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Hostage Situation at McDonalds in Lakeland Ends; Suspect in Custody

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BREAKING: Hostage Situation at McDonalds in Lakeland Ends; Suspect in Custody LAKELAND: Three males suspects were arrested following a standoff at the South Frontage Road / County Line Rd McDonald’s in Lakeland, Florida. The incident began in Brandon at about 7:30 a.m after deputies spotted the stolen car at 1608 Ladora Drive in Brandon, Hillsborough just before 7:30 a.m.  A pursuit followed and ended in Lakeland, with the suspects crashing at the South Frontage Road / Countyline McDonald’s. After crashing the vehicle, the suspects tried to carjack someone at the drive-thru window. A McDonald’s employee tried to close the window but the suspects jumped inside. Multiple law enforcement agencies and SWAT teams rushed to the scene. Both of the on and off-ramps from I-4 at County Line Road were shut down for over 3 hours. Once on the scene, deputies said one of three suspects surrendered himself, leaving two others inside. McDonald’s employees were held hostage inside ...

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Daughter of Publix founder gives $800K TO FIGHT Florida medical-marijuana amendment

Jenkins gives 800k against medical marijuana

Daughter of Publix founder gives $800K TO FIGHT Florida medical marijuana amendment Well folks, she’s back at it again. Carol Jenkins, daughter of Publix Super Markets founder George Jenkins and founder of the Carol Jenkins Barnett Family Trust, JUST CONTRIBUTED another $800,000 (yes $800 THOUSAND DOLLARS) towards the fight AGAINST the medical marijuana amendment. Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty positive there are plenty of other places and things throughout our great State that could really use even a portion of that money. Earlier in 2014, her trust also contributed $540,000 to the Drug Free Florida Committee.  A contribution that actually helped them lead a successful effort that year to defeat the proposed constitutional amendment. Because of that, medical marijuana remained illegal in Florida. Now, we LOVE Publix….But Carol Jenkins needs to do some actual research and stop trying to fight against something that can help so many. Especially when she is a face ...

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The Walking Dead – Season 7 Official Trailer by AMC

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The Walking Dead – Season 7 Official Trailer by AMC We’re huge fans of The Walking Dead here at 863area, so it is only right that we post up the trailer and share one of the latest articles from our friends at Den of Geek. We also shared 3 significant posters below…. 2 characters we believe will not make it through the first episode, courtesy of Negan.  The Walking Dead Season 7 Latest News Tons of new character posters have arrived in preparation for The Walking Deadseason 7’s return this fall. They’re pretty grim looks at the characters who are still awaiting Negan to strick his killer blow in the season 7 premiere. Check them out below: (See All) It’s safe to say that fans are waiting with anticipation for the season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead. After season 6 ended with the harshest of cliffhangers, we’re all dying to ...

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Airlines Help Families of Orlando Victims

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JetBlue Airlines Offers Free Flights As names of the victims; injured and deceased, start to be released, JetBlue Airlines is offering assistance the best way they can, free flights. The airline is graciously donating free flights to and from Orlando for the immediate family members, spouses and domestic partners of the victims of Sunday’s terrorist attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. The carrier, who has strong ties with Orlando and trains all of its employees there, confirmed their offer today. “JetBlue is providing free seats on its available flights to/from Orlando for immediate family and domestic partners of victims who were killed or injured,” an airline spokesperson explained.   At least fifty people have been confirmed dead and many more are hospitalized or injured after the attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.  Saturday was ‘Latin Night’ at Pulse, and many of the victims’ families live in Puerto Rico, which is another popular JetBlue destination. For more information on the ...

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Central Florida workers now eligible for overtime pay under new regulations

Workers now eligible for overtime pay under new regulations

Thousands of Central Florida workers now eligible for overtime pay under new regulations. The White House finalized a rule Wednesday that requires salaried workers that make less than $47,476 to be paid overtime if they work more than 40 hours a week. This more than doubles the old standard. Restaurants, retailers, and hotels will likely be impacted the most. The rules go into effect Dec. 1, 2016.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott Declares Health Emergency Over Zika Virus

Zika Virus detected in Florida

Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a State Health Emergency Wednesday Feb 3rd, 2016 after at least nine cases of the Zika Virus were detected. Scott signed the order Wednesday to cover Miami-Dade, Lee, Hillsborough and Santa Rosa counties. Health officials believe that each Florida case of the mosquito-borne virus was contracted while traveling overseas in effected countries, according to the Associated Press. Southern Florida, especially Miami, has a close connection with South America, where the Zika Virus is prevalent. The Zika virus has become a global health scare after it was linked to brain deformities in babies and is causing concern among public health officials worldwide. The virus is primarily spread through mosquito bites and has mainly been contained to South America, but cases have appeared in the U.S. as of late.  Additionally, investigators had been exploring the possibility it could be sexually transmitted. U.S. health officials say a person in Texas became ...

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