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    October 23, 2014

    FPL is Asking For Public Funds to Fight off Clean Water Rules

    Florida Power & Light wants to use public funds to fight off clean water rules. FPL went before the Florida Public Service Commission on Wednesday, asking them to allow the utility company to collect $228,500 from ratepayers to lobby against proposed water rules by the U.S. Environmental Protection ... More >>

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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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    September 17, 2014

    John Goodman Wants His Entire DUI Manslaughter Retrial Moved Out of Palm Beach

    Last week, news broke that the jury selection for the DUI manslaughter retrial of Wellington polo magnate John Goodman would not be happening in Palm Beach but, rather, in Tampa. Chief Judge Manuel Menendez told the Tampa Tribune that jury selection, which is slated to begin October 6, would be hap ... More >>

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    September 9, 2014

    John Goodman Jury Selection Happening in Tampa; Lawyers on Both Sides Surprised by This News

    Polo mogul John Goodman's fate continues taking detours and u-turns with the news that the jury selection in his DUI manslaughter retrial will take place in Tampa, not Palm Beach County. The news broke over the weekend when Hillsborough Chief Judge Manuel Menendez told the Tampa Tribune that jury s ... More >>

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    July 8, 2014

    Florida is The Deadliest State In USA for Lightning Strikes

    This past July 4 holiday, a South Florida man was struck by lightning while grilling in his back yard. He fell into a canal and family members told a local news station he couldn't feel his legs. He survived, but so far this year in Florida, four people have been fatally struck. If that sounds low ... More >>

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    May 16, 2014

    Anti-Medical Marijuana Group Releases Video to Scare People Into Voting No on Amendment 2

    An anti-drug group looking to squash the legalization of medical marijuana in the state has released a website and an eight-minute ad that says that if Amendment 2 passes, marijuana will be legalized in Florida. In the video titled "The Devil is in the Details," the group claims that Amendment 2 is ... More >>

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    April 30, 2014

    United for Care Calls for Antidrug Group to Drop Carlton Turner Over His Remarks on AIDS and Homosexuality

    The newly formed anti-medical marijuana group Drug Free Florida has appointed former Ronald Reagan drug czar Carlton Turner as its chairman. Turner made a name for himself in the 1980s when he came up with the "Just Say No" campaign. But he's also grabbed headlines for once famously saying that mar ... More >>

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    April 29, 2014

    Charlotte's Web Medical Marijuana Passes Florida Senate

    In a pretty historic move for the state of Florida, the legalization of the strain of marijuana known as "Charlotte's Web" was passed by the Senate on Monday by a whopping 36-3 vote. The CW strain has very low tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in it -- which is the stuff that gets you high when you smoke ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014

    Florida Man Has Sex With Pit Bull as Neighbors Beg Him to Stop

    Here's a story both quite Florida and quite repulsive. On Wednesday morning, a Florida man apparently decided What the hell, I'm just going to go ahead and bang my dog on my front yard. So, in broad morning daylight, for all to see, the man dropped his trousers and began having sex with his dog. ... More >>

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    October 17, 2013

    Rep. Bill Young Is Dead, According to Twitter (His Office Says He's Still Alive)

    Twitter killed Rep. Bill Young. Young, who just last week announced his retirement and who was recently admitted to a hospital, is still very much alive. Although "gravely ill," according to his office. But, according to several tweets -- some from credible news sources -- Young has died. Except, ... More >>

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    September 12, 2013

    Terry Jones, Islam-Hating Wacko Pastor, Arrested Trying to Burn 2,998 Qur'ans in Barbecue Grill

    We all go through these small-scale personal ceremonies on days like September 11. You might light some candles or call up a buddy whose brother died when the towers tumbled. Terry Jones, the riot-inducing Florida pastor with the 19th-century facial hair and ninth-century sense of religious convic ... More >>

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    July 18, 2013

    Florida Man Wrestles Shark For Forty Five Minutes

    So a guy who used to live in Florida wrestled a shark for no other reason than because he can. Elliot Sudal, who moved to Nantucket from Sanibel, is in the news today for ranglin' up a shark off the shores of Massachusetts, and then wrestling it before dragging it onto the beach, before releasing i ... More >>

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    March 6, 2013

    Jeb Bush Versus Marco Rubio for President in 2016? Tough Week for Jeb So Far

    It's been a landmine-filled week for Jeb! so far, on both of his two supposed strongest fronts: outreach to Hispanics and education "reform."See also:-Jeb Education Group Benefiting Corporate Funders?-Jeb Won't Stop Talking About Run for President On Monday, he got up on the Today show and 180'd h ... More >>

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    July 26, 2012

    DEA Storms Synthetic Pot Distribution Centers Across Florida

    See also "Synthetic Marijuana Ban Seems Like a Good Idea, Probably Won't Do Much" and "Broward Commission Moves to Ban Bath Salts, Fake Weed"The war on synthetic drugs has gone federal, and in a big way.Officers with the Drug Enforcement Administration and Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office on Wedne ... More >>

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    May 17, 2012

    Warren Buffett Buys 63 Newspapers From Media Company, Says It Can Keep the Florida Ones

    A U.S. media company announced today that they would be selling 63 newspapers to Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway holding company for $142 million, according to the Associated Press. Berkshire Hathaway will also be loaning the company, Media General, $400 million to pay off other debts.Buffett's ... More >>

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    May 8, 2012

    New Florida Senate Ad: Vote for George LeMieux Because at Least He Lives in Florida

    Republican Senate candidate George LeMieux released a sequel to his "Two and a Half Macks" campaign ad against primary opponent, Connie Mack, yesterday. While the first ad's thesis was essentially "Connie Mack is a doofus," this one takes a more specific route -- the Lemieux campaign says Mack doesn ... More >>

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    April 19, 2012

    Connie Mack's Dad Chastises Reporters for Pointing Out His Son Is Way, Way Behind

    Republican Rep. Connie Mack IV's Senate campaign has hit a bump in the road -- a bump shaped like an electorate that doesn't want to vote for him. He's come up short in poll after poll, and papers in Florida and elsewhere have pointed it out. Well, one person is not having it -- Mack's dad.Former Fl ... More >>

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    March 20, 2012

    Barry "Bear" Silverman Is a Fake Navy SEAL, Says Lawyer Representing Real Navy SEAL

    Assuming you, like most of our dear readers, are a lily-livered sissy who has never made it through a "Hell Night" or advanced Navy SEAL training, here are a couple of things you may not know.1. There are former Navy SEALs who teach classes on how to be like a Navy SEAL, like this guy:2. There are o ... More >>

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    July 25, 2011

    Allen West on Gay Soldiers: "People Can Change Their Behavior, but I Can't Change My Color"

    ​Well, it didn't take too long for Rep. Allen West to make a statement that people are seeing as more outlandish than his last one.West was asked by an audience member at a speech Saturday night about openly gay people serving in the United States military, according to the Tampa Tribune.His respo ... More >>

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    July 18, 2011

    Palm Beach County School District Has the Most Bullied Kids in the State​The Palm Beach County School District apparently has a bunch of stinkin' meanies.According to some research by the Tampa Tribune, Palm Beach schools reported nearly 4,000 bullying incidents between 2008 and 2010, which is the most of any district in the state.To put that ... More >>

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    June 19, 2011

    Rick Scott Asks Few Remaining Supporters to Mail Pre-Written Letter to Newspapers

    Making a mockery of journalism, politics, and the practice of reading.​Rick Scott, apparently desperate to appeal to the thin slice of voters who a.) might consider supporting him and b.) still read newspapers, has orchestrated a fake-letter-writing campaign to ambush Florida's newspapers with uns ... More >>

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    May 7, 2011

    Marco Rubio On Waterboarding

    ​"We need to find out how this information was gathered," said Marco Rubio to the Tampa Tribune, referring to the intelligence on Osama bin Laden's courier that led to last Sunday's raid. "Again, this is not for the purposes of saying we were right and you were wrong. It's for understanding what w ... More >>

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    April 18, 2011

    The Rick Scott Word Cloud Sums Up His First 100 Days

    Can you sum up Rick Scott's first 100 days in one word?​With his popularity plummeting and ethical scrutiny spreading like a bad rash, Gov. Rick Scott reached the 100-day mark of his first term last week. From the racist voting law to the ridiculous urine jug, it's been an interesting time, to say ... More >>

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    October 18, 2010

    Pulp Black Tie Edition: Boden's Latest Gig

    Rothstein, with his vodka martini, and, from left, Adler, Lippman, and Grant at his Versace mansion wedding ​This is a good shot of some of the alleged co-conspirators in the Scott Rothstein fiasco. Russ Adler, at right, and Steve Lippman were knee-deep in the mess.& ... More >>

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    April 9, 2010

    Top Five Foodies to Follow on Twitter

    In the world of instant gratification, Twitter provides us with more quick and up-to-date information than we can actually swallow. With more than 50 million tweets per day, keeping up with the traffic has proven to be difficult. Since it's next to impossible to follow every foodie in the Twitterve ... More >>

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    July 23, 2009

    Is Lauderdale Girl's Hotness to Blame for Near-Fatal Busch Gardens Accident?

    Photo by Bob Fiallo It's hard to understand how Maikon Bonani, the star kicker for the University of South Florida, could have possibly forgotten to lock the door of the gondola on the Skyride at Busch Gardens in Tampa. After all, that was his job. It's doubly perplexing that after realizing hi ... More >>

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    June 22, 2009

    Crist Reaction to New Times Best Pool: I Want to Go to There

    One of the best parts of being Florida governor is access to a jet with which to indulge your most sudden, insatiable geographical impulses.For example, New Times' eagerly anticipated Best Of Broward/Palm Beach issue hit this website on June 11. (Memorize that date -- we'll get back to it.) The Best ... 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 20, 2009

    Tweet Tweet: Sun-Sentinel Getting Social

    New memo from the Sun-Sentinel. Ladies and gentleman, newspaper's management lexicon gets a fairly new title: "Social Media Coordinator." It's all about Twitter and Facebook and what not. And the SMC for the newspaper is Chris Tiedje. Here's the memo:     Several weeks ago, Seth Liss ... More >>

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    January 14, 2009

    Boom Times For Bogenschutz

    As the economy goes further into the tank, there's at least one guy in Broward County whose business appears to be thriving like never before: David Bogenschutz, the go-to defense attorney for ethically challenged judges, indicted politicians, and just about anyone else with a high pr ... More >>

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    October 31, 2006


    Tampa Tribune You have to love a debate that transcends the packaged messages and shakes a little truth from the rafters and moderator Chris Matthews and Reform Party candidate Max Linn delivered that last night in the nationally televised gubernatorial match-up. And guess who paid the price? ... More >>

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    October 19, 2006

    Foley's Priest Unmasked

    The Sarasota Herald-Tribune busts the story on the priest who molested Mark Foley. And, in proper priestly style, it's creepy as all living hell. The culprit is Father Anthony Mercieca, who admitted to Herald-Tribune reporters Matthew Doig and Maurice Tamman in a telephone interview from his hom ... More >>

  • News

    October 19, 2006

    Charlie Crist Is NOT Gay

    And other things the Republican Party wants you to believe on Election Day.

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    October 12, 2006

    Charlie Crist Is NOT Gay

    And other things the Republican Party wants you to believe on Election Day.

  • Blogs

    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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    April 2, 2006

    Sunshine State Finalists Are Here

    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 >>

  • News

    March 31, 2005

    The Corrupter

    The sheriff is selling out the public. Do you give a darn?

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    September 2, 2004

    Last Candidate Standing

    Davie's Richard Grayson has built a political career of joke campaigns

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    June 17, 2004


    Oft-quoted USF Prof Susan MacManus is neutral. Yeah, right.

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    June 12, 2003

    Moving Targets

    In the past 15 years, at least 14 newspaper hawkers have been killed on the job and 29 more have been injured

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    September 5, 2002

    Lapsed Ethics

    The governor's new man on the state ethics board done us wrong

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    May 9, 2002

    SoFla with a Twist

    Tim Dorsey strives to out-Hiaasen that other chronicler of Sunshine State zaniness

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    February 22, 2001


    Forget the Marc Rich pardon. Bob Crawford is the one who really got away with something.

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    October 28, 1999
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    October 15, 1998

    The Sheriff's Criminal Association

    If Ken Jenne were like most cops, he'd be investigated for being friends with felons who give him money