| Jun 19, 2015
| 7:35 AM
Billy Manes' putting skills aren't on par with his writing skills.
The former Orlando Weekly columnist is much better crafting poignant narratives than trying to sink fluorescent golf balls into tin cups.
I found this out during a head-to-head mini-...
| Mar 16, 2015
| 8:05 AM
UPDATED: Disgraced boy-band mogul Lou Pearlman gets the "Vanity Fair Confidential" treatment at 10 p.m. Monday (today) on Investigation Discovery.
The material will be familiar to anyone who read the magazine's fascinating 2007 article on Pearlman...
| Feb 3, 2015
| 3:53 PM
In the '90s, the Backstreet Boys were his enemy. They were bubble-gum pop -- a manufactured quintet made up of guys who wore matching sports jerseys and sang about the shape of their hearts.
They were everything Stephen Kijak was against. He wore...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 2:39 PM
With 130 million albums sold, the Backstreet Boys are the bestselling boy band in history — not counting the Beatles, of course. But as member AJ McLean wonders, "What do you do when you're a full-grown man in a boy band?"
| Jan 10, 2015
| 12:45 PM
Florida ended the year with another growth spurt.
We're now bigger than New York.
Take that, Andrew Cuomo.
Part of the reason the Empire State's empire is crumbling is that people are leaving New York and coming here.
Why? Because it was 18...
| Oct 11, 2014
| 12:22 PM
Long before federal authorities arrested young hotshot hotelier Nik Patel on massive fraud charges this month, there were plenty of red flags about Patel's background.
His résumé was full of holes.
He claimed to have graduated from the University of...
| Aug 26, 2014
| 7:00 AM
It was only last year that the Church Street Exchange building was an empty reminder of better days in downtown Orlando’s entertainment-and-shopping district.
With Tuesday’s grand opening for the Canvs co-working space, however, the...
| Nov 26, 2014
| 10:58 AM
No boy band ever had it easy, but imagine how it must have felt to be in O-Town the first time around. Like One Direction, they were assembled on a reality television show, MTV's 2000 series "Making the Band." They were famous before they even signed...
| Oct 23, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Five things for today in Orlando: fuzzy leaf galls invasion; The Backstreet Boys case settled; Apopka looking to fill city administrator job; and more.
1. Environmental reporter Kevin Spear wrote about the miniature "pom-poms" that are popping up around...
| Aug 2, 2014
| 5:02 PM
Jay Gruden has come a long way since 2006.
Eight years ago, he was synonymous with the Orlando Predators as the Arena Football League team's highly successful coach. Now he is in his first season as coach of the Washington Redskins.
As for his former...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 2:06 PM
More than seven years after former boy-band promoter Lou Pearlman's empire collapsed, victims of one of the biggest financial scams in Florida history will soon be getting some of their money back — but it's literally just pennies on the dollar....