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Episode 5.1: Lassoed In his darkest dreams, Capt. Avilla had never imagined the Lariat mission could be any worse than it actually was. He would have to answer for it all, but how? After the first pound of flesh is taken, what’s left, really? Avilla didn’t know how to explain what had happened to the Lariat or the crew. They’re gone. They’re dead. Even if they had survived somehow, they would likely die of old age or worse on the surface before another lander could be built and sent down to get them. Unless … “Oh, hell no.” more
A months-long investigation by Triad City Beat (Folio Weekly’s sister paper in Greensboro, NC) revealed that dozens of first responders, detention officers, police and enlisted military … more
In an age of political polarization, an era of chronic 50-50 stalemate, it was refreshing to see Floridians of all political stripes come together last November to vote “yes” on Amendment … more
Last year, the Florida Department of Children and Families collected more than 2,100 reports of human trafficking. Florida consistently ranks in the top three states for the number of calls made to … more
Last week’s column, on the ever-emulsifying scandal adjacent to vaping, only scratched the surface; this week, we progress toward full-on abrasion. By now, the number of those rendered … more
Late, late nights and early mornings—it all blends together for Lindsey Kilbride. This particular Wednesday finds her in the office by 9 a.m., having only left at 3:30 a.m. the night before. … more
Some officers in the Clay County Sheriff’s Office refer to their workplace as “The House of Horrors.” It’s a joke, of course, but they don’t smile when they say it. They … more
Opportunity Zones (OZs) represent the latest initiative to address the socioeconomic challenges facing low income neighborhoods. The Trump administration’s 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act makes … more
For the first time in its brief and glorious history, Vape Nation is under siege. The culprit is unknown, but we know that hundreds of Americans have been sickened by some vaguely defined respiratory … more
Steve Williams has been observing the ebb and flow of Downtown Jacksonville’s street spirit for 51 years. The native-born business executive, artist and art patron has noted the cyclical nature … more
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