| Jul 28, 2014
| 2:35 PM
As a freak thunderstorm materialized above him, Nick Fagnano walked out into the waves off Venice Beach to rinse the sand off. Moments later, his body was being pulled from the water as bolts of lightning sent thousands of people scattering.
| Jul 28, 2014
| 9:15 PM
Nick Fagnano was ready — excited even — to start school again.
The 20-year-old received word in the spring that he'd been accepted to USC after two grueling years in community college. So he quit his job working in a bar at the Ace Hotel,...
| Sep 16, 2014
| 11:07 AM
Tavares High football coach Chris Gauntlett was singing the praises of his senior running back Ezekiel "Zeke" Thomas last month at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Camp in DeLand.
The 6-foot, 195-pound Thomas, he said, has all the tools but he was...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 3:42 PM
When Jake Olson isn't playing football and golf for his high school, he's often offering inspiration or promoting his new book on his life.
While all his activities would be a lot for an average 16-year-old to handle, Jake is blind. When people ask...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 4:31 PM
I sometimes worry about Jesus at Christmastime.
On the one hand, he gets a worldwide birthday party celebrated by 2 billion Christians, trees, Macy's windows, concerts, communal singing, gift giving, feasts, family gatherings and uplifting worship....
| May 3, 2014
| 7:11 PM
Kwadarrius Smith has a message. It’s a message that easily could be filled with negativity, blame and vengeance.
Smith has taken a different route, focusing his energy on thinking back to how he got to this point in his life.
When he steps on...
| Apr 14, 2014
| 12:40 PM
Four area high school athletes were named to the Florida High School Athletic Association's All-Academic Team on Monday.
The Benjamin School's Riley Burke, St. Thomas Aquinas' James Fraser, Sagemont's Andrea Martinez and Jupiter Christian's Lindsey...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 4:26 PM
COLLEGE PARK -- Ryan Schlothauer knows it's a longshot for him to make the NFL, or even get an invitation to a rookie and free agent mini-camp this summer. The former Maryland tight end, who last played for the Terps in 2012, also knows something else...
| Mar 29, 2014
| 11:17 PM
The biggest crowd in years showed up to Tuesday's Newport Harbor High girls' lacrosse game at Davidson Field.
The league game against Yorba Linda was billed as Newport Harbor's "Game of the Month." The Sailors took care of business, 9-5, and a dance...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 7:42 AM
RDV Food Truck Fridays will end Dec. 27. For nearly two years, the 10 a.m.-2 p.m. gathering at the RDV Sportsplex parking lot in Maitland has donated $100,000 to local nonprofits. There have been 89 events with up to 15 trucks participating week.
| Sep 18, 2013
| 9:11 AM
Una caja de zapatos le cambio la vida a Yuri López.
Tenía 6 años, vivía en un orfanato en su natal Honduras lejos de sus padres y cuatro hermanos, incluyendo su hermana gemela. La pobreza era extrema: no había luz, agua ni buena alimentación. Hasta el...