Jonathan Tasini, Bernie Sanders author, visits Florida

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Jonathan TasiniSarasota – Jonathan Tasini, author of The Essential Bernie Sanders and his Vision for America, spoke at Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center on Jan. 9. The event was one of five Florida stops with an engagement in Melbourne that evening, and three in Miami the following day. A predominantly caucasian audience of approximately 100 attended the Fogartyville event; attendees ranged from teens to senior citizens but skewed elderly, including one gentleman who turned 103 that week.

Endorsed by Sanders, Tasini’s book breaks down the presidential candidate’s policies in an easy to read format to layout talking points for supporters or introduce voters to Sanders. Tasini meticulously patchworked excerpts from Sander’s speeches and press release statements to create the slim, accessible book. He wrote the book in the 20 days following Sanders’ Presidential bid announcement in May 2015.

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Turn to the left: Susan Smith is fighting for your rights, remarkably

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Susan Smith is not afraid to speak her mind, ever. As a staunch ally for the LGBTcommunity (via her longtime work with the Democratic LGBTQA caucus, or whatever acronym you prefer) and as president of the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida, she’s been pounding the pavement for human rights issues for years, talking political ears off until those ears can’t hear anymore. Why? Because a lot of the political process doesn’t make much sense, she says.

“The party itself is very progressive, the activists, but I think we don’t have that platform, so that really is a problem,” she says. “The biggest fight – and I think we’re seeing them on the national stage, too – is pushing back against an establishment that we think is ineffective: the establishment within the Democratic Party. And I don’t even know how it’s grown or where the dysfunction has come from. I get in trouble for calling it the donor class, the people who pull the strings, whoever they are. And I think we’re seeing that pushback from both sides.”

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Ellen Page confronts Ted Cruz on gay rights

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Des Moines, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Texas Sen. Ted Cruz criticized former President Jimmy Carter’s administration during a stump speech in Iowa, one day after Carter announced he was suffering from brain cancer.

Speaking on a political soapbox at the Iowa State Fair Aug. 21, Cruz said there were parallels between the Obama and Carter administrations.

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Inaugural poet returns to Miami in new memoir

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Miami (AP) – In Richard Blanco’s Miami, memories linger outside coffee windows and in Cuban grocery store aisles.

Barack Obama’s 2013 inaugural poet grew up here, gathering experiences and stories as the son of Cuban exiles that would lay the foundation for his written work and inspire his new memoir, “The Prince of Los Cocuyos.”

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RBARR closes, to reopen as Southern Nights

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Orlando – RBARR Discotek & Cocktail Boutique, formerly known as Revolution Nightclub, has shut its doors and will reopen soon as the iconic Southern Nights.

The new nightclub opens its doors Aug. 15, and management is excited to bring back the 35-year-old glamour and nights that once drew in crowds.

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Guest column: Ding-a-lings of Spring

By : Richard Rosendall
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The rain of ridiculous ravings from America’s political right continued unabated as spring took hold. Let’s look at a few examples.

Last week, Chelsea Clinton announced that she and hubby Marc Mezvinsky are expecting a child. Conspiracy mongers in the right-wing media went crazy. Steve Malzberg of Newsmax suggested, based on a thick file of nothing, that the pregnancy was deliberately timed to help Grandma Hillary’s expected presidential campaign. Oh, sorry, he did have one bit of evidence: Chelsea had mentioned in an interview that her mom was constantly asking about grandchildren.

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LGBT-friendly downtown bar gets a new name, new owners and new look

By : David Thomas Moran
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Orlando – Revolution Nightclub is no more. The Orlando gay club closed its doors April 1 and will reopen under new management as RBARR Discotek & Cocktail Boutique later this month.

The club’s new owners, Timothy Barr and Rick Kowalczyk dismissed rumors that the club is permanently closing or going straight.

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LGBT-friendly downtown bar gets a new name, new owners and new look

By : David Thomas Moran
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Orlando – Revolution Nightclub is no more. The Orlando gay club closed its doors April 1 and will reopen under new management as RBARR Discotek & Cocktail Boutique later this month.

The club’s new owners, Timothy Barr and Rick Kowalczyk dismissed rumors that the club is permanently closing or going straight.

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Guest Columnist : The universe in us

By : Richard Rosendall
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Carl Sagan, host of the original 1980 Cosmos series, said we are made of star stuff, because our atoms were created billions of years ago inside a star.

Sagan’s words are echoed by Neil deGrasse Tyson, the director of New York’s Hayden Planetarium who hosts the new Cosmos, which airs on FOX and several National Geographic-affiliated networks each week.

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Overheard in Orlando: MegaCon2014 rolls into Orlando

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Dance teacher given new lease on life offers same-sex salsa lessons
Lorraine Vasquez, 50, remembers the day two years ago when doctors diagnosed her with breast cancer. She was given a year to live. “I had two young daughters and my doctor told me I should get my affairs in order because I was going to die,” Vasquez recalls. “I just said ‘No, you are wrong’.” Vasquez closed her successful dance studio in Puerto Rico, packed her things and moved to Orlando. She checked into MD Anderson Cancer Center and was shocked to learn she was cancer-free. She had been misdiagnosed. Other good things happened. Vasquez met her partner, Lelis Pagan, while working at the airport. On March 8, she opened Lorraine’s Dance Studio at 1720 N Goldenrod Blvd in Orlando. There are now two generations of lesbians working in the dance business. Her daughter Nita Bravo, 20, and partner Francesca Colon, are helping out. To celebrate, Vasquez has introduced same-sex salsa classes for adults from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays. Vasquez said she is grateful to be given another chance at life. For pricing and to sign up for salsa, call 321-400-0953.

Blue Starr leaves Revolution
After 14 years belting out late night tunes on Bumby, the multi-talented Blue Starr has parted ways with Revolution Nightclub. Starr announced, on Facebook, she will perform exclusively at The Venue, the entertainment place she opened in Ivanhoe Village last fall. The Venue, now home to babybluestar Productions, has been providing affordable rental to the arts community. In addition, a number of fundraisers have used the locale for events. Starr plans drag burlesque, drag king shows, improv, coffee house-esque and more. “Pretty sure there will be a girlie show at The Venue on a Saturday every now and again! That fucking rocks my world! Dreams come true,” she wrote on her post, which had more than 200 likes and dozens of congratulatory comments at press time. For a schedule, visit TheVenueOrlando.com or call 407-412-6895.

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Screened Out – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

By : Stephen Miller
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Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Jeffrey Wright, Amanda Plummer, Toby Jones

What started as Brave New World novels for teenagers has morphed into action-packed filmmaking worthy of attention and intellectual comment. This second film is simply a better offering than the first one. Catching Fire takes a good franchise and clears the way for the possibility of a great one.

There are a lot of reasons this works. Everyone now knows what a good actor Jennifer Lawrence is (after her Oscar win for Silver Linings Playbook), so she’s given the chance to shine. The budget is noticeably bigger, so it doesn’t feel like studio Lionsgate attempted to make an opulent blockbuster with green screens, like the last time. The action and pace are tighter. Finally, more time is spent living within the world instead of trying to explain the backstory. More time is also given to the theme of how fascist leaders might attempt to entertain us to death.

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Alleged rape victim opts out of investigation

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Orlando police are still investigating the rape of a woman walking home from Revolution Nightclub as a possible hate crime, but the alleged victim has opted out of the investigation.

“The alleged victim in this case has indicated to detectives that she no longer wishes to pursue this matter or be involved in the investigation,” said Sergeant Jim Young. “However, based upon the initial allegations, detectives are keeping this case open pending any future information that may assist in the investigation.”

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