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Jeanette Smith’s body was dumped in Florida’s Everglades and turned up details about the Mob

11 years ago by Natalie O'Neill
Hauling a fishing rod and bait, Orlando Maytin and his 12-year-old son trudged through a vacant parking lot just past the 31st mile post on Alligator Alley. It was 7:45 a.m. on March 21, 1999, when they came to a quaint public fishing nook on the edge of a vast, swampy...
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"Anti-Transgender" Bill Proposes Jail Time for Using Wrong Restroom (UPDATED)

5 years ago by Chris Joseph
Update: The bill has passed the House Civil Justice Subcommittee on a 9-5 vote. The majority of the votes came from House Republicans. Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant released the following statement: "I was appalled today as I watched Florida Republicans stand united to write discrimination into law. Frank...
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UPDATED: Boca Raton News Shut Down

10 years ago by Bob Norman
At a staff meeting today, Boca Raton News Publisher informed the newspaper's staff of 24 people that the 54-year-old newspaper was being shut down immediately. Sunday's newspaper will be its last. The news was first reported by freelance writer and Boca Raton News columnist Jack Furnari on a Sun-Sentinel blog after...
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Valyn Calhoun's "Art of Pain" Offers Collective Catharsis

8 years ago by Travis Newbill
​It is a courageous and healing act to look into the dark corners within ourselves that we habitually shy away from and seek distraction from. It requires great bravery to explore our pain even in a brief, private moment. To then offer our discoveries to others is to reveal aspects of...
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More School Board Investigation? Bring It On

9 years ago by Bob Norman
Well, the state's education commissioner is sending an inspector general down to Broward County to look at the dysfunctional and corrupt embattled School Board. Let's hope they find a way to clean house. The state is involved thanks to the grand jury's ripping of the School Board. Supt. Jim Notter,...
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WMC 2010: One Night Only at Karu & Y, March 26

10 years ago by Arielle Castillo
​Paul Morris started the booking agency AM Only in 1995, while he was a student at the University of Florida. It was a fortuitous time, right when dance music was about to break big into this country's consciousness. As electronic sounds shifted through the rave scene and beyond, AM Only...
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Bad News

18 years ago by Bob Whitby
For a newspaper that hasn't made money in more than 20 years, the Boca Raton News sports some headquarters. "The Palace," as employees sneeringly refer to it, is a square office building nestled in arboreal splendor at 5801 N. Congress Ave. in Boca Raton. Past the $10,000 fountain that looks...
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The Big Chil

15 years ago by Sam Eifling
Andy Young won the prize for being the first awake: At 2:30 a.m. the perennial chili cook-off competitor, nervous and unable to sleep, arose to download the theme song to Gilligan's Island and burn it onto a CD. Next up was Ralph Kalar, a wiry hardass who took his first...
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Sunshine State Finalists Are Here

14 years ago by Bob Norman
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. Petersburg Times; Vanishing Wetlands -John...
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Old Faithful

16 years ago by Luke Y. Thompson
If the summer movie season is our annual time for escapism, last summer's audiences escaped most often with the likes of Hulk, Terminator 3, and The Matrix Reloaded. Those titles, respectively, ended in a homeless and penniless hero, the end of life on Earth as we know it, and our...

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