Martin, McDonald, Porter join stars in telethon for Ukraine
A roster of film, TV and theater all-stars — including Steve Martin, Annette Bening, Billy Porter, Audra McDonald, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Chenoweth, David Hyde Pierce and Rosie Perez — have signed up for a 10-hour telethon to raise money for the victims of the war in Ukraine.
Mount Dora businesses miss out on much-needed boost after leaders cancel Fourth of July events
MOUNT DORA, Fla. Signs that read Stars and stripes and BOGO buys lined the sidewalks in Mount Dora Friday, instead of the hundreds of people usually downtown on a big Fourth of July weekend. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Mount Dora city officials canceled Friday nights Freedom at the Waterfront fireworks show, as well as the Fourth of July parade that was scheduled for Saturday morning. However, Mount Dora city officials decided to cancel the weekend events and after seeing the recent spike in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, Winslow now believes its the right decision. However, he believes it is better for the community in the long run to cancel the events now. Those numbers came just one day after Florida broke its record for the highest number of cases reported in a single day with more than 10,100 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported Thursday.
Technical rehearsals held for Harry Potter Escape from Gringotts ride
ORLANDO, Fla. – Three weeks before the opening of Universal Orlando's brand new attraction, Diagon Alley to the public, the Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts ride is still going through technical rehearsals. [LOCAL 6 THEME WORLD: Stars hit red carpet at Diagon Alley | 6 things may not know about Diagon Alley | Diagon details | READ: Ride revealed ]On Thursday, Local 6 saw the lap bars are being checked and the amazing animations being played out. Universal Studios Creative Director Thierry Coup says this is all normal every time they open a new ride with this type of technology. Harry Potter fans helped increase attendance by 50 percent at Universal Orlando Resort in the past few years. Now the question is whether a second Harry Potter park opening July 8 will keep numbers going up.