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Happytown | 10/21/2010 | By Billy Manes, Justin Strout

Dear Kendrick Meek, this isn’t easy for us, but we have something we have to tell you: We think you should take one for the team and get out of the goddamned Senate race.  Yes, we’re well aware that ...[MORE]

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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 | 9/30/2010 | By Billy Manes, Justin Strout

It was a showdown at the OC Corral last week when the Orange County commission blustered into a dustbowl at its Sept. 21 meeting of the rather large heads. Normally, county commission meetings carry w...[MORE]

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Happytown | 9/23/2010 | By Billy Manes

With zombie hysteria at an alltime high – scratch that; real unemployment numbers dipping perilously into the double-digits – you might expect that your standard downtown vegan-wrap stroll would be in...[MORE]

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Happytown | 9/16/2010 | By Billy Manes, Erin Sullivan

As with most of the pseudo-political convoluted relationships conjured in our Happytown™ heads, there almost inevitably comes a time when we stumble into the abyss of romantic disillusionment. We get ...[MORE]

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Happytown | 9/9/2010 | By Billy Manes,  Justin Strout

We’re off to see the Wizard! Well, we were, anyway. In our ongoing attempt to keep you apprised of all of the comings and goings of the still somewhat theoretical Dr. Phillips Center for the Performin...[MORE]

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Happytown | 9/2/2010 | By Billy Manes, Justin Strout

With everybody’s post- primary-night hangovers firmly in check, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson – who now gleefully faces stodgy old (alleged) woman-hater Daniel Webster in the November general election – mad...[MORE]

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Happytown | 8/26/2010 | By Billy Manes, Justin Strout, Erin Sullivan

Here comes a train wreck! Probably the strangest thing to come out of the seemingly endless battle over SunRail (and high-speed rail) clogging the political arteries of the Sunshine State has been the...[MORE]

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Happytown | 8/19/2010 | By Billy Manes, Justin Strout

Editor's note: This column has been edited for clarification. Make it stop! The fetid stench of acrimony and its obstacle course of cardboard yard-sign vanity, the televised attack ads, the curle...[MORE]

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Happytown | 8/11/2010 | By Billy Manes, Justin Strout

“It’s not easy being green,” lamented a fisted frog named Kermit, and this week – amidst the hot drip of the still-melting economy – the viridian glow of several years’ worth of economic marketing sav...[MORE]

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Happytown | 8/4/2010 | By Billy Manes, Justin Strout

It seems like only yesterday – well, actually it was just over a month ago – that we were firing exclamation points from our polemics perch in the general direction of the Florida legislature and its ...[MORE]

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Happytown | 7/28/2010 | By Billy Manes, Justin Strout

If you’re anything like us (you aren’t), you probably spend ridiculous amounts of precious thumb-twiddling time down in your mother’s non-existent Florida basement wearing a tinfoil hat and torn pajam...[MORE]

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Happytown | 7/21/2010 | By Billy Manes, Justin Strout

Remember the halcyon days of wine and roses, way back when we could simply glare at Attorney General Bill McCollum’s equine mug with a modicum of contempt and yet still get on with our regular dribs...[MORE]

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Happytown | 7/14/2010 | By Billy Manes, Justin Strout

In the high-stakes, win-at-any-cost culture of today’s higher learning institutions, it can get easy for young minds to grow so panicked over stats and percentage points, so obsessed over every little...[MORE]

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Happytown | 7/7/2010 | By Billy Manes, Justin Strout, Erin Sullivan

“I’ll just die if I don’t get this recipe. I’ll just die if I don’t get this recipe. I’ll just die if I don’t get this recipe.” In a brief hot-flash of Internet virulence last week, Florida once aga...[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 | 6/17/2010 | By Billy Manes, Justin Strout

A loud rattling cough of protest could be heard throughout the county last week when somehow word leaked – well, actually, WFTV Channel 9 News published a false story online June 7 and then suspiciou...[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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