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  • 25 most powerful people in Central Florida 2008

    There's a new No. 1 this year. But before we get to him, let's first reveal the others who topped this year's list of "The 25 Most Powerful People in Central Florida." The top 10 includes three business executives, two mayors, two members of Congress, one legislator, a philanthropist and an educator. Collectively, they control the region's largest work force, provide us entertainment and hold key positions in every level of government. They affect the taxes we pay, the quality of our education system and how long it takes us to get to work in the morning. If you like what's happening in Central Florida, these people deserve much of the credit. If you don't, they share in the blame. As mentioned in Wednesday's paper, when we unveiled those in 11th to 25th places, this ranking was determined by a panel of 15 plugged-in panelists from the nonprofit, religious, government and business communities. Their goal was to determine who has the ability to make things happen on a big scale in Central Florida.
  • Will the fat lady ever sing in downtown Orlando?

    Will the fat lady ever sing in downtown Orlando?
    Teresa Jacobs fought legendary battles against the political establishment as a county commissioner. They pale compared with her first big one as county mayor. Jacobs zeroed in on the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in February, pointing out...

    Tell your state senators what's 'disagreeable' about PSC members' removal

    "Disagreeable." That was the word one state senator used to describe two members of Florida's Public Service Commission who are being booted from the board. Among the things these two members disagreed with: Jacking up your rates and cozying up with...

    Like LeBron to Cleveland, Dwight will return to Orlando someday

    Like LeBron to Cleveland, Dwight will return to Orlando someday
    Come on, Dwight, you know you've thought about it. Don't act like you haven't. You know that someday you've imagined what it would be like to pull a LeBron and come back home to Orlando. You know you've envisioned turning Orlando's Dwightmare into a...

    AirTran Airways feels at home with Orlando Magic

    AirTran Airways and the Orlando Magic have signed a deal that will make it the exclusive airline advertised inside the new events center — AirTran's boldest move yet to define itself as Orlando's hometown carrier. It's about time. For years...