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  • Osceola sheriff rushed Nicole Montalvo case to boost his re-election, state attorney says; new evidence released

    State Attorney Aramis Ayala accused Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson of rushing the investigation into Nicole Montalvo’s killing to help his re-election campaign in a blistering letter this week, a day before her office made public a massive cache of records in the case.

  • Florida Medicaid director: New Trump administration rules would be ‘crippling’ to nursing homes, hospitals

    “While we are unable to calculate the specific impact to all our state programs based on the existing ambiguities in the proposed rule, it is clear that the impact would be immediate and crippling,” Kidder added.

    By Christine Sexton

    Feb 12, 2020

  • Enterprise battles peer-to-peer upstarts in Florida car rental fight

    The clash between traditional car rental companies, such as Enterprise, and upstart “peer-to-peer” online platforms connecting car owners looking to rent out their car to drivers in need of a vehicle is back in the Legislature.

  • Give law-breakers a pass? That’s the new GOP plan for Florida companies making illegal hires | Commentary

    Mandatory E-Verify? Not for farms and ag companies. Senate Republicans want to exempt the industry that hires the most undocumented workers from a new crackdown in Florida

  • Seminole County residents angrily told commissioners to not consider a proposal from developer Chris Dorworth to swap the Econ River Wilderness Area for the River Cross property.

  • Vape shops would be regulated under Florida House bill

    The move to regulate vape shops comes less than a month after a federal law raising the age to purchase e-cigarettes from 18 to 21 went into effect. The effort coincides with other federal attempts to curb minors’ use of electronic cigarettes, produced by companies such as JUUL.

  • 3 arrested after stealing 30 iPhones from Ocoee Walmart, police say

    Ocoee police and Orange County deputies arrested three people Monday in connection with robberies of Apple products from Walmart stores in Ocoee and Kissimmee, authorities said.

  • More news

    Student athlete pay proposal moves to full Florida House

    Rep. James Grant, R-Tampa, said he voted for the bill Wednesday because of his “hatred” for the NCAA. But he expressed concerns that the proposal could affect the relationship between schools and their athletic conferences, such as the University of Florida’s contract with the Southeastern Conference and the conference’s TV network.

    By Jim Turner

    Feb 12, 2020

  • Boy, 9, charged with attempted murder of 5-year-old sister

    A 9-year-old boy has been charged with trying to kill his 5-year-old sister by stabbing her with a kitchen knife inside their Florida apartment last month, officials said.

  • PODCAST: Universal’s Mardi Gras celebrates 25 years with pirates, performers and plenty of beads (Ep. 37)

    Mardi Gras returns to Universal Studios with sword-fighting pirates, New-Orleans inspired food, and a concert lineup that offers something for everyone.

    Orlando Sentinel Podcasts

    By Orlando Sentinel Podcasts

    Feb 12, 2020

  • Orlando Sentinel story from 1953 leads to posthumous medal for soldier who died on Korean War’s final day

    A 1953 story in the Orlando Sentinel set the stage for a Feb. 15 ceremony during which Army Pvt. Irvin O. Simmons, who was killed on the last day of the Korean War, will be posthumously awarded a replica of the Borinqueneers Congressional Gold Medal.

    Jerry Fallstrom

  • DNA on cigarillo left where WWII vet, 97, was beaten and robbed leads to arrest: cops

    Kevin Eugene Leeks, 29, was arrested in the July 11 beating and robbery of a 97-year-old Okahumpa veteran after DNA taken from a cigarillo left at the scene matched his DNA.

    Jerry Fallstrom

  • #OSNow PODCAST: Scott Maxwell on the GOP’s immigration plan, plus SeaWorld’s comeback, and Orlando Fringe and SAK Comedy Lab focus on kids (Ep. 359)

    Daily Orlando Sentinel Now podcast: Columnist Scott Maxwell on the GOP’s immigration plan, plus SeaWorld’s comeback, and Orlando Fringe and SAK Comedy Lab focus on kids.

    Orlando Sentinel Podcasts

    By Orlando Sentinel Podcasts

    Feb 12, 2020

  • State board votes to replace Common Core, adopt new standards for Florida schools

    Florida’s State Board of Education voted Wednesday to get rid of Common Core and replace those academic standards with a new set of language arts and math benchmarks.

    Leslie Postal

  • Video: 20-foot-long great white shark delights Florida scuba divers: report

    A group of divers got a great, white surprise in the form of a 20-foot-long great white shark that happened upon their underwater excursion Tuesday off the coast of West Palm Beach.

    Joe Mario Pedersen

  • Live at noon: Orlando Sentinel Now with Scott Maxwell on the GOP’s immigration plan plus SeaWorld’s comeback, Orlando Fringe and SAK Comedy Lab

    Orlando Sentinel Now features discussion of the latest topics affecting Central Florida every weekday at noon live on Facebook.

    Richard Tribou

  • Number of applicants to be UCF president is ‘rather low’ but expected to climb, consultant says

    The number of candidates vying to be the next president of UCF is modest, a consultant hired by the school said Wednesday, but he assured a committee leading the search he has several promising prospects who are likely to apply.

    Annie Martin

  • Give law-breakers a pass? That’s the new GOP plan for Florida companies making illegal hires | Commentary

    Mandatory E-Verify? Not for farms and ag companies. Senate Republicans want to exempt the industry that hires the most undocumented workers from a new crackdown in Florida

    Scott Maxwell

  • Business news

    Seminole residents vent at commissioners for weighing trade of public wilderness area for River Cross land

    Seminole County residents angrily told commissioners to not consider a proposal from developer Chris Dorworth to swap the Econ River Wilderness Area for the River Cross property.

  • PODCAST: Universal’s Mardi Gras celebrates 25 years with pirates, performers and plenty of beads (Ep. 37)

    Mardi Gras returns to Universal Studios with sword-fighting pirates, New-Orleans inspired food, and a concert lineup that offers something for everyone.

    By Orlando Sentinel Podcasts

    Feb 12, 2020

  • People on the move

    See who is being hired, promoted and winning awards in People on the move

  • NTSB releases details in 2 crashes involving Tesla Autopilot

    An Apple engineer who died when his Tesla slammed into a concrete barrier had previously complained about the SUV malfunctioning on that same stretch of highway. His complaints were detailed in documents newly released by federal investigators in two Tesla crashes involving Autopilot, one in California and the other in Florida.

  • Pollo Tropical celebrates Galentine’s Day with BOGO desserts

    Galentine’s Day, from sitcom “Parks & Recreation,” gets recognition from Pollo Tropical with two-for-one desserts on Feb. 13.

  • After GOP prodding, Florida Senate moves on E-Verify bill

    A Florida Senate panel on Tuesday passed a bill imposing fines on businesses that don’t use a system for verifying a potential hire’s eligibility to work in the United States, two weeks after the Republican Party of Florida passed a resolution supporting the measure.

  • Trump’s NASA budget calls for 12% increase in funds to achieve a 2024 moon landing

    President Donald Trump is calling for a 12% increase in NASA’s budget for 2021, a bump largely targeted at transforming the administration’s goal of reaching the lunar surface by 2024 from ambitious dream to tangible reality.

  • Best Valentine’s Day gifts for people who are hard to shop for

    There can be plenty of unnecessary pressure placed on Valentine’s Day, a holiday that may be welcome to some, and stressful for others. But it shouldn’t be an anxiety-inducing holiday. We have you covered for those hard to shop for people who deserve something special this Valentine’s Day, so you can spend less time worrying and more time celebrating the person…

    By Anthony Marcusa

    Feb 09, 2020 | 8:55 AM

  • State board votes to replace Common Core, adopt new standards for Florida schools

    Florida’s State Board of Education voted Wednesday to get rid of Common Core and replace those academic standards with a new set of language arts and math benchmarks.

    Leslie Postal

  • Orlando restaurants offer enchanting deals for Valentine’s Day

    Cafe Tu Tu Tango, Dexter’s New Standard and more Orlando restaurants offer special menus for Valentine’s Day.

    Trevor Fraser

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  • Video: 20-foot-long great white shark delights Florida scuba divers: report

    A group of divers got a great, white surprise in the form of a 20-foot-long great white shark that happened upon their underwater excursion Tuesday off the coast of West Palm Beach.

    Joe Mario Pedersen

  • A spacecraft launching Sunday will take the first-ever images of the Sun’s poles

    United Launch Alliance is scheduled to launch a $1.5 billion solar orbiter spacecraft from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station during a two-hour launch window that opens at 11:05 p.m. Sunday. The craft will seek to image the poles of the sun for the first time.

    Chabeli Carrazana

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