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Epic Orlando means more theme park jobs ... and maybe more challenges for Central Florida | Commentary

Universal’s new theme park, Epic Universe, will create more tourism workers. An Orlando charity that already serves many low-wage workers wonders if it will soon be even busier

As Hurricane Dorian threatened, Orlando airport leaders tried to mount a coup … again | Commentary

Orange and Orlando mayors say scheming at Orlando International Airport by appointees of Gov. DeSantis was ‘dangerous,’ ‘unprecedented’ and 'reeked of some kind of political agenda.”

Hurricane Dorian’s waiting game means losing money, gaining weight | Commentary

Slow-moving Hurricane Dorian has Florida businesses closed and residents holed up. So we’re losing money and gaining weight

It’s crunch time! A guide to surviving Hurricane Dorian in Florida | Commentary

Get ready! Hurricane Dorian is about to hit Florida. Get water, important papers, Doritos - and a hotel reservation!

Warning: Florida’s coastal waters can kill you. Victims’ families want better alerts | Commentary

Flesh-eating bacteria claimed 50 lives last year. Victims’ families say Florida should do more to alert visitors of the danger

Florida has water problems. Yet Ron DeSantis keeps putting campaign donors on environmental boards | Commentary

When DeSantis bypassed the president of the Florida Springs Institute to appoint a former legislator who fought septic-tank inspections to the St. Johns water board, environmental advocates groaned

Readers sound off on Trump, debt, discrimination and ‘idiot,’ ‘piece-of-s***’ columnist | Commentary

Some readers are grateful for Scott Maxwell's columns. Others think he's an 'idiot,' 'piece of s***.' Let's get them all together!

Football is back. So are concussions. In Florida, high-tech helmets are scarce | Commentary

High schools in Flagler and Seminole counties are using high-tech concussion-sensing helmets. But most Florida football programs aren’t.

Florida prison problems: Lack of education is a big one | Commentary

Some Florida prisons have just 1 teacher for 1,500 or more inmates who aren’t ready for life when released and are bored, restless and violent while there.

FSU study: Tourism wages are the worst. Orlando and Florida want more | Commentary

The average weekly wage in hospitality was $311, compared to $710 for all U.S. jobs, according to the FSU study

3,500 teacher vacancies in Florida. This is what happens when you abuse public education | Commentary

Welcome back to school, kids! We hope you’re excited to learn. There’s just one little problem: Many of you won’t have teachers. At least not permanent ones.

Pop Quiz! Legalized pot. A dead swan. Gun bans. A new state capital? Do you know this week’s Florida news?| Commentary

In Florida this week, we saw news about guns, marijuana, UCF football and a dead swan. Were you paying attention?

Florida’s official candy … coconut patties? | Commentary

Coconut patties as Florida’s official candy? A South Florida senator pushes this sugary idea.

Discrimination: Florida voucher schools can reject kids with disabilities | Commentary

They’re funded with public money. But since many faith-based schools are exempt from the Americans with Disabilities Act, they can reject students with special needs

Assault weapons ban in Florida? A.G. Moody wants to block voters from having a say | Commentary

Florida Attorney Ashley Moody is trying to stop a proposed amendment - one that would ban high-capacity weapons - from ever appearing on the ballot

Florida’s back-to-school sales tax holiday - a costly gimmick | Commentary

Gimmicky sales-tax holidays benefit visiting tourists - and bypasses Floridians who don’t shop this weekend

Turmoil at Orlando’s Dr. Phillips arts center demands solution, independent eyes | Commentary

The namesake donor of Dr. Phillips arts center resigns. The opera, ballet and philharmonic are unhappy. It’s time for an independent mediator.

10 people who make Orlando a better place to live (2019)| Commentary

This year’s list of “10 people who make Orlando a better place to live” includes business owners, nonprofit and cultural leaders, health pioneers and more.

Save the manatees! At least stop running them over. An ode to Florida’s sea cow | Commentary

Florida boaters have slaughtered 89 manatees so far this year - way outpacing last year’s death toll of 65 at the same time

5.5 billion pain pills. Florida has an opioid problem. Seminole tries to find solutions | Commentary

With Floridians getting an average of more than 35 pain pills a year - and many getting addicted - Seminole Sheriff Dennis Lemma is looking for ways to combat the problem

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Rosen invests in preschool; wonders why Florida and other businesses don’t do more as well | Commentary

Hotelier Harris Rosen fund preschool for hundreds of kids. It’s much more comprehensive than what Florida provides for Pre-K

Dead tourists? Maybe Florida will now do more about flesh-eating bacteria | Commentary

Last year, 42 people were infected by the flesh-eating Vibrio vulnificus bacteria. 9 died.

My grandfather: Apollo 11 engineer, crossword savant … nudist | Commentary

The race to the moon didn’t start in Florida. It started at Langley Research Center ... with engineers like my grandfather.

Something stinks! In Florida, political appointments are often the stench source | Commentary

Florida governors appoint too many scandal-causing cronies to local boards.

Booze, prayer, lies, snakes, harassment and nasty feet ... just your typical week of Florida news | Commentary

When it comes to booze-selling regulations, state and local government in Florida need to lighten up. Putting chardonnay in your grocery cart at 11 am on Sunday shouldn’t be illegal.

Schiavo judge opens up on his ruling, his faith ... and his bulletproof vest | Commentary

Judge George Greer has no regrets about his role in the Terri Schiavo case. But he does have some advice for how you should handle end-of-life decisions.

Zombie campaigns: It’s time to kill them dead for good | Commentary

A scandal involving sexual texts to teenage pages forced Mark Foley out of Congress. More than a decade later, he’s still spending campaign money. And he’s not alone.

Democrats invade Florida, eyeing Joe Biden, a ‘war tax’ and more | Commentary

In Florida, Beto O’Rourke unveils his ‘war tax’ plan as he and other Democrats look to stand out before the presidential debates

Rosen Resorts: We won’t fund Florida’s anti-gay schools | Commentary

Florida’s voucher-school program allows LGBT discrimination. Some of the companies that help fund the program had no idea - and don’t like it.

Disney jacks up prices. You won’t go? That’s OK with Mickey | Commentary

A family of four can buy a used car for what annual tickets to Disney theme parks cost. But people keep on paying, which is why Disney keeps raising its prices.

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