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July 29, 2013 | Orlando Sentinel
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A large series of explosions rocked a gas plant about 40 miles north of Orlando late Monday, critically injuring two workers and forcing the evacuation of residents at least a mile away, authorities said. Twenty-four people were working the night shift at Blue Rhino, a propane-tank business. Initially, 15 people were reported missing. But by 2 a.m. Tuesday, all employees had been accounted for, said Lt. John Herrell, a Sheriff's Office spokesman. There were no reports of fatalities, he said.
July 24, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Orlando Cruz was in the middle of training for his world featherweight title fight Tuesday when he heard of Emile Griffith's death. Cruz, who announced he was gay last year, had previously attempted to meet personally with the ailing former world welterweight and middleweight champion who died at age 75 Tuesday in New York. Griffith struggled for years over questions about his sexuality, and was taunted viciously by 1962 opponent Benny Paret. Griffith unloaded repeated unanswered punches on Paret in their Madison Square Garden fight, and Paret died of brain injuries days later.
July 17, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
The first of 10 theme parks planned for a 2,000-acre resort billed as the "Orlando of China" is expected to open in late 2013 after three years of construction. The $2-billion marine-based Chimelong Ocean Kingdom theme park on Hengqin Island in China is to be connected by bridge to Macau and by ferry to Hong Kong. Chimelong Group already operates a resort about 75 miles northwest of Hong Kong, in Guangzhou, that includes the Chimelong Paradise theme park as well as a safari park, water park, crocodile farm and hotels.
July 16, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
ORLANDO, Fla. - In an impassioned and at times deeply personal speech, the nation's first black attorney general vowed Tuesday to investigate the "tragic and unnecessary" death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in nearby Sanford and called on the country to address racial injustice he and his family had experienced firsthand. Eric H. Holder Jr. told delegates to the NAACP convention here of his father sitting him down years ago to advise him how to deal with the police - "what to say and how to conduct myself if I was ever stopped or confronted in a way I thought was unwarranted.
May 22, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - A friend of accused Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was shot and killed by an FBI special agent early Wednesday when an interview about the April 15 explosion turned into a “violent confrontation” in Orlando, Fla., that also left the agent injured. Federal law enforcement sources identified the slain man as Ibragim Todashev, 27, a former Mixed Martial Arts fighter like Tsarnaev who was being questioned by the FBI agent, two Massachusetts State Police troopers and other law enforcement officials.
May 9, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
After a year of construction, Universal Orlando  has finally admitted that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will expand in 2014 with a detailed re-creation of London's Diagon Alley from the wildly popular series of books and movies. Photos: Top 10 Wizarding World of Harry Potter rides and attractions The highly anticipated expansion of the Wizarding World themed land at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Fla., will see the introduction of a Gringotts Bank attraction in a second land at the adjacent Universal Studios Florida theme park.
April 12, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
The police thriller "Zulu," set and shot in South Africa, will close the 66th Cannes Film Festival on May 26. Starring Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom, the film is directed by Jerome Salle. An adaptation of the novel of the same name by Caryl Ferey, the screenplay was co-written by Salle and Julien Rappeneau. Described as part crime noir and part social study, the English-language story follows a police investigation during apartheid. Two policeman, a black (Whitaker) and a white (Bloom)
April 9, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Former “That's So Raven” television star Orlando Brown was in custody Tuesday after being arrested in North Hollywood on suspicion of drunk driving. Brown, 25, was arrested at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday on Lankershim Boulevard and booked on suspicion of drunk driving, according to a Times database of arrests. The actor was being held on a $26,000 arrest warrant from a previous DUI arrest , according to multiple media reports. An initial court appearance for his most recent arrest has not yet been scheduled, according to L.A. County Sheriff's Department records.
April 1, 2013 | By Meg James
CNN's Spanish-language programming service, CNN Latino, has increased its reach. Television stations in New York, Phoenix, Orlando and Tampa have agreed to carry the eight-hour-a-day syndicated block. CNN Latino launched in January on KBEH-DT Channel 63 in Los Angeles. Until now, its distribution had been limited to L.A., the nation's largest Latino market. With the addition of the four new markets, CNN Latino is available in about a quarter of Latino homes nationwide. The estimated 50 million Latinos in the United States have increasing clout in the market, and media companies and advertisers are looking to increase their exposure.
April 1, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Orlando Bloom and Tony nominee Condola Rashad will star in a Broadway production of “Romeo and Juliet” that transports Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers to modern times with race as a central theme. David Leveaux will direct the production, featuring Jayne Houdyshell (“Follies”) as the nurse and Joe Morton (the musical “Raisin”) as Lord Capulet, with additional casting to be announced. Leveaux recently directed "Backbeat" at the Ahmanson Theatre, a musical about the Beatles' formative period playing in German nightclubs.
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