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    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 Marine pilot landed his attack helicopter on local athletic fields in Maine after he forgot his cell phone at a restaurant. According to The Aviation Geek Club, six Marines stopped for lunch at the Thirsty Whale in Bar Harbor and one accidentally left his phone behind.  He called the restaurant and arranged to have someone meet him on a nearby athletic field where he’d land his helicopter. Dishwasher Bryce Lambert was chosen to run over to the field where the Marine landed his Bell AH-1W Super Cobra while another flew his Bell UH-17 Venom nearby. Lambert says the marine gave him the velcro patch from his jacket as a thanks for the help.  Then they quickly took off again. (Helicopter video)
  • Eight women say longtime TV host Charlie Rose made unwanted sexual advances toward them, according to the Washington Post on Monday. The women describe lewd phone calls, walking around naked in their presence, or groping from the veteran journalist. The Post says three of the women spoke on the record while five spoke on the condition of anonymity out of “fear of Rose’s stature in the industry.”  The Post says for all of the women, reporters interviewed friends, colleagues or family members who said the women had confided in them about the incidents. One of the women, Reah Bravo, describes unwanted advances from Rose in 2007 when she wiorked on his PBS show.  “He was a sexual predator, and I was his victim,” she said.  Bravo goes on in the article to accuse Rose of emerging naked from a shower and standing where she could see him.  She also accuses him of assaulting her on a private plane.
  • A Marta bus savagely blocked the Weather Channel’s view of the Georgia Dome implosion on Monday, instantly giving birth to a new Internet classic. At the exact moment the explosives went off, the bus rolled up and obstructed the cameraman’s perfect view, causing the man to shout expletives (understandbly). As soon as the implosion finished, the bus drove off.  It was as if the driver had a mission to block the channel’s view at all costs. (Video link)
  • In Russia, you don’t have to be a famous star to post Instagram pictures from a private jet.  According to AviationCV.com, the Moscow-based company Private Jet Studio rents out private jets for Instragram photo shoots.   The jets are permanently grounded but give viewers the allure that the person in the photo is living the high life. Some pictures show clients posing with a fruit platter and champagne, while others show clients walking up the plane, as if they’re about to fly somewhere. (Instagram pic) (Instagram pic) (Instragram pic)
  • A single-engine plane made a crash landing in Clearwater on Sunday morning, and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office released their dash cam footage. Two deputies were in the area just before 10:30 a.m. on an unrelated call when they recorded the plane flying dangerous low and then crashing onto the street, leaving a trial of debris. (Facebook post) The post says deputies “rushed to the crash scene to assist the pilot and his passenger.”  Both of them walked away from the crash uninjured.  Nobody on the street was injured either. The Sheriff’s Office wrote online the pilot reported engine trouble before trying to land on North Keene Road. (Tweet)
  • Light up UCF begins its 10th season of “music, lights and ice” starting today and lasting through December 31. Central Floridians and visitors are invited to come to the CFE Arena on the campus of UCF to enjoy a new light show promising “more lights, more snow and new music.” Fan favorites are returning including ice skating, the “Arctic Glide” ice slide, the ferris wheel, the Winter Whirl, Light Up Express, carriage rides, photos with Santa in light up lane and free movie nights on Fridays and Saturdays. Some of the free movies this year include Home Alone, Elf, Polar Express, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Frozen.  CLICK HERE for the full movie schedule. The first year of Light Up UCF was 2008; since then it has evolved from only a skating rink and a light show into what it is today. Visit www.lightupUCF.com for mroe information and a calendar of events.  Prices range from $4.25 for a ride ticket to $19.95 for an ultimate pass.  On Tuesday they offer Two-for-Tuesday, which includes buy-one-get-one free skating and discounted ultimate passes. There’s also free gift wrapping from Monday through Thursday throughout December.  The last day is Dec. 21. Photos should be tagged to @CFEArena and using the hashtag #LightUpUCF.
  • A Texas sheriff is publicly going after the owner of a pickup truck with a large anti-President Trump decal on the back window. Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls posted a photo on Facebook showing a white, GMC Sierra with a decal appearing to read, “F**k Trump and f**k you for voting for him.”  The post has since been deleted but can be seen below: (Facebook post) Sheriff Nehls threatened to bring disorderly conduct charges against the driver, saying he received calls, texts and emails recently from people who took offense at the language on the sticker. Houston station KPRC 2 spoke with the driver of the truck, Karen Forsenca, who said she and her husband have had the decal on their truck for almost a year. She said she and her husband stand by the stickers and don’t plan on taking them down.  Forsenca said she and her husband don’t believe they have broken any laws.
  • 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.
  • So many people are stoked on Stove Top’s new “Thanksgiving Dinner Pants” they’ve already sold out of them. Stove Top is best known for their signature easy-to-make stuffing.  Now they’re getting into the fashion industry with “comfortable, stretch-waisted pants with a little bit of Stove Top style.”  The pants are stuffing-themed and expand to 2x their normal size to accommodate that post-Thanksgiving gut.  They also have deep pockets to stash your leftovers. The pants were supposed to be on sale from Nov. 13 to Nov 31, but a quick check of thanksgivingdinnerpants.com reveals they’re already sold out for $19.98 each. Better luck next year?
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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.