| Jan 5, 2015
| 1:58 PM
There's a lot to love about Central Florida.
And a lot that should change. In no particular order, here are 15 New Year's resolutions for Central Florida in 2015:
1. Car line civility. I'm not saying we need to emulate the manners of Maggie Smith's...
| Jan 2, 2015
| 12:20 PM
In this column, I make it a habit to be open with readers.
I write about my experiences growing up in Central Florida, my family, even my husband's penchant for stinking up our house with vinegar as he preps for barbecue contests.
So this column...
| Nov 10, 2014
| 6:49 AM
When the city of Orlando hosted a ribbon- cutting ceremony in front of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, there was a lot of talk about what a long-term game changer this project will be for the entire region.
“This dream started...
| 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...
| 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...
| Dec 3, 2014
| 2:42 PM
Transcript of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer's "State of the Downtown" speech, delivered Dec. 3, 2014
It’s a great day to be in the City of Orlando!
It’s a great day to be in Downtown Orlando!
| Nov 28, 2014
| 8:06 AM
Bud Stonecypher will be 70 next year, but he was just a second-grader when he first met Apopka Mayor John Land.
"He came into our class to welcome us to school and told us to study hard because it would pay off some day," Stonecypher recalled...
| Nov 10, 2014
| 5:30 PM
Florida Hospital will donate up to $6 million over the next three years to address the long-festering issue of homelessness in Central Florida, officials will announce Tuesday — a move that is being called historic in its potential to change the...