Five things for today in Orlando and Central Florida.
Welcome to August.
1. The search continues for 16-year-old Alexandria Chery. Detectives from the Orange County Sheriff's Office Emergency Response Team and the Marine Unit are set to continue searching a rural area along a dirt road near Davenport in Polk County.
2. Tropical Storm Bertha formed Thursday night in the Atlantic. The storm threatens to bring gusty winds and heavy rains to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico today and over the weekend. But Bertha shouldn't effect Orlando and Florida much.
3. UCF football gets underway. Despite the prominent losses of quarterback Blake Bortles, running back Storm Johnson and three offensive linemen, the Knights have a slew of experienced athletes on the roster. Orlando Sentinel will have more today as the program holds its Media Day.
4. In celebrity news: Houston Rockets center and former Orlando Magic Dwight Howard
has sold his five-bedroom Orlando-area home for $3.4 million — about $1.5 million less than the asking price. There are photos of the house.
4a. Martha Sugalski has left WESH-Channel 2. Where she goes next isn't certain, although most speculation points to another channel in the area.
5. And ideas for this weekend: Heather McPherson has a list of great waterfront dining spots in the area; the play "Crimes of the Heart" opens at the Theater Downtown; and super-hero movie "Guardians of the Galaxy" get three stars.
What do you have planned?