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Stephen Hudak

Stephen Hudak often writes about bears in Central Florida and weird things in the Orlando area, including Orange County government. He likes snow and Ohio State but wound up in the Sunshine State, which has been good to him. He was a Pulitzer finalist for work on the FAMU hazing tragedy.
Sweet 16! Great Pyrenees dog gives birth to 16 pups.

Lady has her paws full.The Great Pyrenees pooch gave birth over the weekend to 16 pups, one at a farm in Lake County, the others hours later at a Leesburg emergency clinic. “This was her first litter -- and last,” owner Carol Peters said after Lady’s nine-hour ordeal. All but one survived the birth and the 19-mile ride back to Peters’ Slow Turtle Farm, a goat ranch, near Eustis, where Lady is guardian to a herd of about 150 goats.

Despite ‘surprise’ deductible, Apopka opts for fireworks insurance for Fourth of July

After Apopka’s Independence Day fireworks show fizzled last year, city leaders voted this week to buy fireworks insurance. The city plans to stage a $20,000 fireworks show at the Northwest Recreation Complex on Independence Day to cap free July 4th festivities.

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