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Plus, Pulptown readers share what they're thankful for this year.
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🙏 There might be help on the way for your gas pump pains and an exoneration 72 years in the making

Plus, Pulptown readers share what they're thankful for this year.

By Katie Johnston

Hey there, and happy Tuesday to ya.

We’re looking at a rather short week ahead — short in that I’ll only be showing up in your inboxes today and tomorrow before I leave you for the week to (hopefully) enjoy some time off with some loved ones. 

We’re going to get to the news that you might’ve missed over the weekend first, but then, we’ll take a much-deserved moment to reflect on why we’re thankful this year and what Pulptown readers shared they were thankful for. (Yes, even in 2021, year two of a global pandemic, there are reasons to be grateful.)

Let’s get to it, shall we?

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What Orlando is talking about

👏 The Groveland Four has officially been cleared of any wrongdoing. A Lake County judge posthumously approved a series of motions that cleared the names of four Black men who were wrongfully accused of rape in 1949— an exoneration 72 years in the making. (WKMG

🙏 There’s a free turkey giveaway and flag football tournament going down at Barnett Park today. Starting at 4 p.m., local nonprofit Men's Closet will be hosting the family-friendly event. In addition to some good, clean flag football fun, there will be face painting for kids as well as canned goods and turkey available for anyone in need. (Orlando Weekly

💰 Eligible Parramore businesses can get a financial leg up courtesy of the City District’s new micro-grant initiative. Business owners can apply for up to $3,000 in funding for small-scale projects, including interior and exterior upgrades, technical assistance, equipment requirements, and more. The application deadline is set for Monday, Nov. 29. You can check out the posting here.  (Bungalower

🤞 There’s a new clinical trial for an aggressive form of cancer that’s showing promising results here in Florida. Dr. Sajeve Thomas, an oncologist and hematologist at the Orlando Health Cancer Institute, has been working on a treatment that shrinks tumors using cells from the patient’s body. “It looks to me to be a miracle if you didn’t know any better,” Thomas said. (WKMG

⛽️ Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says the state is considering relief options for surging gas prices. Speaking at a gas station in Daytona Beach yesterday, the governor said he’ll propose $1 billion in gas tax relief during the state legislature’s next session in January, which would come from suspending the state's 25 cents per gallon fuel tax. (WESH)

⚖️ A federal judge has rejected Florida’s legal challenge to federal vaccine mandates for health care workers. U.S. District Judge M. Casey Rodgers issued an order on Saturday denying a motion by Attorney General Ashley Moody requesting a preliminary injunction or temporary restraining order against the COVID-19 vaccination policy. The judge determined that the rule did not pose “irreparable harm” that would justify the court’s intervention. (WLRN)

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You said it 

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What are you most thankful for, especially this year?

We posed that question to all of you, and there was no shortage of great answers. Here are a few of our faves … 

🙌 “Friends, family, and my pup Kiwi — oh and my awesome neighborhood (Hourglass District)!” — Christina T.

💉 “Vaccines for kids” — Juliana C.

💘 “After 12 years, my husband and I got married a couple weeks ago! I’m so thankful for all the local vendors that made the day incredible and for all our friends who showed us the most love!” — Kenny E. 👇

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Photo courtesy of Kenny E.

💉 “I am grateful for the COVID vaccinations that have saved the lives of so many people. I only wish that everyone would get one so this horrible pandemic could end because people are still dying from COVID.”  — Gloria H.

“That I’m still breathing” — Scottie C. 

🙏 “This month I was diagnosed with a significant medical issue, and it’s been a scary roller coaster ride of unknowns. In addition, another family member was also just diagnosed with the same issue (what are the odds… crazy). I am extremely grateful to my family and my husband — who is being a rock for me, but especially my posse of girlfriends, who are all showing up for me and checking in (and hitting happy hour with me!). I always loved them, but now I love them even more.”  — Milaura S.

🐶 “Here’s just one of the things I’m thankful for, my singing Covid pup, Linus!” — Molly H. 👇

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Photo courtesy of Molly H.

💪 “I am thankful for having good healthcare (and I want a world where everyone can say the same). Also thankful for all the creative hustlers out there (hint hint!) who do what they love to build community and bring joy to themselves even though they may not have access to the same health care.” — Jody M. 

☕️ “Coffee from Qreate Coffee + Studio — Airam D.

As for me, not to be too sappy, but I’m feeling especially thankful for readers like you. I'll get more into that down below but thanks for being the kind of people who care about the facts, who work to make our city a better place, and who take the time to respond to our questions and are vulnerable in their sharing.

Today

🍲 Take a virtual tour of Second Harvest Food Bank and hear about how to support hunger relief efforts. (Online)

⚽️ Cheer on Orlando City SC to a win over Nashville SC in the first round of the 2021 Audi MLS Cup at this watch party at Ace Cafe (Downtown)

🌽 Learn the history of corn, what it's used for, and how it’s grown then make a delicious corn chowder (Online)

Tomorrow

🍻 Taste, drink, and shop your way through The Milk District on a Thanksgiving Eve pub crawl (Milk District)

🍿Head to the Enzian for a midday viewing of "Home for the Holidays" (Maitland)

Friday

🏈 Cheer on UCF to a win over the South Florida Bulls (UCF)

🍿Watch the popular holiday movie "Elf" on the big screen in Ivanhoe Park Brewing's parking lot (Ivanhoe)

🎉 Take a break from holiday planning and shuffle to the neighbors' backyards for toasts, tastes, and tunes (Colonialtown North)

Saturday

🌎 Celebrate the people and many cultures that make Central Florida awesome at FusionFest (Downtown Orlando)

❄️ Don't miss the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra's "Home for the Holidays" performance at Festival Park (The Milk District)

🛍 Get your Small Biz Saturday shopping on at Etoile Boutique (Milk District)

🛍 Support local this Saturday by shopping small businesses (Sanford)

✨ Don't miss the annual holiday tradition to light up the city (Kissimmee)

Sunday

🛍 Shop local vendors and food trucks at the mini Sanford Indie Flea happening at Tuffy's (Sanford)

Monday

🥃 Like bourbon? Like meeting new people? Don't miss this four-course, four-bourbon cocktail-pairing dinner party (The Milk District)

🎯 Play a round of naughty or nice drag bingo at Ivanhoe Park Brewing (Ivanhoe)

Two more things...

Just a reminder that today’s the last day to win free private vocal lessons courtesy of our pals at Central Florida Vocal Arts. Our giveaway with them ends at noon, meaning there’s still time for you to enter. 

The prize includes two separate 45-minute private vocal lessons from the CFVA all-stars. Enter here before 12 p.m. today! 

And lastly — feeling good after those thankful notes from your neighbors? I am too.

I’m thankful for another year at the helm of Pulptown, a space where Orlandoans near and far come together to feel more connected to the city we all know and love. Orlando means so much to me, and I feel a real sense of duty in uplifting local journalism and engaging the public in stories that matter. We can all feel like more engaged citizens when we actively pay attention to what’s happening in our community, and I’m just so thrilled to be a meaningful link in your connection to the City Beautiful. You really are the absolute best.

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for some locally-sourced gift suggestions for the holidays!

‘Til then,

– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown

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