The Florida Legislature is kind of like that family friend who comes and crashes your pad for two weeks, rearranges everything in your cupboards, tells you exactly what kind of person you are, and then leaves so you can live in the mess they just created.
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"Write what you know" is the cardinal rule of creative writing, and it would seem to be even more important in the writing of legislation. Bad literature can be ignored; bad law, not so much. State Rep Dave Kerner has taken that thought to heart. Kerner (D-Palm Springs) has played a major role ... More >>
Flickr: StoneOfDreamsA grisly crime scene.On a semiweekly basis, we like to have fun at the Panhandle's expense, and this week our victim is the very pitiable Kimberly Negron. The Fort Walton Beach resident has a depressing job and, according to local police, hatched an even more depressing crimi ... More >>
In a post yesterday that's part of our Panning for Gold series, I made a crack about how it's rather foolish to trust a charter fisherman's hunch about the sustainability of fish population -- not just for the obvious fox-running-the-hen-house reasons. Mainly, it's because there's a much more relia ... More >>
Flickr: HD Action PhotographyA boatload of amberjacks caught by a charter fishing boat off the Panhandle coast.It's been a discouraging week to be a South Floridian, so it's high time we renew our Panning for Gold series, in which we attempt to prove that ours is the (slightly) superior civilizat ... More >>
Photo: Okaloosa County SheriffBrownIn this week's installment of Panning for Gold, we'll return to Fort Walton Beach to check in on Susan "Mimi" Brown, a 55-year-old woman who was an exotic dancer, at least as recently as the Reagan administration. The Northwest Florida Daily News reports that Ok ... More >>
Flickr: hans hendriksenIf it comes to an ethnic turf war in the Panhandle, bet on the Mongols.Who says the Florida Panhandle is not a culturally diverse place? Certainly not the 22-year-old Mongolian man who had the distinct cultural honor of being beaten by a pack of Ukrainians who then sped awa ... More >>