The Wider World

Disney pulls its Florida plans

WALT DISNEY WORLD (Flickr/Kathika).

The struggle between The Walt Disney Co. and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis heated up on Thursday as the entertainment giant pulled the plug on plans to build a “campus” in the Sunshine State and move 2,000 workers there from California.

According to the Associated Press, a Disney executive said the change in plans was due to “new leadership and changing business conditions.”

After Disney criticized DeSantis’ support for the “Don’t Say Gay” law in Florida, the governor responded with legislation that removed Disney’s control over the district in which Walt Disney World and other attractions are located.

Several lawsuits have followed. The project was to create 13,000 jobs and bring in $17 billion in investment.

DeSantis had no immediate response.

Dogs get Uncle Sam’s OK

DOGS are OK in outdoor areas of restaurants, says Uncle Sam (file photo).

The U.S. Food and Drugs Administration has issued guidelines stating that restaurants can allow dogs in outdoor dining areas, providing that they have approval from a local regulator, place appropriate signage and make sure dogs are “properly restrained,” according to the Associated Press.

Separate food bowls for dogs should be provided so that dogs don’t use plates or utensils intended for human use.

The guidelines came after research indicated the the health risk to people was “very low.”

Lakers lose to Nuggets; Angels win

The Los Angeles Lakers are in a tough spot, after losing 108-103 to the Denver Nuggets today in the second game of their NBA Western Conference final on Thursday. They now trail 2-0 as the series goes back to Los Angeles on Saturday.

Center Nikola Jokic dominated for Denver, scoring 23 points  (second to Jamal Murray’s 37) but grabbed 17 rebounds and had 12 assists.

The Lakers were led by LeBron James and Austin Reaves, who each had 22 points. Anthony Davis scored 18, and grabbed 14 rebound.

The Los Angeles Angels climbed back over .500 with a 6-5 win over the Orioles in Baltimore afternoon. Trailing 5-4 in the eighth inning, the Halos rallied and scored two runs. With the win, the Halos are 23-22 and remain in third place in the American League West.

The Los Angeles Dodgers took a rare pounding Thursday night,  losing 16-8 to the St. Louis Cardinals at home. It was a one-run game until the Cards scored seven runs in the bottom of the seventh. Despite the loss, the Blue Crew (28-17) remains atop the National League West by 2.5 games 

Weather: Life in the 70s

The West Orange County area will see a gradual warming trend into the weekend. The forecast calls for a daytime high of 71 and an overnight low of 60 on Friday with mostly cloudy skies. Saturday is expected to be 73 (60) with a bit more sun, followed by a return to partly cloudy skies on Sunday with a high of 75 (60).

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