| Jan 23, 2015
| 12:59 PM
The members of Orange County's 2016 Charter Review Commission have been revealed, and some of the names on the list are raising eyebrows among open-government advocates.
The biggest political name on the list is former District 2 Commissioner Fred...
| Jan 15, 2015
There's a touch of irony in the way that Orlando's new branding campaign came about.
Survey after survey showed that businesspeople outside Orlando only thought about Disney and theme parks when people mentioned Orlando. The area needed a new way to...
| Jan 15, 2015
| 11:42 AM
A comment in Arabic left on Mayor Teresa Jacobs' Facebook page has been forwarded to the Orange County Sheriff's Office and the FBI.
The comment, translated by an FBI source, reads: "Orlando Florida burns the Qur'an outside of Disney World. There is no...
| Dec 23, 2014
| 7:24 PM
Orange County has abandoned a file-sharing service that lets employees work at home, saying it's too risky to use in the wake of a court ruling.
The county's decision was related to a court order requiring Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Orange County...
| Sep 30, 2014
| 10:32 AM
If you move away from Central Florida, almost nobody will get your reference to the Appliance Direct guy. Or John Arie, Jr. of "It's HUGE!" fame. Or Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs.
These are our celebrities. They're our elected officials. They appear...
| Nov 11, 2014
| 12:31 PM
It was entirely appropriate, Lars Houmann noted, that he would be announcing a plan to fight homelessness on Veteran’s Day.
As Houmann, the CEO and president of Florida Hospital, gathered with city leaders outside the hospital’s emergency...
| Oct 16, 2014
| 6:05 PM
Orlando City Soccer fans know how to show up.
What other Florida fan base would paint their faces, put on wigs, dress up like it's game day, scream for close to two hours, and walk a half mile, all for a groundbreaking ceremony on a Thursday night? ...
| Dec 24, 2014
| 9:00 PM
"Home for the holidays?" As many of us take that option for granted, there are thousands among us for whom a home is only a dream. Yet, I take heart in our community's new robust commitment to help the homeless across our region.
I'm excited: In...
| Dec 16, 2014
| 3:24 PM
Orange County will not appeal a judge's order to hand over computer IP addresses to a citizens group.
Organize Now sued to get the addresses of computers with access to Mayor Teresa Jacobs' Dropbox account.
Jacobs said only her staff has access to...
| Dec 16, 2014
| 4:07 PM
Orange Sheriff Jerry Demings expects his deputies will be wearing body cameras in large numbers by spring.
Demings appeared before the Orange County Commission to make a routine budget request on Tuesday, but Mayor Teresa Jacobs brought up the body-...
| Dec 18, 2014
| 4:20 PM
I wanted to kick off today's Friday Files with some long-awaited praise.
In the past week, both Orlando police Chief John Mina and Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings have pledged to make wearable cameras standard-issue gear for their officers and...