| Dec 20, 2013
| 3:25 PM
Before our interview is over and I am permitted to leave, Victor, 10 years old, instructs me that I must recite The Boys & Girls Club Code.
"Repeat after me, Mr. Mike," he says politely.
"I believe in God and the right to worship according to my own...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 1:17 PM
Florida's unemployment rate dropped a few more ticks in November, falling to 6.4 percent from 6.7 percent the previous month, Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday.
The jobless rate in Metro Orlando dipped, too, falling to 5.8 percent from 6 percent in...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 8:03 AM
All Central Florida traditional public schools met the state's class-size rules this year, according to state data released this month. Four Orange County charter schools and one Seminole County magnet school were cited for having too many students in...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 6:08 PM
In the aftermath of the most serious bear attack in Florida history, a top state wildlife officer admitted Wednesday that "we could've done better."
That assessment from Thomas Eason of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission came amid...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 2:18 PM
Seminole County officials on Monday imposed a burn ban because of the dry weather that has parched brush and plants, heightening the threat of wild fires.
Residents are prohibited from starting campfires, bonfires or burning yard waste without...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 2:37 PM
High schools across Central Florida and the rest of the state earned more A's and B's this year than ever before on the annual A-to-F report card, despite earlier worries that 2013 marks would fall.
The proportion of high schools with A's or B's hit...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 12:55 PM
Attorney Mark O'Mara says that a pending Florida Bar ethics inquiry related to how he handled the George Zimmerman case is one he initiated more than a year ago when trying to figure out how to manage Zimmerman's legal defense fund and a social media...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 2:14 PM
First, Seminole County Elections Supervisor did not go to Malaysia to receive this award at the big International Centre for Parliamentary Studies gala last week. But he was honored there anyway, alongside some elections leaders from throughout the world....
| Dec 15, 2013
| 12:25 PM
Long the favorite dirt of subdivision developers in Central Florida, Seminole County and east Orange County are nearing build-out, and Osceola and south Orange County are seeing the most activity.
A Residential Markets Report released recently by...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 1:55 PM
Suffering from big-box-store overload? Central Florida's smaller downtowns offer a break from the crowds and a chance to turn holiday shopping into an adventure.
Just ask Jill Matthias and her best friend, Barb Bowdell, who were treasure-hunting last...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 10:43 AM
There's nothing like a home for the holidays -- especially if you're a lonely, frightened dog or cat whose days in a county shelter are numbered.
As an extra push to find those pets forever families, both Seminole and Orange County are hosting holiday...