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    The saying goes ‘age is just a number’ and this firecracker of a lady proves that all too well. Maggie, a Vietnam War nurse veteran, was preparing to board her airplane at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport for her Honor Flight when she decided to have some fun. The ‘seasoned’ Vet challenged one of the TSA officers to 10 push ups. The obviously fit Maggie, who still even fit into her uniform, completed all ten without trouble, showing just how much of a bada** she still is. Mobile users see video here. Our own Joe Kelley from Orlando's Morning News is a volunteer guardian for an Honor Flight this Saturday as Joe escorts a 93-year-old World War II vet to see the WWII memorial in Washington D.C. Follow @talkradiojoe on social for a behind the scenes look!
  • A letter that President Donald Trump wrote to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been made public. In it, President Trump warns Erdogan to not be a ‘tough guy’ or ‘a fool.’ 'Dear Mr. President,' the Oct. 9 letter began, 'Let's work out a good deal! You don't want to be responsible for slaughtering thousands of people, and I don't want to be responsible for destroying the Turkish economy — and I will.' He continues, “History will look upon you favorably if you get this done the right and humane way. It will look upon you forever as the devil if good things don't happen.” Mobile users see the letter here.
  • An underage Iowa man has been arrested for using a fake ID that claimed he was McLovin from the film 'Superbad.' 20-year-old Daniel Burleson was partying at Iowa City's Airliner Bar over the weekend when an officer, who thought Burleson looked a little young, asked to see his ID, police say. After handing over his real driver's license, the cop asked for the ID that got him into the bar. Although Burleson claimed he didn't have a fake ID, he 'pulled out his wallet and began shuffling through the wallet and police could see fake Hawaii ID with the name 'McLovin -- Date of Birth: 06/03/1981,' according to his arrest report. The ID is an exact copy of one used by actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse in the 2007 movie 'Superbad.'  Mobile users see clip here. Burleson admitted he bought the phony ID on Amazon, which sells them for $6.97 each. He was taken into custody and charged with many things, including possession of a fictitious license.
  • Imagine a flash mob, but on multiple streets and stages. That’s what’s going to be taking over Orlando this week from Thursday to Sunday night - it’s called Immerse 2019 by Creative City Project. Their website reads “we know what it’s like to be caught up in the uninspiring day to day” and “experience art that will make you say ‘wow.’” Over a 1,000 artists will take part in the four day festival ranging everything musicians to street artists to live art installations to interactive pieces. General Admission PLUS Experience tickets are already sold out, but many more GA and VIP are still available. There will be road closures caused by the event too. The info at Orlando.gov states the following will be blocked: Orange Avenue from Central Boulevard to Anderson Street Pine Street between Garland Avenue and Court Avenue (local traffic maintains access) Church Street from Garland Avenue to Court Avenue Eastbound South Street from Boone Avenue to Orange Avenue For more info on the traffic you can call: 321-710-5227 And for more info on Immerse 2019, tickets and the schedule for all four days of the event, check out their website here. Mobile users see post here.
  • We probably all have an opinion of what is ‘rock and roll’ and what is not and who should be put in the history books for it. Well now is your time to let your opinion known to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame itself. Votes are now being cast for the 2020 nominees. Your choices include first time nominees Dave Matthews Band, The Doobie Brothers, Motorhead, Pat Benatar, T Rex, Thin Lizzy, Sound Garden, Whitney Houston and The Notorious B.I.G. Other nominees include Kraftwerk,  Depeche Mode, MC5, Judas Priest, Nine Inch Nails,  and Rufus featuring Chaka Khan. Nominee ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 1,000 artists, historians and members of the music industry. Fans can also take part in the induction selection process through Jan. 10, 2020. Click here to cast your ballot or, if you feel like a trip, head to the museum itself in Cleveland.
  • Defense Forces veteran Shay Bradley had always been a prankster, according to his daughter, so it wasn’t a surprise to his loved ones that he pulled one last trick as they all said goodbye. Bradley knew he was dying from a “long illness bravely borne” and decided before he went that he wanted to make his friends and family laugh at his funeral instead of cry. As his coffin is lowered into the ground, the crowd heard knocking, then Shay’s voice, “Hello, hello — let me out!”  The pre-recorded message continued, “Where the f - - k am I? Let me out, let me out. It’s f - - king dark in here. Is that the priest I can hear? This is Shay, I’m in the box. No, in f - - king front of you. I’m dead.” The video of the joke, and the crowd laughing through their tears, has since spread across the internet with over 500,000 views and 16,000 likes. His daughter Andrea posted the footage to Facebook, writing, “My dad’s dieing [sic] wish, always the pranksters. Ya got them good Poppabear and gave us all a laugh just when we needed it!! I will love you forever #shayslastlaugh.” She added on Twitter, “What a man . . . To make us all laugh when we were incredibly sad . . . He was some man for one man . . . Love you forever Poppabear #Shayslastlaugh.” Mobile users see video here.
  • Walt Disney World’s newest transportation system, the Disney Skyliner, is back up in operation after experiencing what the park is calling a ‘system malfunction’ over a week ago. The cable cars stopped moving the evening of October 5th, leaving some guests stranded for hours. Since then, the gondolas have been closed, for nine days, while Disney investigated the incident. The Skyliner was spotted over the weekend moving, but without passengers, as they tested the system. Now, it’s open for guests again with hours between 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.  System updates later this week will result in modified operating hours, though, as wdwinfo.com writes: October 16-18: October 16: The Disney Hollywood Studios line will be closed while the other two lines will be available from 1 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. October 17-18: All lines will be open from 1 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  • A graphically violent parody video, shown at a meeting of President Donald Trump's supporters at his Miami resort, depicted a likeness of the president shooting and stabbing his opponents and members of the news media in a church, The New York Times reported Sunday. In the video, Trump's critics and media members are portrayed as parishioners fleeing his gruesome rampage. The fake Trump strikes the late Sen. John McCain in the neck, hits and stabs TV personality Rosie O'Donnell in the face, lights Sen. Bernie Sanders' head on fire and shoots or otherwise assaults people whose faces are replaced with news organization logos. The video was shown last week at an American Priority conference at Trump's Doral Miami resort, the newspaper said. Trump was not there. Event organizer Alex Phillips told the Times the video was played as part of a 'meme exhibit' and was not associated with or endorsed by the conference 'in any official capacity.' ''American Priority rejects all political violence,' he said, and is looking into the matter. The video includes the logo for Trump's 2020 campaign but Tim Murtaugh, spokesman for the re-election organization, told the Times the 'video was not produced by the campaign, and we do not condone violence.' The setting for the massacre is the 'Church of Fake News,' capturing Trump's familiar refrain about news stories and organizations that he considers to be fake news. In the video, Trump's face is superimposed on a killer's body as he shoots people in the face and otherwise assaults them. Among the targets: former President Barack Obama, Black Lives Matter, Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters, Bill and Hillary Clinton and Rep. Adam Schiff, who as Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is leading the impeachment inquiry of Trump. CNN, The Washington Post, BBC, PBS, NBC and Politico are among the news organizations depicted as victims of the fake Trump's violent fury. Mobile users see video here. The White House declined immediate comment.
  • The brand new stadium in Osceola County will soon be sporting some purple. Orlando City Soccer Club has acquired the rights to the arena, adding the 5,400 seat stadium located on the grounds of the Club’s new training complex at Osceola Heritage Park. The former baseball park will undergo a makeover to become a top of the line soccer stadium. The Club will make the stadium the new home field for Orlando City B starting in the 2020 United Soccer League (USL) League One season.  The rights acquirement comes beside the move of OCSC moving to the training facility in Osceola Heritage Park. That Orlando City SC Training Complex features four fields, a fitness, training and recovery center, a players’ lounge, meal room and a film room. Orlando Heritage Park’s website quotes Orlando City SC CEO Alex Leitão saying: “The addition of Osceola County Stadium is another major step in the growth and expansion of our Club infrastructure alongside Exploria Stadium, the Orlando City SC Training Complex at Osceola Heritage Park and the Orlando Pride training facility at Sylvan Lake Park. Not only will the stadium provide a new home field for Orlando City B, but it will complete the move in having our entire men’s development structure at one location; a location that all players - from our Development Academy to USL League One to the First Team - will call home. We are extremely excited to expand our training complex and to reinforce our commitment with a high-class soccer infrastructure for our players, staff and fans.” While Robb Larson, general manager of OHP/ASM Global says,  “The addition of Orlando City B to our stadium is very exciting. This, in addition to the previously announced training complex, marks another milestone in our growth as we welcome the world of soccer to our facility,”
  • If you haven’t done a lot of hanging out around Chicago, you may not be familiar with the name. But know this - it’s apparently so good that a whole Facebook group has been created with the sole purpose being to demand Portillo’s expand into Orlando. The group seems to have gotten its wish as the iconic hot dog chain has announced plans to open its first Central Florida location. The Chicago eatery doesn’t only serve Chicago-style hot dogs though. There you can also find burgers, salads, Italian beef, draft beer and chocolate cake. It will also sport an outdoor patio and double drive-thru. For more details on the future location for Portillo’s, time it will open, and where you can find other Portillo’s in Florida, check out the Orlando Business Journal.
  • 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.

    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 doing charity work through the 501st Legion and Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando and riding her motorcycle.

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  • A road construction worker was killed and three others were hurt after being hit by a suspected drunken driver near Concord Mills Mall in North Carolina early Saturday, police said. >> Read more trending news  Danyel Middleton was charged with felony death by a motor vehicle, and police said she could face more charges. She spent her 22nd birthday in jail and will face a judge Monday. Socorro Martinez, 50, was confirmed dead at the scene. The three other victims were taken to a nearby hospital. Two were being treated for serious injuries, and the third was treated and released from the hospital. The crash happened around 1:45 a.m. on Concord Mills Boulevard near Entry A to Concord Mills Mall. Police said the four crewmen were working on road improvements when Middleton plowed into them. According to authorities, the crew had appropriate signs and lighting indicating the work zone. 'They're just trying to make a living, and they can't come to work and be safe,' a Concord community member told WSOC's DaShawn Brown.  Officials said the four who were struck were workers with Cruz Brothers Concrete. The company, based near Burlington, North Carolina, is said to have over 75 years of experience and family-owned.  For community members, news of the crash was unsettling enough, but even more so close to home.  'You know, sometimes if I want to go out and drive at night, it makes me a lot more nervous knowing something like this could've happened,' Nate Seedorf said. 'Not only is the driver going to live with that for the rest of her life, but the family of the victims are also going to be dealing with this forever,' another community member told WSOC-TV. Middleton is being held at the Cabarrus County Jail with bail set at $1 million.
  • The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) charged two men with what they call “ the state’s largest seizure of turtles in recent history.” Officers say a tip back in February 2018 started the investigation into what they call a turtle trafficking ring that involved thousands of animals and thousands of dollars.  On October 18 wildlife officers arrested Michael Boesenberg, 39, and Michael Clemons, 23, both of Fort Myers, Fl. and charged them with poaching and selling the turtles on the black market.  Most went to large-scale reptile dealers and illegal distributors, who would then ship them overseas on the black market with a majority of the animals ending up in Asia,  according to a press release. The turtles would fetch between $300 and $10,000 dollars each. Officers estimate one month of turtles would net approximately $60,000. The FWC documented more than 4,000 turtles illegally taken and sold over a 6-month period in the release,  including Florida box turtles, Eastern box turtles, striped mud turtles, Florida mud turtles, chicken turtles, Florida softshell turtles, Gulf Coast spiny softshell turtles, spotted turtles and diamondback terrapins. When investigators arrived with a search warrant they say they found the poachers in possession of hundreds of turtles, along with the skull and shell of a protected Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle.  Biologists evaluated all of the animals for health and species identification and were able to return more than 600 of them back into the wild.
  • Friday was a tough night for residents in Polk County where a EF-2 tornado touched down causing damage to homes and churches and left thousands without power.  But it was especially hard for the Pelham family who told Bay News 9 they had only moments to get into a closet before the tornado struck.  After the storm passed, they discovered their pitbull, Tuffy, and his dog house were gone.  The family told reporters they immediately began searching the area and discovered the dog house 100 yards away. It was severely damaged.  Still, there were no signs of their big dog.  Miraculously, 18-hours after the search began a neighbor found the pooch hiding in a ditch about a half-mile away.  He was scared but otherwise seemed to be OK.  Tuffy’s reunion was shared on twitter by reporter Trevor Pettiford Sunday.  One person commented, “They don’t call him Tuffy for nothin!” App users click here to see the video.   
  • One of Texas' largest cities is reeling after a tornado swept through north Dallas on Sunday night, officials said. >> Read more trending news  According to KDFW-TV, the twister struck about 9 p.m. CDT near Dallas Love Field Airport, then headed east, damaging homes and businesses while initially knocking out power to more than 100,000 people in the region. As of early Monday, no deaths or serious injuries had been reported, the city of Dallas said in a news release; however, emergency officials told The Associated Press that they received reports of people cut by glass shards. Crews also were trying to determine whether any victims were trapped inside a collapsed structure after seven people safely fled the building, the AP reported.  WFAA-TV reported that the storm destroyed Dallas Stars hockey player Tyler Seguin's mansion. Seguin appeared to confirm the news on Twitter but assured fans that he was OK. 'Thanks to everyone reaching out about the news tonight, I am safe,' he tweeted. 'Luckily this is my house for sale and I have moved into a new one. I just left the area and it is an extremely sad sight to see. Prayers to everyone affected by the tornado.' The storm caused 'significant' damage to six homes in nearby Sachse, as well, the AP reported. Four of those houses are now considered 'uninhabitable,' according to the news agency. Read more here. – The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Residents in Gotha have been dealing with flooding for weeks. They said it’s because road projects nearby are dumping water into Lake Nally and that water is running straight into their homes. With the outer bands of Nestor impacting the area, some residents had to find a new place to stay because their homes were being flooded from all the rain. One family had to find a new place to stay and another may need to soon due to flooding. The Fernandez family was forced to move out of their home.  “There are snakes in there, and ... we haven’t been able to move out anything,” Mery Fernandez said. Neighbors said the county refuses to take responsibility for the road projects that dump water into the lakes. The water then floods homes in the area. “The county's going to own up to that and they’re gonna get my house back,” Fernandez said. Resident Paul Dehart is worried he won’t be able to get into his house one day. “Doesn’t have to rise much more and I won’t be able to get in and out, which will effectively take away my house,” Dehart said. People in the neighborhood said county officials told them that because the lakes are private, the responsibility falls on the homeowners.  “In the meantime, they still say there’s no temporary solution for this, which is hard to believe,” Dehart said. Residents said county officials told them authorities are working on conducting a study of the entire basin to find a long-term fix. For now, the neighbors are doing what they can to help each other out.

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  • Accused by Democrats of blatant corruption by planning to host the 2020 G7 Summit at his Doral resort and golf course in Miami, President Donald Trump on Saturday night reversed course and dropped those plans, retreating just two days after his acting White House Chief of Staff announced the plans. 'I thought I was doing something very good for our Country by using Trump National Doral, in Miami, for hosting the G-7 Leaders,' the President wrote on Twitter, defending his choice of venue - which he owns. 'I announced that I would be willing to do it at NO PROFIT or, if legally permissible, at ZERO COST to the USA. But, as usual, the Hostile Media & their Democrat Partners went CRAZY!' the President wrote. “To translate, “Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility” means people who stood up for the Constitution and the rule of law against what some of the most flagrant corruption in American history,” said Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA). Critics in Congress and outside ethics groups had denounced the President's decision, arguing that it was a clear cut example of corruption. Democrats had already planned a vote this coming week in the House on a measure to condemn the President for his choice, as some suggested it was such a  clear cut violation of ethics rules - and federal law - that it would automatically become an article of impeachment. “After demanding answers from the White House about the President’s decision to hold the G-7 at his Doral resort, I’m glad he’s reversed course,” said Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI). “But it never should have come to this.” “It's just one mind-blowing, embarrassing fiasco after another,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT). 'President Trump’s decision to award the G-7 Conference to his own property was outrageous, corrupt and a constitutional violation,' said Noah Bookbinder, the head of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.  'It was stunningly corrupt even for a stunningly corrupt administration,' Bookbinder added. The announcement on Twitter by the President came barely 48 hours after acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney was pelted with questions in a rare briefing for reporters, as he shrugged off repeated questions about why the G7 selection wasn't straight and simple corruption. 'Get over it,' Mulvaney said at one point. That news conference also included Mulvaney openly acknowledging that the Trump White House had pressured the Ukraine government to investigate items related to the 2016 elections, in exchange for the release of military aid to Ukraine. Several hours after that briefing, Mulvaney issued a denial of any quid pro quo, as he accused reporters of twisting his words - even though his statements were very clear. “I don’t think he’s enjoying impeachment at all,” Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) said of the President. “He can also repay American taxpayers the millions collected at Mar-a-Lago, the Trump Hotel, and other Trump properties from DOD, Secret Service, the White House and other fed agencies in violation of the Domestic Emoluments Clause,” tweeted Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD).