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Athletes, Coaches, Volunteers Made Celebrities at Special Olympics Florida Champions’ Gala

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – The red carpet rolled out for Special Olympics Florida’s Annual Champion’s Gala held at the Four Seasons Resort at Walt Disney World Orlando Saturday night. Local celebrities and special guests enjoyed an evening of high dining, a silent auction and live entertainment, inlcuding from Florida’s own Sisaundra Lewis. Several awards were…

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UCF Knights Carve Up SMU Mustangs with 48-20 win

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – The UCF Knights (1-0 AAC, 4-0 overall) had a hot start against the SMU Mustangs (1-0 AAC, 2-3 overall) at Spectrum Stadium Saturday night. No. 12 UCF, the defending American Athletic Conference champions, extended its national winning steak to 18 games after defending SMU 48-20 in Orlando.   GAME HIGHLIGHTS…

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Onward to Greatness: Special Olympics Florida President & CEO Sherry Wheelock Envisions Greater Growth, Awareness for Athletes

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Special Olympics Florida will host its annual Champions’ Gala at the Four Seasons Resort at Walt Disney World Orlando Saturday night. The organization’s flagship fundraising event celebrates athletes, corporations, coaches, and community leaders that have made an impact on the organization and in the lives of the Special Olympics athletes.…

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VIDEO: I-4 Mayors Endorsement Could Be Andrew Gillum’s Key to the Governor’s Mansion

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – With the raw exposed construction of Hughey Avenue and I-4 as their backdrop, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman announced their endorsement of Tallahassee Mayor and Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum, and hometown Lieutenant Governor nominee Chris King, giving them a potential…

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Buccaneers Lose Their Nerve Against Steelers

TAMPA BAY, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – The Pittsburgh Steelers brought the aggression to a packed-out Raymond James Stadium Monday night, showing early on that a Bucs win wouldn’t come without a fight.   FIRST HALF The first sign was a Steelers helmet-first tackle during the Bucs’ first scoring drive, which wasn’t called, then the more…

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Kissimmee City Commission Runoff Candidate Andrew Jeng Issues Statement on Hurricane Maria Anniversary

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Andrew Jeng, who secured a historic runoff spot for Kissimmee City Commission, Seat 2 in the August 28th primary election, issued the following statement on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria ravaging Puerto Rico: Friends, Today, I want to take a moment to acknowledge the one-year anniversary since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. We…

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On the One-Year Anniversary of Hurricane Maria, Mayor Gillum Issues Letter to Puerto Rican Community

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee for Florida Governor, issued the following letter to the Puerto Rican community on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria: Friends, Today, I want to take a moment to acknowledge the one-year anniversary since Hurricane Maria ravaged the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. I want to…

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Orange County Supervisor Daisy Morales Releases Statement on Sister’s Passing

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Orange Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor Daisy Morales’ Office released the follwing statement on the passing of her sister: “Diana Ramos, beloved sister of Orange Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor Daisy Morales, passed away at the age of 56 Wednesday night, September 19, 2018, at Florida Hospital after a…

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Orange County Nursing Home Faces Legal Action, State Investigations After Elected Official’s 911 Call

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Nursing home negligence of residents has become a top priority for elected officials across the state, especially after 12 residents died at a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida during Hurricane Irma. For one Orange County elected official, this is now more than a priority, but her personal reality: her loved…

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Pompeo meets with Turkish leaders on missing Saudi writer

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A pro-government Turkish newspaper on Wednesday published a gruesome recounting of…

Scope of Michael’s fury becomes clearer in Florida Panhandle

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Michael killed at least 16 people in Florida, most…

Trump criticizes rush to condemn Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump criticized rapidly mounting global condemnation of Saudi Arabia over…

[OPINION] POLITICS AT ITS WORST... It's not just a DC thing!

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Recently I reported on social media a verbal assault my…

STATE & LOCAL POLITICS

AG Pam Bondi: Andrew Gillum Must Denounce Rapper T.I.’s Video

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The rapper T.I. recently unveiled an offensive music video which depicted a demeaning and disgusting…

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Seniors First Host Film Screening and Panel Discussion on Senior Hunger

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) -  In conjunction with World Food Day, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer…

Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight: Elected Officials Representing All or Part of Orange County

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September…

Kissimmee City Commission Candidate Andrew Jeng Rolls Out His Agenda for Diversity & Inclusion

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - The Andrew Jeng campaign announced Jeng's agenda for fostering diversity…

SPORTS NEWS

  • Mohamed Bamba (5) and the Orlando Magic didn't quite have the momentum they needed to face the San Antonio Spurs at Amway Center Friday, October 12, 2018. Photo: Willie David/Florida National News.
    ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) - After having their best preseason performance Wednesday night, the Orlando Magic started off slow and couldn't find their rhythm Friday against the San Antonio Spurs. Photo: Willie David/Florida National News.

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Orlando's Slow Start Causes Loss To Spurs

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) - After having their best performance of the short preseason Wednesday…

Orlando Improves to 2-0 At Home in the Preseason

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) - On a night where almost every Magic player on the…

Orlando Magic sign John Petrucelli, cut B.J. Johnson

Orlando, FL – The Orlando Magic have signed free agent guard John Petrucelli, President of Basketball Operations…

Buccaneers promote defensive end Demone Harris, cut Will Clarke

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today the team has promoted defensive end Demone Harris from the practice…

Athletes, Coaches, Volunteers Made Celebrities at Special Olympics Florida Champions' Gala

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – The red carpet rolled out for Special Olympics Florida’s Annual Champion’s…

UCF Knights Carve Up SMU Mustangs with 48-20 win

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) - The UCF Knights (1-0 AAC, 4-0 overall) had a hot…

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Trade War Escalates as China Announces Tariffs on US Imports

BEIJING (AP) — The U.S.-China trade war escalated further Tuesday, with China announcing retaliatory tax…

Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh Appeals Decision On Disney Property Valuation

Orlando, FL – Orange County Property Appraiser (OCPA), Rick Singh, today announced that an appeal…

Governor Scott Orders Flags at Half-Staff in Remembrance of 9/11

TALLAHASSEE - In honor and remembrance of those who tragically lost their lives in the…

ESSENCE Debuts Lebron James’ Captivating Social Media Campaign “The Strongest” Celebrating 16 Strong Black Women

NEW YORK, NY (FNN NEWS) — Source: ESSENCE // ESSENCE, the leading media, technology and…

Amway Founder and Orlando Magic Owner Richard DeVos Dies at 92

DETROIT (AP) — Billionaire Richard DeVos, co-founder of direct-selling giant Amway, owner of the Orlando…

Nike Unveils Kaepernick Ad to Air During NFL Season Opener

Nike has unveiled its first “Just Do It” ad narrated by Colin Kaepernick, a spot…

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AG Pam Bondi: Andrew Gillum Must Denounce Rapper T.I.’s Video

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The rapper T.I. recently unveiled an offensive music video which depicted a demeaning and disgusting…

TV Review: A Roseanne Barr-less ‘The Conners’ is a triumph

NEW YORK (AP) — Can there be a “Roseanne” without Roseanne? The answer is yes,…

New Kids On The Block Announce The Mixtape Tour With Very Special Guests Salt-N-Pepa, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson And Naughty By Nature

NEW YORK  -- Today New Kids On The Block, the multiplatinum selling pop super-group, unveiled an epic lineup for…

Country Music Icon Martina McBride Entertains From The Kitchen On New Food Network Series Martina's Table

NEW YORK, Food Network -- As a music megastar, Martina McBride has entertained fans with her songs for years,…

Academy Presents Careers In Film Summit In Los Angeles, London, Atlanta and New York 

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy will present its 4th annual Careers in Film Summit on Saturday,…

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Athletes, Coaches, Volunteers Made Celebrities at Special Olympics Florida Champions' Gala

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – The red carpet rolled out for Special Olympics Florida’s Annual Champion’s…

Onward to Greatness: Special Olympics Florida President & CEO Sherry Wheelock Envisions Greater Growth, Awareness for Athletes

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Special Olympics Florida will host its annual Champions' Gala at…

Orange County Nursing Home Faces Legal Action, State Investigations After Elected Official's 911 Call

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Nursing home negligence of residents has become a top priority…

Miss New York Nia Imani Franklin Crowned Miss America 2019

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (FNN NEWS) – Miss New York Nia Imani Franklin was crowned Miss…

Walt Disney World Resort to Host Kickoff of ABC’s ‘American Idol’ Nationwide Bus Tour Auditions

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is set to host…

Applications Now Open for Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Applications are being accepted now through Oct. 31, 2018, for…