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Selection Reminder: Cracker Christmas!

December 3, 2011
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Selection Reminder: Cracker Christmas!

Saturday, Dec. 3-Sunday, Dec. 4 – Cracker Christmas Let’s get this out of the way: Cracker Christmas, the county’s post- Civil-War-themed festival held at Fort Christmas, is not named after a racial slur. The term “cracker,” at least from a Florida historian’s perspective, refers to the cowboys who patrolled the lawless Florida of the...
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Selection Reminder: Grandpa’s AV Club Swap Meet!

November 27, 2011
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Selection Reminder: Grandpa’s AV Club Swap Meet!

Sunday, Nov. 27 – Grandpa’s AV Club Swap Meet A happy ending on the A&E show Hoarders usually includes dramatic footage of a professional cleaning company extracting tons, literally tons, of accumulated junk from the decrepit home of a compulsive collector who has taken the brave step of parting with his or her unique...
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Proposed legislation would allow 9/11 families to sue alleged Saudi financiers of attacks

November 22, 2011
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Proposed legislation would allow 9/11 families to sue alleged Saudi financiers of attacks

For the cover of our Sept. 8 issue, we profiled Bill Doyle, a Central Florida retiree and one of the lead plaintiffs in the trillion-dollar “9/11 Families United to Bankrupt Terrorism” lawsuit. When the suit was first announced in 2002, it made headlines not only for its price tag and its thousands of plaintiffs...
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Prominent anthropologist schools Rick Scott, who pitches job advice column to college newspapers

November 15, 2011
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On Oct. 10, Florida governor Rick Scott met with reporters from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. On the subject of state money for universities, he said he wanted to begin “shifting funding to degrees that have the best job prospects.” The Tribune noted that this would also entail the shift of funding away from programs like...
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Selection Reminder: Dwight Howard All-Star Game at UCF Arena!

November 13, 2011
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Selection Reminder: Dwight Howard All-Star Game at UCF Arena!

Sunday, Nov. 13 – Dwight Howard All-Star Game The last time we checked, there were 10,950 Facebook users who like “Dwight Howard’s Shoulders.” Only about one-fourth as many users endorse the D12 Foundation, Howard’s charitable organization. The disparity is a shame, given that D12, not a deltoid muscle, is bringing an All-Star Game to...
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Selection Reminder: Orlando Puppet Festival!

November 3, 2011
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Selection Reminder: Orlando Puppet Festival!

Through Dec. 3 – Orlando Puppet Festival Puppet haters, avert your eyes: The Orlando Puppet Festival is back for its seventh year. This means a weekend packed with performances by actors made of cotton and wood, expounding on themes ranging from airhead cutesy to darkly political. Though most shows will take place at the...
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Third “Awake the State” rally held tonight in Orlando, to lukewarm reception

November 1, 2011
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Third “Awake the State” rally held tonight in Orlando, to lukewarm reception

Orlando’s third Awake the State rally was held this evening at Senator Beth Johnson Park, which has been more or less constantly occupied by activists from the Occupy Orlando movement since Oct. 15. Since the occupation began, 21 activists have been arrested for trespassing in the park after hours; during the day, it has...
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In lieu of new Orlando Magic games, local TV station substitutes old ones

October 27, 2011
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In lieu of new Orlando Magic games, local TV station substitutes old ones

As you probably know, negotiations between NBA players and team owners remain at an acrimonious standstill. The Orlando Magic have now lost 15 games, owing to the cancellation of seven regular season games scheduled before Nov. 15, as well as the entirety of the eight-game preseason. I can’t speak for everybody, but I can...
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Occupation, Day 12: Tensions rise between occupiers and Orlando police

October 26, 2011
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Occupation, Day 12: Tensions rise between occupiers and Orlando police

 During the first week of the Orlando occupation, one of the most common sentiments expressed by its participants was that our city’s police officers, unlike those in other cities with active Occupy movements, were not only reasonable, but even “wonderful.” On the morning of Oct. 15, for instance, when the occupation was kicked...
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Nineteen Occupy Orlando members arrested for trespassing (VIDEO)

October 22, 2011
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Beginning at 2:10 a.m. this morning, 19 activists affiliated with the Occupy Orlando movement were arrested for trespassing at Senator Beth Johnson Park. The arrests are the first in the week-long occupation, which had previously been regarded as somewhat anomalous among other Occupy movements for the amicable relationship it had forged with city police. According to...
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