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Protests expected at Melbourne Bill Cosby performance

<p> When Bill Cosby took the stage Friday night at the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, it marked one of his first public performances since the latest round of sexual assault allegations were made against him.</p><p> [RELATED: <a href="/news/bill-cosbys-brevard-show-to-go-on-amid-rape-allegations/29801658" target="_self">Cosby's Brevard show to go on</a>]</p><p> A Boca Raton woman became the fourth woman in recent weeks to accuse the comedian of drugging her and raping her in 1976.</p><p> Therese Serignese is the fourth woman in recent weeks to say Cosby gave her pills that made her feel groggy then forced himself on her sexually. She says she has no proof but claims the attack took place in 1976 when she was 19 years old following a show in Las Vegas.</p><p> Serignese said after the alleged rape, she willingly stayed with Cosby in Las Vegas for some time, but could not specify how long or whether the two had sex again during their time together. The two maintained sporadic contact until 1996.</p><p> A Cosby spokesman did not respond to a request for comment on Serignese's allegations, but Cosby attorney Marty Singer issued statements Thursday denying allegations made by the three other women.</p><p> The allegations didn't affect ticket sales at the King Center, where Cosby is expected to perform in front of a sold-out house. But some plan to protest his performance.</p><p> The hosts for the Orlando radio program, "The News Junkie," are urging their listeners who have tickets to Cosby's show to stage a stand-up protest in the middle of his performance.</p><p> "All you have to do is stand up. You got to film it or record the audio," explained host Shawn Wasson.</p><p> He's offering a $200 Amazon gift card to people who go through with it.</p><p> "Stand up in one of the quiet portions at the beginning of Bill Cosby's performance and scream out something about the rape allegations."</p><p> Wasson told Local 6 he wants Cosby to be forced to address the issue.</p><p> The King Center for the Performing Arts has been panned for not canceling Cosby's show, while others say Cosby hasn't been convicted of anything.</p><p> "I think I support both sides right now -- I really don't know where to land on it," said Travis Hefler.</p><p> He said he grew up watching Cosby on television and enjoys his comedy, but he doesn't like the position Cosby is in right now.</p><p> "It takes guts (for the theater) to face protest and everything and not cave," he said.  "But then again, this is such a one-sided issue. It looks bad on his part right now. I'm not sure it's the right decision, but it is a gutsy one."</p><p> On Friday it was learned that Cosby's appearance at Tuscon's Desert Diamond Casino in Arizona had been canceled. No reason was given by the casino for the canceled date, which had been scheduled for Feb. 15.</p><p> The 77-year-old comedian's comeback has been collapsing in recent days as the abuse allegations resurfaced. This week, Netflix said it was postponing a Cosby comedy special it had planned to air later this month; NBC as stopped development of a new Cosby sitcom and TV Land pulled reruns of "The Cosby Show" off the air.</p><p> Cosby took the stage at the King Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Backstage passes were voided, however, and there was a visible police presence at the show.</p>

Published: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 01:05:37 GMT

5 killed in family trip to Disney World

<p> Police say a family of five was killed in a car accident on their way to Disney World.<br/>Michael and Trudi Hardman, both elementary school teachers, were on their way to Disney World with their kids Wednesday night when the unthinkable happened. Louisiana State Troopers say five members of the family were killed when their SUV rolled over after striking a median.<br/>"We talked to the 16-year-old driver, which lived — he was properly restrained," Michael Reichardt of Louisiana State Police said. "He said he fell asleep, when he went off of the road — off to the left — he veered back to the right and there was nothing he could do."<br/>Of the eight passengers, six passengers, who apparently weren't wearing seatbelts, were ejected. Both parents and three of their children – ages 4, 7, and 15 – were pronounced dead at the scene.<br/>One of the "kids that passed away was one of our students and one of them that survived was one of our students here at the high school," Jim Lamb said. Lamb is the Principal at Wills Point High School. "The kids were a tremendous blow, but just an entire family was a tremendous, tremendous blow for us."<br/>Three of the kids survived, including the 16-year-old driver.<br/>Folks back in Terrell and Wills Point are reeling from the loss of two popular teachers and the three of their kids.<br/>Wills Point ISD sent out a statement: "Words cannot express the sadness in our hearts today … Please keep the family and their friends in your thoughts and prayers."</p>

Published: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:57:21 GMT

Package from FSU shooter delivered in Texas

<p> A law enforcement official says a <a href="" target="_blank">package mailed by a man who shot three people at a Florida State University library</a> was delivered in Texas and is being investigated by the FBI.</p><p> Authorities said Friday the package and others mailed by Florida State alumnus Myron May could contain a video and journals. Police officers killed May on Thursday after he shot two students and a library worker.</p><p> The official who confirmed the delivery of the package spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to release the information.</p><p> Police obtained a video and journals Thursday and learned May sent messages to friends, telling them to expect a package.</p><p> Authorities were expecting more packages to be delivered Friday in several states.</p><p> May also has ties to New Mexico.</p><p> Watch Local 6 News and stay with for more on this story.</p>

Published: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:33:37 GMT

Gunman accused of shooting Orlando restaurant worker identified

<p> The Orange County Sheriff's Office has identified the gunman accused of shooting a worker at an Orlando restaurant.</p><p> [RELATED: <a href="/news/video-shows-customer-shoot-orlando-restaurant-worker/29473132" target="_self">Video shows customer shoot worker</a>]</p><p> Deputies identified 18-year-old Shaunric Brown as the suspected shooter on Oct. 30 at Leroy's Jamaican Cuisine.</p><p> </p><p> Investigators determined Brown, who was a regular customer of the restaurant, walked up to the order window and placed an order.</p><p> Once the order was ready, Brown asked the worker for the price. This conversation escalated and Brown produced a firearm, and shot the worker multiple times, deputies said.</p><p> </p><p> The worker was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.</p><p> An active warrant is now out for Brown's arrest. Deputies said Brown's current whereabouts are not known.</p><p> Detectives are asking anyone with information to call Crimeline at 800-423-8477.</p>

Published: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:47:34 GMT

1 nabbed, 1 sought after 2-county police chase in Central Florida

<p> One man was arrested and another remains at large after they led law enforcement officers on a two-county chase that ended in Seminole County, according to officials.</p><p> The Seminole County Sheriff's Office said Barrett Alexander Jr., who was driving a stolen Grand Marquis, was arrested Thursday on multiple charges after he dropped off an accomplice, who stole a Ford Mustang on James Drive in Oviedo.</p><p> A friend of the Mustang’s owner had started the car before returning into the home to pick up a few items, said deputies.  When she returned, the car was gone.</p><p> A Seminole County deputy spotted the stolen vehicles traveling south on Alafaya Trail. When he approached the vehicles they both sped off, according to deputies.</p><p> Orange County sheriff’s deputies joined the pursuit, forcing the stolen cars back into Seminole County, according to officials. The Mustang was able to lose the deputies and the driver remains on the loose, deputies said.</p><p> According to the arrest report, Alexander was driving the Grand Marquis on State Road 417 and was spotted again but did not notice the deputies following him, officials said.  Other deputies forced him across Stop Sticks, which deflated three of the tires, officials said. The vehicle then exited the highway at Red Bug Lake Road and proceeded east. After making a wide U-turn, Alexander began ramming the back of a Seminole County deputy’s vehicle, forcing him off the roadway, officials said.</p><p> Other deputies blocked the car and Alexander was placed in custody.</p><p> Alexander was arrested on charges of eluding police apprehension, grand theft auto, driving with a suspended and/or revoked driver’s license and operating a vehicle in willful and wanton disregard for public safety.</p><p> Alexander was taken to the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Sanford.</p>

Published: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:21:59 GMT

Photos: Florida mug shots

<p> Here's a look at some of the individuals who have been arrested recently in the Sunshine State.</p>

Published: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:42:42 GMT

Boost your immunity -- naturally

<p> Cold and flu season is here. Find out how you can naturally boost your immunity and keep those germs away.</p>

Published: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT

Cops: Craigslist meeting ends in stabbing

<p> Lake County sheriff's deputies said two men who met though Craigslist for sex ended with one man stabbed in the throat.</p><p> The Lake County Sherriff’s Office said around 8 p.m. Thursday, Khari Thornhill met with a 54-year-old man at his Fruitland Park home. They smoked marijuana on the victim’s porch and went to his bedroom to engage in sex, deputies said.</p><p> The victim claims that Thornhill then “snapped” and cut his throat with a folding locked blade knife, according to officials.  The victim then yelled out to his roommate for help and he called 911 for assistance, deputies said.</p><p> When deputies arrived, they said they found the victim lying on his back on top of a partially clothed Thornhill, struggling on the bedroom floor.</p><p> The victim was transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center for treatment. His roommate advised the sheriff's deputy that he lives an alternative lifestyle and meets men at bars and online, officials said.</p><p> According to a Lake County Sheriff's Office report, Thornhill was taken to Leesburg Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries that occurred during the struggle. He claims he was drugged and that things went “fuzzy," deputies said. </p><p> LRMC emergency room personnel noted that Thornhill’s bloodwork showed a presence of marijuana, but no alcohol or other drugs were found.</p>

Published: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:56:48 GMT

Crews put finishing touches on Citrus Bowl

<p> Construction crews are putting the finishing touches on the Citrus Bowl to get ready for the Florida Classic, the first event since the $200 million renovation of the stadium.</p><p> "When I first came I said, 'Oh my.' I thought it would have been finished," Alexis Daniels said.</p><p> Daniels' family has sold T-shirts, hats and hoodies at the Florida Classic for years, but this year they're sharing the space with construction crews, forklifts and sidewalk sweepers.</p><p> "They actually have been pretty friendly with us, so we're working together trying to make things go smooth," she said.</p><p> Fans are already camped out in RVs next to the stadium getting ready for the annual battle between Bethune-Cookman University and Florida A&M.</p><p> Tracey Shivers is already buying her game gear and isn't shying away from a little dust.</p><p> "I think the fans will still come out. I'm a diehard Rattler so I'm here, so the construction doesn't bother me," she said.</p><p> City officials said the space is "game ready" with new restrooms, locker rooms and escalators.</p><p> The field is freshly painted. The bowl has increased capacity -- room for 65,000 people at sporting events.</p><p> Vendors are hoping increased capacity means increased business.</p><p> "I think we're going to do better than ever this year," Daniels said.</p><p> Kickoff is at 2 p.m. Saturday.</p>

Published: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:42:50 GMT

Singles search for love wearing paper bags

<p> Forget dating websites and apps, there's a new way hopeless romantics can find love. </p><p> It takes blind dating to the most literal sense. </p><p> "Paper bag speed dating" allows singles to connect on a more personal level by having each person decorate a grocery bag and wear it during the event. </p><p> Organizers hope it allows potential matches to focus more on personality rather than physical features.</p><p> The event hosted in New York City got good reviews from participants.</p><p> If not a love connection, it's definitely a first date to remember.</p>

Published: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:05:37 GMT

Go behind the scenes at Disney's Hollywood Studios

<p> After months of work, Disney's Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is ready for guests.</p><p> Local 6 reporter Julie Broughton was given an after hours, behind the scenes look at what it takes to put the high energy holiday display together at Hollywood Studios.</p><p> Now in it's 19th year, the holiday display has become a theme park classic.</p><p> Guest Services Manager Lance Heal was Broughton's personal guide as she walked the "Streets of America" well after the park was closed to visitors. </p><p> A handful of technicians were in the final stages of syncing music and lights, making last minute adjustments before the show debuts for the season.</p><p> "They're going to be finishing up some of the programing and checking the cuing," Heal said as he pointed to the lighting director working at a computer console set in the middle of the street. "They're going to make sure, step by step, that the lights match the beat of the music."</p><p> It's a surreal scene as lights flash and music pumps on a desolate cityscape.  </p><p> Heal said it takes over 50 crew members to put it all together, with work starting in August.</p><p> "We work, of course, overnight as the park is closed. So we usually start about 9 o'clock at night and we work 10-hour nights. We're usually done at about 7:30 in the morning," he said.</p><p> Over 5 million lights, hundreds of miles of cable, 10 miles of rope light and a million zip-ties are just a part of what it takes to build on one of the largest holiday light displays in Central Florida.</p><p> It's come a long way since the Osborne family, from Little Rock Arkansas, made headlines in the mid '90s.</p><p> After neighbors complained about their then 3 million light display, courts ruled that they had to take it down.</p><p> Disney stepped in and offered to move the lights to Central Florida.</p><p> Today, the display uses LED lighting, which is much more efficient then what was originally used.</p><p> There are, however, many of the original exhibits that once stood in the Osborne front yard.</p><p> The giant globe, flying angels and the 70-foot Christmas tree, all original items, now stand side by side next to hidden Mickeys and Disney characters.</p><p>  "We're ready, we're really excited. We've been waiting for this moment," Heal said. "It's kind of like planning a party.  You work really hard to plan that party and when it finally goes off, the excitement, the energy of the guests in the street -- it's the payoff for what we've been working on all this time."</p><p> The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights runs through Jan. 4.</p>

Published: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:59:54 GMT

Florida unemployment rate drops to 6 percent

<p> Florida's unemployment rate is dropping again.</p><p> The state's unemployment rate fell to 6 percent for October. That's a small dip of 0.1 percent from the previous month.</p><p> The rate is the lowest it has been since June 2008.</p><p> Gov. Rick Scott announced new jobs numbers during a Friday visit to Boca Raton.</p><p> Florida added more than 34,000 jobs last month, which was the third highest total in the nation. Florida's unemployment rate, however, remains above the national average of 5.8 percent. There are an estimated 578,000 Floridians out of work.</p><p> The Republican governor made the state's job growth a centerpiece of his re-election campaign.</p><p> Economists have countered that a big reason for the initial drop in the state's unemployment rate was that many Floridians dropped out of the workforce.<br/></p>

Published: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:18:09 GMT

What to know about Obama's immigration initiative

<p> President Barack Obama announced an executive action Thursday that implements major changes to the country's immigration policies. Click on to find out more about the changes.</p>

Published: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:40:23 GMT

Slideshow: Greatest TV stars

<p> Here is a list of the all-time top 59 TV stars, according to the "The TV Guide Book of List."</p>

Published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:31:10 GMT