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    Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Shelley talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley. icFlorida Fun 3: 10th Annual Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic, November 8 & 9, 2019, offers guests unlimited tastings at more than 90 stations featuring culinary selections from the hotel’s award-winning restaurants and wine from more than 60 wineries amidst a festive backdrop of live entertainment on the hotel’s scenic causeway. Maker Faire Orlando Maker Faire Orlando is a non-profit, community-organized, family-friendly celebration featuring local do-it-yourself science, art, rockets, robots, crafts, technology, music and hands-on activities. On Nov. 9 and 10, people show what they are making and share what they are learning at the 8th annual event to be held at the Central Florida Fairgrounds.   Individuals behind the exhibits are known as ‘Makers’ and range from tech enthusiasts to crafters and scientists to garage tinkerers of all ages and backgrounds. The two-day event is expected to draw 10,000+ attendees and includes 300+ local exhibits, Power Racing, Combat Robots, Nerdy Derby and much more on display throughout three air-conditioned exhibit halls, as well as, green spaces filled with hands-on activities, workshops and competitions.  College Park JazzFest College Park Main Street will host the 18th annual College Park JazzFest on Saturday November 9, 2019 from 5-11pm. The community’s flagship street festival along Edgewater Drive will feature 12 bands on three stages performing jazz, R&B, rock and more. College Park JazzFest will feature a vibrant street party atmosphere with diverse food trucks, vendors, and the local shops and restaurants open onto Edgewater Drive between Smith Street and Clayton Street.  3 More Fun Things: Epcot International Food and Wine Festival   Praise Wave at SeaWorld Orlando   8th Annual Cows ‘n Cabs Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. - http://www.icflorida.com/
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Shelley talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley. icFlorida Fun 3: Fall Fiesta in the Park  Outdoor fun and family activities draw thousands of Central Floridians to Lake Eola for the largest arts & crafts festival event series in Orlando, now in its 46th year of existence. With live entertainment, a huge amount of food options and a kids’ area highlight this event series that spans the entire walkway of Lake Eola (over a mile long). The real stars of Fiesta in the Park Series are the 600+ artists and crafters that come from all over the United States to display and sell their original work. Epcot International Food and Wine Festival A culinary mashup of global cultures and gourmet innovation will bring irresistible bites, sips, entertainment and family fun to the 24th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival daily through November 23, 2019. The Eat to the Beat Concert Series - included with theme park admission- performers for this weekend are Sheena Easton on November 1st and and Kris Allen on November 2 through 3.  Praise Wave at SeaWorld Orlando During Praise Wave guests can enjoy live musical performances by some of the hottest names in Christian music and celebrate in an atmosphere filled with Christian friendship, thrilling rides, and inspiring animal attractions. The uplifting live concert event series takes place Saturdays, November 2 – November 16 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. each Saturday in the park’s Nautilus Theater and are included with park admission. The SeaWorld Orlando Praise Wave 2019 musical performances include: Rend Collective - Saturday, November 2   Francesca Battistelli - Saturday, November 9   Natalie Grant - Saturday, November 16  3 More Fun Things: Baldwin Park First Friday   Scott’s Maze Adventures   2019 Furball: Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando  Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. - http://www.icflorida.com/
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Shelley talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley. icFlorida Fun 3: Mount Dora Craft Fair This weekend the streets of downtown Mount Dora will be filled with more than 400 of the best exhibitors in the country ready to show and sell their fine and fun crafts. Festival food, music, beer and wine tasting for adults, and a free kid zone for younger visitors.    Les Misérables  Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly re-imagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo Les Miz takes the stage at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts all weekend long.   Halloween Spooktoberfest The City of Casselberry will host this year’s free Halloween Spooktoberfest at Lake Concord Park, Saturday, Oct. 26, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thousands are expected for the family fun activities to include Trick or Treating, DJ Ghost & Ghoul Dance Party, costume contest, food and product vendors and a kids play area. The event will be held behind City Hall at 95 Triplet Lake Drive with parking available at area businesses.     3 More Fun Things: Gators, Ghosts, and Goblins at Gatorland  Downtown Clermont Harvest Festival   Oktoberfest at PB&G  Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. - http://www.icflorida.com/
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Shelley talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley. icFlorida Fun 3: Taste of Nona: Diamonds and Denim The 7th Annual Taste of Nona is your chance to enjoy an evening out with a huge assortment of delectable dining options, live entertainment, and a silent auction. This year's Taste will feature more than 30 fantastic regional restaurants, dessert makers and catering services! Each vendor will bring a sampling of some of their most celebrated offerings. All of this is included in every ticket purchased for the Taste of Nona, and Boxi Park will provide cash bars for a full-sized taste of beverages offered by some of the vendors. Want the VIP Experience? VIP Ticket Holders will receive access to the event one full hour before the public: in this hour, VIPs will have the first go at all samples and beverages. Enjoy a private, luxurious VIP Zone and an exclusive cash bar to indulge in full-sized drinks and minimal lines. The VIP Zone is open throughout the event. All the proceeds from the Silent Auction will benefit Nemour's Hospital Children's Health Fund, Lake Nona.  Immerse 2019 October 18 & 19, IMMERSE yourself in an inspiring experience you can't have anywhere else in the world. Now in its seventh year, IMMERSE 2019 will be an even more spectacular display of creativity through music, dance, acrobats, murals, projection experiences, theater, and interactive installations. This global-destination experience in the streets and public spaces of Downtown Orlando bring the City Beautiful to life with hundreds of performances and installations.   Gators, Ghosts, and Goblins at Gatorland  This all-ages daytime Halloween event is taking place the last two weekends in October and Halloween day at Gatorland! Stroll through spooky areas like the “Graveyard of the Darned”, have an encounter with Skunk Ape “the Florida Bigfoot” at the Cryptozoo, then grab your Lederhosen for Frank & Stein’s Ooky Kooky Octoberfest, featuring live music from an undead polka band as well as German beer and food for purchase! And don’t miss the “Monster Movie Madness Show” starring Bubba, Cooter, and members of the audience! Plus animal meet and greets, fun shows, a variety of specialty vendors, games, giveaways and more! All this fun and excitement is included with your regular park admission! This isn’t a trick or treat event, and they won’t be giving out candy. BUT Kids can wear family-friendly costumes if they like. (Nothing scary or gory, please, Bubba and Cooter are easily spooked).   3 More Fun Things:  Gators, Ghosts, and Goblins at Gatorland  Spooky Seas at SEA LIFE Orlando  Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld Orlando  Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. - http://www.icflorida.com/   
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Shelley talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley. icFlorida Fun 3: 46th Winter Park Autumn Art Festival The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the festival on the second weekend in October each year. The community-oriented sidewalk show presents quality visual art and live entertainment the whole family can enjoy. The festival is held in beautiful Central Park located along historic Park Avenue in downtown Winter Park.   Hollerbach’s Oktoberfest 2019 The streets of Historical Downtown Sanford will once again flow with great fun for three days during the annual outdoor Hollerbach’s Oktoberfest German Street Party, featuring traditional cuisine from Willow Tree Café German restaurant, German beer, wine and Schnapps, polka music, people dancing in Lederhosen and Dirndls, and more fun than anyone should be allowed to have.   Lakeridge Winery 2019 BBQ & Blues Festival Get ready for a major Clash of the BBQ Titans! Some of the nation’s top BBQ Rib Competitors from all around the country are ready to compete in an epic battle for the top spot as the Lakeridge Winery 'Rib Champion'.  While you’re feasting on delicious BBQ, you can enjoy LIVE music on the outdoor stage with some of the area’s top Blues bands, plus some great solo acts inside at the Wine & Cheese Bar. During the weekend a large assortment of Arts & Craft vendors will be set up and offering a wide variety of art and hand-crafted items. As always, you'll be able to enjoy a free winery tour & tasting, plus your favorite Lakeridge wines, cold beer, ice cream, and a variety of other tasty treats available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds go to support the LovExtension, a nonprofit dedicated to helping the elderly and disabled communities in Lake County and The Villages.   3 More Fun Things:  Come Out With Pride 2019   Wonderfall Flavors at Disney Springs   Goblins & Giggles Getaway Weekends at the Gaylord Palms Resort    Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. - http://www.icflorida.com/  
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Shelley talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley.   icFlorida Fun 3: Epcot Forever Fireworks debut at Epcot Epcot Forever, a new nighttime spectacular at Walt Disney World Resort, debuted on October 1, 2019, and this limited-time show is a celebration of the past, present, and future of Epcot built around the magical soundtrack guests have come to know and love at the park. The new show fills the skies about World Showcase Lagoon with jaw-dropping fireworks, lighting, lasers, and choreographed, and special effects kites accompanied by a stirring collection of songs that paints a colorful picture of Epcot. If you are looking to catch Epcot Forever, don’t wait too long! The nighttime spectacular will continue running into 2020, however it will then make way for the debut of the next epic Epcot nighttime spectacular HarmonioUS.   Boots, Bulls and Barrels hosted by the Silver Spurs Rodeo  One night only - Boots, Bulls and Barrels, a tournament-style event will feature three of the rodeo fan’s favorite events: steer wrestling, bull riding and barrel racing! Real cowboys and cowgirls will compete for bragging rights and cold hard cash. Watch as they compete in multiple bull riding sets, while barrel racers and steer wrestlers will go up against the clock (and one another) to win prize money.    Adults-Only Science Night DEAD  Live from Orlando, it’s Science Night Live DEAD!  Enjoy everything you love about Orlando Science Center–without the kids! Special programming is designed just for adults. It’s a spooky spin on science at during Science Night DEAD! Will we have robot overlords in the near future? Find out with traveling exhibit Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind & the Machine. Hear from engaging guest speakers, catch an interactive Synesthesia presentation with Synthestruct, and participate in ghoulishly good trivia for prizes. You can spin the Wheel of Torture for a treacherous task, solve the murder during Night of the Chicken Dead, catch a monstrous giant-screen film, look to the stars (weather permitting)!   Bring your friends, or make a date night of it, and unleash your inner child at this unique experience that proves there’s no age limit on curiosity. Must be 21 years or older to attend.   Want to make sure you are prepared for this weekend’s weather? WFTV’s meteorologist Brian Shields is here to help! - https://www.icflorida.com    3 More Fun Things:  Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Continues   Wonderfall Flavors at Disney Springs   Goblins & Giggles Getaway Weekends at the Gaylord Palms Resort Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. - http://www.icflorida.com/
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Shelley talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley. icFlorida Fun 3: Southern Women’s Show  The Southern Women's Show is Orlando’s favorite event for women! Discover hundreds of boutiques filled with the latest fashions, trendy jewelry, gourmet treats, health and beauty, and so much more. Enjoy fashion shows, top chefs, and celebrity guests. Bring your mom, sister, and best friend and spend the day doing everything you love!   Run Nona 5k & Nemours Kids Run Run Nona is celebrating 12 years, and you can experience Lake Nona, an Orlando gem that brings the party! The race ends at a block party filled with trendy food trucks, fun activities, and fabulous music. The Nemours Kids' Run and Zone will occupy your littlest runners with activities geared specifically to engage them in a night of activity. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Tavistock Foundation.  Event Highlights Include: Tech Shirt Nemours Kids' Run Block Party Live Music  $5 voucher to Lake Nona Town Center Restaurants Chip Timed 5k Team Competition    Last weekend to see Illuminations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot  After a dazzling 20-year run, we’ll soon be bidding a fond farewell to “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” at Epcot. Begun as part of the Millennium Celebration, which started in October 1999, this nighttime spectacular has touched the hearts and minds of millions of guests over the past two decades. If you love “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” too, you still have a few more nights left to catch this classic Epcot show before its final performance on September 30, 2019. IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth will be replaced by the new Epcot Forever nighttime show.    Want to make sure you are prepared for this weekend’s weather? WFTV’s meteorologist Brian Shields is here to help! - https://www.icflorida.com    3 More Fun Things: 2019 Sanford Jazz in the Park   The International Food and Drink Festival Orlando 2019  Shampooch! Dog wash and block party Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. - http://www.icflorida.com/
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley   You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Shelley talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley.   icFlorida Fun 3: Central Florida International Auto Show The 2020-Model Central Florida International Auto Show is set to cruise more than 400 new cars, trucks, crossovers, SUVs and more into the Orange County Convention Center.  Everyone is invited to check out the latest models in a non-selling environment, sit behind wheels, inspect engines and even take a spin in dozens of new vehicles.  Test drive the latest from Jeep on an off-road test track, as well as the latest from Ram at the Ram Truck Experience.  The largest auto show in Florida, this annual event will also feature the latest electric vehicles, pre-production models, exotic cars and fun for the little ones. Also, don’t miss a unique display of rare Model A’s as well as the Antique Automobile Club of America’s collection of antique and collectible vehicles from the 1930s – 1970s.    13th Annual Oktoberfest Orlando Brewing is kicking off their 13th Annual Oktoberfest with German food, music, games & beer on Saturday, September 21st at 1pm.  The family-friendly festivities include: Tapping of our organic 2019 Oktoberfest märzen lager & release of our limited edition commemorative mug.   Traditional German food available from Backhaus Orlando.   Live music by the Heimatland Musikanten [Epcot’s German Band] & games with Dan Wituck   Best Dressed of Oktoberfest Contest   Women’s Stein Holding Competition   Most Revered Beard [& Mr. Moustache] Competition   Men’s Stein Holding Competition   Owners Alp Horn Demonstration   Dog Haus Dogs  This event will take place rain or shine, and patrons are encouraged to Uber or Lyft to this event and with a ride receipt you’ll receive a happy hour wristband for $1 off all drafts all day. Oktoberfest ends October 13th.   Miniature Golf Day at the Winter Garden Farmer's Market Miniature Golf Day is celebrated nationally every year on September 21st so round up family and friends to play some miniature golf at the Winter Garden Farmers Market! This pop-up event is free-of-charge and will include a nine-hole course and other fun outdoor games on the lawn adjacent to the Downtown Pavilion, 104 S. Lakeview Ave., Winter Garden. 8:30 am-1:30 pm.   Want to make sure you are prepared for this weekend’s weather? WFTV’s meteorologist Brian Shields is here to help! - https://www.icflorida.com    3 More Fun Things: Sloth Yoga   Magical Dining extended to October 7th   Craft Brews and Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld   Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. - http://www.icflorida.com/
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Shelley talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley.   icFlorida Fun 3: Illusion of Justice: An Evening with Author Jerome F. Buting Author and criminal defense lawyer Jerome F. Buting, known for his role as the attorney who represented Steven Avery in the critically acclaimed Netflix documentary Making a Murderer, will be the special guest speaker for the Orange County Library System’s next Library After Hours event, taking place September 13 at the Orlando Public Library. During the event, Buting will discuss his 2017 book, Illusion of Justice: Inside Making a Murderer and America’s Broken System, which uses the Avery case to illustrate flaws in the criminal justice system. He will provide insight into the problematic forensic science used in many cases, false confessions and eyewitness testimonies, and the terrifying reality of biased interrogations. Illusion of Justice: An Evening with Author Jerome F. Buting takes place at the Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd., on Friday, September 13 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Library After Hour tickets start at $15.   Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind & The Machine During its world premiere at the Orlando Science Center starting this Saturday, Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind & The Machine will show visitors exactly what AI is, how it works, and what it might do in the future. From illusions that trick our brains to machines that can identify your emotions and translate languages, Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind & The Machine shows numerous ways that the human mind and thinking machines work.  Once you’ve seen this exhibit, you will have a new understanding of how our brains view the world... and how smart machines are trying to become more like us.   Craft Beer Festival at SeaWorld Orlando SeaWorld Orlando is serving up an incredible party for craft beer lovers! SeaWorld's Craft Beer Festival features more than 100 craft brews featuring an unbeatable mix of domestic, international and local Florida favorites and more than 20 food items expertly paired to match your preferred brew. This is the one craft beer celebration you won't want to miss.  The fun is brewing longer this year this weekend between now and October 27 and is included with park admission.   3 More Fun Things:  Art and Music in the Park    Visit Orlando Magical Dining   LEGOLAND offers free admission for local heroes    Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. - http://www.icflorida.com/  
  • You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Shelley talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley.   icFlorida Fun 3: Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando returns to Universal Studios Florida to take fear to the max on select nights September 6-November 2, 2019. During this year’s all-new Halloween Horror Nights, the 80's return with a vengeance bringing with them some of the biggest frights of the era with 10 totally terrifying haunted houses, five pulse-pounding scare zones, and outrageous live entertainment.  Bubble Bash at the Orlando Science Center This Orlando Science Center wide celebration of chemistry and the science of suds takes place on September 7 & 8 from 11:30am - 3:30am. Bubble Bash includes DIY soapmaking, Bath Fizzer experiments, plus a Bubble-opolis Metropolis, and huge foam explosions! Also, don’t miss their special guest as seen on America’s Got Talent, master bubble performer and magician Blaise Ryndes will perform his Spheres Bubble Show only during the event! Don’t miss this fusion of art, science and comedy on Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m., with an exclusive members-only showing on Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 a.m. (RSVP is required for members-only shows) Admission to Orlando Science Center is free for members, $21 for adults, $19 for seniors and students, and $15 for youth (ages 2 – 11). Tickets include access to all four floors of exhibits, giant-screen and 3D educational films, and live programming. Disney on Ice at the Amway Center Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures will whisk families away on an immersive getaway chock-full of magical participatory moments. Featuring new and classic tales, this multi-generational experience visits Orlando from September 6-8, 2019 for six performances at Amway Center. Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and his pals for a high-octane ride in Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures. Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and guests of all ages embark on an interactive and memory-rich adventure to iconic Disney destinations.    3 More Fun Things:  Orange County Library System Local Wanderer Program   Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party   Visit Orlando Magical Dining  Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. - http://www.icflorida.com/
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  • Spc. Nicholas C. Panipinto, 20, of Bradenton, Florida, died from injuries after an armored vehicle overturned in South Korea. The Army said in a statement, the Bradley Fighting Vehicle overturned at Camp Humphreys on Nov. 6 injuring Panipinto and two other soldiers. Panitpinto died the following day.  An investigation into the incident is still underway. Panipinto was deployed to South Korea in July as an infantryman with the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team. He joined the Army in January 2018.  The brigade will hold a memorial on Friday. 
  • Break out the sweaters and possibly the scarves, cool windy conditions have moved into Central Florida and showers are possible all morning. WFTV Meterologist Brian Shields says this is our “Florida Fall and many of us won’t get out of the 60s!” Here is the basic information Brian says you need to know:  A cold front moves over Central Florirda and low temperatures will mark into the upper 50s Wednesday morning. Isolated showers are possible through the morning hours, and then mainly along the coast on Wednesday afternoon. Cool Wednesday: The high temperatures on Wednesday won’t make it out of the 70s. Temperatures will feel colder because of the strong wind from the north. Pleasant rest of the week: Temperatures are set to stay in the 70s and 60s to close out the week only low chances of rain until Friday when another front is set to blow through.
  • Law enforcement officials said a Florida mother and two children who were abducted at gunpoint in Titusville have been found safe as of 5:50 a.m. Wednesday. >> Read more trending news  Here are the latest updates: Update 7:02 a.m. EST Nov. 13: The Florida Department of Law Enforcement canceled the Amber Alert issued for the children, and the Titusville Police Department confirmed that their mother, Melanie Martin, 30, was also found safe. Original report: An Amber Alert was issued Wednesday morning after police said a Florida woman and her two young children were abducted at gunpoint by the children's father in Titusville. Titusville police said Melanie Martin, 30, and her children Angel Burson, 5, and Lloyd Burson Jr., 3, were kidnapped by Lloyd Burson, 35, around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday in the area of the 1000 block of Third Avenue. Police said Martin and the children were last seen in a blue SUV driven by Burson headed north on I-95 toward Volusia County. Investigators said Burson is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call the Titusville Police Department at 321-264-7800, or they can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward by contacting CrimeLine at 1-800-423-TIPS. – Visit WFTV.com for the latest on this developing story.
  • Officials with the Orlando Fire Department announced late Tuesday evening that they arrested John Huff for arson in connection to the fire early that same morning at the Beefy King Restaurant. Huff was transported to the Orange County Jail. Investigators suspected arson when the saw the fire started outside the building near the back of the building rather than inside.  Additionally, surveillance footage from a nearby business shows a car in the parking lot of Beefy King at the time the fire started. In the meantime, firefighters said the damage to the building on Bumby Avenue is “fixable” and the owner of the iconic establishment known for its sandwiches says the will re-open as soon as possible.  The good news is there was minimal damage and no one was hurt. 
  • A Pennsylvania man whose baby boy suffered critical injuries in an October shooting purposely brought the infant along during drug deals to deter others from opening fire, authorities said. >> Read more trending news  According to the Philadelphia Inquirer and WPVI-TV, police arrested Nafes Monroe, 25, on Saturday, three weeks after his 11-month-old son, Yazeem Jenkins, was shot multiple times in north Philadelphia. Prosecutors said Monroe was trying to use counterfeit money to purchase drugs Oct. 19 when the suspected gunman, 29-year-old Francisco Ortiz, began shooting, the Inquirer reported. Yazeem, who was in a car with Monroe, his girlfriend and a second man, was hit in the chest, head and buttocks, authorities said. Afterward, Monroe took Yazeem to a home, then dropped the baby off at a nearby hospital, according to Anthony Voci of the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. The boy's condition is still listed as critical, KYW-TV reported. Voci said Monroe had brought Yazeem with him during other drug purchases, as well, 'with the idea or belief that if someone saw that he had a child in the car, that they would not fire upon him,' the Inquirer reported. 'A 'human shield' is probably the term that I would use,' Voci said, according to the newspaper. Monroe now faces charges of endangering a child's welfare and reckless endangerment, WPVI reported. Ortiz remains jailed on attempted murder, aggravated assault and other charges, the Inquirer reported.

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  • The first day of impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump will feature two State Department witnesses who raised questions about actions in Ukraine by the President's personal lawyer, with one alarmed by Rudy Giuliani's efforts to undermine the former U.S. Ambassador in Ukraine, and another who saw Giuliani leading an effort to press for investigations desired by Mr. Trump. 'Mr. Giuliani was almost unmissable starting in mid-March,' Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent testified, saying Giuliani conducted a 'campaign of slander' against former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. 'I worried about what I had heard concerning the role of Rudolph Giuliani,' said William Taylor, now the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, who said he was worried about entering a 'snake pit' involving Giuliani. Here is some of what we might expect from these two witnesses in the first day of impeachment hearings. DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE GEORGE KENT - After working at the U.S. embassy in Ukraine, Kent returned to the State Department in the second half of 2018, taking on a post where he was responsible for Ukraine and five other eastern European nations often targeted by Russia. It was in that position where Kent said he witnessed the media attack which unfolded, spurred by Giuliani and conservative news media organs. In his impeachment deposition, Kent said an article by conservative journalist John Solomon spurred a sudden attack on Ambassador Yovanovitch and the U.S. embassy in Ukraine in general, which was then amplified by Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham. Kent said much of what was alleged, that Yovanovitch was bad mouthing President Trump, that she was working against Ukraine prosecutors, was simply false. 'It was, if not entirely made up in full cloth,' Kent testified, 'it was primarily non-truths and non-sequiturs.' Kent described how U.S. diplomats were blindsided by what was clearly a concerted campaign against the U.S. Ambassador and the U.S. embassy in Ukraine, spread over four days in March of 2019. It started first with arrows aimed at Ambassador Yovanovitch, but then spread to accusations against former Vice President Biden and his son Hunter, along with other charges mentioning conservative bogeyman George Soros - all of it given a push by President Trump, his son, conservative websites, and Fox News. The attacks on Yovanovitch came two weeks after she had been asked by the State Department to stay on in Ukraine until 2020 - but her extension would not survive the conservative media attacks against her. 'I was then abruptly told in late April to come back to Washington from Ukraine 'on the next plane,'' Yovanovitch told Congressional investigators. She will testify on Friday. + WILLIAM TAYLOR, U.S. Chargé d'Affaires IN UKRAINE. With the recall of Ambassador Yovanovitch, Taylor is the top-ranking U.S. diplomat in Ukraine - basically the acting Ambassador. Several months after Yovanovitch had been ousted, Taylor described how the work of Giuliani had seemingly led to a situation where U.S. military aid for Ukraine was being withheld - in an effort to gain a quid pro quo - where the government of Ukraine would launch investigations sought by President Trump. 'By mid-Ju1y, it was becoming clear to me that the meeting President Zelensky wanted was conditioned on investigations of Burisma and alleged Ukrainian influence in the 2016 elections,' Taylor said, referring to a focus on the Bidens, and the debunked theory that Ukraine - and not Russia - was behind the hacks of Democrats in 2016. Taylor said the impetus for the situation was obvious. 'It was also clear that this condition was driven by the irregular policy channel I had come to understand was guided by Mr. Giuliani,' Taylor said in his closed door deposition. Mr. Taylor said he had determined that link in 'mid-July' - it was on July 25 that President Trump spoke with the leader of Ukraine, and spelled out the need for Ukraine to launch investigations into the Bidens, and the Ukraine-2016 elections theory, which included the evidence-free allegation that the hacked computer server from the Democratic National Committee was being hidden in Ukraine. Some Republicans have mocked the choice of Taylor as an opening witness, saying he has no firsthand knowledge of why the President would want investigations conducted related to the Bidens or the 2016 elections. 'No, I've never talked to the President,' Taylor said in his deposition. Look for Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) to bring this up during the first day of questioning with Taylor. Three hearings have also been set for next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, with eight different witnesses.