| Aug 6, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"...but we tortured some folks." -- President Barack Obama, Aug.1, 2014
OK, in the first place: "tortured some folks?" Really?
Was there not something annoyingly breezy in the president's phrasing last week as he acknowledged the abuse of suspected...
| Jul 27, 2014
| 3:18 PM
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer will recommend raising property taxes on Monday, but he wants everyone to know one thing: The tax hike has nothing to do with the big projects he has championed.
The initiatives that started under Dyer's watch — more...
| Aug 26, 2014
A purity ball is a ceremony where young girls promise to “live pure lives before God,” and to remain virgins until marriage. In return, their fathers sign a commitment promising to protect their daughters’ chastity. Sometimes rings are...
| Sep 17, 2014
| 5:21 PM
Even in its reduced and unlovely circumstances, the Salton Sea is the biggest lake in California. It may also pose the biggest quandary for the Southern California ecosystem. Its champions declare that California needs to spend several billion dollars now...
| Sep 18, 2014
| 2:33 PM
Recently yard signs have appeared throughout the city pairing my name with the name of another candidate. These signs make it seem as though we are running as a team. They are inaccurate and misleading.
Placement of these signs was neither authorized nor...
| Sep 19, 2014
| 5:13 PM
I remember it as if it were yesterday. I slammed out the door, letting it bang behind me. I yelled over my shoulder at my parents, "When I grow up, I'm not goin' be like you!" I think that at least one of the precipitating incidents was their refusal to...
| Sep 14, 2014
| 3:59 PM
Since Florida's Legislature imposed the first of a series of reforms meant to lower homeowners' property-tax bills in 2007, politicians in most Central Florida counties and cities have adopted what amounts to double-digit increases in their property-tax...
| Sep 15, 2014
| 5:04 PM
It's now the world's biggest film market outside the U.S. But how do Hollywood filmmakers successfully penetrate the Great Wall of China?
Find reliable partners, hire screenwriters who've actually visited the country and avoid grafting "Hollywood...
| Sep 14, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Question: We bought our property in a homeowner association more than 15 years ago, influenced by the salesperson, board and managers who promoted "community." They emphasized amenities and goals of increasing and maintaining property values, ensuring...
| Sep 8, 2014
| 5:22 PM
The Orlando City Council gave preliminary approval to a 17.7 percent property tax increase on Monday, saying revenue collections aren't keeping pace with City Hall's expenses.
The council voted unanimously to raise the property tax rate by $1, to $6....
| Jun 29, 2014
| 9:10 AM
Park Ridge's collective property value plummeted almost 18 percent from 2012 to 2013, vexing city officials who said construction activity increased last year. Those same officials said they worried the drop would herald more problems for the troubled...