Amazon narrowed the list of locations under consideration for its second headquarters to 20. Atlanta and Miami made the cut, Jacksonville did not.
Amazon, based in Seattle, plans to invest $5 billion in the new headquarters and could employ as many as 50,000 people in and around the city it chooses. Cities are in fierce competition to lure Amazon, and the company said last year that it received 238 proposals.
Among those proposals was one from Jacksonville, whose offer included 200 acres of riverfront land downtown at no cost to the online retail giant.
Amazon.com Inc. said it will make a final selection sometime this year. The final 20:
Montgomery County, Md.
New York City
By David Vandygriff, cityXtra Magazine
An evening that will have you singing along with the cast of Alhambra’s The Marvelous Wonderettes. The musical is one of songs that from the 50’s and 60’s generation that many will know from the start to end.
The overall theme of the musical is centered around the Senior Prom at Springfield High School. The first act contains the seniors Missy, Cindy Lou, Suzy and Betty Jean whom perform as The Marvelous Wonderettes at the last minute for the Springfield High School Senior Prom. As the musical continues into The Marvelous Wonderettes reunite for their 10 year reunion.
The story line will take via music through tiffs amongst the girls over boys, school girl crushes, marriage, children and death. A wonderful date night musical that will no doubt have you sing along through-out the night.
The Marvelous Wonderettes runs through February 4th at the Alhambra Theatre & Dining.
After Hate Group Sues Tampa to Overturn Prohibition of Dangerous Conversion Therapy for Minors, Equality Florida Files Motion to Defend the Ban Alongside the City of Tampa
Equality Florida says the ordinance protects youth from the "deceptive and utterly discredited practice of so-called conversion therapy"
TAMPA, Fla. – Equality Florida seeks to defend the City of Tampa's ban on the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy for minors against a lawsuit filed by Liberty Counsel, an anti-LGBT hate group. A motion for Equality Florida to intervene was filed today by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the law firm Carlton Fields.
Conversion therapy – sometimes called "ex-gay therapy" – attempts to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity. It has been discredited by the American Psychological Association and every other major professional health organization as ineffective, unethical and dangerous. Conversion therapy has been shown to lead to higher instances of depression, anxiety, substance abuse and even suicide.
As the state's largest civil rights organization advocating on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents, Equality Florida played an integral role in the passage of Tampa's ordinance, which prohibits licensed mental health professionals from performing conversion therapy on minors. The City of Tampa unanimously passed the ban in April 2017.
In December, Liberty Counsel filed a lawsuit against the city, challenging the ban on behalf of Robert Vazzo and David Pickup – two licensed therapists who want to subject minors to conversion therapy – citing an alleged First Amendment violation. While Vazzo is licensed to practice in Florida, Pickup is not.
"Conversion therapy has been discredited by virtually all major American medical, psychiatric, psychological and professional counseling organizations, and worse, it causes real harm to those exposed to it," said Scott McCoy, senior policy counsel for the SPLC. "When the City of Tampa adopted this ordinance last year, it chose to shield LGBTQ youth from this heinous practice and its harmful effects. We support Equality Florida's stand to ensure that the well-being of these children remains protected."
Equality Florida today filed a motion to intervene as a defendant in the case alongside the City of Tampa, citing a direct and unique interest in the case. Equality Florida also filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, explaining that two federal circuit courts already have rejected similar constitutional challenges to near identical bans on conversion therapy. Finally, Equality Florida filed an opposition to the plaintiffs' motion for preliminary injunction, demonstrating the significant harms that could befall Tampa's youth if the ban on conversion therapy is enjoined and the plaintiffs are permitted to engage in conversion therapy.
"At Equality Florida, we fight to protect LGBTQ families and children, which is why participating in this lawsuit is at the core of our mission as Florida's statewide LGBTQ organization," said Nadine Smith, CEO of Equality Florida. "We worked closely with the City of Tampa, elected leaders, and members of the community to ensure LGBTQ young people are protected from this deceptive and utterly discredited practice of so-called conversion therapy."
Liberty Counsel is known for filing litigation challenging the expansion of equal rights for the LGBTQ community – from defending anti-LGBTQ discrimination in businesses to fighting marriage equality. The SPLC identifies the Orlando-based organization as an anti-LGBT hate group.
Liberty Counsel has unsuccessfully challenged conversion therapy bans across the country. Following a 2012 challenge by Liberty Counsel, California's statewide ban was upheld by a federal appeals court, and the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case. It also challenged New Jersey's law banning conversion therapy, which the U.S. Supreme Court has let stand on two occasions.
The plaintiffs in the suit against Tampa – Vazzo and Pickup – also are veterans in the fight against conversion therapy bans. Both were plaintiffs in Liberty Counsel's failed challenge of the conversion therapy ban in California, where both men have offices. Though Vazzo is licensed in the state of Florida, his offices are in Las Vegas and Culver City, Calif. Pickup, who is not licensed in Florida, has offices in Dallas and Los Angeles.
"Tampa has every right to protect its residents against unethical therapists who disregard the strong medical consensus that attempts to change a young person's sexual orientation or gender identity are not only ineffective, but dangerous," said Carolyn Reyes, NCLR youth policy counsel who directs BornPerfect, NCLR's national campaign to protect young people from the harms caused by conversion therapy. "Courts across the country have upheld these laws as valid regulations designed to protect vulnerable children from the serious harms caused by these unethical practices, and we are confident that Tampa's law will be upheld as well."
Equality Florida is committed to defending its 302,000 supporters, including those protected by the ban in Tampa and by other similar local ordinances. More than a dozen local governments in Florida – both cities and counties – have adopted conversion therapy bans, which is more than in any other state. After a unanimous vote on Tuesday, Broward County – Florida's second largest county by population – became the most recent locality to adopt an ordinance prohibiting the harmful practice.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, based in Alabama with offices in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi, is a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society. For more information, see www.splcenter.org.
The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization committed to advancing the human and civil rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education. http://www.nclrights.org/our-work/bornperfect/.
Equality Florida Institute is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. For additional information, visit www.equalityflorida.org.
Carlton Fields has more than 300 attorneys and government and financial services consultants serving clients from offices in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, New York, and Washington, D.C. The firm is known for its national litigation practice, including class action defense, trial practice, white-collar representation, and high-stakes appeals; its insurance practice, including life and financial lines, property and casualty, reinsurance, and title insurance; its regulatory practice; and its handling of sophisticated business transactions and corporate counseling for domestic and international clients. The firm is committed to providing pro bono representation for the people and causes that most need them. For additional information, visit www.carltonfields.com and www.carltonfields.com/pro-bono/. (Carlton Fields practices law in California through Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, LLP.)
Staff Writer cityXtra Magazine
Tickets for Disney’s The Lion King On Sale in Jacksonville!
Performances Begin on January 31, 2018 and Play for Two Weeks Through February 11, 2018 at The Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts!
The North American touring productions of The Lion King have been seen by more than 19 million theatergoers. Having already played more than 70 cities across North America, The Lion King now proudly makes its return at the Times-Union Center.
ABOUT THE LION KING
In its 20th year, THE LION KING continues ascendant as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world. Since its Broadway premiere on November 13, 1997, 24 global productions have been seen by more than 90 million people. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), THE LION KING is the only show in history to generate six productions worldwide running 15 or more years. Performed in eight different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese), productions of THE LION KING can currently be seen on Broadway, London’s West End, Hamburg, Tokyo and Sapporo, Madrid, Mexico City, Scheveningen, Holland, and on tour across North America, for a total of nine productions running concurrently across the globe. Having played over 100 cities in 19 countries on every continent except Antarctica, THE LION KING’s worldwide gross exceeds that of any film, Broadway show or other entertainment title in box office history.
THE LION KING won six 1998 Tony Awards®: Best Musical, Best Scenic Design (Richard Hudson), Best Costume Design (Julie Taymor), Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder), Best Choreography (Garth Fagan) and Best Direction of a Musical. THE LION KING has also earned more than 70 major arts awards including the 1998 NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the 1999 Grammy® for Best Musical Show Album, the 1999 Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Event of the Year and the 1999 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design.
The show’s director, costume designer and mask co-designer Julie Taymor continues to play an integral part in the show’s ongoing success. The first woman to win a Tony Award for Direction of a Musical, Taymor has in recent years supervised new productions of the show around the world.
The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice’s music from The Lion King animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer; and music from "Rhythm of the Pride Lands," an album inspired by the original music in the film, written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer. The resulting sound of THE LION KING is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, ranging from the Academy Award®-winning song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” to the haunting ballad “Shadowland.”
The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed The Lion King animated feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the film’s screenplay. Other members of the creative team include: Michael Curry, who designed the masks and puppets with Taymor, Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Michael Ward (hair and makeup design), John Stefaniuk (associate director), Marey Griffith (associate choreographer), Clement Ishmael (music supervisor) and Doc Zorthian (production supervisor). Anne Quart serves as coproducer.
For more information worldwide, visit LionKing.com or fscjartistseries.org
Shows, dates, times, prices, and artists are subject to change.
Wednesday, January 31 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 1 at 1 p.m.
Thursday, February 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 2 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 3 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, February 3 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 4 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, February 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 9 at 8 p.m
Saturday, February 10 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, February 10 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 11 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m.
To order by phone with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover, call the FSCJ Artist Series Box Office at (904) 632‐5000 (toll‐free outside of Jacksonville (888) 860‐2929)
Tickets are also available online with Instant Seat Selection by visiting the FSCJ Artist Series website at: www.fscjartistseries.org
Group discounts for 10+ are also available. Please contact: (904) 632‐5050 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Staff Writer Jax Gay
In a shocking statement, the widow of the man who killed 49 people in a 2016 shooting spree at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub admitted she knew he had been planning a massacre for some months.
USA Today reports that, in a 12-page handwritten statement to the FBI, Noor Salman claimed she saw her husband, Omar Mateen, prepare for the June 12, 2016, assault.
Written just hours after the attack the statement was released at the end of December.
Salman was arrested in January 2017 on federal charges of providing material support to a terrorist and tampering with evidence. Since then, she’s claimed she suffered from PTSD, and was a victim of her husband’s abuse who knew nothing of his plans.
But during her interrogation, Salman told agents, “My fears had come true and he did what he said he was going to do.”
Questions about how much Salman knew of her husband’s plans have circulated since the beginning.
“Noor Salman had no foreknowledge nor could she predict what Omar Mateen intended to do that tragic night,” said defense attorney Linda Moreno after her arrest. “We believe it is misguided and wrong to prosecute her and that it dishonors the memories of the victims to punish an innocent person.”
Moreno claims the statement is inadmissible, as she was in custody and had not been read her Miranda rights. Prosecutors insist, though, she was not under arrest at the time and has lied to impede the investigation.
If accepted into evidence, the statement could prove quite damning: It includes testimony that Salman joined her husband in casing several locations, including Disney World. When they drove past Pulse, she claimed, he asked her, “How upset are people going to be when it gets attacked?”
Salman also wrote that, two days before the shooting, Mateen was looking at the Pulse website and announced, “This is my target.”
The day of the attack, she reported, she saw him with a holstered handgun and a backpack filled with ammunition: “This was the time that he was going to do something bad,” she told authorities. “I knew when he left the house he was going to Orlando to attack the Pulse nightclub,”
If convicted, Salman faces life in prison.