Archive for March, 2011

Sponsors of a Confederate Heritage license plate praise judge’s ruling, but wish it had gone further.

ORLANDO – A federal district judge’s ruling striking down parts of Florida’s law governing specialty license plates is a welcome victory for both free speech and for the Sons of Confederate Veterans, says the non-profit organization’s spokesman. But without a ruling against the Florida Legislature’s ability to vote down license plates that lawmakers consider controversial, [...]

Does prayer help control anger? A local pastor believes this is definitely the case.

ORLANDO – Scott Smith admits that sometimes he gets very angry. But he knows what he needs to do to cope with that anger. He looks to a higher authority, and prays for guidance. And it works. “When I stop and I pray, it’s almost like God is telling me ‘That’s not who you are, [...]

A big waste of money that washes drown the drain? Stylists say shampoo has a good rep for a reason.

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS – In the world of hair styling, merchandise can be big business, racking up huge profits among people trying their hardest to look their best. So what happens when one of the oldest products in the hair treatment world starts to get a bad rap, maybe even attract skeptics who think it’s just [...]

Orlando bicyclist starts a blog to chronicle his bike trips — and to pay tribute to the man who gave him that bike.

ORLANDO – About a year ago, Dave McConnell’s love for biking across Central Florida attracted the attention of his cousin Nathan, who had just bought a new Schwinn Mountain Bike. “My cousin Nathan decided he wanted to get a bike and start riding,” McConnell said. “We rode one time, on May 1, 2010. We went [...]

Polk County churches unite to find ways to feed the hungry.

LAKE ALFRED – In a tough economy, it’s been a steady business, with no slowdown in new customers. “This past week, we had 11 new people,” said Sheilan Runnels. “So each week we pick up new people. We don’t see the same people returning week to week. We have not seen that. We may eventually [...]

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