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Mellissa Thomas is a Jamaica-born author, award-winning screenwriter, poet, freelance writer and manuscript editor currently available for hire. She’s a decorated U.S. Navy veteran with Entertainment Business Masters and Film Bachelors degrees from Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL. She has been published in Caribbean Today, Westside Gazette, Elegance Digital Magazine, and several others; and has posted on popular blogs, including Men with Pens, Successful Blogging, and Under30CEO.

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Orange County’s “Don’t Pitch It-Fix It!” Event Urges Residents to Salvage Stuff

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Orange County’s Environmental Protection Division is celebrating National Pollution Prevention Week by saving Orange County residents major time, money and trash with its “Don’t Pitch It, Fix It!” community event at Blanchard Park YMCA Family Center Saturday morning. OCEPD staff, volunteers, and partners, including Orange Soil & Water Conservation District…

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[Photos] 2019 Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion Rocks One More Time, Despite Hurricane

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – The 2019 Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion (ATJFR), the “Party with a Purpose,” kept rockin’ didn’t miss a beat all through Labor Day weekend at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, despite Hurricane Dorian threatening to bear down on Florida. As usual, the ATJFR boasted its massive free expo…

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MLS Recap: Orlando City Falls 1-0 to Atlanta United

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Friday’s matchup with Orlando City SC and Atlanta United FC at Exploria Stadium promised to be a nail-biter…and delivered. Unfortunately for Orlando, who tried to break their all-time no-win history against Atlanta, they came away with more of the same, despite a season-high 21 shots. Orlando’s Mauricio Pereyra made his…

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Rick Singh, 2019 State of Orange County Real Estate Lean into Tech

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Nearly 1,000 attendees filled Orange County Property Appraiser (OCPA) Rick Singh’s 2019 State of Orange County Real Estate (SOCRE) event at the Wyndham Orlando Resort Thursday. The annual report was unique and interactive as usual, but this year’s presentation leaned into OCPA’s technology focus with three key updates, including drones.…

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Real Estate Veteran Khalid Muneer Files to Unseat Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Orlando community leader and real estate veteran Khalid Muneer filed his papers to run for Orange County Property Appraiser (OCPA) at the Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office 3 p.m. Monday afternoon. He’s running to unseat two-term incumbent Rick Singh, who is up for re-election in 2020. Singh filed for…

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[VIDEO] Exclusive: Orlando Flash Flooding Causes Stalled Cars and Traffic Delays at Fashion Square

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – One of Florida’s typical “afternoon monsoons,” in this case a thunderstorm, caused major flooding, traffic delays and stalled cars at the intersection of Maguire Road and Colonial Drive near Orlando Fashion Square Mall. Orlando Fire Department came on scene quickly and escorted stranded drivers from their vehicles. They additionally warded…

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Mass Shootings Give Rise to Bullet-Resistant Backpacks

NEW YORK (AP) — Companies like Guard Dog Security, TuffyPacks and Bullet Blocker are peddling bullet-resistant backpacks for children in time for the back-to-school shopping season. But critics argue they are using tragedy as a marketing opportunity and exploiting parents’ worst fears. Safety is high on the minds of many parents, especially after two back-to-back…

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National Politics

Florida National News Names Four New Associate Editors

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Kareen Kennedy, Randy Ross, Sara-Beth Colon Jeffrey and Kasey Hudson…

Florida Democratic Party Chair Blasts GOP as ‘Axis of Corruption’

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Over 1,500 Democrats from across Florida descended on…

Anatomy of the phone call now imperiling Trump’s presidency

WASHINGTON (AP) — There were dozens of ears listening to President Donald Trump’s 30-minute phone call with…

Arrest of Giuliani associates ensnares ‘Congressman 1’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Businessmen with ties to Rudy Giuliani lobbied a U.S. congressman in 2018…

STATE & LOCAL POLITICS

[WATCH] Orlando Mayoral Candidates Buddy Dyer, Sam Ings, Aretha Simons Debate The Issues

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Orlando mayoral candidates incumbent Buddy Dyer, Commissioner Sam Ings and…

Florida Democratic Party Chair Blasts GOP as ‘Axis of Corruption’

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Over 1,500 Democrats from across Florida descended on…

Governor Ron DeSantis and FDEM Award $150.9 Million to Bay County and $20 Million to Mexico Beach for Hurricane Michael Recovery

Tallahassee, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) has…

Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointments of Judge Caroline Shepherd and…

FNN POLITICS & POWER SERIES

FNN SPORTS

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    DALLAS (FNN SPORTS) - 2 Crucial Reasons Why the Dallas Cowboys Lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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UCF Defeats East Carolina 41-28 in Homecoming Despite Challenging Second Half

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) - The UCF Knights (4-2, 1-1 AAC) returned rested and energized…

Florida National News Names Four New Associate Editors

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Kareen Kennedy, Randy Ross, Sara-Beth Colon Jeffrey and Kasey Hudson…

Orlando Magic Suffer Tough 126-94 Loss at Home Against Philadelphia 76ers

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) - Going into the Orlando Magic's Sunday preseason game, against the…

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning Defeat Toronto Maple Leafs 7-3

TORONTO, Canada (FNN SPORTS) - Last night’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs was highly…

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning Fall 4-3 in OT to Carolina Hurricanes on the Road

RALEIGH, N.C. (FNN SPORTS) - The Lightning and the Hurricanes were both coming off road…

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning Stun Florida Panthers 5-2 in Season Opener

TAMPA BAY, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) - After a tough closeout to the 2018-2019 season, The…

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Mission Resolve Foundation Purchases Forklifts and Provides Forklift Training to NEMA Grand Bahama

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Source: Mission Resolve Foundation // Mission Resolve Foundation purchased…

Florida National News Names Four New Associate Editors

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Kareen Kennedy, Randy Ross, Sara-Beth Colon Jeffrey and Kasey Hudson…

Mass Shootings Give Rise to Bullet-Resistant Backpacks

NEW YORK (AP) — Companies like Guard Dog Security, TuffyPacks and Bullet Blocker are peddling…

Universal Orlando Resort Reveals Passholder Appreciation Days Perks

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Source: Universal // Universal Orlando Resort revealed that for the…

Orlando Continues to Support Small Businesses

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Small businesses play such an important role in the economies…

S&P 500 posts its worst week of 2019 as trade tensions flare

Investors rattled by President Donald Trump’s latest escalation in his trade war with China drove…

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

  • AOMG CEO Jay Park, Simon Dominic, Gray, Code Kunst, and Woo Won Jae have a drink as they discuss the contract for the program as well as the audition applications. Poster: AOMG.
    SEOUL, South Korea (FNN EWS) - South Korean Record Label AOMG to Launch Hip-Hop Audition Program

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Orlando Film Festival Hosts Magical Opening Night with Walt Disney Documentary

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - The 2019 Orlando Film Festival returned to the Cobb Theaters…

Florida National News Names Four New Associate Editors

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Kareen Kennedy, Randy Ross, Sara-Beth Colon Jeffrey and Kasey Hudson…

J. Lo, Shakira to perform at Super Bowl halftime show

NEW YORK (AP) — Jennifer Lopez and Shakira are going to bring the heat to…

Bill Cosby hit with $2.75M legal bill after losing dispute

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby has been hit with a $2.75 million legal bill as…

Judge won’t return R. Kelly bond money to woman who paid it

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge in R. Kelly’s Illinois sexual assault case has refused to…

Halloween in Orlando Starts in September

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - It may only be September, but Halloween is already in…

LIFESTYLE: TRAVEL, TOURISM, THEME PARKS

  • UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Cinematic Horror Icons Come to Life in All-New “Universal Monsters” Mazes at Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights”

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Top Car Brands Return to Orlando for Central Florida International Auto Show

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - The world's top car brands came to Orlando to show…

Orange County’s “Don’t Pitch It-Fix It!” Event Urges Residents to Salvage Stuff

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Orange County's Environmental Protection Division is celebrating National Pollution Prevention…

Halloween in Orlando Starts in September

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - It may only be September, but Halloween is already in…

“Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” Now Open at Universal Orlando Resort

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Source: Universal Orlando Resort // The darker side of the…

Universal Orlando Resort Rolls Out New Year’s Eve Celebrations Across the Entire Destination

ORLANDO, Fla. – At Universal Orlando Resort, New Year’s Eve isn’t just another holiday – it’s…

Orlando Mayor Dyer, Commissioner Ortiz Launch Hispanic Heritage Month at City Hall

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - To celebrate the commencement of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September…