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  • Florida’s third party candidates face long odds Profiles of third-party and indepdendent candidates for governor, attorney general and Congress | 10/15/2014
  • Florida Film Festival 2014 movie reviews Not sure what flicks to catch at this year’s fest? Use our reviews as your guide | 4/2/2014
  • Think global, gift local: our 2013 holiday gift guide RIYL (recommended if you like) gift ideas for everybody on your list | 12/18/2013
  • Five beaches we love Our favorite beaches for day trips in summer | 6/26/2013
  • Orlando Weekly's guide to the 2013 Florida Film Festival Central Florida’s annual festival of film and food returns for its 22nd year | 4/3/2013
  • Happytown: One out of five Florida nursing homes on state watch list Families for Better Care says there should be more public outrage about nursing-home oversight | 1/2/2013
  • Happy New Year, Gov. Rick Scott Governor rings in 2013 with dismal poll numbers | 1/2/2013
  • Happytown: More Affordable Care Act foot-dragging Health care advocates draft letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Katherine Sibelius urging feds to force Florida to take part in federal exchange | 12/5/2012
  • Happytown: Bright Futures security breach Private information belonging to nearly 200,000 students eligible for Bright Futures scholarships exposed in October | 12/5/2012
  • Happytown: Orange County Textgate continues Electronically challenged county still clinging to public records kept on commissioners' cell phones | 12/5/2012
  • Happytown: Ethical quandaries Republican Party of Florida continues to implode and hell freezes over as League of Women Voters praises Republican leadership in Tallhassee | 11/28/2012
  • Happytown: A requieum for a Twinkie, more on elections aftermath Hostess goes out of business and takes 280 Orlando jobs with it, Gov. Rick Scott demands some answers about who made this elections mess, the final tallies on the amendment votes | 11/20/2012
  • The Amendments Our guide to the confusing mess of constitutional amendments appearing on your ballot | 10/31/2012
  • Happytown: Orange County man cited for not hooking up to OUC; scientists create bullet-detection technology. Orange County doesn't want you going off the grid and Weapon Detect doesn't want you bringing loaded guns into public spaces. | 9/26/2012
  • Happytown Frankly, we can't even begin to wrap our Happytown™ heads around the shock and awe of the Aug. 14 primary, though it should probably be noted that as of press time... | 8/15/2012
  • Happytown The week where Buddy Dyer wrote a rose-colored blog, Rick Scott sold more of his influence and we got to split hairs about the voter purge. The best week ever? | 7/18/2012
  • Happytown So, there we were last Wednesday in the throes of tropical depression (Debby did us, see), walking against the slapping squalls of reason and human decency while crafting... | 7/5/2012
  • Florida's attempt to scrub the voter rolls is un-American Five good reasons why you should care about the Sunshine State's voter purge | 7/3/2012
  • Florida's attempt to scrub the voter rolls is un-American We give you five good reasons why you should care about the state's voter purge | 6/21/2012
  • Happytown The week where we wondered if Gov. Rick Scott purged himself to death, if we could get insurance to protect us when we stood our ground and caused unnecessary death, and whether Darden was sustaining food workers or banking on their death. We're all dead now! | 6/21/2012
  • Happytown The week where we watched more stealth attacks from Republicans on voter rights, worried about the children (our future, Whitney) and their rising college tuition and then looked around for government bullets meant to take us out. Crazy train, anyone? | 5/31/2012
  • Happytown The week where we dusted off our gaydar machine and pointed it at Charlie Crist again, then we figured out that you shouldn't be grading the FCAT writing test if you have communications problems of your own. What are words for, when no one's listening anymore? | 5/24/2012
  • 2012 Florida Film Festival The 2012 Florida Film Festival's brightest star is Central Florida itself. Are we ready for our close-up? | 4/12/2012
  • Happytown | 3/22/2012
  • Happytown It was never going to matchthehanky drop of the explosive conclusion to last year's Florida legislative session – who can forget the tears of state clown,Senate President Mike Haridopolos, as he threw a tantrum in the face of brutish House Speaker Dean Ca | 3/15/2012
  • The Are We Sunk? Index How quickly is Florida sinking into the ocean this week? | 3/15/2012
  • Happytown The week where the Florida victory of Newtt Romrich almost overshadowed a hearing about how screwed up Republicans have made the voting process, college students revolted against revolting university policies and Lynx got caught in aesthetic overstep. We are going nowhere, fast! | 2/2/2012
  • Happytown The week where all the gays in Gayville got gay hot dogs waved in their faces while Florida led the charge to make sure that, if you're poor and sick, you stay that way. Don't eat too many gay hot dogs! | 1/19/2012
  • Happytown The week where quiet deference in the state legislature gave way to aborta-palooza, Newt Gingrich tapped Rich Crotty (and the horse he road in on) for his Florida campaign and Floridians opted out of health insurance because they were broke. Such a pretty mess. | 1/12/2012
  • It's a mad, mad, mad, mad dash OW's guide to the truly last-minute holiday shopping | 12/22/2011
  • Happytown The week in which we hopped into an unregulated bed with heavy firearms, lamented the state's environmental time machine and then hoped we died before we got old. Talkin' 'bout our (lost) generation! | 12/8/2011
  • Happytown The week the city got all gay on the county, Polk Sheriff Grady Judd continued to get all hot on the porn and the Siegel's unfinished mansion overshadowed the region's hunger crisis. Sex and money, then! | 11/3/2011
  • Happytown Cover boy Rick Scott rolls into town in a Walmart shopping cart (we roll our eyes), the Republican machine rolls in the dirt of activist profiling and a bunch of trucker mustaches roll through the convention center. We're on a roll, here | 8/18/2011
  • Happytown A budgetary Sharpie blots out the Smurfs in the Villages, UCF takes over Orlando (or at least it should), the Casey Anthony trial ties up valuable talking-head resources and, hey, Jon Huntsman, welcome to our closet! | 6/2/2011
  • FFF: Sunday, April 10 Noon at Regal Winter Park - Chekhov for Children (3 Stars) There is no knowledge of Anton Chekhov required for this touching documentary about a group of New York City junior high schoolers putting on Uncle Vanya in the late 1970s. The play, which should | 4/7/2011
  • FFF: 20th Florida Film Festival Onscreen outcasts and misfits dominate the 10-day fest | 4/7/2011
  • Happytown Nobody likes Rick Scott, liberals (still) love Alan Grayson, Bill Nelson hates chromium and you can't interfere with destiny! | 1/6/2011
  • O Holy Crap! A last-minute gift guide for deadbeats and procrastinators | 12/23/2010
  • It gets better A local take on the national project to save gay youth | 11/11/2010
  • Happytown You want swans? We got swans. Also, political crack and cracked corporate politics! | 11/4/2010
  • Happytown Just like you, beleaguered television viewer with your eyes crossed at the incessant parade of political noise bom-barding your brain, we are so ready for this election cycle to be over. | 10/28/2010
  • Creatures from the Tea Party lagoon Our annual tribute to the scary monsters and superfreaks that haunt our nightmares | 10/28/2010