S for Warriors is a north Florida based 501(c)(3) organization that provides service canines to wounded veterans. They are dedicated to saving two lives at once, the life of a veteran suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or other combat-related injuries, and the life of a shelter dog.   It's from 1-4 Saturday afternoon at Orlando brewing, located on 1301 Atlanta ave in Orlando.   It's hosted by Orange County Young Republicans who asking for your help in raising funds. The event features beer specials, food, raffles, goodies and more. To donate and for more info: https://k9sforwarriors.donorpages.com/MyEvent/OrangeCountyYoungRepublicans/
  • A Lakeland man wanted to get a rise out of people with a prank video of him eating pancakes in the middle of the road, but now he’s facing charges for the stunt. According to the Tampa Bay Times, 21 year-old Kiaron Thomas is being charged for obstructing a roadway and disrupting traffic flow. Thomas told ivnestigators later it was a prank and he lives right by the intersection of Memorial Boulevard and Brunnel Parkway in Lakeland. Officers didn’t arrive on scene to find Thomas but later saw the video.  He now has a court date scheduled for April 25. Watch the video here or below:
  • The Tulsa Police Department released a graphic video showing an officer using his patrol car to run over a suspect and end a gunfight. Madison Dickson, 21, was killed in the incident.  The video clearly shows a gun in her right hand.  One part of the video shows the closeup dashcam footage and the other is from yards away, showing the vehicle mowing down Dickson. Dickson was the suspect in a string of violent crimes that spanned nearly a week when she was spotted in a car.  She tried to run, and gunfire is heard in the video.  Tulsa Police officer say the gunfire was directed towards them. Click here or see below for the video: Additional videos released to media by TPD indicate an officer also used a Taser on Dickson after she was down, because she still had the gun and wasn’t responding to commands.  “She might not be able to, hang on,” one officer says as others are yelling at her to show her hands.   EMSA arrived on the scene a few minutes later, but Dickson died from her injuries.
  • Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) is leading a bipartisan effort in urging the new administration to keep offshore oil drilling rigs out of the eastern Gulf of Mexico and away from Florida's coast.  In a letter Friday to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Nelson and others urged the administration to maintain the current moratorium on offshore oil drilling in the eastern Gulf for at least the next five years. see the full letter below,      March 24, 2017    The Honorable Ryan Zinke  Secretary  U.S. Department of the Interior  1849 C Street NW  Washington, DC 20240     Dear Secretary Zinke,    As members of the Florida congressional delegation, we are writing to make clear our strong opposition to offshore oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. It’s our understanding that your department may be considering a new Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2017-2022. If you do choose to draft a new plan, we strongly urge you to keep the eastern Gulf off limits.   Drilling in this area threatens Florida’s multi-billion-dollar, tourism-driven economy and is incompatible with the military training and weapons testing that occurs there.   In 2006, Congress passed the Gulf of Mexico Energy and Security Act (P.L. 109-432), which created a moratorium on drilling in most of the eastern Gulf of Mexico – including all areas east of the Military Mission Line.   It’s been nearly seven years since the Deepwater Horizon explosion fifty miles off the coast of Louisiana claimed the lives of eleven men and ruined an entire tourism season for the Gulf states. And we still don’t know the full extent of the damage done to marine life such as dolphins and sea turtles.   This tragedy was a painful reminder that Florida’s beaches and economy are at risk even when oil rigs are hundreds of miles away from its shores.   In addition to its economic value, the eastern Gulf of Mexico provides a critical testing and training range for our nation’s military – the largest such training area in the United States. For example, pilots at Eglin Air Force Base in Pensacola, Florida, use the open space to train with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets.   In 2015, the Department of Defense reiterated its opposition to offshore drilling activities in this vital training area. As a former Navy SEAL, you understand the importance of ensuring that the men and women of our armed forces have access to the best training opportunities available.   We expect that as our nation’s newest Interior Secretary you will follow both the letter and the spirit of the law that currently bans drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, and we strongly urge you to heed the recommendations of the Department of Defense and coastal communities by keeping offshore drilling rigs out of the area.   Sincerely,
  • An elderly Lake Wales woman had an unwanted guest removed from her home:a 6-foot long banded water snake. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office posted a picture of the snake on Facebook Friday, with the caption: “Further proof that we are a full-service law enforcement agency!” A spokesperson said the snake was found under a file cabinet in a home off Chalet Suzanne Road on Dinner Lake. This snake capture comes as Florida Fish and Wildlife officers continue to look for a missing monocled cobra in Ocala. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office even shared the Polk County Sheriff’s office photo on Facebook with the caption: “We have the Ocala Cobra still on the loose in Marion County. Sheriff Woods has a warrant out for his arrest.”
  • Rapper Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and the Weinstein Company are teaming up to make a six part documentary series for television and a feature film about the murder of Trayvon Martin.  The projects come after the company secured the rights to two books - Suspicious Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It by NBC Reporter Lisa Bloom and Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, co-written by Sabrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s parents. The shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin sparked a national debate about racial profiling and spurred the Black Lives Matter movement. Trayvon Martin was shot in Sanford, February 2012 by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, who was later found not guilt of second-degree murder. The Weinstein Company confirmed the deal but did not comment.   So far, there are no details on when the project will begin or be released.
  • Stubby - He’s so sweet! Stubby is currently living at Pet Alliance Orlando, but could be immediately available to live in your home with your family.  To help find him a new, loving home, we’re featuring Stubby as our WDBO News Hound today.  Watch the video below to answer your questions and see more from lovable Stubby! App users can see video here. 
  • After nearly 14 years, Disney is replacing its popular “Wishes” fireworks show at Magic Kingdom with something new. The park released a sneak peek of its next nighttime spectacular called “Happily Ever After.” According to the Disney Parks Blog, the new show will feature “more lasers, lights and projections than ever before – not to mention contemporary versions of popular Disney songs.” The new show will debut on May 12th.  To celebrate the occasion, Disney also live streamed the Thursday night’s showing of Wishes to make sure everyone can see it before it’s gone. (News 96.5 WDBO App users can click HERE to watch the video.)
  • Every color in the rainbow sprinkles down on thousands of runners in Central Florida each year.   Color run races make for fun photos, but Channel 9 found out they also come with risks.   “If someone was to light up a cigarette and the conditions were right, the moisture was low, then it could cause a fire,” said Richard Blair, a chemistry research professor at the University of Central Florida.   Colored powder shot into the air during a Taiwan concert two years ago ignited and injured nearly 500 people.   “The material has to be stirred up. So the dust has to be suspended, like you would in a color run,” Blair said.   Blair tested three brands of colored powder bought online, although some types are homemade with corn starch.   He used the pink from the Chameleon Colors brand first.   When he put the powder in a funnel and used an air compressor to blow it out, it ignited.   The same happened with a green powder from the Dream Color brand.   The orange powder from Rangoli was the only test that didn’t ignite.   But a flour-based homemade recipe ignited under the test.   Should someone decide to make or buy colored powder to use for a birthday, gender-reveal party, or anything else, Blair recommends being cautious of open flames, like birthday candles.   Blair said weather conditions may also affect flammability.   “Very dry conditions, those where it hasn’t rained in a long time,” he said.   Blair also said color run racers should keep an eye out for smokers or machines that could cause a spark.
  • The weather is warming up and the outdoor events season is in full swing as festivals, concerts and 5k runs keep Central Floridians busy from morning until night.    icFlorida’s Estee Martin paid her weekly Friday morning visit to Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley to take a closer look at this weekend’s top happenings around town.  The icFlorida Fun 3:  9th Annual Wine and Seafood Festival It’s all about food, wine, music and fun at the 9th Annual Wine & Seafood Festival, Friday through Sunday at Lakeridge Winery in Clermont. This signature event marks the beginning of springtime, and the warmer weather brings people out to enjoy Lakeridge Winery’s delectable wines, scrumptious seafood and fabulous live music all weekend long.  The Color Run Dream Tour   Running and fitness meets party time as The Color Run Dream World Tour stops Saturday at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee. Known as the happiest 5K on the planet, participants run along a magical course, experiencing classic Color Zones and the brand new Foam Zone and Dream wall while vibrant music plays throughout the course.  52nd Annual DeLand Outdoor Art Festival For the last 52 years, the DeLand Outdoor Art Festival has signified the arrival of spring as more than 135 fine artists from throughout the southeast gather at Earl Brown Park to display their works and compete for cash prizes. Items for sale range from handmade jewelry, clothing, soaps, and infused products to carved wooden toys. Attendees can also enjoy delicious food items and a wide variety of live music.  Get the Weekend Events Weather Forecast from WFTV Meteorologist Brian Shields.   3 More Fun Things  Free Spring Jazz Concert and Art Festival 5th Annual Uptown Art Expo Universal’s Mardi Gras Finale with The All-American Rejects Keep up to date on the latest local entertainment and events news at icFlorida.com.

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  • After a Republican push in Congress on a GOP health care overhaul bill melted down last Friday, there are not many opportunities for President Donald Trump to turn things around on Capitol Hill right now, as with little of his agenda in the pipeline, it is possible that the President may have to waits months for a significant legislative achievement to make it through the Congress. Here is where things stand on Capitol Hill for the Trump Administration. 1. Lots of campaign promises, but little ready for action. With the GOP health care bill seemingly now off the agenda in the Congress, where does President Trump go for a much-needed legislative victory? The answer reminds me of what I said about health care and Republicans for the last six years – they have lots of ideas, but there is no GOP consensus on what to do, or how to get it through the House and Senate. That description could apply to a number of big issues, like tax reform, budget cuts, entitlement reform, balancing the budget, building new roads and bridges, and many other issues. For a variety of reasons, there are no bills ready for action on anything major at this point on the Trump Agenda, as Mr. Trump is definitely behind where things stood eight years ago legislatively. Laws signed by Obama, at this point in 2009 · Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act· SCHIP reauthorization· DTV Delay Act· Stimulus bill· Omnibus — Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) March 26, 2017 2. The one bright spot for Trump – Neil Gorsuch. Let’s not ignore the one possible victory in the short term for the President, his choice for U.S. Supreme Court. Neil Gorsuch was untouched in last week’s confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, but his final approval is not a slam dunk, as Democrats are threatening to filibuster the Gorsuch nomination. Still, it’s not clear that all Democrats will go along with that, and Gorsuch may get approved after an Easter break on Capitol Hill. That would certainly be a big victory for Mr. Trump and Republicans – but it may be about the only major item they will celebrate on any time soon in the halls of Congress. 'Neal Gorsuch. Neal Gorsuch. Neal Gorsuch.' My closing comment on @MeetThePress 30 years from now, God willing, Justice Gorsuch will still b — Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) March 26, 2017 3. Tax reform unlikely to produce a quick victory for Trump. While the President has made clear he wants to move on from the GOP health care debacle to tax reform, that is not an item that will fly through Congress. If you think health care reform is tricky, just wait until you get every corporate lobbyist imaginable in Washington, D.C. involved in a major tax reform effort. The last time the Congress approved a tax reform bill, it took a little over a year to get it through the House and Senate and to the President’s desk – that was the Tax Reform Act of 1986. There is a reason they call the lobby outside of the House Ways and Means Committee, “Gucci Gulch” – it will be packed with very well paid lobbyists of all stripes. Attention members of Gucci Gulch https://t.co/Oy3RQKTxjp — Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 24, 2017 4. A U.S.-Mexican border wall is no slam dunk. President Trump has asked the Congress to approve $3.1 billion so his administration can jump start work on a wall along the Mexican border, but that’s no gimme on Capitol Hill. Mr. Trump wants some of that money approved as part of budget plan for the rest of the current fiscal year; a temporary budget runs out on April 28. While that is just over a month from now, the Congress will soon be gone on a two week Easter break, and there are some fears a mini-budget showdown next month could even lead to a government shutdown. One thing that may rile up some Republicans is the need to use eminent domain to get the land along the border to build the wall. Trump likes eminent domain – many in the GOP do not. Report: Texans on Mexico border receive letters threatening eminent domain for Trump's wall. https://t.co/g0Aw80wqH7 — Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) March 17, 2017 5. What about the Trump Infrastructure plan? Through the campaign, there was a lot of talk by the President about a $1 trillion package for infrastructure spending – not all from the government, but a public-private partnership to deliver construction jobs on news roads, bridges and more. But over two months into his administration, the White House has not yet delivered a plan, and Congress is not ready with any bill as of yet. The odd part of this issue is obvious, as Republicans spent the last eight years resisting much smaller infrastructure plans offered by President Obama, mainly on the grounds of the cost. This is another major issue that’s not ready for a vote in either the House or Senate. Which committees/members of Congress are working on or drafting infrastructure legislation? — Sydney (@Sydney843) March 26, 2017 6. Trump budget likely to bring even more Capitol Hill intrigue. If you enjoyed the ebb and flow of the internal Republican troubles over health care, just wait until we get to the budget presented by President Trump. That plan is asking for $54 billion more in defense spending next year, offset by $54 billion in budget cuts from non-defense programs. Just as the GOP was divided into different camps on health care, the same is true on the budget. Some Republican lawmakers are aghast at the lack of effort by the White House to deal with the budget deficit. Others want much more in defense spending. There are many ready to resist various cuts put forward by the White House as well. Some of the specific Trump cuts that would be felt in local communities are already drawing fire, with little push back from the White House. Here’s a perfect example of budget concern coming from a red state: Trump’s budget cuts could affect Topeka, Billard airport operationshttps://t.co/hueNlp384X — CJOnline (@CJOnline) March 26, 2017 7. GOP finger pointing won’t help produce legislative wins. President Trump on Sunday used Twitter to lash out at conservative Republicans in Congress and outside conservative groups that were opposed to the health care reform bill that ran aground last week, as he singled out the Freedom Caucus for criticism. “Mark Meadows betrayed Trump and America and supported Pelosi and Democrats to protect Obamacare,” said Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA), again going after the head of the House Freedom Caucus. Not only is the country divided politically, but so too is the Republican Party in Congress, and that was very obvious in the last week. If the majority party isn’t united in Washington, that makes life difficult when it comes to legislating. This tweet shows you some Republicans aren’t scared of crossing the President one bit. Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 26, 2017 I take it GOP leadership still hasn't told Trump the PP provision was a 1yr bait and switch? See page 23 of CBO https://t.co/O9cGKQeqzb https://t.co/yKVPG1UvHe — Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) March 26, 2017 8. It’s not just the Freedom Caucus that Trump is mad at. As more stories leak out about the President’s lobbying efforts on health care, it’s becoming apparent that he gave an earful to some Republican moderates as well. On NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) acknowledged that he had been on the receiving end of one Trump jab, as the President reportedly told Dent that he and other opponents of the health care bill were “destroying America,” as the New York Times reported that Trump told Dent his position would endanger future efforts in Congress at tax reform. One had Trump wondering aloud, “Why am I even talking to you?” when Dent said he would be a “No” vote. 9. Whither the Freedom Caucus? Whether they’ve been called the Freedom Caucus or Tea Party Republicans, those more conservative Republicans elected in the GOP since the 2010 elections have been very straightforward in the amount of change that they want to see in Congress and in the federal government – a lot. But the problem is, they’ve done little more than just be the block of votes that says, “No” – they have not been a group that’s bubbling over with legislative ideas, they have not been on the floor leading the charge on budget cuts and other government reform proposals. This latest battle over health care prompted one Republican to quit the Freedom Caucus on Sunday – Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) made clear that he wants to see legislative achievements in the future. Thx for your leadership @realDonaldTrump @SpeakerRyan Some only want to be the party of 'no' & would've voted against the 10 commandments — Ted Poe (@JudgeTedPoe) March 24, 2017 10. So, where does that leave Trump? Don’t buy into the stories that say everything is collapsing for President Trump. But don’t go whistling by the graveyard either. I wrote five weeks ago that the GOP Congress had nothing really in the legislative pipeline for Trump to sign, other than some bills that repealed individual rules from the Obama Administration. While those certainly fit into what Trump promised during the campaign, most of that is not tip-of-the-tongue kind of stuff for politicians back home. But it’s all that Republicans have right now in terms of action in Congress. Trump seemed to understand that, as he made it part of his pitch to reluctant Republicans on health care. And for now, there seem to be few opportunities for legislative success in the near term for Mr. Trump. Momentum is important in sports. And it is important in politics as well. 'Trump didn't offer any arguments for why they should support the legislation other than to give him his first legislative victory' — DennisM (@newsagg) March 25, 2017
  • One person was killed and 15 injured, at least two critically, when gunfire erupted early Sunday morning at a hip-hop nightclub in Cincinnati,Ohio. Police are searching for multiple shooters, and have not made any arrests, yet. >> Read more trending news The man who was killed at the Cameo Night Club has been identified as 27-year-old Obryan Spikes. Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said at approximately 1:30 a.m. the emergency dispatch center began receiving calls that people had been shot at the club. A dispute erupted and several people opened fire inside the club, Isaac said. Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley asked for prayers for those injured or killed. Authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying the shooters. The FBI and ATF are assisting in the investigation. >> Click here or scroll down for the latest
  • Alex Jones on Friday apologized to the owner of a Washington, D.C., pizzeria for spreading the fake story last year that linked the restaurant to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and human trafficking. Jones, as the Austin, Texas-based host of Infowars.com, has a long history of pushing wild and false conspiracy theories, such as claiming that the U.S. government perpetrated the 9/11 attacks or the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, was a hoax. But in a rare backtracking mea culpa, Jones apologized for his role in promoting the baseless “Pizzagate” story that went viral among right-wing bloggers and media sites during the 2016 presidential campaign. >> Watch the clip here The gist of the fake story accused Hillary Clinton and her presidential campaign chairman, John Podesta, of running a child sex abuse ring through the Comet Ping Pong restaurant owned by James Alefantis. Podesta’s comments about the pizzeria — made in Democratic Party emails exposed by WikiLeaks — became fodder for fake news web portals as well as popular user-generated content sites like Reddit and 4chan. Jones, in a statement he read aloud for his online audience, tried to put some distance between himself and the fake story and blamed “scores of media outlets,” “third-party accounts of alleged activities” and “accounts of (Infowars) reporters who are no longer with us” for the “incorrect narrative” he discussed several times on his program. >> Read more trending news “In our commentary about what had become known as Pizzagate, I made comments about Mr. Alefantis that in hindsight I regret, and for which I apologize to him,” Jones said. In language that was clearly sculpted by a legal mind hoping to avoid possible litigation, Jones added: “To my knowledge today, neither Mr. Alefantis nor his restaurant Comet Ping Pong, were involved in any human trafficking as was part of the theories about Pizzagate.” For many people, the Pizzagate conspiracy theory became part of the mainstream political discussion only in December, after 28-year-old Edgar Maddison Welch of North Carolina reportedly brought a gun into a Comet Ping Pong packed with customers, and pointed it at an employee in hopes of finding proof of “Pizzagate.” Welch surrendered to police when he found no evidence that children were being harbored there, D.C. police said at the time. He pleaded guilty to weapons and assault charges Friday, CNN reported.
  • For the second time in less than 24 hours, police have swarmed the Las Vegas Strip after at least one person was killed in a shooting near the Cosmopolitan hotel and casino. >> Related: Burglary at Bellagio Hotel and Casino prompts lockdown on Vegas strip Police said Saturday afternoon that the situation was not an active shooter situation.  The suspect peacefully surrendered around 6 p.m., according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. >> Read more trending news Around 11:30 a.m. Las Vegas police reported that they were investigating a shooting that occurred on South Las Vegas Boulevard. Authorities believed an individual who was on a bus that was traveling on the strip is responsible for the shooting. Police closed portions of the strip, and set up a staging area and a barricade. Guests at the Cosmopolitan resort were evacuated. Shortly after 11 a.m., KSNV reported that at least one victim of a shooting had been transported to University Medical Center trauma in unknown condition. At 1 p.m. Saturday, authorities reported a second victim had been killed. According to USA Today, police evacuated the nearby Cosmopolitan hotel and casino shortly after 1 p.m. “The shooting incident happened on the bus,” said Larry Hadfield, a spokesman with Las Vegas Metro police. “We had one single shooting incident with two victims. Both were transported to the trauma center and one is deceased.” Hadfield said police were negotiating with the suspect Saturday afternoon in an effort to take him into custody, USA Today reported. This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 
  • Las Vegas police are investigating a burglary at a retail store in the Bellagio Hotel and Casino after an incident that occurred overnight Friday, The Associated Press reported.  >> Read more trending news Police said Saturday they believe at least three people entered the store. It was not immediately clear what items were stolen. The store was closed at the time of the burglary.  Authorities said the suspects broke into a high-end jewelry and watch store, where they may have used sledgehammers to break into the shop's jewelry cases. A witness said she saw an armed burglar wearing a pig mask near a Rolex store. Authorities said they are reviewing surveillance tape, where they saw multiple suspects wearing “character masks,” ABC News reported. According to ABC News, the Bellagio was on lockdown for approximately a half-hour after the incident. Police initially thought at least one of the theives may have fired gunshots during the burglary, but later said they believed the sound of the sledgehammers breaking the jewelry cases may have been confused for gunshots. Guests fled the hotel and casino in the midst of the incident. No one was injured.  Police have taken one suspect into custody.  Portions of the Bellagio were closed Saturday as police continue to investigate.