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  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    DEP Busts Everglades Oil Driller for Fracking, Clams Up, Slammed for Cover-up

    Critics of oil company plans to drill in the Everglades saw some of their worst fears realized late last week when the Florida Department of Environmental Protection revealed it had sanctioned Texas-based Dan A. Hughes Co. for unauthorized fracking in Collier County in an area surrounded by the Cork ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Earth Day: Nine Ways Florida Is Screwing Up the Environment

    Happy Earth Day, Florida! We're all gonna die! Yes, today is the day we're supposed to be conserving, planting trees, turning off the lights, and collecting all that recycling. But the reality is, things are not looking as green as they should in the Sunshine State. Florida is a land literally nam ... More >>

  • News

    April 10, 2014
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    April 10, 2014

    Ten Best Easter Brunches in Broward County

    Put on your Easter bonnet - make sure there's plenty of frills upon it. It's time for Easter parades and egg hunts and pictures with the Easter bunny and, yes, even church. Then, after all that, there's - for us foodies anyway, for whom gustation is basically religion - there's the most important pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Only Three Hurricanes Forming This Year, Experts Say

    A couple of storm forecasters from Colorado have brought some seemingly bad news for those of us who love to take days off and listen to 24 hour local news stations tell us how we're all gonna die when a hurricane is on its way. Phil Klotzbach and William Gray of Colorado State University say that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    Is FPL's New Solar Energy Program Another Joke?

    Florida Power & Light Co. has announced plans for a new voluntary, community-based, solar partnership pilot program. The voluntary program would include FPL installing new solar-powered generating facilities in Florida communities, including Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. But it would be fund ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 20, 2014
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    February 25, 2014

    Problems at FPL's St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant?

    Yesterday, 80 environmental activists from Earth First! protested at the Juno Beach headquarters of Florida Power & Light. Their mission was to bring attention to a proposed power plant in Hendry County. But there's another concern about FPL: possible problems at the nuclear plant in St. Lucie. Tu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    Ten Best French Fries in Palm Beach and Broward Counties

    Chips, fries, finger chips, French fries, pommes frites: no matter what you call them, thinly sliced strips of fried potatoes are absolutely delicious. Few side dishes have risen to the same level of esteem as that of the French fry. Sure, we love mac & cheese. And yes, on occasion we do like a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    Five Most Outrageous Burgers in Broward County

    There's something about a hunk of ground meat in between two buns that just comforts the soul. Whether it's fond childhood memories, the soft pillowy bun, the fatty burger, the cheese, or the combination of delicious ingredients in perfect handheld format -- that's right, we frown upon eating burge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    25 Pilot Whales Found Dead in Florida; Officials Begin Necropsies

    Sadly, Florida has seen a lot of pilot whales wash ashore or beach themselves in the past couple of months. Last Sunday, 25 pilot whales were found dead off the shores of Kice Island, in the southwest part of the state. On Friday, a team of biologists began performing necropsies on the dead whales ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    GMO Experts Jeffrey Smith and Michael Hansen Coming to South Florida for Panel Discussions

    Over the past couple years the debate on genetically modified organisms (GMO) or genetically engineered (GE) in food has become the hot topic amongst those into the politics of food. While proponents of the technology claim the products are perfectly safe, and are, in fact, needed to feed the world ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Florida Lawmakers Move to Let Fracking Companies Keep Secrets About Toxic Chemicals They'll Pump Into Ground

    Bills that throw a cloak of secrecy over fracking operations in Florida passed out of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee Tuesday. The measures exempt from public disclosure the chemicals used in the process, which are rich in toxins. See also: - Florida Fracking: Sen. Jeff Clem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    Beyoncé Pisses Off NASA and Christians During Her Week in Florida

    "Yes! It's so crazy right now! Most incredibly, it's ya girl, Bee!" "Uh oh, uh oh, uh oh, oh no no Uh oh, uh oh, uh oh, oh no no Uh oh, uh oh, uh oh, oh no no Uh oh, uh oh, uh oh, oh no no" Beyoncé definitely so crazy right now. On the heels of her touching controversial "tribute" to the Shuttle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2013

    Ten Best Waterfront Restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

    South Florida is known for ample sunshine, beautiful people, heavy drinking, mile upon mile of beautiful beaches, and one of the most extensive systems of inland canals in the world. There's a reason so many of our residents rarely wear clothes. As much as most of us like to spend our free time dr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    Ten Best Restaurants for New Year's Eve in Palm Beach County

    New Year's Eve is one of those days you either love or hate with a passion. You may not want to deal with the traffic; you may hate the crowds; you might not have anyone to kiss; midnight could be well past your granny bedtime; or you may just think the whole holiday encourages amateurs to get drun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    Ten Best Restaurants Serving on Christmas Day in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

    Come Christmas Day, what will you be doing? Eating at home with loved ones, celebrating the holiday? Traveling home to see family and friends? Or wondering "What am I going to do all day long?" when everything shuts down? While businesses everywhere shutter their doors for the day, a few stay open ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    Ten Best Cheesesteaks in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

    The cheesesteak is one of the most well-known - and controversial - of sandwiches. The king of hoagies, subs, and sammiches, it truly is a thing of beauty, judged only by it's melty-mess-making ability. What makes a cheesesteak? Let us begin with the roll, that chewy Italian bread many out-of-tow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2013

    Ten Best Restaurants to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner in Palm Beach County

    This year, forget the long lines at the grocery stores, the piles of dirty dishes taking over your kitchen, and all that sweating and laboring over the stove. Instead, why not take the drama out of your Thanksgiving dinner by taking the family to one of the many dozens of local restaurants prepari ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    Ten Best Restaurants for Thanksgiving Dinner in Broward County

    Preparing the Thanksgiving dinner is one of the great, ongoing American traditions. As enjoyable as it may be, throwing a Thanksgiving dinner can be a major pain if you're not the domestic type. It takes days of planning, costs tons of money, creates a major mess, and can contribute to ample amounts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2013

    Ten Best Brunches in Broward County

    We all love going out to eat. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch -- doesn't matter. We're ecstatic when we can grab any meal away from the confines of our home kitchen. Though we don't discriminate in terms of meals or times, each one has its purpose. Breakfast is a great way to start what will beco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    Get Your Daily Dose of Blue-Green Algae With Spirulina Pond Yum Vegan Popsicles

    When you think of algae -- or, yes, pond scum -- does a healthy and delicious dessert come to mind? Well, thanks to Florida-based Hero Pops, it is. The creation of Vero Beach resident Michael Haggerty, a new line of vegan-vegetarian popsicles known as Pond Yum! aren't just another bland, boring hea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2013

    Ten Best Restaurants in Hallandale Beach

    "It's got to be the most boring, mundane street in South Florida," says Dr. Paul George, an oft-quoted Miami Dade College professor and historian, told us for this week's look at the restaurants along Hallandale Beach Boulevard. "It's more a racetrack to the beach than anything else." The strip of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    Ten Best South Florida Craft Beers

    Say, for a moment, you've got only one night to spend in South Florida. How would you sample the local beer scene? Luckily, we've assembled a list of some of the best and brightest locally produced beers. With new breweries opening seemingly every few months and the beer culture expanding faster t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    Broward Mayors' Climate Change Plans Sound Laughably Inadequate

    Ninety-five percent of scientists now agree that global warming is a scientific fact -- and , as one particularly terrifying Rolling Stone article explained in June, "South Florida is uniquely screwed, in part because about 75 percent of the 5.5 million people in South Florida live along the coast." ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    Ten Best Restaurants in Hollywood

    Hollywood. City planners' dreams of a downtown drag offering wide sidewalks with plenty of shade and restaurants are a reality. Yet there's something strange afoot. Some nights, you can almost hear a pin drop on the opposite side of Young Circle. Despite a lengthy restaurant row, you never know wha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    Power Plant Pollution: FPL's Everglades Plant Ranked Third-Worst in Florida

    A new study ranking greenhouse gas emissions from power plants on a state-by-state basis places Florida number three nationally. Within Florida, the study finds FPL's West County Energy Center, in Palm Beach County, the state's third most polluting. See also: - Tree-huggers Mobilize to Stop FPL Fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    Ten Best Restaurants in Boca Raton

    When it comes to restaurants, everyone has a different perspective. Some fancy traditional, Old World cuisine. Others like new and innovative dishes. There are those who prefer simple, straightforward fare, while their friends opt for complex and full of flavor. When it comes to the choosing best r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    Ten Best Breakfast Places in Fort Lauderdale

    Talk to any dietician, or mom, and you'll hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It may sound counterintuitive, but consuming calories in the morning -- healthy calories, that is -- helps individuals maintain a healthy weight says a number of scientific studies. While that the ... More >>

  • News

    August 29, 2013
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    August 27, 2013

    Best Dive Bar Food in South Florida

    The dive bar is known for many things, food not being one of them. But there are exceptions to any rule, and for these South Florida dive establishments, the menus are just as good as the cheap beer, colorful crowd, and karaoke. But at places like Swamp Grass Willie's in Palm Beach Gardens, you can ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    Representative Michelle Rehwinkle Vasilinda Files GMO Labeling Bill in the Florida House

    Over the past year, genetically modified organisms (GMO) or genetically engineered (GE) foods have stirred quite some controversy in the news. It started with the vote and failure of California's proposition 37, which called for mandatory labeling of all foods containing GMOs. When it was first fil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    World's First Lab-Grown Hamburger To Be Eaten Today, Live Feed from London

    Can you eat meat without having to kill the animal? Mark Post, a Dutch stem cell researcher, thinks you can and on Monday he will present the world's first lab-grown hamburger at an arts fair in London. But don't take a bite just yet, the patty purportedly has cost about $375,000 that was grown in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    WPB Sea Level Rise Symposium Keynoter: "There Will Be Catastrophe"

    Marine scientist John Englander comes across as calm, cool, collected, and concerned. In print and in interviews, he explains, in uncomplicated, matter-of-fact language, what the future holds for coastal dwellers like us if nothing is done to address climate change. In a word, disaster. See also: K ... More >>

  • News

    July 18, 2013
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    July 8, 2013

    Flavor and Fertility: Taste Receptors for Sweet and Savory Linked to Male Reproduction

    You've heard the term food-gasm before. Maybe you've actually experienced one yourself. It's hard to deny that food is closely tied to sex; whether as an aphrodisiac or a sexual object in and of itself -- you've seen that sandwich-eating sex scene at the end of Bridesmaids. Hey, we're not going t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    Ten Best Places To Get Ceviche in Broward and Palm Beach County

    June 28 is National Ceviche Day, a day designated specifically to the worship of lime-marinated fish. A traditional South American dish that can be traced back to the Incas, who preserved fish by covering it with a bath of salt and fruit juice, today, the basic ingredients haven't changed much. All ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    Florida Community Trying to Keep Fracking and Drilling Away From Everglades

    The Dan A. Hughes Company, an independent oil and gas exploration company headquartered in Beeville, Texas, apparently owns the mineral rights to an onshore oil reserve known as the Sunniland Trend, which stretches from Ft. Myers to Miami. And they fully intend on fracking the crap out of it. Accor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    Ten Best Tiki Bars in South Florida

    Over the past few years there has been a profusion of interest in mid-century tiki culture. And hey, it works for us. With our abundance of palm trees, beaches, and mid-century, South Pacific-themed spots, the trend definitely helps South Florida's tourism industry. With this weekend's grand tiki- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Ten Best Mac & Cheese in Broward and Palm Beach

    Everyone loves mac & cheese -- minus, of course, those who cannot cheese or wheat. And we feel sorry for them, because there is probably no greater "comfort food" than elbow pasta in cheese sauce. It's a dish that takes us all back to our childhoods. That being said, there are a million different wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    Rick Scott To Sign Texting-and-Driving Ban Bill

    It looks like Florida's texting-and-driving ban, which was at one point was almost derailed by the House added some frivolous amendments to it last month, will become a thing when Rick Scott signs it into law next week. The bill barely made it to the governor's desk thanks to an amendment the House ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    Top Ten Dive Bars in Broward County

    Ah, the dive bar. Some might think the term is an insult, but we mean it as a compliment - an endearment, really. Basically, it refers to any establishment where the cigarette smoke obscures your view of the aging barkeep, fights break out at 2 a.m., the jukebox plays only country or old rock classi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    Ten Best Pizza Places in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

    Pizza may be one of America's favorite foods, a food that has become more American than Italian, with slices in cities from east to west offering a different take on how to best combine three basic ingredients: dough, cheese and sauce. There's New York-style, Chicago and Sicilian. Some bake up a thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    Top Ten Craft Beer Selections in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

    American Craft Beer Week officially begins May 13 and runs through the 19; a whole seven days worth of events and special tappings to keep your taste buds excited and your liver in a state of confusion. This year marks the eighth consecutive week by the Brewer's Association. As they state, "Americ ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 9, 2013
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    May 2, 2013

    Ten Best Burgers in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

    Some food items elicit intense reactions. New Yorkers smear any pizza anywhere outside of their dear city limits. Chicagoans eschew hot dogs without their traditional toppings. Kansas City residents scoff at any other barbecue. While each city tends to have its own special dish, good burgers can be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Florida Fracking: Sen. Jeff Clemens Says Name Your Poison

    Name yer poison. Especially if you're messing with chemicals that have the potential to contaminate Florida's groundwater supply. That's the intent of legislation filed by State Sen. Jeff Clemens, which would create a registry of chemicals used by companies fracking for oil in the Sunshine State. S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    Ten Best Happy Hours in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

    Ahh. Happy hour. That wonderful time of day when a smiling bartender, cheap booze, and inexpensive food are intended to dissipate all of your workday's stress. Of course, you could go for a run or do something healthy to blow off some steam, but where's the fun in that? To help you out with your h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    Ten Best Inexpensive Restaurants in Palm Beach County

    Blame it on the economy. Blame it on sky-high fuel costs, droughts, and that locally grown, organic craze. Really, blame it on whatever you like. No matter which way you slice it, food just isn't getting any cheaper. Especially in Palm Beach County, where only a small percentage of the populace has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    Nine Hurricanes This Season, According to Experts

    If two Colorado State University climatologists are correct, we're going to get hit up and harassed by hurricanes more than usual this season. Meteorologists Philip Klotzbach and William Gray are predicting from their supercool hurricane prediction base (i.e., their laptops, probably) that the ... More >>

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