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Latest from Scott Anez

    Another coach bites the dust.  After two seasons at the helm, Frank Vogel has been fired as Head Coach of the Orlando Magic.  The announcement came this morning from Orlando’s President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman.  Do I agree with the move?  Nope.  Don’t like it.  I don’t like the fact that we now have a revolving coaching door here in Orlando. In the last six years since Dwight Howard departed City Beautiful, we are on our way to our fifth head man (Jacque Vaughn, James Borrego on an interim basis, Scott Skiles were the others).  I get it. I realize that NBA head coaches are hired to be fired, but this situation is far from healthy. The best organizations in sports have stability—both in the front office and with their coaching staffs. See the New England Patriots and San Antonio Spurs as prime examples.  Now, those are extreme examples. I don’t see very many Bill Belichicks and Greg Popovich’s growing on trees out there in the sports world.  But, at some point, the revolving door must stop and some stability must be injected into what has been a very unstable six year run---the most years the Magic have ever gone without make the NBA Playoffs.  Plus, Frank Vogel is a good dude and a good head coach. I do not believe that any coach, even Pop or Phil Jackson or the late great Red Auerbach, would have pushed this Magic team to the playoffs this year. This, as we all know, is a flawed basketball team. It is a team void of any star players, and when you add 230 games missed due to illness or injury, you have a recipe for NBA disaster.  So, I don’t like the move to fire Frank—but I get it.  I get it from Jeff Weltman’s standpoint.  Typically, the coach is hired by the boss, the GM or President. In this instance, Frank was hired by a former boss, Rob Hennigan. He is not Jeff’s guy. I’m reminded of the old line from Bill Parcells, when he said, “If they want you to cook the dinner, at least they ought to let you shop for some of the groceries.”  So, if I am Jeff, I see a guy in Frank who I did not handpick. If I am gonna go down in my first career gig as an NBA boss, I am gonna go down with people who I know and trust. I am gonna go down with people who I am familiar with.  I also look at the performance of Frank’s team this year. Granted, Coach Vogel wasn’t dealt a great hand by any means, but there’s a case to be made that his Magic underachieved this season.  I also look at my team’s defense, or lack thereof, this season. With Frank being a defensive-minded guy, we should have been much better on that side of the court.  I’ve covered every Magic coaching firing—from Brian Hill (twice) to Doc Rivers to Johnny Davis to Stan Van Gundy to Jacque Vaughn. These things are never fun. They are never easy.  Now, look, I don’t feel sorry for Coach Vogel. He’s leaving Orlando with a nice hefty payout in his back pocket and I do believe that Frank is gonna attract some serious attention in what should be a red-hot NBA head coaching market.  But I don’t like the fact that the Magic have fired Frank Vogel.  I get it.  But I don’t have to like it. -- Scott Anez hosts Orlando’s News at Noon on News 96.5 WDBO and ESPN Afternoons with Scott Anez weekdays from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM on ESPN 580 Orlando and is the radio voice of the Orlando Magic. 
  • Scott Anez

    Opinionated, fair-minded and entertaining, WDBO's Scott Anez proves time and time again that he is one of the most versatile and talented broadcasters in the nation.   

    Scott serves as host of Central Florida's Evening News, a fast-moving, hour-long nightly program chock full of news, weather, traffic and opinion.  

    Scott also is into his 20th year as host of WDBO’s 'Inside Magic', the highest rated sports-talk show in Orlando. 

    On top of that, Scott also serves as Broadcast Host for the Orlando Magic Radio Network.  

    Scott is also heavily involved in our community and speaks to numerous schools and organizations throughout Central Florida. 

    He currently serves on the Board of Directors at The Community Food and Outreach Center of Central Florida.  

    He graduated from Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs and from the University of Central Florida.  Truly, a man for all seasons--Scott Anez is Orlando!

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  • A man who stabbed a New York City man early Tuesday also partially severed his own finger during the attack, police said. >> Read more trending news  The 35-year-old victim, who was repeatedly stabbed, lived in the Bronx, WPIX reported. According to police, the attacker and victim were arguing outside a bar at 1:15 a.m. when the stabbing occurred. The victim was stabbed in the back, while the attacker partially cut a finger on his left hand, WPIX reported. The assailant then ran away, police said. Police said the attacker appeared to be in his mid- to late 20s, the television station reported. The man had a beard and tattoos on his right forearm and upper right arm, WPIX reported. Police said the man was last seen wearing a red baseball cap, white T-shirt and dark colored shorts, the television station reported.
  • A mentally ill Oregon woman suffered life-threatening injuries Monday when she apparently climbed into a garbage chute at her boyfriend’s condominium community and plunged 16 stories to the bottom. The Oregonian reported that the woman, who was not publicly identified, suffered head injuries in her fall from the 16th floor of the Civic, a condo building in Portland’s Pearl District.  Portland Fire & Rescue spokesman Rich Chatman told the newspaper the woman, who is in her late 20s, slid down into the garbage collection area, where firefighters found her unconscious. Police declined to file charges against the woman. “I can say there was a mental health component involved,” Chatman told the paper.  On Tuesday, Chatman said it appeared the woman put herself in the chute.  “The prevailing assumption is that she got into the chute on her own will,” he said.  Steven Lofton, who lives on the 16th floor of the Civic, told a reporter that the woman and her boyfriend are known on their floor for getting into fights, both verbal and physical. Neighbors had voiced their concerns to the building’s management. >> Read more trending news Lofton said he heard someone pounding on his door just after lunchtime Monday and went to the door to find the woman, who told him she was afraid. When he opened his door, she rushed in, screaming, and began trashing his condo, he told the paper.  “She was wild, just absolutely wild,” Lofton said. “She was breaking and throwing everything in her sight. Plates, vases, cutlery. You name it.” The woman ran out into the hallway, where she encountered her boyfriend. They got into a physical confrontation, Lofton said.  Lofton said he closed his door and called 911. The woman went down the garbage chute moments later, The Oregonian said.  A Portland police spokeswoman told the paper Tuesday that a domestic violence investigation is ongoing, though detectives are waiting for the woman’s condition to improve. “The involved woman’s medical situation is of a higher priority than the criminal investigation at this time,” Jones said in an email to the newspaper.  
  • Meet Poncho Via - the newest holder of a Guinness World Record with a sensational set of 10 foot-7.4 inches horns from tip to tip. The 7-year-old steer makes his home in Goodwater, Alabama and has been living with his family, the Pope’s, since he was six-months old. The family said they knew Poncho was something special when his horns began to grow out to the sides inside of curving up, like other longhorns’ do. Poncho is very popular around town too, with his ‘dad’ saying of him, 'All my neighbors (around) here, any time they have company, they come over to see the longhorn. He's just a big, gentle character. Everyone brings (food) with them -- he likes apples, carrots and marshmallows.' Mobile user see tweet here. His humongous horns aren’t all glitz and show, though. They’ve gotten him into trouble a time or two. George Jones, a family member who helps out with Poncho on the ranch, tells the story, “He pulled a water bottle right out my pocket with his tongue. He's there playing with the bottle and I reached and scratched him for a bit.'  The caretaker said he was knocked into a pond once, when the longhorn became spooked by something. 'That went on for a little while and I guess a horsefly got on him or something (because), all of a sudden, he turned that head and I went airborne into the pond. He just knocked me completely off my feet into the water,' Jones said. The former record holder, a Texas longhorn named Sato, had a horn spread of 10 feet, 6.3 inches, when measured in September, according to Guinness World Records. As the tweet below mentions, Poncho’s horns measures more than twice the width of a concert grand piano. Mobile user see tweet here.
  • An independent investigator for the United Nations says there is 'credible evidence' warranting a probe into Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's possible involvement in the 2018 slaying of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.  >> Read more trending news  According to The Associated Press, U.N. special rapporteur Agnes Callamard said in a 101-page report that 'a proper authority' should consider whether the crown prince or senior adviser Saud Alqahtani bore 'criminal responsibility' in the death. 'Mr. Khashoggi's killing constituted an extrajudicial killing for which the State of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is responsible,' the report said.  Khashoggi, who was critical of the Saudi regime, was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October. Saudi officials later blamed the death on 'rogue operators,' CNN reported. Eleven people – five of whom could receive the death penalty – are being tried in Saudi Arabia in connection with the slaying. The report said Callamard made 'no conclusion' as to whether the crown prince or Alqahtani are guilty but determined that Khashoggi's execution was 'deliberate' and 'premeditated,' news outlets reported. The report also named 15 suspects in the incident, during which Khashoggi was drugged, suffocated and dismembered, CNN reported. Read more here or here. – The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • The SpaceX  team raised the Falcon Heavy onto launchpad 39A early this morning in preparation for next week’s launch. We expect crews to test it’s 27 Merlin engines as early as this afternoon. SpaceX says this will be one of the most challenging launches ever. The STP-2 mission will have four upper stage engine burns, three separate deployment orbits, and a final propulsive passivization maneuver.  The mission will last six hours and will deliver 24 satellites into orbit.  This will also be the first time they will re-use side boosters from the Arabsat-6A Falcon Heavy launch. The launch window for STP-2 opens at 11:30 p.m. E.T. Monday, June 24, 2019. Be sure to download the News 96.5 WDBO app and turn on the push notification tab by clicking the three line menu in the upper right corner, to receive the latest launch information.  You can also hear the launch live, when it happens, on News 96.5 FM.

Washington Insider

  • After weeks of negotiations over a White House request for extra money to deal with a surge of illegal immigrants along the southern border with Mexico, Senators on a key spending panel voted 30-1 on Wednesday to approve a $4.59 billion spending package to insure that various federal agencies have enough money to address what President Donald Trump has said is a crisis at the border. 'This situation as most of us realize is past the breaking point,' said Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL). 'I believe we must act.' 'The fact is that we do have a humanitarian crisis on the border that does need to be addressed,' said Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), who recounted crowded holding facilities for illegal immigrants. 'We've seen big numbers in the past, but we're going to exceed that this year,' said Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO). 'This bill is absolutely necessary,' said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV). 'There are families and children who need our support.' The only 'no' vote in the Senate Appropriations Committee came from Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR). The bill only deals with money to help address the humanitarian needs along the border - it does not address any changes in U.S. immigration laws desired by President Trump. On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee had been scheduled to start work on a bill which would make some of those immigration reforms, but that work will be delayed into July in search of a bipartisan agreement. “This is not a crisis - this is a disaster,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who is leading President Trump's charge to change immigration laws. 'Our immigration laws are a disgrace and the Democrats can get together with the Republicans and solve the problem quickly,' the President told his campaign kickoff rally on Tuesday night in Orlando, Florida. It's expected the full Senate could vote on the package next week. It is not clear if the House would follow suit before lawmakers leave town at the end of June for a break during the week of July Fourth.