| Dec 17, 2012
| 4:24 PM
In the wake of last week's deadly and tragic school shooting in Newtown, parents and commentators in various parts of the country called for more schools to be protected by police or armed guards. Orange County, Fla., Mayor Teresa Jacobs, for example, ...
| Jul 20, 2013
| 9:52 AM
The easy part of improving Central Florida's most dangerous roads for pedestrians involves concrete — and officials say that time and money should bring the needed sidewalks, median islands, streetlights and crosswalks.
The tougher part:...
| Aug 7, 2012
| 5:42 PM
I've seen some pretty lopsided matchups in my day.
Reagan vs. Mondale. Tyson vs. Spinks. Tiger Woods vs. everyone else in the 2000 U.S. Open.
And now we're witnessing another: Teresa Jacobs vs. Chris Dorworth.
In one corner, we have Jacobs —...
| Jan 12, 2013
| 10:59 AM
The Orange County Sheriff's Office is experimenting with two surveillance drones that it hopes to turn loose over Metro Orlando skies this summer.
Sheriff's spokesman Jeff Williamson would not reveal specific uses for the drones, larger versions of...
| Mar 13, 2013
Orange County's mayor indicated Tuesday that she's unlikely to reinstate the county's troubled home-confinement program.
Meanwhile, records obtained by the Orlando Sentinel show prosecutors are already operating under the assumption that the program...
| Mar 6, 2013
As controversy continues to swirl around Orange County's troubled home-confinement program, judges have begun removing defendants from its monitoring, citing grave concerns that the program does not function as advertised.
Meanwhile, records released...
| Apr 6, 2013
After a pair of brutal attacks — one allegedly by a defendant on home confinement, another by a man tracked by GPS — the electronic-monitoring programs used to keep tabs on defendants awaiting trial in Orange County are under heavy scrutiny....
| Mar 26, 2013
Orange County commissioners approved Tuesday an outside emergency review of its troubled home-confinement program, as two other internal investigations are nearing completion.
And as the number of people who remain in the program dwindled to 31...
| Sep 29, 2012
| 9:21 PM
The first movement of Gustav Mahler's massive Symphony No. 3 evokes the coming of summer.
So it was, as it happens, seasonally inappropriate for a late September concert. But the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra's performance of the work on Saturday...
| Apr 11, 2013
| 3:34 PM
The head of Orange County's corrections department and one of his chief deputies are out following two scathing internal reports released Thursday that found little oversight within the agency's embattled home-confinement program.
Orange County Mayor...
| Apr 12, 2013
| 1:49 PM
Five lower-level workers named in two blistering internal reviews of Orange County's home confinement program were sent certified letters Friday warning them they could be fired.
The notices trigger an internal discipline review that could result in...
| Apr 15, 2013
| 4:19 PM
The suspect in the killing of a home-invasion witness — whose case sparked scandal in the Orange County Corrections Department — was recently transferred to the Seminole County jail.
Orange County spokesman Steve Triggs said "no incident...