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House of Blues Gospel Brunch

Sunday

Jan 13, 2019 – 10:30 AM

(on various days)

1490 East Buena Vista Drive
Orlando, FL 32830 Map

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House of Blues Gospel Brunch
House Of Blues - Orlando
Orlando, FL Sun, Mar 30 2014
1:00 PM
32.50 to 32.50

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  • Attorneys for a man who spent 14 years in prison before he was released after new evidence was revealed are working to get him money for his time spent behind bars. Clemente Aguirre was released in November and now attorneys have filed a petition to grant him status as a wrongfully incarcerated person so that he is eligible to receive money through the 'Victims of Wrongful Incarceration Compensation Act.'  Aguirre would get $50,000 for each year he wrongfully spent in prison, totaling more than $700,000.  The State Attorney's Office has received the petition. A response has not yet been submitted.  Aguirre’s nightmare began in June of 2004.  He was an undocumented immigrant from Honduras and working as a prep-chef in Heathrow.  Aguirre told investigators he had been drinking the night he walked into his Altamonte Springs neighbors’ home looking for a beer.  Instead, he found wheelchair-bound Carol Bareis and her daughter Cheryl Williams stabbed to death.  Aguirre said he ran out and did not call 911 because he was afraid of being deported.  Aguirre was arrested, convicted and sentenced to death.  The Innocence Project got involved in his case and helped clear him with DNA and new evidence that pointed to another possible suspect: Samantha Williams, the daughter and granddaughter, of the victims.  Williams has not been charged in the case.  Aguirre’s conviction was overturned and before a new trial could begin, prosecutors dropped the charges.  'I thank you for it from the bottom of my heart,' Aguirre said after the November hearing.  In a statement, Aguirre’s attorney Marie-Louise Samuels Parmer said: 'Mr. Aguirre experienced a living nightmare by spending 14+ years incarcerated for crimes that he did not commit. No one can give him back those 5,264 lost days and no amount of money can replace the moments that he lost with his family and friends, or cover over the horrors that he endured on death row. But the Florida Legislature has recognized that those who have been wrongfully incarcerated should be financially compensated. Mr. Aguirre is entitled to compensation under that statute, and his petition is just the next step on the path toward rebuilding his life.
  • In celebration of the Orlando Magic's 30th anniversary, the team distributed $1.2 million in grants Friday to 16 different organizations. The foundation distributed 10 $30,000 grants and three $300,000 grants totaling $1,200,000 to 16 non-profit organizations through the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation (OMYF)in a surprise ceremony at the Amway Center in Orlando.  The foundation raises the money through its annual golf tournaments, auctions held at Magic's game and, this year, a new weekend-long Orlando Wine Festival and Auction to be held March 15-17 at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. Magic CEO Alex Martins said the fundraising event patterned after successful wine festivals in other cities, could raise several million dollars.   Over the past 29 years, more than $24 million has been distributed to local nonprofit community organizations through the OMYF.   The DeVos family, which owns the Orlando Magic team, pays all the foundation’s administrative costs. The 2019 grant recipients and grants received:  Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida $30,000  Central Florida YMCA $30,000  Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida $30,000  Foundation for Orange County Public Schools $30,000  Advent Health Foundation/Hebni Nutrition Consultants $300,000*  The Gift of Swimming $30,000  Harbor House of Central Florida $30,000  Orlando Ballet $30,000  Orlando Repertory Theatre $30,000  Orlando Science Center/Early Learning Coalition of Osceola County $300,000*  Orlando Shakes (Orlando Shakespeare Theatre) $30,000  Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida/Grace Medical Home, Inc. $300,000*  Valencia College Foundation $30,000
  • After yet another day which featured no hints of progress in ending a funding fight that has to a partial government shutdown taking paychecks away from over 800,000 federal workers, President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday evening that he would make a ‘major announcement’ on Saturday about his push to get money to build a wall along the Mexican border, which has led to an ongoing standoff with Democrats in Congress. “I will be making a major announcement concerning the Humanitarian Crisis on our Southern Border, and the Shutdown,” the President wrote on Twitter, giving no details about what he might announce. With no indications that Democrats in Congress are ready to give in on their opposition to a border wall, some Republicans have continued to urge the President to declare a ‘national emergency’ under existing laws, and move money around in the military’s budget to build a wall. I will be making a major announcement concerning the Humanitarian Crisis on our Southern Border, and the Shutdown, tomorrow afternoon at 3 P.M., live from the @WhiteHouse. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2019 “He ought to go ahead and declare an emergency, and it would be over,” said Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK). “I don’t know why he is reluctant to do that.” Inhofe – who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee – said Thursday that he would not oppose the President dipping into military construction funds to build the wall, though other Republicans have publicly opposed the idea. Democrats on Friday also pressed the Department of Homeland Security on another front – using eminent domain to take land away from landowners, in order to build the way – focusing on a case involving the Catholic Church in Texas, which owns land that the Trump Administration wants. “The federal government must exercise extreme caution when seizing private property,” wrote Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer to the Homeland Security Secretary. To @SecNielsen: The Trump Administration’s lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brownsville, Texas, raises important questions on the exercise of eminent domain to build a border wall. We ask you to respond to these questions by January 31: pic.twitter.com/MXcfoQib9E — Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 18, 2019 The President has asked for $5.7 billion in border security money for both fencing and a wall; Democrats in Congress have offered $1.6 billion – the original requests of the Trump Administration and Republicans – but Democrats want none of that to go to the wall.
  • Two Florida fifth-graders are accused of plotting to kill an 11-year-old classmate and escape in a golf cart last month. The plot unraveled Dec. 14 at Roberts Elementary School in Tallahassee, where the alleged victim and the accused students, ages 10 and 11, all attend school. A 32-page police report obtained by the Tallahassee Democrat details the plot, which resulted in both students’ suspension and civil citations for conspiracy to commit battery and bringing weapons on school grounds.  The students are also being recommended for expulsion, the Democrat reported.  “This obviously is a very serious matter,” Leon County Superintendent Rocky Hanna said in a statement. “There is zero tolerance in our school system for violence or threats of violence. The individuals who participate in these types of behavior will suffer severe consequences, as (will) these two young boys.” The school’s principal, Kim McFarland, told investigators that the boys “planned and put into effect” a plot to kill their classmate, the Democrat reported.  >> Read more trending news According to the timeline laid out in the police report, one of the accused boys threatened the victim Dec. 10, telling him they would kill him. A few days later, a female classmate told the victim a secret and then went to the two suspected plotters and claimed the victim was spreading rumors about her.  The plotters again threatened the boy, saying they would “take care of him and kill him,” the Democrat reported.  Another student later told police investigators the boys drew a map of where on campus they would take the victim -- an area without security cameras, the newspaper reported. They ultimately changed their mind and planned to take the boy to the school’s garden instead, the police report said.  The day of the planned attack, one of the boys brought a backpack to school with what investigators believe was a murder kit: a wrench, adjustable clamp pliers, a multitool with a 3-inch blade on it and baseball batting gloves. According to police, the student showed the tools to classmates and one of the pair told them “snitches get stitches.” They also told at least one classmate they had the gloves so they would not leave fingerprints, the Democrat reported. They planned to use some of the tools to bust through a gate and flee on a golf cart.  During an after-school program on campus, the boys approached the alleged victim and asked if he wanted to go to the “secret hideout in the garden,” the police report said. He told investigators he refused because other students had told him the boys wanted to hurt him.  The alleged victim went to a teacher supervising the after-school program and told what the boys had planned, the newspaper reported. The boys were taken to the principal, who searched the backpack and found the tools, including the knife. The boys denied wanting to kill the victim, but admitted they planned to beat him up, the Democrat reported.  After the incident, McFarland sent parents an email, which was obtained by WCTV in Tallahassee. “Last Friday there was an incident, with alleged intent to harm a fellow student, that occurred in the afterschool program with a group of 5th grade students who had been developing a plan over a series of days,” McFarland said. “Some of you have reached out with concerns and questions. At this time, I cannot share details, but I can assure that your children are safe and the situation is being handled.” McFarland wrote that she met with the school’s fifth graders to discuss the importance of “see something, say something.”   “Many fifth grade students knew of the potential incident but did not tell teachers or their parents,” the principal said. “We discussed the importance of alerting adults when there is any concern for safety for themselves or their fellow students. Please discuss this with your children. It is imperative they learn this valuable skill now.”
  • Epcot International Festival of the Arts is back at Walt Disney World Resorts with a fresh lineup of  musical performances, creative foods and visual artistry beginning Jan. 18 through Feb. 25 2019. New this year, different pairs of Disney on Broadway stars will sing musical hits on the America Gardens Theater stage seven days a week during the festival. Performers this year include: Kerry Butler (“Beauty and the Beast”) and Kevin Massey (“Tarzan”) Meredith Inglesby (“The Little Mermaid”) and Steve Blanchard (“Beauty and the Beast”) Arielle Jacobs and Adam Jacobs (“Aladdin”) Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins”) and Josh Strickland (“Tarzan”) Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White (“The Lion King”) The concert series is included with park admission with showtimes are 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. nightly.  For the taste buds, an expanded selection of culinary arts. Here’s just a few: Smoked salmon and cream gâteau with egg yolk cream, paddlefish caviar and micro-herbs is sure to be a new favorite at The Painter’s Palate Red wine-braised short rib with parsnip purée, broccolini, baby tomatoes and aged balsamic will be available at Cuisine Classique The 2019 event rolls out  performance art, complimentary seminars, hands-on activities and much more: A variety of workshops led by professionals will teach different artistic techniques, such as floral design, ink and paint, mixed-media art and more (offered Friday-Monday for an additional fee). As a memento of what they learned, participants will take their creations home with them. Complimentary 30-minute seminars will give budding artists helpful instruction for producing their own artwork at home. More than 50 visiting artists participating in the festival will be available to meet with festival goers and share insights on their work