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🍜 Are we the pho capital of Florida?

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What Orlando is talking about

Last week, the internet was ablaze with stories of a Polk County woman who spent six nights in jail after turning over her husband’s guns to authorities while her husband spent one night in jail for attempting to run her over.

The Lakeland couple has been going through a divorce since January.

Both State Rep. Anna Eskamani and Attorney John Morgan came to Courtney Irby’s defense, asking how could she, a domestic violence survivor, spend six nights in jail for “theft” and her husband only one for aggravated battery.

State Attorney Brian Haas announced on Wednesday that Courtney’s theft and burglary charges would be lowered to a misdemeanor trespassing only. Haas also said that parts of her initial story were misleading

In other news…

A nonprofit Florida advocacy group is offering financial support to local former felons after last Friday’s announcement that Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 7066. The bill requires all former felons to pay their fines and fees before they’re eligible to vote, a caveat from the original Amendment 4 that passed in last year’s election. (News 13)

Calling all Halo fans, the military science-fiction video game is bringing its fan-touring event, Halo: Outpost Discovery, to the Orlando Convention Center this weekend. (Orlando Sentinel)

Also happening in Orlando this weekend is the month-long showing of the classic film, Bye Bye Birdie. The performance runs through July 28 at the Central Florida Community Arts Black Box Theatre. (Orlando Weekly)

And if Halo and classic films aren’t for you, Orlando Fringe favorite, Mean Gays (a twist on the popular movie Mean Girls) is getting an encore performance at Parliament House this weekend. (Orlando Weekly)

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One of the earlier murals to pop up in the Mills 50 area, artist Andrew Spear has been leaving his mark on Orlando for years.

What’s up in Mills 50?

We love the variety of the questions you’ve sent us for this month’s City Curious installment, focused on one of Orlando’s most eclectic and artsy neighborhoods: Mills 50.

We’ve narrowed it down to three finalists, and now we need your help picking a favorite.

Tom P. and Justin S. both wanted to learn about the history of Mills 50 and its Asian community. “How did Mills 50 become Orlando’s informal Asiatown? And the phó capital of Florida?”

Meanwhile, Ashley Z. specifically asked about the Asian food: “What are the secret things to order at the Asian restaurants? The things you’re afraid to order, but regulars know it’s THE thing TO order!”

Katie W. had a practical question all about where to park in the area and she said that street parking on Colonial wasn’t an option. “Where are the best places to park in Mills 50 to go grab a bite and walk around?”

Head here to vote for your favorite, and we’ll tally up the results at the end of next week. The winning question will be answered in a story we’ll report out later this month.

You said it

On Tuesday, we told you our morning rituals and then asked for yours. You did not disappoint with the responses.

“I peruse my favorite online newsletter while having my ‘morning constitutional’.” 😜 —Ryan J.

“Go to the gym, drink a smoothie, listen to The Daily, and then read Pulptown! ” —Kyle C.

“Props to Kayla for keeping up with the meditations! I’ve been using the Calm app for a few years now followed by staring directly into the morning sun for a minute. It’s a practice of a lineage of people called “The Solar Warrior Dynasty” which I found in my study of Kriya Yoga. Honestly, I’ve been doing this for over a year and have not noticed any changes. Lol I’m waiting for some yogi to channel into my meditations screaming ‘You’re doing it wrong!'” —Riaz L.

Thanks for reading us but also, talking back to us, Pulptownies.

Things to do

In and around town 🆕

Today

🗣 Learn about Orlando’s former who’s who on your lunch break (Downtown)

🖼 Check out the First Friday Art Show at FAVO (Park Lake)

🌱 Keep Lake Eola beautiful with a community cleanup (Lake Eola)

😂 Laugh out loud with the KINGS of comedy (Thornton Park)

🇺🇸 Keep the 4th fun going at Boxi Park (Lake Nona)

🏈 Watch an Orlando Predators game at the Amway (Parramore)


Saturday

⚽️ Cheer on our ladies to a victory over the Washington Spirit (Parramore)

👾 Get in the mood for Stranger Things (Waterford Lakes)

🖼 Spray your way to another dimension (Ivanhoe)

🔭 Bring your IQ up when the sun goes down (Loch Haven Park)

🇺🇸 Celebrate Independence Day the vegan way (Winter Park)

🍻 Time to let your freak flag fly (Lake Nona)


Sunday

💪 Shop til you drop at this girl-powered pop-up (East Colonial)

☮️ Meet us in downward dog at the brewery (Ivanhoe)

👯 Enjoy the Disney edition of Big Gay Cabaret (Downtown)

🧀 Eat up all the cheese (SODO)


Monday

☮ Stretch out for some beer garden yoga (Lee Vista)

🎺 Delight your ears and listen to a top flutist (SODO)

🍻 Become a better beer taster (Ivanhoe)


Tuesday 

🐮 Dress up like a cow for free chicken (@ your local Chick-fil-a)

🐱  Flex your trivia muscles and pet kitties (Clermont)

☮ Lean into community yoga at your favorite market (Audubon)

🍦 Get treated to ice cream by Winter Park (Winter Park)

Going to one of these? Take us with you! Tag @pulptown on Instagram or email a pic to [email protected].

That’s all for today

See you Sunday at the Lake Eola Amphitheater for the big USWNT watch party, right?

Enjoy your weekend, friends,

— Pulptown

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