Extra bag? Hand over the credit card. In-flight soda? Fork it over again. On time? Ha. Right. Need to use the bathroom in flight? Gimme that card again. Ladies and gentleman, welcome to Spirit Airlines. If you've booked a flight on the fast-growing discount airliner in the past few years, no dou ... More >>
From Burmese pythons to Lion fish to rock pythons to giant African snails, Florida is home to a plethora of invasive species. And now, the latest animal threatening to eat all of the things in the Everglades and other parts of the wild, is a particularly jerky thing called the tegu lizard. And, li ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
After calling the several petitions launched through Change.org "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 >>
As the world gets fatter and obesity becomes a major health hazard, soda manufacturers take a large portion of blame. And, even when companies like Coca-Cola launch diet products, the fight doesn't end there, with people rallying against the artificial sweeteners that can supposedly cause as much da ... 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 >>
Shining Beacon of Light Marco Rubio called President Obama's first draft on immigration reform "dead on arrival" yesterday, saying that the president's bill "repeats the failures of past legislation" and that the bill will die as soon as it enters the hallowed halls of Congress just like every past, ... More >>
By halftime on Saturday at the BankUnited Center, while most of the sold-out crowd was twisting out their necks trying to get an eyeful of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade courtside, the national beat writers and TV analysts holed up in the media room were already tossing around the question: Are the Hu ... More >>
Today, a less popular, but in some ways, stronger Barack Obama will become our president for four more years -- well, kinda. Sure, he already took the oath yesterday, but that was just the wedding ceremony without the reception. Today's the party. So what can we expect? Exactly that: a party. If hi ... More >>
A genetically modified salmon, ominously dubbed the Frankenfish, recently took another step from the farm to your plate. The Food and Drug Administration last week released an environmental report on the impact of the AquaAdvantage salmon, developed and patented (yes, patented) by Massachussets-bas ... More >>
Hurricane Grill & Wings has opened its first Pembroke Pines location. The West Palm Beach-based restaurant chaine has grown nationally with restaurants throughout Florida, as well as in New York, Arizona, Texas, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Minnesota.
The last time the Miami Heat were in New York, they were busy denting Knickerbocker ass on their way to a first-round playoff series victory, the first of many on their way to the title. Remember when New York managed to win one game in that series and Madison Square Garden celebrated like the Knic ... More >>
The Miami Marlins had what you might call a bit of a crappy season. Even though they entered this year super excited about their brand new stadium, their brand new $100 million payroll, their brand new shortstop, their brand new closer, their brand new manager, and being featured on Showtime's The F ... More >>
When a Florida city -- or hell, the entire state -- gets a top spot on a national list or earns a designator of "Most (Fill-in-the-Blank)," the results usually aren't pretty. Not convinced? Click here, here, and here for examples to prove the point. So it was a pleasant change of pace when this ... More >>
It's no secret that Burmese pythons have been wreaking havoc in the Everglades, but the extent of their destruction has been hard to grasp. A new study provides some of the first hard statistics on how these invasive reptiles are altering the food chain, and the numbers are downright scary.Betwee ... More >>
USA Today reports on the mini-dessert trend, which includes today's rollout at Baskin Robbins of the four bite cake-and-ice-cream dessert that fits in the palm of a hand. While fine and mid-range dining restaurants have featured mini sweets for decades, the trend is finally hitting the mass ... More >>
Legal Sea Foods wants to save the crab...for your dinner.Legal Sea Foods, the Boston-based restaurant chain, has produced a series of commercials and print ads that start out as a message of conservancy and humanity...then turn to bloodshed (if crabs had blood, that is).One ad starts all Greenpea ... More >>
McDonald's makeover underway in Fort LauderdaleMcDonald's recently began a billion dollar renovation project to update their stores to a more inviting, modern look, as reported in USA Today. The refurbishment project, which began with stores in Tampa, is the largest in the chain's history. ... More >>
Despite the rising contempt for Gov. Rick Scott, this one kind of flew under the radar. With the exception of the Florida Center For Investigative Reporting, our local media outlets seem determined not to notice that the credibility of Gov. Scott's education adviser has been grossly undermined by ... More >>
Photo by Rebecca MeiserYes, James has a furniture line.The Decision ESPN special that heralded LeBron James' move from Cleveland to Miami last summer highlighted two sides of the NBA superstar: his ego, and his generosity.Although it inspired ridicule and resentment in many longtime fans, the one ... More >>
CNN, USA Today, and other media organizations got fooled.
Schapiro Group data wasn't questioned by mainstream media.
Even though drug laws haven't stopped illicit substance abuse in prisons, Florida's new prison chief hopes that banning cigarettes will keep inmates from smoking. Prisoners have six months to kick the habit before cigarettes go from currency to contraband, according to the state Department o ... More >>
Flickr: USA TODAY / H. Darr BeiserMaybe the Supreme Court needs to spend a day at the beach before they give their ruling.These are the nation's most eminent legal minds? Read this article in today's New York Times, about the U.S. Supreme Court's debate over whether to allow the state to claim be ... More >>
Flickr: SpinnCommA young AmeriCorps volunteer rolls up her sleeves to rehab a house in St. Charles, Louisiana.Take it from a recent college graduate: It's rough out there. With the national economy in a shambles and entry level employment opportunities scarce, AmeriCorps can be a saving grace for ... More >>
Flickr: Ron GunzburgerWatch out, boaters. There are plenty of signs like the one to the left, warning you about those adorable manatees, who have a way of wrapping their fat asses around boat propellers. But if you're cruising near the Fort Lauderdale shore you may be faced with a choice between ... More >>
Flickr: twicepixMore details are emerging about the agreement between the U.S. Justice Department and UBS, the Swiss bank accused of helping wealthy Americans evade taxes -- a case that's been bandied about in South Florida's U.S. District Court and which has attracted the two nation's top diplom ... More >>
Flickr: F18E777Now there's a word you want to be careful with when explaining an investment in Broward County over one in Miami-Dade. But that's the word that Virgin America CEO David Cush used to justify his airline's decision to make Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport a destination ... More >>
Flickr User: dr_zenoA settlement between federal prosecutors and UBS, accused of helping America's wealthy cheat Uncle Sam out of his taxes, appears likely to be struck tomorrow in Miami's federal court. The deal -- brokered through intense negotiations by diplomats -- is not likely to produce th ... More >>
A guess: That's the first airline safety video you watched voluntarily. To conclusion. (Those who didn't missed the bare bum!). Ah, so now you have? Such is the power of the prospect of nudity. On this blog we've teased our own local airline, Spirit, for its using sex to get consumers' attention, t ... More >>
Here's a quandary: What do you do if you announce your candidacy for higher office, but nobody reports it? (Or at least nobody besides Juice?) If you're Bob Smith, former U.S. Senator from New Hampshire now semi-retired in Sarasota, you sorta pretend you never made the first announcement, then... ma ... More >>
USA TodayThe Lake Worth Resource Center opened two months ago with the aim of securing employment for day laborers, many of whom probably don't have work visas. Depending on your point of view, it arrives at either the best, or worst, of possible moments. The economy is in the crapper, put ... More >>
We have the latest think piece from Tribune Co. Innovation Chief Lee Abrams and it's another doozy. I can't begin to capture the Abrams vibe, but here are some highlights: -- He proposes to "blow up" an underperforming TV station in the Tribune chain and totally "rethink" the m ... More >>
It's a race to the rip-off between Gwen and Madge
Old newspaper pros quit the FIU J-school as academicians run the show
Palm Beach County Schools peddle their good name
Creatures from a black lagoon. Aliens. John Tesh. What's up with Lake Worth these days?
Black is back
Taxpayers foot the bill for Rover's ramblin'
Letters for April 6, 2000