| Aug 20, 2014
| 4:20 PM
In the wake of the high-profile suicide of comedian Robin Williams, Central Florida's main crisis hotline reports a surge in callers who feel depressed, lost and isolated.
"Suicide is a very taboo subject. We don't usually talk about it," said Josette...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 8:26 PM
As a student at the University of Central Florida, Steven Sotloff always talked about going to the Middle East.
Sotloff was curious about the region.
"He wanted to go over there, and he wanted to tell stories ...," said his friend Emerson Lotzia Jr....
| Aug 21, 2014
| 10:33 AM
Administrators at Riverdale Elementary School in east Orange County are interviewing students to determine if any disciplinary action is necessary after pepper spray was released on a school bus Thursday morning.
The driver and 48 children were on...
| Aug 12, 2014
| 10:00 AM
University of Central Florida and Osceola County have made strides over the past few months on a proposal to build the Florida Center for Advanced Manufacturing Research in the Kissimmee area.
The Osceola facility would focus on high-tech smart sensors,...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 5:07 PM
From the drawing board to the laboratory, laser physicist Madhu Acharekar saw the light, harnessed it and used it in myriad ways. He developed tiny lasers that could track enemy missiles; vaporize plaque in a heart artery; and measure greenhouse gases...
| Aug 15, 2014
| 3:33 PM
As more than 335,000 students head to Florida's 12 state universities for fall semester in the coming days, they should know this: If they become the victim of a crime — whether a cellphone theft or an assault — the perpetrator is not likely...
| Aug 17, 2014
Help is available for campus rape victims through on- and off-campus counseling and support programs at the University of Central Florida.
Medical and law-enforcement help are immediately available through a call to 911.
Several rape-crisis sexual-...
| Aug 17, 2014
No one gets convicted of campus rape at Florida's public universities, an analysis of records has found.
In 2012 and 2013, 55 rapes were reported to campus police departments, show records reviewed by the Orlando Sentinel. Arrests were made only in...
| Aug 11, 2014
| 5:10 AM
Dr. Gregory Roth, one of the first scientists recruited to the Sanford-Burnham Research Institute at Lake Nona, died unexpectedly of natural causes on Aug. 2. He was 56.
An associate professor at Sanford-Burnham, Roth planned and oversaw the opening...
| Aug 9, 2014
| 1:20 PM
Budget constraints, class-size compliance and Superintendent Susan Moxley's leadership of the district are some of the key issues in three School Board races involving eight candidates.
Incumbents Bill Mathias and Tod Howard are seeking re-election....
| Aug 10, 2014
| 9:42 AM
Like a kindly uncle, physicist Shin-Tson Wu banters with his students as they work in an optics lab at the University of Central Florida. They become respectfully silent, however, when he sits down at a microscope to peer at the pixels of an iPhone...