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Archive for Thursday, February 23, 2017



Artegon Marketplace Shutdown

Heidi and Tony Wentzell opened their first business knowing they would be evicted in two weeks. The Wentzells opened the Hoppy Cellar, a craft beer and wine bar, the night of Jan. 12, just hours after other vendors heard the news that Artegon Marketplace, Orlando’s two-year-old “anti-mall” on International Drive, was closing. The Hoppy Cellar was supposed to open at the mall the following week, but after hearing from a friend about the shutdown, the couple rushed to open so they could sell the inventory they had invested in. On Jan. 26, the Hoppy Cellar closed, along with dozens of other vendors, except for retail anchors like Bass Pro Shops and the Cinemark Theater. The Wentzells say after quitting their ...
Published in Commentaries, From the Pages of Orlando Weekly




For ‘Little Rock Nine’ Member, Current Political Tensions Across U.S. Echo 1950s

Its been more than sixty years since the United States Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling to desegregate schools. That decision heightened public tension across the country, which played out prominently in Arkansas where, in 1957, nine black teenagers were escorted by federal troops to attend the once white-only high school, Little Rock Central High School. The students came to be known as the Little Rock Nine. One of the surviving members, Minniejean Brown Trickey says todays political climate looks a lot like the one in which she grew up.
Published in Central Florida News