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Back to School Bash

It was great seeing thousands of kids get free backpacks and supplies at the Amway Center on Saturday for the 7th Annual Hope Now International Back-to-School Bash. WFTV and WRDQ were partners in hosting the event and we had a booth.  It was the first time I got to stand on the floor of the Amway Center. Now I know how Dwight Howard feels – somewhat. That place is awesome. It was a great...

No redemption for the Shawshank tree

I just caught the tail end of the Shawshank Redemption the other night. What a great movie. It was at the part where Red (Morgan Freeman) was walking by the stone wall and the big oak tree to find the tin box Andy (Tim Robbins) left for him. If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and download it. (I’d say rent it, but we’re in 2011). Sadly, the tree was recently hammered by...

Golf Stop: Windermere Country Club

We’re back on the trail of testing out Orlando’s golf course selections. My buddy Josh and I decided to get out this Sunday and hit up Windermere Country Club. He had never played it. This was my 2nd time playing it. We checked GolfNow.com and found a smokin’ deal. $28 (round, cart and driving range) each. Our tee time was 1:06. Perfect. Getting out on the course on a hot...

Saved Script: Casey Overload

It seems Casey Anthony coverage is starting to get to some people. –JOSH/ON CAM– REACTION HAS BEEN SO STRONG TO THE NOT GUILTY VERDICT IN CASEY ANTHONY’S TRIAL,  IT LED TO A FIGHT IN BREVARD COUNTY! –TAKE VO– POLICE SAY ROBERT HAKIMOGLU HIT A WOMAN IN THE FACE DURING THE FIGHT AT THE MELBOURNE BEACH PIER SATURDAY NIGHT. BUT WHEN OFFICERS APPROACHED HIM, HE JUMPED INTO THE INDIAN RIVER! HE...

Saved Script: Foot Fetish?

Oh boy. These stories just keep getting better and better. Well, at least you had an excuse for being in the apartment. –JOSH/ON CAM– OCALA POLICE SAY THEY BUSTED A MAN WHO WAS BREAKING INTO WOMEN’S HOMES AND RUBBING THEIR FEET! –TAKE VO– LUKE PINO IS ACCUSED OF TARGETING SEVERAL WOMEN INSIDE THEIR APARTMENTS, OVER THE LAST EIGHT MONTHS. ONE VICTIM SAYS PINO BROKE...

Down for the count

I hate being sick. It just sets you back. Usually you can work through it and ignore aches and pains of a cold – but when it starts messing with your internal road map – then you’re in trouble. Flu or food poisoning – I usually have to consult Web MD to find out some kind of diagnosis. This seems to be a new one – not so pleasant – so I’ll spare you the...

Saved Script: Let the chase begin!

Sometimes I just have to save scripts from the news – some stories in Florida just blow my mind. This one was classic: -MARTIE/CAM- THERE WAS A RATHER UNUSUAL CHASE THROUGH THE STREETS OF SAINT PETERSBURG TODAY, INVOLVING A COUPLE OF HORSES, A GOLF CART, AND A BICYCLE! -VO/ST PETE- THE EXTREMELY LOW-SPEED CHASE BEGAN, WHEN POLICE CAUGHT WILLIAM KUNCZ, VANDALIZING A POLICE GOLF CART WITH A...

Golf Stop: Grand Cypress | New Course

I’ve always loved the game of golf. Maybe love is a strong word, but I care a lot about it – how about that. Since Florida is home of some of the most amazing golf courses in the world, it’s only fitting to take the little free time I do have and explore them. It’ll promote good health, fun and fixing the many bullet holes in my game. It’s a work in progress. So with...

Lets ‘run some dirt’

When I was a kid, I used the family ‘camcorder’ (as they were called) to tape movies of Lego characters playing out a scene across movie sets I built with plywood, cardboard, flowing rivers with garden hoses and anything else I could think up. When I’d dig dirt for the sets, I happened to find an old dump site from the early 1900s. One summer I spent my summer vacation...

Drive-By Salesman

I was on my home from a work event a few days ago and a strange thing happened. I’m putting along in my car, minding my own business and this obnoxious guy is hanging out of a pickup truck throwing me the ‘roll your window down’ gesture. As we came to a stoplight,  I obliged despite a fear he was going to shoot me. “Heyyyy man,” he uttered in his burn-out voice...

Josh Benson

Josh Benson writes about the web, social media, entrepreneurship, television news and life in general. He covers the days news as a news anchor for WFLA-TV in Tampa, Florida. He's also a web designer/developer. He lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife Tara and two daughters Bella and Brooklyn.

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