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Mets to honor Carter with jersey patch

The New York Mets will wear a patch during the 2012 season to honor former teammate and Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter. Carter died Feb. 16 following a battle against brain cancer. The patch, which will first appear during a March 5 spring training game and will be worn on Mets’ jerseys for the 2012 season, features a black home plate with “KID 8” in white lettering. Nicknamed “The Kid,” Carter was an 11 time

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Make Spring Training part of the next Disney trip

ORLANDO, Fla. — With the arrival of pitchers and catchers and then position players, spring is fast approaching. Anyone taking a Walt Disney World trip during March or early April should head over to Champion Stadium, the springtime home of the Atlanta Braves. This year marks the 15th year the Braves have held Spring Training at Disney. Built in 1997 and located in the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, the 9,500-seat Champion Stadium offers fans

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Take a trip back in time at Nashville railroad museum

Photo by Todd DeFeo / (c) 2004 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — More than a dozen times on weekends throughout the year, a long string of vintage passenger coaches whisk passengers away from the bustle of Music City and into the rural Middle Tennessee landscape. The coaches, all of which served for decades on various railroads throughout the country before their retirement from daily service, today haul Tennessee Central Railway Museum visitors. Since 1989, the non-profit railroad

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Hall of Famer Gary Carter dies

For fans of the New York Mets in the 1980s, there may have no more a face of the franchise than Gary Carter. Sadly, the Hall of Fame catcher died today after a battle with brain tumors. He was 57. “The baseball community has lost a Hall of Fame player and a Hall of Fame person,” Tim Teufel, who played second base for the Mets in 1986, said in a statement. He was a good

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Orlando park offers great view of executive airport

Photos by Todd DeFeo / (c) 2012 ORLANDO, Fla. — When flying to Orlando, most people use Orlando International Airport. But, as most astute travelers know, the airport’s International Air Transport Association (IATA) code is MCO, a nod to the airfield’s past. What is today Orlando International Airport traces its history to McCoy Air Force Base, established in 1940. Interestingly, the ORL code is used by Orlando Executive Airport. This general aviation airport is located

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Say yes to Orlando without the theme parks

Photos by Todd DeFeo / (c) 2012 ORLANDO, Fla. — From Walt Disney World to Universal Studios to Sea World, there is so much to see and do in Orlando. But, what if a Central Florida vacation didn’t include a visit to one of the area’s major theme parks? No theme park, no problem. There is plenty to see and do in and around Orlando that doesn’t involve a mouse, a wizard or a killer

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Feds approve Cuba flights from Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. — The federal government has approved Orlando International Airport’s application to offer passenger flights to Cuba, the airport said. “Orlando International Airport can now provide more convenient access to Cuba for Cubanborn residents in Central Florida,” Phil Brown, executive director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, said in a news release. “This further positions Orlando International Airport for future service development opportunities.” The airport made its request for flights to Cuba in 2011.