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At Disney, running a race is all about the costume

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At Walt Disney World, you might find Darth Vader, Tinker Bell or a classic Disney princess running alongside half-marathon participants. These events are no ordinary races, and the trips that participants take are no ordinary Disney visits. Few care about race times, particularly with opportunities to pose with costumed characters such as Donald Duck and Boba Fett. Racing is mostly about getting to the photo ops before lines get too long. Disney has races to honor classic Disney and Pixar…

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Mitch Perry Report for 1.26.16 – Not the Happiest Place on Earth?

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We’ve heard a lot about illegal immigration on the campaign trail. Most of the GOP candidates decry it but say they embrace legal immigration. Like the H-1B visa. The H-1B visa is a nonimmigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in specialized fields such as in architecture, engineering, mathematics, science, and medicine. Under the visa, a US company can employ a foreign worker for up to six years.…

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Support for LGBT-protection bill grows among Legislature’s GOP members

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A measure that would prohibit employment, retail and other discrimination against people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity has picked up a second Republican sponsor in the Florida Senate: Travis Hutson of St. Augustine. The group behind the the “Florida Competitive Workforce Act” (HB 45/SB 120) announced the move in a news release Friday. The prime sponsors are Democratic state Sen. Joe Abruzzo of Boynton Beach and Key Largo Republican Holly Raschein in the House. Hutson now joins Clearwater’s Jack Latvala in sponsoring the Senate…

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Ratings for College Football Playoff down 36 percent

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Jimmy Kimmel told people to watch. Even soap opera stars on General Hospital made not-so-subtle references to making plans to watch the College Football Playoff on New Year’s Eve. All the prodding and promoting wasn’t enough to convince many fans to tune in. College football’s move to create a new tradition with semifinal matchups on New Year’s Eve drew ratings approximately 36 percent lower than last season, when the matchups were held on New Year’s Day. The Orange Bowl between…

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LEGOS and Barbie top the list of kids’ favorite toys this year

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To look at this year’s most popular toys for both boys and girls one might think they were looking at a list from decades ago. LEGOS continue to top the boy’s list while Barbie products are ranked among the most popular holiday gifts for girls. According to the Florida Retail Federation, “Star Wars” toys come in second on the boys’ list – not surprising considering the upcoming release of a new, highly anticipated movie. In a throw-back to kids of…

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Vestige of St. Louis Disney park that never was up for sale

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Imagine packing up the kids and heading for that dream vacation to a Disney theme park … in St. Louis. It almost happened a half-century ago when Disney drew up plans for an indoor theme park in downtown St. Louis before giving up in a dispute over money and turning attention to Florida. St. Louis’ loss was the Orlando area’s gain: Walt Disney World became one the world’s top tourist attractions. St. Louis can only lament what might have been.…

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Colortopia opens at Disney World

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There’s a colorful new attraction at Walt Disney World in Florida. Colortopia is an interactive exhibit about color theory, psychology and perception, located at Innoventions in Disney World’s Epcot area. The experience includes a Color Lab where guests mix red, green and blue to create new colors, and Spinning Spectrum, where multi-colored disks appear to change color as they spin. The exhibit also includes a short video, “The Power of Color.” Another part of Colortopia, Color Our World, invites participants…

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