Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Judge says UCF was 'biased' toward Spectra in concessions contract

Posted By on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 8:49 PM

Pointing to bias in the selection process, an administrative law judge Tuesday called for the University of Central Florida to scrap a plan to award a 10-year contract for providing concessions at athletic facilities. Judge John D.C. Newton, in a 53-page decision, sided with the firm Centerplate, which challenged a...

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Good gravy! Five gravy recipes to wake up your Thanksgiving plate

Posted By on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 6:30 PM

New York Times food writer Julia Moskin once wrote: "To many Americans, gravy without mashed potatoes is like jam without toast: a condiment with no consequence" and yes, it was in 2013 but … Ahem. NO. Gravy is practically the whole point of Thanksgiving, and (at least on my family's plates)...

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Aramis Ayala, Rick Scott bicker over who missed deadlines for death penalty case

Posted By on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 5:11 PM

Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala and Gov. Rick Scott are quarreling over whose office is responsible for missing a deadline in a death-penalty case. Scott and Ayala have been in a public feud since Ayala declared in March that her administration wouldn't be pursuing capital punishment for any cases during...

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Trump's Thanksgiving at Mar-a-Lago will include this ad about his approval ratings

Posted By on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 3:10 PM

President Donald Trump's regular dose of Fox & Friends will be tainted this Thanksgiving week with reminders about his historically low approval ratings. The women's advocacy group UltraViolet says it's targeting Trump during his vacation at the Mar-a-Lago, his Florida resort in Palm Beach, with "More Popular Than Trump"...

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Despite legal challenge, state moves to outsource medical pot ID cards

Posted By on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 3:02 PM

After hearing a litany of complaints from lawmakers, state health officials are moving forward with a contested contract to process medical-marijuana patient identification cards. State Surgeon General Celeste Philip signed a contract with Jacksonville-based Veritec LLC on Wednesday, citing emergency powers “to avoid an immediate and serious danger to public...

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The Eagles and Jimmy Buffet to play Orlando show together next year

Posted By on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 1:16 PM

The Eagles have just announced a North American tour set for next year with an Orlando date AND a very unexpected (and yet incredibly fitting) opener - Jimmy Buffet. The surviving Eagles - Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit joined by Vince Gill and Deacon Frey - have also...

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The Orlando Sentinel has published arguably the worst letter to the editor in existence

Posted By and on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 11:31 AM

Congratulations to the Orlando Sentinel for publishing arguably the crappiest take on the #MeToo movement. In a letter to the editor posted on Nov. 20, Diane Panacek of Altamonte Springs managed to top millions of terrible Tweets and Facebook posts with an epic rant titled "Get off the #MeToo bandwagon,"...

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Thanksgiving hot take: There are better ways to prepare potatoes than just mashing them

Posted By on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 11:16 AM

For some people, Thanksgiving is the biggest day of the year to eat mashed potatoes. It's not solidly in the category of do-not-mess-with-this traditions, like turkey and cranberry sauce, but it's close. But – just playing devil's advocate here – there are already a lot of starches on the...

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All-vegan eatery Leguminati NOT opening in the Milk District

Posted By on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 10:20 AM

In a blow to vegans and lovers of meatless dining, all-vegan eatery Leguminati won't be opening in the Milk District as we first reported earlier this month. In a blog post, co-owner Bex Larsen cited a "series of unfortunate events" and "personal influences from select business owners in the neighborhood"...

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Florida Democrats look for new leader after chair resigns over inappropriate behavior

Posted By on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 8:50 AM

The fallout from the resignation of Florida Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Bittel continued Monday, with a top staff member stepping down and the interim party chair saying she won't pursue the permanent post. Bittel on Friday announced his resignation, effective at 11:59 p.m. Monday, after being accused by several women...

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