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    October 20, 2014

    Almost Every Major Newspaper in Florida Endorses Charlie Crist for Governor

    Nearly every major newspaper in Florida has endorsed Charlie Crist for governor this week. The endorsements began with the Tampa Bay Times weighing in last weekend and the Miami Herald and Sun Sentinel weighing in on Friday, followed this past weekend by the Orlando Sentinel and the Palm Beach P ... More >>

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    July 15, 2014

    Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Says It's No Surprise Florida Cops Were Linked to KKK

    The nickname of Fruitland Park, Florida, might be "The Friendly City," but something sinister is lurking behind the Lake County city's façade of Southern hospitality. Deputy Police Chief and Fire Chief David Borst stepped down last Thursday after the FBI confronted him with evidence that he was in ... More >>

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    July 10, 2014

    Rupert Murdoch Could Be Eying Sun Sentinel Parent Company

    The troubled Tribune Company - the newspaper conglomerate that includes the LA Times, Chicago Tribune, and local Sun Sentinel as well as other dailies across the US -- is reportedly being eyed by the biggest, baddest, paper baron left in world publishing: Rupert Murdoch. Yesterday afternoon, journa ... More >>

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    May 27, 2014

    Florida Woman Sets Record For Oldest Eggs Used to Give Birth through In Vitro

    Belinda Slaughter's doctor set her chances at around 1 percent. The 46-year-old Orlando woman still harvested her eggs and fertilized them with her husband's sperm. Miraculously, one of the embryos is now a baby boy. Jackson Slaughter was born last September. But an article just published in a jou ... More >>

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    April 16, 2014

    Seven Bears Killed After Lake Mary Woman Mauled by One

    Jesus told Terri Frana it would be all right. That's what the 44-year-old Lake Mary woman told reporters about Saturday night, when she was attacked by a black bear inside her garage. "[The bear] started pulling me toward the woods," she told WESH-Channel 2. "I just thought, 'God, please, this can' ... More >>

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    April 16, 2014

    SeaWorld Pushing to Change Obamacare Requirements for Employees

    Two of the biggest Florida-based companies -- SeaWorld and Publix -- are pushing for changes in the full-time worker standards for Obamacare. Basically, with Obamacare, companies with 100 or more full-time employees must provide minimum essential coverage or pay a penalty of $2,000 to $3,000 per em ... More >>

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    April 14, 2014

    Seminole County Woman Mauled by "Highly Habituated" Bear

    Seminole County is the bear-attack capital of Florida. Residents of the sylvan subdivisions lining Markham Woods Road frequently see the creatures in their backyards and know to watch out for deer on the drive home. Wildlife is just part of the neighborhood. But now, wildlife officials say, the bear ... More >>

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    March 14, 2014

    SeaWorld Refuses to Admit Blackfish Had Impact on Attendance Dip

    SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. released fourth quarter earnings for 2013 on Thursday, and reported record earnings in its first year as a public company. SeaWorld President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Atchison told analysts during Thursday's conference call that the documentary Blackfish, and its e ... More >>

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    February 6, 2014

    Rogue Lab Tech Taints Thousands of Drug Cases in Florida

    Over the weekend, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement made a troubling announcement that could throw thousands of criminal drug cases into question. According to the department, a rogue chemist working at a crime lab in the Panhandle stole pain pills in large quantities from the Pensacola Regi ... More >>

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    January 16, 2014

    The Beach Boys and Pat Benatar Cancel Busch Gardens Shows Over Blackfish

    The Beach Boys and Pat Benatar have canceled their Brew & BBQ shows at Busch Gardens, Tampa, the park announced Thursday. Busch Gardens is owned by SeaWorld. Benatar and the Beach Boys join the likes of the Barenaked Ladies, Willie Nelson, Heart, and other artists who have decided to stiff-arm Se ... More >>

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    December 30, 2013

    Red Lobster's Closure Rumor Gets Seafood Lovers in a Tizzy

    Leave it to Village Voice Media publications to cause a shitstorm of controversy. First, Miami New Times forever changed how America sees baseball with the reporting of the Biogenesis scandal, now LA Weekly got seafood lovers' panties in a bunch over story speculating that Red Lobster might be closi ... More >>

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    December 24, 2013

    SeaWorld Ripped by Filmmakers in Open Letter

    In an effort to quell the negative backlash from Blackfish, last Friday SeaWorld took out a full page ad in major U.S. papers, including the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today in an all-out PR campaign designed to combat the allegations brought on it by the document ... More >>

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    December 20, 2013

    SeaWorld Places Full-Page Ad to Combat Blackfish Backlash

    After calling the several petitions launched through "digital harassment" following the controversy of the documentary Blackfish, SeaWorld is now putting the full-court press on its critics. The Orlando-based theme park has placed a full-page ad in several newspapers across the country, ... More >>

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    December 11, 2013

    Florida Woman Chased by Bear While Walking Her Dog

    A woman says she was chased by a bear while walking her dog Tuesday night. The chase happened around 8:15 p.m. in Longwood, a suburban area in Orlando, when Stefani McCoy says she spotted a bear wandering around a neighbor's yard. She also spotted two cubs in a tree nearby. McCoy told WKMG in Or ... More >>

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    November 14, 2013

    SeaWorld: Record Earnings Despite Orca Controversy

    SeaWorld reported its quarterly earnings Wednesday -- and they were at a record high, according to the Orlando Sentinel, which reported that the company's "quarterly profit ballooned 30 percent from the same period a year ago, from $92 million to $120 million. Total revenue rose 3 percent, to $538 m ... More >>

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    June 3, 2013

    Dismissed Florida Priest Opens Boca Passport Company That Spited Customers Call a Scam

    No matter what, Violeta Maczynski wants you to know that her Boca Raton company, US Passport Services, is most definitely not a scam. So ignore the 190 complaints filed against it with the state Better Business Bureau alleging misdeeds from failure to reimburse customers to not honoring its verbal ... More >>

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    May 31, 2013

    Florida Anti-Gay Group Warning People About Disney's Gay Day With An Airplane Banner

    The Florida Family Association is so worried the gays will gay up Disney World during their annual Gay Day and, in turn, naturally, turn your kids gay and other straight park guest will start having gross gay sex right on the spot, that they went out and spent a crapload of money to keep those thing ... More >>

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    May 17, 2013

    Koch Brothers' Tribune Co. Sale: Activists Protest in the Streets

    The media "Kochtapus" could soon be a reality. The clock is running down on the sale-time for the Tribune Company, a package of some of the most venerated newspapers in the country, including our own Sun-Sentinel. The troubled company is expected to go to the highest bidder this month, and, as we re ... More >>

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    March 28, 2013

    Killing Stray Cats With Tylenol Is "Humane," Audubon Writer Says

    Everybody has that neighbor (OK, some of you are that neighbor) whose heart bleeds for all the stray cats in the hood. Cat Lady or Cat Dude leaves paper bowls full of Meow Mix all over the sidewalks, and the scraggly, fiercely independent kitties go tomcatting all over town. You might think you ... More >>

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    July 5, 2012

    George Zimmerman Bail Set at $1 Million; Judge Says He Was "Preparing to Flee"

    George Zimmerman might be getting out of jail, even after having his bail revoked for lying to the court about all those donations he's been taking in from folks who think we should all be allowed to shoot each other.Though his original bail was set at $150,000, a judge this morning set his new bail ... More >>

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    June 27, 2012

    Orlando TSA Agent Accused of Spilling Human Ashes on Floor, Laughing at Dead Man's Grandson

    Indianapolis man John Gross says he's the victim of yet another poorly trained TSA agent using made-up screening procedures -- this time, on his dead grandfather.He was flying out of the Orlando airport with the ashes of his grandfather, Mario Mark Marcaletti, he says, when a TSA agent open his bag, ... More >>

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    June 1, 2012

    George Zimmerman Bond Revoked: Prosecutors Say He Lied About Cash

    George Zimmerman has 48 hours to turn himself in to authorities after his bond was revoked at a hearing this afternoon in which prosecutors accused both Zimmerman and his wife of lying to the court about the $200,000 in donations they collected from a personal website in the days leading up to the i ... More >>

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    May 16, 2012

    Florida Changes Standardized Test Grading System, Everybody Fails

    The state's release of preliminary results of FCAT testing has put Florida education reporters in a tizzy the past few days, and there have been impressive stories written all over the place about the debacle. In case you don't want to wade through a million inches of copy to understand the crazines ... More >>

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    May 2, 2012

    Why Arizona-Style Immigration Law Stands Little Chance in Florida

    As the U.S. Supreme Court debates the Arizona law destined to make life miserable for brown-skinned people, advocates on both sides of the immigration-reform issue are freaking out.  Senate Bill 1070 requires Arizona cops to detain immigrants they suspect are in the country illegally and check ... More >>

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    April 12, 2012

    Where Is Casey Anthony Now? Still Unemployed, Possibly Attending Therapy

    Nothing has changed in Casey Anthony's probation check-ins over the past few months, but all of you folks Googling her keep getting sent to our post from last November, so here's her March check-in paperwork.It says she's still unemployed, living somewhere in Florida, and isn't in debt. There's also ... More >>

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    February 13, 2012

    More Weird Details Emerge in Deerfield Park RV Park Murder-Suicide

    Broward Sheriff's OfficeWilliam De Jesus​There weren't many details available Friday about the Deerfield Park RV-park standoff that left three dead and two critically injured, but as police discover more, the story gets stranger and stranger.The incident appears to have started Thursday evening, w ... More >>

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    December 16, 2011

    Tebow Finds Cocaine in a Suitcase at Orlando Airport; Unfortunately, Tebow Is a Dog

    Orange County JailMorales Castro​If Florida's rivers were to fill with molten gold tomorrow and a rainbow of cotton candy stretched from Key West to Gainesville over herds of running unicorns, we'd probably all think Tim Tebow did it. At least, that's what one could deduce from the wild cheers the ... More >>

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    December 1, 2011

    Austin Stock: A High School Athlete in Trouble or Victim of a Newspaper Headline Hunt?

    ​A cub reporter at the Sun-Sentinel landed a major headline back in mid-November. Writer Dieter Kurtenbach claimed he had uncovered documents and found sources that showed a star high school quarterback may have transferred schools in violation of state policies. His big story landed on the Sentin ... More >>

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    July 14, 2011

    Casey Anthony Effect: More Bogus Bills En Route to Florida Legislature

    Casey Anthony​The fallout from the Casey Anthony trial has brought out the stupid in a lot of people. Folks have been sending hate messages to a guy with the same name, a man allegedly punched a woman over the verdict, and lawmakers across the country have been proposing "Tot Mom"-related legislat ... More >>

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    April 20, 2011

    15-Year-Old Prostitute Arrested Along With Pimp, 58 Others

    ​Sixty souls were apprehended in Polk County over the last week, as Polk's finest spent your tax payer dollars arresting sex-workers and their clients. Among the apprehended were a sex-starved Disney mechanic and a man with breast implants who advertised his services on ( ... More >>

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    March 8, 2011

    Drug Czar Clashes With Rick Scott Over Scrapped Prescription Drug Monitoring Plan

    A hero to the pharmaceutical industry?​You've got to hand it to a federal drug enforcement official who actually travels around and talks to people instead of just sitting in an office thinking up ways to scare dope-smoking high-schoolers. U.S. Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske recently took a trip to App ... More >>

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    February 28, 2011

    More Tales Of Pain Pill Mill Debauchery

    Did you notice that the Sun-Sentinel endorsed Jerry Fadgen for Plantation mayor over the weekend? Listen, I'm not a fan of any politicians in this city but Fadgen ... well, let's hear from a reader about him who wrote a letter to the Pulp about the endorsement: Yes, Plantation has a clear ... More >>

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    February 15, 2011

    Bad Writing. (Or: The Award For Most Confusing Sentinel Story of The Day Goes To...)

    A reindeer.​If you are reading this on a mobile device, please take a moment to visit a restroom. Once there, disrobe. Turn on all available lights -- for this exercise to work, you will have to see very clearly. Now: Look in the mirror. Examine your various bits.Which of your body parts most rese ... More >>

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    February 8, 2011

    Ilene Lieberman Is Back in the Building!

    Lieberman is second from left ​Ilene Lieberman, after months of no-shows and call-ins to Broward County Commission meetings, has finally returned to public service. She's on the dais now -- after fellow Commissioner Chip LaMarca made it an issue last week and m ... More >>

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    October 18, 2010

    Commissioner's Suit to Kill Term Limits Going to Court

    Broward County Commissioner John Rodstrom's attempt to kill term limits (chiefly for himself) is going to court tomorrow, where a judge is expected to rule on it up or down. Rodstrom, plain and simple, is trying to overturn the will of the people for his own selfish reason -- namely ... More >>

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    July 23, 2010

    As Florida Governor, Rick Scott Will "Look Into" the Obama Birth Certificate

    Flickr: togrossRick Scott's not too proud to pander.​In the weeks before the Republican primary, it must be tempting to pander to the wingnuts who actually believe that Barack Obama was born in Kenya. Too tempting, it seems, for gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott, who fielded a question this week ... More >>

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    June 2, 2010

    Former GOP Chair Arrested

    Greer​Jim Greer, former chairman of the Republican Party and a close friend of Gov. Charlie Crist's, was arrested this morning in connection with allegations that he formed a slush fund using contributions from party supporters. The Orlando Sentinel has the story.This won't help Crist's campaign f ... More >>

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    March 2, 2010

    Lauderdale's Scottie Pippen to Avoid a Jordanesque Debacle in Hall Speech

    At the end of this weekend's interview of former Chicago Bulls Star Scottie Pippen, he's asked about whether he's prepared his Hall of Fame induction speech. "I think I'll call my guy Michael Jordan up," he began -- a moment when all basketball fans should have held their breath or said, "No!!" Beca ... More >>

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    December 17, 2009

    Florida's Unelected Senator Will Begin Rewriting the Constitution Now, OK?

    James Madison, the so-called Father of the Constitution and apparent dunce, neglected to write something in there about not spending too much money. But George LeMieux was not not elected to allow oversights like this. Besides, he's been a U.S. Senator for, like, 90 days and he has three children (a ... More >>

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    September 15, 2009

    As Region Suffers, Football Stars Shine Bright

    Flickr: elevenwarriorsLed by Brandon Linder, arguably the state's best prospect, St. Thomas Aquinas at a practice prior to a nationally televised game.​If you had to pick the county in America with the best high school football players, it would probably be Los Angeles -- but that's not fair: With ... More >>

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    September 9, 2009

    Florida's U.S. Senators: Which One's Tweedle Dee?

    Flickr: Meeko_Your health care is in their hands. Feeling queasy yet?​At tonight's joint session of Congress, Florida will have two senators in the audience in a position to make good on a policy -- health-care reform -- that is the subject of tonight's speech and that was a major part of Barack O ... More >>

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    August 21, 2009

    Local Hero Does NOT Kill Children

    Aaron Jackson does a lot of good in the world.Aaron Jackson, founder of Planting Peace -- a locally based nonprofit running orphanages in Haiti and shelters around the world -- says he does not "kill children." That's right, not even one. I've hung out with the man on several occasions, for e ... More >>

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    August 18, 2009

    Grandmother Accused of Letting Grandson Be Fall Guy in Murder Plot

    Photo: Florida Department of CorrectionsLeroy Williams​Thirteen years after watching her nephew get convicted of murdering his step grandfather, Gloria Jean Williams from West Palm Beach has stepped forward to testify that the real killer is her own mother, Mae Daisy Latty.Alphonso Latty, 59, was ... More >>

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    July 28, 2009

    Hallandale Rep Clashes With Blue Dog in Black Caucus

    Photo: myfloridahouse.govRep. Joe Gibbons​Joe Gibbons better watch out. Not only is he no longer the chairman of the Florida Legislature's black caucus. But the new chairman is Gary Siplin, the state senator from Orlando famous for trying to put a crucified Christ on the Florida license plate. And ... More >>

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    May 6, 2009

    It's Unanimous: Florida Legislature Flunked

    Sure, it's unfair to focus entirely on what did not happen in a legislative session, and with all the economic troubles, this one was going to be grueling no matter what. But even grading against a curve of extremely low expectations this past session was a disgrace. Again and again, petty politics ... More >>

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    April 17, 2009

    Fort Lauderdale Child-finding Group Considers New, Woefully Misleading Name

    Currently, it's called "A Child Is Missing," but the Fort Lauderdale organization founded to quickly circulate reports of missing children to Florida law enforcement may soon name itself after Caylee Anthony. It's not even the organization's idea. Rather, it's the brainstorm of Orlando-area U.S. Rep ... More >>

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    March 30, 2009

    It's Time to Ditch DROP

    I'm speaking of the Deferred Retirement Option Program that made such a lucrative payout to Hallandale Beach City Manager Mike Good. He's not the only public official getting rich from this excessively generous policy. In editorials yesterday and last Sunday, the Orlando Sentinel lists officials who ... More >>

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    January 24, 2007

    Everyone Look At The Bad Guy

    It's Black Male Mugshot Day at the Miami Herald, apparently. Dominating the web site are mugshots of two youths accused of committing armed robberies. They are immortalized in short Web article by Natalie P. McNeal. They are accused of, first, committing a "string" of robberies, then later in the a ... More >>

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    November 5, 2006

    Maxwell Reveals The Mind of the Muddled Media

    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 >>

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    April 14, 2006

    Blog Hijacking

    Valdes-Rodriguez Poor Bob has lost it. Internet access. His phone service. He's completely at my mercy. So I'm taking over to provide his Friday afternoon blog entry. I know he was going to tell you that Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez is really a misunderstood genius who journalists never can give a fair sh ... More >>

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