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New shopping complex with be an economic shot in the arm

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Let’s go shopping. It is always a good sign for the economy locally when new shopping centers are under construction, and Kissimmee/Osceola County just landed a big one. The new center, The Crossroads, a Loop-like retail complex in North Kissimmee, located close to The Loop, broke ground this week, and with that groundbreaking will eventually come a 427,000 square-foot shopping complex. That is comparable in size to The Loop shopping

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  • Letters to the editor for April 19, 2014

    Posted on April 18, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Don’t condemn Florida schools to more failed accountability To the Editor: They say those who don’t remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Someone should remind policymakers in Tallahassee of this important lesson. After 15 years of failure, there is broad consensus that testing and our school accountability system at-large needs to be fundamentally overhauled. It’s important that we get this overhaul right. The evidence shows that, after more

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  • From Manhattan to Washington, Indians get snookered

    Posted on April 18, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Leonard Pitts Tribune Media Twenty-four dollars. That, supposedly, was the price Gov. Peter Minuit paid American Indians for the island of Manhattan in 1625. It’s a tale historians find suspect. In the first place, whatever Minuit paid was in goods valued at 60 17th-century Dutch guilders; the calculation that this equaled 24 U.S. dollars was made two centuries later — on what basis, evidently, no one can say. In the

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  • What’s it like being the mother of teen sensation?

    Posted on April 16, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Mary Schmich Tribune Media Berit Engen drove her famous daughter to school one rainy morning last week. It was the day The New York Times published a big story headlined “Tavi and the Taviettes,” about the influence Tavi Gevinson, “the 17-year-old fashion-prodigy-turned-publishing mogul,” exerts on other creative young women. On the way to school, Tavi didn’t say a word about it, however, and Engen didn’t think to read the piece

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  • Make your voice heard the peaceful, legal way

    Posted on April 11, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    In case you hadn’t heard, Planned Parenthood plans to open a health center, it’s the first Osceola County location, in Kissimmee sometime in May. Some pro-life supporters in Central Florida aren’t so pleased. They already have held two protests and it is very likely there will be more. The center will be at 610 Common Oaks and provide reproductive health care and education to men, women and teens. It also

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  • Letters to the editor for April 12, 2014

    Posted on April 11, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Here we go again To the Editor: When do two wrongs make a right? That is what it seems the two leaders of the Poinciana incorporation movement believe in. While Mr. Mark Maldonado’s letter of March 27th did have some inaccuracies, the two letters submitted in response by Mr. Laytham and Mr. Ramos had their own set of misinformation. First, an HOA does not “Search and Seize” property of the

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  • Cuban Twitter project was a tweet in the dark

    Posted on April 11, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Rachel Marsden Tribune Media First, Cubans would receive fun little text messages about baseball and music. Then, one day — bam! — they would learn via cell phone that they’d been living in a dictatorship for over half a century and would realize that it was time to overthrow the regime. Hopefully American taxpayers like the plot of this far-fetched geopolitical revenge fantasy, because they’ve already paid for it. It’s

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