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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.

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  • 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.
  • A couple has been indicted on accusations that they murdered their deaf teenage son and then burned down their house to cover up the crime, the Associated Press reported. >> Read more trending news  According to the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office in New York, Ernest F. Franklin II, 35, and his wife, Heather Franklin, 33, of Guilford, New York, were charged with second-degree murder, arson and tampering with physical evidence. The two were indicted Friday on charges of second-degree murder in the death of their adopted son, 16-year-old Jeffrey Franklin, People magazine reported. Following an investigation of a fire on March 1 at the family’s 1,300-square-foot home, the couple was arrested. Investigators believe they set fire to their home to cover up the killing of their son. An autopsy determined he died prior to the fire, according to the sheriff’s office. Local law authorities have not said how or when the boy was killed. The Franklins got married in 2011 and adopted Jeffrey six or seven years ago, the sheriff’s office said. According to People magazine, Ernest is an Iraq War veteran. Heather wrote in posts on her Facebook page that she is pregnant. The Franklins are being held without bail. They entered a plea of not guilty. “People are asking themselves, ‘How could this happen?'” Chenango County Sheriff Ernest Cutting Jr. told People magazine. “Certainly for the public here, it’s a mix of anger and frustration and disappointment.” Just days before Heather Franklin was arrested, she posted an update on her Facebook page about how much she missed her son, who she called JR. She also informed friends and family that she and her husband had added their “needs” and “wants” to the CheckedTwice.com Family Gift Registry because they lost everything in the fire. A GoFundMe page was also established, but it has been taken down. The Associated Press reported that police who responded to a 911 call about 1:15 a.m. on March 1 found the Franklin’s house, located about an hour away from Syracuse, engulfed in flames. Jeffrey was inside and unable to escape the fire, according to the sheriff’s office. Authorities initially said the cause of the fire appeared to be a wood stove, the residence’s main heating source. “People are wondering how anybody could do something so brutal to a developmentally disabled and handicapped 16-year-old boy,” Cutting told People. “There are a lot of people who would have taken him. There are organizations that would have taken care of him. Why resort to that? … It’s just a terrible, terrible tragedy.”
  • North Carolina police said they have found the bodies of two missing children Saturday morning in Hoke County. >> Read more trending news  Fayetteville police had been searching for 2-year-old Serenity and 4-day-old Genesis Freeman overnight Friday. They were in their father's custody when they disappeared and he reportedly refused to tell police where the children were. Tillman Freeman, 30, was first charged with two counts of child abuse and child neglect.  When their bodies were found in a wooded area off of Highway 211, two counts of first-degree murder were added to those charges. The children's mother was in the hospital at the time the children went missing for an unrelated reason.
  • After the collapse of health care reform legislation in the House on Friday, Republicans in the Congress and President Donald Trump now must decide what’s next on their respective agendas, as the GOP tries to pick up the pieces from a very public legislative failure over an issue that had been their central political focus for the last seven years. Here’s the look from Capitol Hill. 1. The first big setback for the Trump agenda. You can try to downplay what happened, but there was little positive to take from this health care debacle in the House. “I will not sugarcoat this; this is a disappointing day for us,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan after the vote was canceled. President Trump tried to blame Democrats, but that rang hollow since the White House had done no serious outreach to the other party. With this setback, it’s even more apparent how little has been done so far by the GOP Congress with respect to the Trump Agenda. Other than approving a series of plans to reverse specific regulations of the Obama Administration, no bills of any import have been passed. Infrastructure, jobs bills, tax cuts, cutting government – all of that sounds good – but so far, no action. And Trump wrote 'The Art of the Deal' — Bill Mitchell (@JerseyGuy_Bill) March 25, 2017 2. Trump allies turn their sights on Speaker Ryan. It wasn’t hard to hear the low rumbling of some supporters of President Trump, as they used the Friday health care debacle to immediately try to make Speaker Ryan the scapegoat. Ann Coulter bluntly said, “Ryan is not on Trump’s side.” Pro-Trump websites like InfoWars and Breitbart immediately attacked Ryan as well, with some conservatives urging the House Freedom Caucus to help dump Ryan, arguing that he is the perfect illustration of the Republican Establishment that needs to be excised from Swamp of Washington, D.C. Paul Ryan is not on @POTUS' side – https://t.co/QVOHBDIKiT #KilledTheBill #FunFactFriday — Alex Jones (@RealAlexJones) March 24, 2017 3. Full repeal of Obamacare needs 60 votes in the Senate. If Republicans couldn’t muster a majority in the House – how are they going to get 60 votes in the Senate to really change the bulk of the Obama health law? The answer – they’re not going to do that any time soon. But full repeal was still the mantra from a number of Republicans as the House GOP health care bill went down the tubes on Friday. “I remain committed to repealing Obamacare and replacing it with conservative reforms,” said Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN). “Congress should take its time and pass a good bill that actually repeals ObamaCare,” said Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL). But the truth is, unless Republicans get 60 votes in the 2018 elections, an Obama health law repeal bill faces a difficult road in the Congress. I applaud House conservatives for keeping their word to the American people. I look forward to passing full repeal https://t.co/ftyj6sCw0v — Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 24, 2017 4. This fight on health care is already over? It seems hard to believe that Republicans are just going to drop the issue of health care reform, especially after making it such a central part of their political message in recent years. But President Trump seemed to send the signal that he is going to focus his political capital on other issues, like tax reform. “That one is going to be fun,” the President said earlier this week, as his Treasury Secretary predicted a final tax bill would on the President’s desk by early August. The last time Congress approved major tax reform was 1986. There’s a reason it hasn’t happened in over 30 years. It is not easy. And the lobbyists of Gucci Gulch will be ready. President Trump says tax reform is the next item on his agenda https://t.co/dLNduSPgl6 — CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) March 24, 2017 5. This wasn’t really much of an effort. The White House said the President “left everything on the field” to get a health care bill. But it doesn’t look like that at all. Go back eight years, and Democrats were just launching their 13 month effort to forge what would become known as Obamacare. It went through the spring, summer, fall, winter, and then into the next spring of 2010, before being achieved. By contrast, the GOP introduced its health care bill on March 6 and gave up on March 24. Back in 2009 and 2010, Democrats struggled to keep their side together, but managed to get 60 votes for their package in the Senate. The GOP couldn’t even get a majority in the House. There is still time to go back to the drawing board. But it takes more than 18 days of work. Remember when Republicans promised they would try to fiddle with Obamacare for a few weeks and then give up? — Ramesh Ponnuru (@RameshPonnuru) March 24, 2017 6. Let the Republican finger pointing begin. One of the biggest immediate targets was the Freedom Caucus, the group of more conservative lawmakers which for years has been very good at holding out against the GOP leadership, but has done almost nothing in the way of substantive legislating. Some of that ire was aimed at Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), the head of the Freedom Caucus. “Mark Meadows is more interested in being on the TV than solving problems,” fumed Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA), who then aimed some more barbs at Meadows and pointedly made sure to tell a reporter – “You can quote me on that.” Exactly right. GOP & Trump own this,but @freedomcaucus & @Heritage_Action & others caused it. They are the pie-in-the-sky caucus. https://t.co/9tMcfk45ox — Brit Hume (@brithume) March 24, 2017 7. Don’t downplay the importance of this setback. Yes, it’s just one bill. Yes, it’s not the end of the world. But this failure was a big deal. Republicans have been talking for years about how they would repeal and replace the Obama health law. Donald Trump said he would do it right away. But for years, I have been reporting – and taking flak for saying – that while the GOP had lots of ideas, they didn’t have consensus on any plan. And that was obvious as they desperately tried to stitch together deals at the last minute to keep the bill moving. It’s pretty easy to lob verbal grenades at the other party – it’s a little different to offer substantive legislation and pass it. Humiliating defeat for GOP after years to prepare. Real blow to their argument that they could govern if only given the chance. — carl hulse (@hillhulse) March 24, 2017 8. This was not a good week for President Trump. It started Monday with the FBI Director publicly confirming that not only was there an investigation of how Russia meddled in last year’s election, but also a probe of any links between the Trump Campaign and Moscow. The FBI chief also made clear there was no evidence to back up Trump’s claim that he had been wiretapped in 2016. And the NSA shot down talk that British Intelligence had helped with surveillance on Trump Tower. Meanwhile, the Trump travel and refugee ban stayed on hold the courts, despite Mr. Trump’s declaration that judges were overstepping their authority. Then the week ended with a health care thud. Tomorrow's cover: Trump forced to cancel health care vote in stunning blow https://t.co/53Po4iXVbM pic.twitter.com/lEQe5Qc22g — New York Post (@nypost) March 24, 2017