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Happytown | 10/14/2010 | By Jeff Gore, Billy Manes

Like most thoughtful individualswith hearts that actually beat, we spent a good portion of the past couple of weeks under a pink pall of doom. We doused our melancholia with the requisite six mimosas ...[MORE]

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Happytown | 10/7/2010 | By Jeff Gore, Billy Manes

It was not unlike watching an anthill-kicking in reverse last Friday, when all the little people of the City Beautiful scurried en masse to the epicenter of all future Orlando activity, the new Amway ...[MORE]

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Happytown | 6/30/2010 | By Jim Gaines, Billy Manes, Justin Strout

Oh, crap. The healthcare wars are back! Way back on April 22, the legislature approved House Joint Resolution 37, a wildly divisive bit of political hackery intended to save the great state of Florida...[MORE]

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Happytown | 6/24/2010 | By Jim Gaines, Billy Manes, Justin Strout

Back in the blustery days of institutionalized meteorological homophobia – say, 1998, when Pat Robertson warned Orlando that God and all of his whirling curses would spin into a hurricane formation an...[MORE]

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Happytown | 6/9/2010 | By Jim Gaines, Billy Manes, Justin Strout

Sometimes we give Florida politics too much credit. The other night, while we were passing out in a personal apocalypse, the moving lips up on the glowing TV box started whispering a genius conspiracy...[MORE]

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Happytown | 5/26/2010 | By Jim Gaines, Billy Manes, Justin Strout

If it were anybody else’s slightly overbitten mug of equine complacency, we might feel bad about such a rat-tat-tat succession of bad-luck shots aimed at one man in just two weeks: political sure-thin...[MORE]

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Happytown | 5/19/2010 | By Jim Gaines, Billy Manes, Justin Strout

As Florida’s frightfully conservative battleground gets bloodier and bloodier – see last week’s announcement that Tampa will be hosting the pasty-white belly bump known as the Republican National Con...[MORE]

Underwater escape: The Obama administration’s remedy for the housing crisis benefits bankers, not homeowners.

5/12/2010 | By David Moberg, Billy Manes

Like millions of other Americans, Alicia and Jorge Hernandez are hanging on to their home by a thread. Six years ago they bought their brick bungalow in a working-class neighborhood on Chicago’s south...[MORE]

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Happytown | 5/12/2010 | By Jim Gaines, Billy Manes, Justin Strout

This week in queer schaden- freude, the breathing world stopped for a hot minute to point and laugh at National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality board member – and Family Researc...[MORE]

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Happytown | 5/5/2010 | By Jim Gaines, Billy Manes

Not that you would have noticed through the cacophony of Floridian economic failure, but there is only one political issue that apparently matters in the Sunshine State, and that issue, rather hauntin...[MORE]

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Happytown | 4/21/2010 | By Jim Gaines, Billy Manes

If you’ve done nothing wrong you have nothing to fear, but if you happen to be one of the winsome ne’er-do-wells caught up in litigious Smurf village of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, you...[MORE]

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Happytown | 4/14/2010 | By Jim Gaines, Billy Manes, Justin Strou

Political espionage just isn’t what it used to be. All that pesky breaking and entering and mumbling into reel-to-reel tapes that characterized Watergate’s Nixon-joweled shenanigans aimed at skimming...[MORE]

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Happytown | 4/7/2010 | By Jim Gaines, Billy Manes

While we have already held up a malfunctioning stage light to the gutted (and arguably faulty) premise of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (“Keeping up appearances,” March 25), we did ...[MORE]

Florida Film Festival:Making faces: The 19th-annual Florida Film Festival unveils cinema’s variety of looks and voices

4/7/2010 | By Justin Strout, Rob Boylan, Trevor Fraser, William Goss, Billy Manes, Steve Schneider, Lindy T. Shepherd, Bob Whitby, Jessica Bryce Young

Florida Film Festival 2010 April 9 – April 18 at Enzian Theater, Regal Winter Park Village 20 and Plaza Cinema Café 407-629-1088 www.floridafilmfestival.com $10 (individual scr...[MORE]

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Happytown | 3/31/2010 | By Jim Gaines, Billy Manes, Justin Strout, Bob Whitby

The region’s political climate went up in smoke last week in a manner not seen since the heyday of the Clinton ‘90s. At issue were a series of “No Name Club” gatherings of local powerbrokers of the ma...[MORE]

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Happytown | 3/24/2010 | By Jim Gaines, Billy Manes, Bob Whitby

What’s more dangerous to the 3,000 quickly aging orphans tied up in Florida’s adoption web: Bubba’s unlocked guns or same-sex couples with disposable incomes? That’s the question that had a surprise a...[MORE]

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Happytown | 3/10/2010 | By Jim Gaines, Billy Manes, Justin Strout

With all of the recent coverage of discolored water on Hawaii’s coast portending the tsunami to end all tsunamis (or, basically, the tide going out), it’s easy to forget about the big aquatic suck goi...[MORE]

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Happytown | 2/24/2010 | By Jim Gaines, Billy Manes, Bob Whitby

So this is the way the booby crumbles. Late last year, we told you about alleged lady-loving Winter Park undercover officer Carlos Calderon’s wild nights of reckless abandon at breast-shaped Club Har...[MORE]

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Happytown | 2/17/2010 | By Jim Gaines, Billy Manes, Bob Whitby

Tired of fishing shows based on the well-worn premise of some fat Southern bubba in a bass boat tossing lures into the water and reeling in lunker after lunker? Seriously, who isn’t? Orlando ...[MORE]

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Happytown | 2/10/2010 | By Jim Gaines, Billy Manes

Here at Happytown™ HQ, we’ve toiled for countless hours in our efforts to turn lemons into potent alcoholic shooters that give us the blurred perception that everything is fine. To that end, we a...[MORE]

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