Meet George Jetson? Orlando Unveils Plans for First Flying-Car Hub in U.S.

The “vertiport” is scheduled to be completed in 2025 in Orlando, which granted more than $800,000 in potential tax rebates to Lilium, a German aviation company that plans to build and operate the hub.

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At Disney World, ‘Worst Fears’ About Virus Have Not Come True

Attendance has been low since the July reopening, but health officials and worker unions also say safety protocols have kept the coronavirus at bay.

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‘A Battle for the Souls of Black Girls’

Discipline disparities between Black and white boys have driven reform efforts for years. But Black girls are arguably the most at-risk student group in the United States.

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What I Learned Inside the N.B.A. Bubble

Against all odds, it really was a refuge of competence, normalcy and transcendent play. But the outside world has a way of sneaking in.

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Disney Lays Off 28,000, Mostly at Its 2 U.S. Theme Parks

The company said it would eliminate thousands of jobs at its resorts in Florida and California, which have been hit hard by the pandemic.

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Help! My Very Direct Flight Added a Stop and So Many More Passengers

Sarah Firshein tries to resolve how a nonstop with seat selection became a packed “split flight,” with concerns over proper cleaning and an arrival two hours later than expected.

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Val Demings is on Biden’s VP List. Will Her Police Career Hurt or Help?

The former police chief in Orlando, Fla., Ms. Demings has emerged as a finalist to be Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s running mate. A review of her record shows a complicated history with episodes involving police misconduct.

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Disney World Opens Its Gates, With Virus Numbers Rising

Thousands of giddy visitors streamed into the Florida resort on Saturday, as Disney tried to prove it can safely operate at a highly dangerous time.

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A Lot of Athletes Seem to Have the Coronavirus. Here Are Some Reasons.

The rate of positive test results released by a few leagues seems higher than that of the general population. But there are explanations for that.

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Disney World Draws Excitement and Incredulity as Reopening Nears

The mega-resort will welcome back visitors on Saturday even as coronavirus cases in Florida remain high. In doing so, Disney steps into a politicized debate.

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Coronavirus in Florida: What Pandemic Is Like for Theme Park Workers

The pandemic decimated central Florida’s once-booming leisure and hospitality industry. Disney World and other destinations have started to reopen, but infections in the state are surging.

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