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ORLANDO, Fla.— The University of Central Florida is moving ahead with plans for a multimillion dollar expanded campus in downtown Orlando that the UCF president called "a game changer" for the school and the community. University President John Hitt announced the joint initiative with Valencia College during a Tuesday breakfast with community leaders.
Sept 17- If you're unhappy with your cell phone service- and really, who isn't? Verizon last month began offering a new $60 plan that previously would have cost users $90. T-Mobile countered with a low-price starter plan of $45 that comes with 2 GB of data.
Republican congressman Mike Coffman of Colorado says the Veterans Affairs Department's oversight of construction projects is dysfunctional and leads to delayed health care. The hospitals are in Las Vegas, Denver, New Orleans and Orlando, Florida.
TAMPA, Fla.— Captain Citrus was born in 2011 as a big, fat talking orange wearing a green cape. The Florida Department of Citrus revealed its made-over mascot Tuesday at a comic book store. The agency paid $1 million to Marvel Comics to create the new character in hopes of bolstering orange juice's reputation as a healthy and wholesome drink.
NEW YORK— Do you leave a tip in your hotel room for the maid? Marriott is launching a program with Maria Shriver to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping. Some 750 to 1,000 hotels will participate from Marriott brands like Courtyard, Residence Inn, J.W. Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and Renaissance hotels.
Darden Restaurants Inc.— whose restaurants include Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse— lost $19.3 million, or 14 cents per share, for the three months ended Aug. 24. That compares with earnings of $42.2 million, or 32 cents per share, a year earlier. Sales at Olive Garden locations open at least a year fell 1.3 percent.
In a nearly 300- page treatise on what's wrong with Olive Garden and its management, investor Starboard Value suggests the Italian restaurant chain is being reckless with its unlimited breadsticks. The incredibly detailed document was released Thursday and lays out how Olive Garden could improve its performance.
A consumer-oriented rating agency, Weiss Rating, recently awarded the companies a median grade of C-minus, and even without a major storm to drive up claims, 11 of them have already failed in Florida since 2006, according to state records. "Things are moving in the right direction for Florida in attracting private capital.
ORLANDO, Fla., Sept 5- A U.S. judge has ruled that food servers and bartenders employed by Darden Restaurants Inc, which owns chains including Olive Garden, the Capital Grille and LongHorn Steakhouse, cannot sue the company as a group for alleged wage violations.
Sept 2- Olive Garden owner Darden Restaurants Inc, in a concession to one of its largest shareholders, Starboard Value LP, on Tuesday announced a revised slate of director nominees that includes four new candidates, four incumbents and four open spots for Starboard picks.
Sept 2- Olive Garden owner Darden Restaurants Inc, in a concession to activist investor Starboard Value LP, on Tuesday announced a revised slate of director nominees that includes four new candidates, four incumbents and four open spots for Starboard picks. KeyBanc Capital Markets analyst Christopher O'Cull said the move "will appease existing shareholders."
ORLANDO, Fla., Aug 15- Theme park operator SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. said on Friday it would nearly double the size of its San Diego killer whale tank and expand similar enclosures in Florida and Texas amid criticism over its treatment of the animals.
Aug 15- Theme park operator SeaWorld Entertainment Inc said it would build bigger enclosures for its killer whales amid raging controversy over its killer whale shows. SeaWorld pledged $10 million for killer whale research and is embarking on a multi-million dollar partnership focused on ocean health, it said.
Protests against ocra shows at SeaWorld' s amusement parks intensified particularly after a 2013 film, "Blackfish," documented the killing of a trainer at the company's Orlando, Florida park in 2010 by the whales.
Aug 12- Darden Restaurants Inc's board looks vulnerable to a key activist shareholder's push for a shakeup that could pave the way for broader changes at the underperforming owner of Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse.
TAMPA, Fla., July 31- Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld said on Thursday they are ending a longtime marketing partnership, as the airline faces pressure from animal rights groups critical of the marine life conditions at its popular tourist attractions.
July 28- Darden Restaurants Inc's food fight with activist investors Barington Capital Group LP and Starboard Value LP entered a new phase on Monday, when the company said Clarence Otis would step down as chairman and chief executive officer.
July 28- Darden Restaurants Inc said on Monday that Clarence Otis would step down as chairman and chief executive officer, buckling under pressure from activist investors Barington Capital Group LP and Starboard Value LP.
July 28 (Reuters)- Darden Restaurants Inc said Clarence Otis would step down as chairman and chief executive officer, buckling under pressure from activist investors Barington Capital Group LP and Starboard Value LP.
LOS ANGELES, July 17- Microsoft Corp intends to wind down Xbox Entertainment Studios, a source familiar with its plans said, becoming the first major tech company to give up on making original shows in a battle for the living room couch.