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Fern Creek Elementary School is AWESOME! Fern Creek Elementary School is about to be closed

February 12, 2014
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Fern Creek Elementary School is AWESOME! Fern Creek Elementary School is about to be closed

Perhaps you’ve heard rumblings about the imminent closure of beloved local elementary school Fern Creek Elementary recently. We have, too! Which is weird, because it was only recently that we found ourselves at a “listening tour” there shaking hands with Gov. Rick Scott (because, you know, poor kids); also, it wasn’t too long ago...
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YOUR DAILY WEEKLY READER: The Times on Mandela; jobless hopes; jobless fears; Numberwang!; BP’s deeper horizons. A SMALL SPILL!

December 6, 2013
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YOUR DAILY WEEKLY READER: The Times on Mandela; jobless hopes; jobless fears; Numberwang!; BP’s deeper horizons. A SMALL SPILL!

  THE PAPER OF RECORD BRILLIANTLY RECOUNTS THE MAN OF OUR TIME. RESPECT: “The question most often asked about Mr. Mandela was how, after whites had systematically humiliated his people, tortured and murdered many of his friends, and cast him into prison for 27 years, he could be so evidently free of spite. The...
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Cornerstone Theatre Company presents Good People

September 6, 2012
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Cornerstone Theatre Company presents Good People

The young Cornerstone Theatre Co. will stage a weekend-long run of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People, a Southie-set exploration of class, loyalty and shame, as the first show of their ambitious first full season.
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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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In New York Times report on unprecedented power of prosecutors, Florida is front and center

September 26, 2011
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In New York Times report on unprecedented power of prosecutors, Florida is front and center

After the we saw the headline in the New York Times which read “Sentencing Shift Gives New Leverage to Prosecutors,” we had a hunch that the report, though nationwide in scope, would draw heavily on the state of Florida. “Tough on crime” has been a mantra of the state legislature for decades, and mandatory-minimum...
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States looking to legalize and tax online gambling, NYT reports

August 15, 2011
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States looking to legalize and tax online gambling, NYT reports

In our Aug. 4 cover story, “Underdog Hand,” Ashley Belanger examined the fallout from a federal ban on online gambling through the fortunes of Grayson Nichols, a Windermere-based poker whiz struggling to adjust to a radically different gambling landscape. Though Nichols’ profession had essentially been eliminated with the disappearance of the web’s largest poker...
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Prelude to default: Florida’s signatories of the “no new taxes” oath

July 30, 2011
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Prelude to default: Florida’s signatories of the “no new taxes” oath

The clock is ticking. In three days, the United States is expected to default on its debts—that is, unless Republicans and Democrats in Washington can agree on legislation to raise the country’s debt ceiling, currently set at $14.3 trillion. Some observers, like James Surowiecki of the New Yorker, find the ceiling an unnecessary regulation,...
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Updates from Syriana; Libyan grad student considering pizza delivery; the dictator with 112 names (Warning: graphic footage)

July 15, 2011
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Updates from Syriana; Libyan grad student considering pizza delivery; the dictator with 112 names (Warning: graphic footage)

As you may recall, last week we ran an article about the struggles of Syrian- and Libyan-Americans here in Florida to come to terms with the revolution gripping their countries overseas. The article profiles two women in particular, Dena Atassi, a 26 year-old whose family hails from Homs, Syria’s third largest city, and 30...
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