Fit for Print: History isn’t always pretty, or straight

By : Steve Blanchard
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I am a history nerd.

I love visiting historical places, reading up on history and even enjoying a book or film classified as historical fiction.

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Winter Park’s inaugural “Weekend of the Arts” Celebration

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Rediscover arts and culture in Winter Park at the city’s first “Weekend of the Arts” Friday, February 16, thru Monday, February 19. Be inspired with extraordinary performances, unique exhibits, and exciting events at over 20 arts organizations throughout the city. Each day features a new and exciting cultural experience. #wpinspires

The other side of life: Intersections

By : Jason Leclerc
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Over the past year, we’ve tread the intersection of Kaley Street and South Orange Avenue as it’s become a crossroads swollen with mourners, with meaning. It meets the intersection of Christopher and Seventh. It meets the intersection of Pride and unity, where the Rainbow Flag meets an ongoing aggregation of initials. It meets the intersection of politics and partisanship and guns and economic equity.

Even as we make these intersections into hallowed spaces, each carrying the foot traffic of omnipresent ghosts, we are obliged to recognize that history is a gift from the past to the present – another intersection where the crosswalks are overwhelmed by facts and their pedestrian interpretations. The past lives alongside the present.

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Cuisine Corner: Summer Teas

By : Alex Storer
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Join Karon Cannon of Tea Craze as she shares all about tea. Learn the history, types and health benefits of tea, as well as some of Karon’s new summer blends. Enjoy an iced-tea tasting and tips on brewing the prefect cup of tea in honor of National Iced Tea Month. Registration required.

Federal judge who pushed rights of prisoners, gays retiring

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A federal judge who lost his job as a Justice Department attorney after loaning his car to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and then pushed for gay rights, police reform and health care for prisoners during his time on the bench is retiring.

More than five decades ago, Thelton Henderson became the first African-American attorney in the U.S. Justice Department’s civil rights division, a position that brought him close to King and other civil rights leaders.

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Museum curators gather, preserve history of Pulse nightclub

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The Orange County Regional History Center is preserving memorials honoring the 49 victims of the mass shooting at the Orlando club.

The Orlando Sentinel reports the curators have carefully collected more than 3,500 items related to the massacre.

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Nickelodeon cartoon ‘The Loud House’ to feature interracial gay parents

By : Jeremy Williams
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Nickelodeon will introduce the first same-sex parents in one of their animated shows July 19.

The Loud House, a cartoon that centers on an 11-year-old boy named Lincoln and his 10 sisters, started airing on the children’s network this past May and has become a big hit already for the cable channel.

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Efforts to remove Alabama’s Chief Justice are history repeating itself

By : Jamie Hyman
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Birmingham (AP) – Common threads link the current effort to remove Roy Moore as Alabama’s chief justice with the case that resulted in his ouster from the same post more than a decade ago: Particularly, his conservative Christian beliefs and his views on the power of federal courts.

The Republican is suspended from duty and faces a trial before the Alabama Court of the Judiciary after judicial investigators filed a complaint May 6. The complaint accuses him of willfully failing to respect the authority of U.S. Supreme Court and lower federal court decisions that cleared the way for gay marriage, which Moore opposes on the basis of his faith.

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Utah lawmakers look to expand hate crime rules to cover LGBTs

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GayUtahAbstrSalt Lake City (AP) – Utah state senators back a proposal that would beef up the state’s hate crime law and add protections for gay and transgender people.

Lawmakers voted 17-12 Feb. 26 to give preliminary approval of the plan after debating it. They must still cast a final vote on the measure sometime in the next two weeks.

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2.25.16 Editor’s Desk

By : Billy Manes
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I pull my shirt off and pray.

It’s a bit of a conundrum, this political primary. Though Florida’s presidential-preference primary parade won’t hit the pavement until March 15, so-called Super Tuesday is blowing up in our faces on March 1, meaning, of course, that we have to sound our golden horns, decorate our cars and reach for the sky, or engage in something else that screams “occasion.”

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Partners in prevention: HIV prevention drugs available in more Central Florida locations

By : Jamie Hyman
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Central Floridians interested in HIV prevention medications now have several options.

Planned Parenthood announced at the end of 2015 that they offer both PrEP and PEP (pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis) at local clinics.

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Round-up of questions potential Supreme Court Justices have been asked

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(AP) – White House lawyers are scouring a life’s worth of information about President Barack Obama’s potential picks to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court – and not all of it is about the law.

Prospective justices are put through the nation’s most thorough background check, an invasive process in which nothing is off-limits. After all, a surprise dredged up later could scuttle confirmation. So candidates’ taxes, writings, childhood, business dealings, medical history and yes, love lives, are all scrutinized for potential red flags.

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