| 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...
| 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...
| 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....
| 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...
| Aug 22, 2011
| 1:10 PM
"We call ourselves a 'minority majority village,'" said Eira Corral, village clerk of Hanover Park and the daughter of Mexican immigrants who raised their family here. From the conchinitos at the Panaderia El Amigo Bakery to the roti rolls at the JK Kabab...
| 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.
| May 28, 2011
I think I just had a glimpse of my new backup plan.
There it was, right next to the shimmering Gulf of Mexico, in front of a gorgeous sunset at Mallory Square in Key West. And it was juggling for tips.
Specifically, I was watching street performer and...
| 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...
| 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'...