| 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...
| 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 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...
| 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...
| Apr 28, 2014
| 8:40 AM
The trustee overseeing the Ponzi scheme of “boy band” promoter Lou Pearlman is sending out more checks to victims, but the amount is still paltry compared to the nearly $300 million fraud case.
On Monday a second distribution of $5.6 million...
| Apr 28, 2014
| 9:15 AM
Two bankruptcy investigators who handled some of Florida’s biggest frauds are joining forces to launch a new firm.
Soneet Kapila, who is wrapping up work on the Orlando-based Lou Pearlman fraud case, is joining Barry Mukamal, who handled such...
| May 29, 2014
| 3:28 PM
Nearly 20 years after declaring they’ve "got it goin' on," the Backstreet Boys are still in demand.
The boy band that graduated from teenage dreams to full-fledged adults without spiraling into obscurity (or worse) is packing arenas across the...