Zoe Brugger was pulled over in Lakeland last May for a busted headlight, but what happened next had little to do with that. The 29-year-old was forced to lift up her shirt and shake her bra in an attempt by the cops to find drugs. The incident was caught on video, and cops later searched her vehic ... More >>
Eddie Wayne Davis, from Polk County, will be the seventh execution in the State of Florida so far this year when -- at 6 p.m. today -- he's injected with midazolam hydrochloride, vecuronium bromide and potassium chloride. In 1994, when Davis was 25, he was in a community development in Lakeland sc ... More >>
It's one thing to lose your beloved cat. It's another to find Fluffy in a state of... uh... incompletion. Up in Central Florida, one neighborhood is being rocked by a spree of dismembered animals. And you know how the old saying goes: One cat cut in half is just bad luck. Two cats cut in half, wel ... More >>
Florida has it's share of strange animal stories -- from huge pythons to invasive lizards -- but this tale is so common it's scary. In August, a man from Lakeland named Ronald Resse came home complaining of a spider bite. Six months later, he was dead. It all happened because of the 62-year-old's en ... More >>
Like all epic stories, we found this one while talking to someone at a bar. In fact, it was Taco Tuesday at Miami's Wood Tavern. We were four tacos and two beers deep when I asked him if he'd seen anything particularly newsworthy recently. "I saw a UFO the other day," this guy told me. "I have a v ... More >>
On Tuesday, I wondered aloud who was ready to make some money if medical marijuana becomes legal in Florida after November's vote. There was only one corporation with "marijuana" in its name listed in the state so far. Since, then I heard from a few others who said they're waiting to see what happ ... More >>
In a recent interview with Josh Miller, founding owner of multimedia agency C&I Studios, he was a bit tight lipped on his latest venture Next Door, refusing to confirm any rumors floating about in FAT Village. One of those rumors was that Brew Urban Cafe was to open its coffee service inside C&I, an ... More >>
There's a monkey running loose in Lakeland. No word on if it's one of them dreaded herpes monkeys. But still. If you happen to go outside and you think you spot a monkey, chances are that it is, in fact, a monkey. See also: Herpes-Infected Monkeys Roaming Florida
A Republican state senator from Lakeland, Sen. Kelli Stargel, and a Democratic state rep from here in Plantation, Katie Edwards, cosponsored legislation Wednesday that would try to keep sex offenders who are on probation from accessing pornography. Edwards says her bill was the result of a Sun Sen ... More >>
With the double-digit growth of craft beer, there is bound to be no shortage of beer news, at least not in the near future. Last week, we saw a Spanish man die from chugging too much beer and Seattle brewers make a pact to drink 100-year-old brew. Although the whack factor has toned down a little ... More >>
A Lakeland Police officer thought a woman he pulled over had drugs on her, so he asked her to hand them over by allegedly asking the woman to lift her shirt, pull her bra, and shake her chest. No drugs fell out. Unsatisfied with this turn of events and apparently unconvinced that gravity is a thin ... More >>
Obsessed with saving money using coupons but aren't into the paper cuts from clipping or squinting at tiny ads on your smartphone? Lakeland-based Publix in March plans to roll out a new digital coupon service that will allow shoppers to preselect discounts on the company's website before heading to ... More >>
On the national stage, Florida has a golden reputation for its broad-ranging public records laws, called "Sunshine Laws." But in practice, our government institutions are often piss-poor, stonewalling citizens with noncompliance and intimidation when they request to see certain documents.Proving ... More >>
Lakeland-based Publix supermarkets has issued a voluntary recall for 11oz packets of frozenshrimp tempura. Actually, the shrimp is OK. It's the dipping sauce packets, which that contain soy but aren't labeled as such, that sparked the recall. No illnesses have been reported, according to a Publix p ... More >>
Newt Gingrich's campaign for the Republican presidential campaign is over. Done-zo. Finished. The guy is walking around his home state wearing a Mitt Romney sticker.But the former speaker of the House isn't even close to concluding the dealings surrounding his campaign, as documents filed over the w ... More >>
Place a few all-watching eyes at intersections throughout South Florida and reckless driving takes on a whole new meaning.American Traffic Solutions -- the Big Brotheresque company that operates about a dozen red light cameras in Broward and another 26 in Miami-Dade -- scoured its footage for the ... More >>
Polk County Sheriff's OfficeSimone PaolercioSimone Paolercio teaches children during the week at Lakeland's Highlands Middle School, but this Saturday, she was allegedly tossing hash browns at a McDonald's employee.According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Paolercio, 39, rolled through t ... More >>
Instant death? A Broward man is probably taking a second look at vegetarianism after a bad fried chicken wing almost killed him, according to a recent court filing.
flickr/ImmortalxKissThe potato soup and club sandwich set-up at Crispers. Don't let the name fool you -- this is not a deal on fried chicken.However, healthy food at a healthy price works just as well.
Will he smite bad bloggers with his noodly appendage?Could the Sun-Sentinel's corporate overlords at Tribune Co. please explain why Barbara Hijek has a job? Could they please explain why a paper at which honest-to-goodness investigative reporters and serious editorialists were not long ago pressu ... More >>
Brandie may be put to death if Gov. Crist doesn't step in.Justin Lamar Dillard lost an old-school shootout back on November 10. That's when Dillard pulled a gun on the front yard of an apartment complex in Greer, South Carolina. Rusty Jones, one of the complex's residents, drew his own handgun an ... More >>
From Rick Scott's Facebook pageAt least Rick Scott didn't get a negative headline for this photo opp.Lots of right-winged Republicans claim the liberal media treats them unfairly. For Rick Scott, the GOP candidate for governor, lately it seems to be true.Or at least, that's a conclusion easily dr ... More >>
Pressure mounts on Publix.Thirty-year-old Romeo Ramirez has worked on Florida farms for his "whole life," he says. And despite the conditions he's seen -- stagnant wages, no benefits, and even migrant farm workers forced to work against their will -- he still seems to see the state he lives in as ... More >>
Photo by Flickr user Boggs IndustriesI'd been asking Kris to take me to River House for most of the duration of our relationship. I'd had my sights on a visit there since I moved to Fort Lauderdale from Lakeland in 1999. But that kind of high-end dining isn't likely as a broke college student. Final ... More >>
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The Face Of The Mixed-Up Mainstream You have to read this blog post by an Orlando Sentinel political columnist named Scott Maxwell to see how sloppy, ill-informed, and muddled the mainstream media can be on the Crist issue. Maxwell begins by writing, insipidly, that he is against outing any politi ... More >>
Thanks to our illustrious chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, here's an advance copy of the list: ALL MEDIA James Batten Award for Public Service -Sally Kestin, Megan O'Matz, Jon Burstein; South Florida Sun-Sentinel; FEMA: A Legacy of Waste -Craig Pittman, Matthew Waite; St. Pete ... More >>
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Sure, Hollywood's sewage plan is dirty. It pollutes the Everglades too.
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Riding shotgun with Broward County's tiny but angry peace movement
Proposed payment of millions to a wealthy clan amounts to nothing more than stealing from taxpayers for the Bush boys' political gain
On the couch, Kathleen Kearney talks out of all three sides of her mouth
Or: How I learned to start worrying and hate the bullet train
Florida House minority leader Lois Frankel is waging an impossible campaign for governor
Forget the Marc Rich pardon. Bob Crawford is the one who really got away with something.
Millionaire Charles Croffard Dockery dreams of creating a high-speed bullet train in Florida. Sound crazy? Wait until you hear the details.
To protect boxers from the fight game, Irv Abramson wants to form a more perfect union
Five workers have died in Publix's Deerfield Beach warehouse in the past eight years. Has the workplace gotten safer? Apparently not.