| Oct 19, 2010
| 2:31 PM
On her worst day during the throes of the recession, Patti Schmidt rang up a measly $40 in sales at The Dessert Lady on Church Street.
"It was really, really horrible," said Schmidt, who started selling her gourmet cakes downtown in January 2008. "It's...
| Dec 7, 2010
| 8:48 PM
KISSIMMEE — Fifteen years ago, the murder of Larry Neal Oliver Jr., 22, was one of Central Florida's biggest stories.
It had a cast of characters who ranged from a stripper to a young woman who played Pluto at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom....
| Feb 21, 2012
| 6:13 AM
The iconic 100-year-old steam engine that rested alongside Church Street Station for decades has made its way to its new home – the Florida Gulf Coast Railroad Museum.
The switch engine was built around 1911 by Baldwin Locomotive Works in...
| Oct 4, 2011
| 4:51 PM
This weekend will bring the first local casualties of the NBA lockout, and it has nothing to do with Dwight Howard's salary or Rich DeVos' profits.
Amway Center will sit dark Sunday instead of hosting the Orlando Magic's first pre-season game.
| Apr 7, 2012
| 5:10 PM
Some places come and go, and we hardly notice. Others are around so long they weave themselves into our lives. They comfort us like a warm blanket.
And when they go, we feel like a piece of home is lost.
Many of us will feel that way when Brandywine's...
| Jun 11, 2010
It used to be fun to check out all the fancy models.
Back in the heyday of housing, prospective buyers could jump in the car and drive to the many new subdivisions throughout the Chicago area to walk through hundreds of models, decorated with all the...
| Oct 31, 2008
In an ornate, late-19th-century building on downtown Orlando's historic Church Street, a trendy Spanish tapas bar and restaurant is abuzz with tourists and locals. Upbeat rhythms from Seville fill the air.
But Emilio San Martín says there is a ghostly...
| Jun 4, 2010
| 4:32 PM
By Kevin Spear, Orlando Sentinel PENSACOLA BEACH â An otherwise sunny and gorgeous afternoon on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico turned gloomy Thursday as the nation's worst oil spill waited only for a last push from a strong wind to spoil the sugar-sand....
| Jun 13, 2010
There have been more false starts for the return of Church Street Station to its former glory in downtown Orlando than missed free throws by Dwight Howard during a typical Magic game.
But if anything is ever going to resurrect the complex of...
| Nov 3, 2009
Today the Orlando Film Festival opens at the Plaza Cinema Café with free movies for the next five days.
It's just the kind of community event that city leaders envisioned for downtown when the theater was first announced six years ago. Donating space for...
| Jul 1, 2009
When Thomas Thorspecken sits down to paint, he's hoping people won't notice. After all, he's usually the least obtrusive person in the room — not the one who's belly dancing, or modeling vintage clothes, or walking on stilts.
But Thorspecken can'...