West Virginia to America: Kiss This!

Kiss the Dog

West Virginia’s governor, Jim Justice, recently ended his State of the State address by telling singer Bette Midler to kiss his dog’s ass. Justice was responding to a swipe at West Virginians that Midler took–specifically designed to embarrass Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin–by calling West Virginians “poor, illiterate and strung out.” She was referring to Manchin’s blocking  his own political […]

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Never Stiff Your Bartender

Southernmost Point Buoy

By J.C. Bruce Never stiff your bartender. That’s the lesson from how police were able to find and arrest the hooligans who burned Key West’s famous Southernmost Point landmark in the early hours of New Year’s Day. Denizens of the Conch Republic awoke at the first of the year to discover their famous landmark scorched. Two men were caught on […]

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Strange Currents, Mister Manners Win Awards

the strange files

The Florida Writers Association, the state’s largest and most prestigious literary organization, has announced that two novels by J.C. Bruce —  Strange Currents and Mister Manners — have won both gold and silver medals in the 2021 Royal Palm Literary Awards. Strange Currents won first place in the category honoring the best published mysteries in Florida. Strange Currents is the fourth […]

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Fowl Play at Louisiana Bank Sends Police on Wild Hunt

Chicken Hunt

Don’t call it a manhunt. It’s a chicken hunt. Police in Walker, Louisiana are scratching around for a pesky fowl who has been harassing bank patrons. The bird has chased customers attempting to use the bank’s ATM and has even tried to invade cars using the drive-through facilities. The “aggressive chicken” is still on the loose, but police have issued […]

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Dateline Florida: Masking the Gunshine State’s Problems

mask

By J.C. Bruce I have been assigned by Tropic Press to write this new periodic dispatch from the Gunshine State, an effort to provide a fair and balanced perspective on news emanating from this subtropical paradise that may seem confusing, confounding, and, perhaps, utterly crazy to outsiders. We’ll begin this unbiased and totally objective report with a look at how […]

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