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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Shaquille O'Neal knows you have questions about his appearance in 'Tiger King'

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2020 at 7:07 PM

Business mogul and former Orlando Magic center Shaquille O'Neal makes a brief but memorable appearance in the new Netflix documentary Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness. Some fans are asking why, and in his podcast, the Big Man explains his appearance in the film, and his love of big cats. "Speaking...

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Hillsborough sheriff says he now gets '6 tips a day' on 'Tiger King' cold case

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2020 at 3:21 PM

Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister says his office is now getting “six tips a day” regarding the 23-year-old cold case of Tampa resident Don Lewis, following the wild success of the Netflix docuseries Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness. Speaking to reporters Tuesday in a live virtual conference, Chronister...

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Orlando International Airport isn't responsible for how concession employees are treated. That's another company's job

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2020 at 1:07 PM

As workers at Orlando International Airport (MCO) were laid off in March, many members of the public directed their anger at the airport itself, but the layoffs were thanks to a third-party vendor, HMSHost. Like most airports, Orlando International Airport and its parent organization, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority,...

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Coronavirus is forcing Florida-based cruise lines to face the consequences of their shady business practices

Posted By on Mon, Mar 30, 2020 at 7:09 PM

Prior to the approval of the multi-trillion-dollar economic stimulus package, there was much talk about how it would assist the cruise industry. Few sectors of the economy have been hit harder, or received more negative coronavirus-related press, than cruise lines. The industry was hoping that after months of negative...

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Disney really has no clue what to expect, but neither does anyone else

Posted By on Mon, Mar 30, 2020 at 6:58 PM

Last week saw Universal Parks announce a reopening date of April 19, then a few days later, as pressure mounted for Disney to acknowledge their April 1 reopening was unlikely, the Mouse confirmed their U.S. parks will be closed indefinitely. Now, with the latest models showing coronavirus peaking in...

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Friday, March 27, 2020

SeaWorld just furloughed more than 90 percent of its workforce

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 4:56 PM

SeaWorld Entertainment, which owns SeaWorld Orlando, announced in a Friday filing it will lay off more then 90 percent of its workforce, as of next Wednesday. The move follows the March 15 closure of SeaWorld's Orlando location, one of a dozen in the U.S. that have shut down during the...

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Orlando wrestler Serpentico talks about independent wrestling's uncertain future amid the coronavirus pandemic

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 4:27 PM

The big story in professional wrestling last week was that the WWE was moving their gigantic annual Wrestlemania event out of Tampa amid safety concerns due to the coronavirus pandemic. They instead taped it in the empty WWE Performance Center in Orlando. But there's a related story, in its...

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SNL's Kate McKinnon will play Florida Big Cat Rescue CEO Carole Baskin in 'Tiger King' scripted series

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 12:36 PM

Here’s one bit of good news for today: There’s currently a limited scripted series in the works based on the same source material used for the Netflix docuseries Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, and SNL star Kate McKinnon is on board to play Tampa Big Cat CEO Carole Baskin....

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Leslye Gale's O-Town Lowdown on Magic 107.7 for Friday, March 27, 2020

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Every morning on Magic 107.7 FM, Leslye Gale discusses the most interesting Orlando Weekly stories of the day on "Chad & Leslye." Check out Leslye's picks today. Watching Tiger King? The Real Tiger Kingdom Isn't Happy It's "the" show Americans are quickly agreeing is arguably the best distraction right...

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