Mark Philips

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Tony Bennett: Timeless talent plays Orlando

in Central Florida News & Events

SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel

By Hal Boedeker
SOURCE:Orlando Sentinel
From “Because of You” and “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” to collaborations with Lady Gaga and Diana Krall, Tony Bennett towers as one of America’s greatest singers. At 92, his sound is timeless, his stamina remarkable.

Before playing Orlando on Saturday, March 23, he took part in an email interview. Here are his edited comments.


Jet truck catches fire at Warbird Airshow in Titusville

in Central Florida News & Events


The driver was not injured when his jet truck caught fire at the 2019 Tico Warbird Airshow in Titusville on Sunday.

Officials from the Valiant Air Command said airshow emergency medical services crews quickly responded and got the situation under control. The McCart Motorsports Homewrecker driver, Jerry McCart, was not injured.


Central Florida to see another dreary day Rain on Tuesday

in Central Florida News & Events


Another dreary day is on tap Monday in Central Florida.

“Over the weekend, a weak front pushed through the Orlando area, ushering in cooler air from the north,” News 6 meteorologist Candace Campos said. “Clouds and rain will linger, as the front turned stationary over South Florida.”

Monday’s high will top off at 70 degrees under mostly cloudy skies, with a 20 percent chance of rain.

“Clouds will start to thicken late Monday as a surge of moisture rides along the stalled out front,” Campos said.


Where are speeding drivers being ticketed the most in Central Florida

in Central Florida News & Events


5. Lake County

Your chances of beating a speeding ticket is not so bad. Of the more than 10,000 tickets issued in 2018, less than 2,000 were handed to drivers in a hurry to reach their destination. 


FHP: 4,975
CityPD: 4,774
Sheriff: 1,831
Other: 1
Total: 11,581

4. Brevard County

Don’t get too comfortable cruising 5 to 10 mph over the speed limit through some cities in Brevard County. 64% of all the tickets issued in 2018 were written by city police.


FHP: 1,063
CityPD: 9,558
Sheriff: 4,313
Other: 3
Total: 14,937

3. Osceola County

Close to 20,000 tickets were handed out. The Sheriff’s office wrote the most tickets in comparison to city police departments and Florida Highway Patrol. Lead-footed drivers, you’ve been warned.


FHP: 6,370 
CityPD: 3,073
Sheriff: 8,171 
Total: 17, 614


Suspects steal vehicle, sexually assaults woman while holding her boyfriend at gunpoint

in Orange County News & Events


Orlando police are in the process of tracking down two suspects after a very violent crime that happened last night.

Two unknown suspects brandishing firearms approached and couple in a parking lot near their apartment complex.

Orlando Police say the suspect were two black males wearing hooded sweatshirts and pants with one of them wearing sunglasses.

Anyone who may have information regarding this incident, please contact the Orlando Police Department’s Special Victims Unit or call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS. 


Sixteen Rescued After Being Stuck on SeaWorld Ride for Hours

in Theme Parks News & Events


Crews rescued 16 people after a ride at SeaWorld San Diego malfunctioned Monday night.

Bayside Skyride stopped functioning after a big gust of wind tripped a circuit breaker around 7:22 p.m., according to San Diego police. Sixteen riders were stuck in five gondolas, some of which were suspended above Mission Bay. Of the riders, seven were children, including one baby.

Jonathan Sherr, who is partially paralyzed, was on the skyride when the wind gusts caused it to come to a halt.

“We got on the ride and there were some wind gusts. By the time we were in the middle of the ride a wind gust of about 40 miles per hour came up. It was crazy. It started rocking our car,” Sherr said. “I looked up at the cable and we were shaking violently. Then, it just stopped. There’s apparently a sensor that stopped the ride.”

Fire officials said they prepare for this type of rescue with a training drill every year. They knew exactly how to handle the situation.


Attempted security breach causes ‘chaos’ at Orlando International Airport

in Central Florida News & Events


A man is in custody after an attempted security breach at Orlando International Airport, according to airport spokeswoman Carolyn Fennell.

Just after noon Saturday, a man attempted to enter the west checkpoint area of the airport, according to a tweet from the Orlando Police Department. The tweet said while officers were attempting to arrest the man, he reached into his pocket, which prompted someone to yell that the man had a gun.

Police said the incident caused “panic” in the screening area.

Law enforcement officers can be seen surrounding a man in a photo posted on Twitter from one traveler.

Fennell said the incident affected gates 1-59 and that no one was injured.

Karla Alexander was at the airport to see her parents off on their outgoing flight to Lima, Peru. She said everything was “chaos and desperation” during the incident.

“My parents were right there at the checkpoint, they had to run to the Seaworld store to be safe,” Alexander said in a Facebook message. “As other people ran to other stores there, they allowed people in and immediately closed their doors to keep them safe.”


These are the most anticipated music festivals in Central Florida this year

in Central Florida News & Events


Whether you prefer to spend a relaxing afternoon in the park listening to music with family or enjoy dancing all day and night to electronic lights and beats, Central Florida will be home to an array of music festivals this year.

With something for everyone, these festivals range in prices, dates and age restrictions, so be sure to look into these events ahead of time if you’re interested in participating.

Here are the most-anticipated music festivals coming to Central Florida this year.

EDC Orlando

Asteria Arts & Music Festival

Caribbean Food & Music Festival ft. Rupee

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Karen Skilling goes over the edge of 428-foot building for Give Kids The World

in Kissimmee News & Events


Karen Skilling loves Kissimmee-based nonprofit Give Kids the World so much, she scaled a 32-story building to raise money for it. 

She was one of 60 people who took the 428-foot plunge last week and repelled down the side of the Hyatt Regency on International Drive – one of Orlando’s tallest buildings –  to raise money for critically ill children. 

It’s an experience like no other, said Skilling. 

“It got me out of my comfort zone for sure,” said Skilling, who became this year’s top fundraiser by collecting almost $8,000 for the Feb. 8 event. “It was such an incredible experience.”

Skilling went over with her husband by her side and a Go Pro camera on her helmet. After volunteering for the event last year, she wanted to try it out first- hand. 

“I knew it would be a great way to raise money for the group,” she said. “Thankfully, I’m not afraid of heights.”


Kissimmee Man says someone was watching him through his Nest camera

in Kissimmee News & Events


A Kissimmee man said he was going through his morning routine when he walked out of his apartment bathroom and realized his Nest security camera was on.

Adam King said he then heard a voice he did not recognize.

“The light came on and caught my attention, and I believe he said, ‘No one wants to see that,'” King said. “He had an accent, proceeded to do some shuffling of the microphone. When I left the bedroom, some music or audio of some (sort) came on.”

King said someone was using a computer or cellphone to watch him through the Nest app.

He said he walked into his living room to search for his cellphone or his iPad so he could turn off the camera, but he was unable to, because the other person had control of the app.

“I had no choice but to come right back inside and unplug the camera,” King said.


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