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    Central Florida's signature arts event, Creative City Project's 'IMMERSE 2019,' returns for its eighth year Friday and Saturday in the heart of downtown Orlando. The event is an annual performing and interactive arts experience in partnership with its sponsor, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.  The event platforms more than 1,000 artists from 140 arts organizations and artist collectives in the streets and public spaces of downtown Orlando along Orange Avenue, Church Street and Pine Street.  Tickets, schedule & more: Creative City Project's website  Hours: Friday and Saturday between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m., with installations opening at 3 p.m. Saturday.   Road Closures: The city will be closing roads in downtown Orlando starting Thursday at 10 a.m. until Sunday 5 a.m.:   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   East South Street from Boone Avenue to Orange Avenue
  • A woman is recovering from severe smoke inhalation after she woke up to her a fire in her apartment. Orange County Fire Rescue says it happened at the Cranes Landing on Goldenrod Rd. in Winter Park this morning. In her call to 911, the 32-year-old woman is coughing and says she had no idea how the fire started. Listen to that 911 call here. Firefighters rescued her cat and five other cats from the unit above hers.  The state fire investigator found it was caused by a pot on the stove left on. App users, see video of the fire’s aftermath here on the Orange County Fire Rescue Twitter page.
  • The state and the defense have rested their case in the first of two murder trials for Markeith Loyd. Loyd took the stand in his own defense starting Monday claiming he killed his pregnant ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon in self defense. Prosecutors said Loyd killed Dixon in 2016. A month later, they said, he shot Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton to death to avoid capture. Closing arguments in the Dixon case will begin Wednesday at 9 a.m. Here’s video of Loyd’s testimony:
  • We’re getting a better look at how SpaceX plans to get humans to the Moon and beyond on the cheap with Starship. The company posted a new animation on YouTube that shows the 39-story rocket launching from Boca Chica, Texas. SpaceX is developing the system there and in Brevard County. App users, watch that YouTube video here.
  • An Emmy-winning entertainer and improv comedian who got his start in Orlando is coming home Saturday on a day now dedicated in his honor. Wayne Brady is performing at the Doctor Phillips Center on Saturday, Oct. 12th.  “Wayne grew up in Orlando and attended Doctor Phillips High School and participated in the theater magnet program and whereas Wayne got his start as an improviser at Orlando’s SAC Theater Comedy Lab...” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer as he proclaimed proclaimed Saturday ‘Wayne Brady Day’ in the City Beautiful. Brady responded to the honor on the set of his show, Let’s Make a Deal. “Little guy from Tangelo Park... I never thought I’d see the day that I’d have my own day in Orlando. I’m so thankful for the start that Orlando gave me...” said Brady. Check out the video message from Wayne Brady for the City Orlando!
  • Thin clouds, tall clouds, or fluffy clouds. No matter the type, NASA is asking the public to snap a picture of the sky for its GLOBE Program. From October 15 to November 15 citizen scientists can submit up to 10 cloud observations per day using the GLOBE Observer app. The Fall Cloud Challenge is intended to create a global network of citizen scientists  to help understand changes in the atmosphere. “We want to do a data challenge in the fall and see if there are any differences from what was observed during the spring data challenge of 2018,' said Marilé Colón Robles, lead for the GLOBE Clouds Team at NASA's Langley Research Center. 'What our eyes can see is difficult to fully duplicate with instruments. Merging these views is what makes a complete and impactful story.' Read more about the program here.  
  • The Orange County Sheriff's Office is having one of its biggest public events of the year on Saturday. The 2019 Safety Expo will include: Live Demonstrations  Safety Sessions  Recruiting/Job Information  Women in Law Enforcement Forum   CSI/Forensics Tours  Children’s Stations  Refreshments  Prize Drawings “Everyone in our community will be able to find something that maybe they didn’t know about the Sheriff’s Office before,” said OCSO’s Bailey Myers. The Expo is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sheriff's Office Central Operations. That’s located at 2500 West Colonial Drive, Orlando (the corner of West Colonial and John Young Parkway).
  • When a Polk County Sheriff's Office helicopter was called upon for help yesterday, nobody expected the rescuers to need rescuing. The initial call was made after a gyrocopter crashed, but then deputies had a hard landing of their own. The pilots could not be reached on foot, by boats, or all-terrain vehicles so a Coast Guard helicopter got the men out. They were taken to the hospital, and expected to be okay.
  • Scientists, lawmakers and philanthropists gathered at UCF Thursday  to find solutions to global climate change. One presentation from Dr. Marshall Shepherd, Director of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Georgia, focused on the affect the warming arctic poles has on weather. He says it makes it more extreme. “As the arctic warms, we now are decreasing the difference in temperature between the tropics and the poles. So if we are relaxing that difference in temperature, the jet stream is becoming more wavy,” Shepherd said, who also hosts 'Weather Geeks', on the Weather Channel.
  • An elderly Florida man has one less item on his bucket list. Howard Fisher of Ellenton has lived in the Sunshine State for two decades and recently turned 93-years-old, but had never been to the beach.  With the help of his daughter Sandra and a loaner beach wheelchair, Fisher took a trip to Manatee County's Anna Maria Island.  Sandra posted pictures of her dad on the beach and floating on his back in the Gulf.  She says they had an 'amazing day.
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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).