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Church Converted to Restaurant and Club in Fort Laurderdale

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Sometimes, having a great meal is almost a religious experience.

That’s never more true than at Holly Blue, which opens Thursday night.

At this church-turned-restaurant, you want the plate passed to you.

See this?

Now it’s this.

Fort Lauderdale foodies, your prayers have been answered.

Holly Blue and the Angeles are taking over the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Flagler Village.

Vanessa Cardaci: “We had the opportunity to go into the oldest evangelical church in Broward County. It’s a 125-year-old building.”

The move was meant to be.

Vanessa Cardaci: “Every time we drove past the church we’d say, ‘That should be activated. Something amazing needs to go in there. It should be a restaurant. It should be a nightclub.”

Holly Blue is new but touches of the church remain.

Vanessa Cardaci: “The stain glass windows are still here. You can still see them visually both on the interior and exterior of the building.”

There’s plenty of space to dine indoors.

You can also hang out on the veranda, which is surrounded by lots of greenery.

No matter where you wind up, you’ll dig your dinner.

Vanessa Cardaci: “We have a lot of talent in the kitchen, and there’s a little Asian influence, Italian influence. There’s really something for everyone.”

That goes for the drinks, as well.

Vanessa Cardaci: “We have devoted a ton of energy into making sure the cocktail program is like no other.”

When you wrap your lips around the vodka-driven Miss B or sip some of the rum-soaked Havana Club Blanco, you’ll definitely feel blessed.

Then it’s time to hit the Angeles.

Vanessa Cardaci: “The Angeles is a high energy nightclub, something that Fort Lauderdale really has not seen.”

You’ll definitely feel the spirit in here.

Vanessa Cardaci: “The Angeles is located inside of the sanctuary within the building.”

Whoever you are, Holly Blue and the Angeles will make a believer out of you.

Vanessa Cardaci: “We like to provide things for the locals and the tourists alike.”

Juan Cobain: “I honestly think that this is a spot Fort Lauderdale needed, the diversity of the team, the food, the nightlife.”

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Biden Answers Inflation Query by Calling Fox Reporter SOB

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden responded to a question about inflation on Monday by calling a Fox News reporter a vulgarity.

The president was in the East Room of the White House for a meeting of his Competition Council, which is focused on changing regulations and enforcing laws to help consumers deal with high prices. Reporters in the room shouted a number of questions after Biden’s remarks.

Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked Biden about inflation, which is at a nearly 40-year high and has hurt the president’s public approval. Doocy’s network has been relentlessly critical of Biden.

Doocy called out, “Do you think inflation is a political liability ahead of the midterms?”

Biden responded with sarcasm, “It’s a great asset — more inflation.” Then he shook his head and added, “What a stupid son of a [expletive].”

His comments were captured on video and by the microphone in front of him. Doocy laughed it off in a subsequent appearance on his network, joking, “Nobody has fact-checked him yet and said it’s not true.”

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The White House has insisted repeatedly that it is focused on curbing inflation, with Biden reorienting his entire economic agenda around the issue. But the president has also shown a willingness to challenge a media that he deems to be too critical, especially Fox News and Doocy.

At his news conference last week, Biden said to Doocy with sarcasm, “You always ask me the nicest questions.”

“I have a whole binder full,” the reporter answered.

“I know you do,” Biden said. “None of them make a lot of sense to me. Fire away.”

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J.Lo, ‘Marry Me’ Co-stars Talk About Life Imitating Art in New Rom-com

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Jennifer Lopez can do it all, except age. She definitely does not seem to age at all, but in her new movie “Marry Me, J.Lo’s playing a part that looks and sounds familiar. We’re not complaining, and neither are her castmates.

Jennifer Lopez (as Kat Valdez): “All right, let’s do it again from the top. (singing) Marry me, marry me, say yes. Marry me, marry me, say yes.”

Jennifer Lopez is ready to say “I do” in the new rom-com “Marry Me.”

Entertainment reporter: “In 36 hours, superstar Kat Valdez and Grammy-winning Bastian will perform their new song ‘Marry Me’ and exchange vows in front of a streaming audience of 20 million people.”

But when her soon-to-be fiance gets busted cheating on her, she decides to tie the knot with a random concertgoer played by Owen Wilson.

Character in “Marry Me”: “Do you, some guy, take Kat to be your lawfully wedded wife?”

Owen Wilson (as Charlie Gilbert): “Okay.”

J.Lo says playing a mega-superstar singer who’s looking for real love hits really close to home.

Jennifer Lopez: “It was so much about it that, really, I could understand like nobody else could understand.”

Even to the point that…

Jennifer Lopez: “Kind of bearing my soul. It was actually a little bit more uncomfortable than playing a character that is nothing like you, because this is you kinda like really bringing real, personal life experience into a role in a way that I’ve never had to.”

Owen Wilson says that connection is what made J.Lo the best person to play Kat.

Owen Wilson: “You can’t imagine anyone but Jennifer Lopez playing this part, just because it seems so perfect for her skill set.”

One of those skills being busting a move.

Owen Wilson: “Everyone was watching the monitor, even the security guys, just because it’s fun watching her dance. You definitely don’t need a double for her dancing.”

Sarah Silverman, who plays his BFF in the movie, agrees.

Sarah Silverman: “We were at a J.Lo concert where she’s playing someone else named Kat Valdez. But it was unbelievable to watch live.”

J.Lo also got to reunite with Maluma for the movie, who she’s made music with before.

Jennifer Lopez: “Working with Maluma was a joy. It was so much fun. This was his first movie, his first time acting, and he was a natural. He was a real natural. He’s like, ‘You know, I’m not this guy. This is not who I – I’m not Bastian.’ I go, ‘No, I know. I know.”

Jennifer Lopez (as Kat Valdez): “I think we left smart six weeks ago.”

“Marry Me” asks for moviegoers’ commitment beginning Feb. 11.

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Miami Beach Police Searching for Missing 5-year-old Last Seen With Mother

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Miami Beach Police seek the public’s help in their search for a missing girl who was last seen in the custody of her mother.

Investigators said 5-year-old Leah-Ranee Rose Lassiter was last seen on Nov. 18.

Police said her mother, Chantel Iman Dortch, has since refused to surrender the child to her biological father in contradiction to a court custody order.

Lassiter stands 4 feet tall, weighs around 50 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes.

Mother and daughter were last seen in a black Audi A4 with the temporary Florida tag of DAG5401 that expired Sept. 21.

Officials urge anyone with information on their whereabouts to call Miami Beach Police at 305-673-7901.

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