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Guard couple ditch white wedding for fatigues as Irma nears

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Lauren Durham had a poofy white dress and plans for an intimate beach wedding on the second weekend of September. Instead she got married in fatigues, with no makeup, in a vast hangar filled with rescue vehicles and paramedics just hours before she would rush into a hurricane to try to save her fellow Floridians.

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SeaWorld Parks announces largest expansion ever

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SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment announced the largest expansion in the company’s 53-year history. The improvements include three new roller coasters, two new shows and the transformation of Orlando’s Kraken coaster into a virtual reality ride. “We are doubling down on our mission to create experiences that matter,” said Joel Manby, president and CEO of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, who made the announcement Tuesday at the IAAPA Attractions Expo at the Orange County Convention Center. SeaWorld is in the first year…

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Americans For Prosperity focusing on Florida Senate race and on grassroots efforts

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Americans For Prosperity, the conservative organization founded by the Koch brothers that deluged television with electioneering commercials the past two cycles is pushing its grassroots efforts now. At its annual “Defending the American Dream” summit in Orlando Friday, AFP leaders stressed their ground-level organization in states like Florida to push business-friendly candidates in U.S. Senate races like Florida’s U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. An estimated 2,000 AFP activists, including about 750 from Orlando, turned out this weekend for the Summit at…

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FRLA’s restaurantpalooza kicks off in Orlando

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The annual Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show will be held this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Orange County Convention Center, 9400 Universal Boulevard in Orlando. The show connects restaurant and food-service professionals with “new ideas, new products, new solutions and new trends,” according to a press release. The trade show and conference, produced by Urban Expositions and sponsored by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, will offer educational programs, special events, new food products, and equipment and services from hundreds of leading suppliers.…

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