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When the hurricane season really gets worse

Storms beating predictions

The slow start to hurricane season doesn’t mean it can’t accelerate rapidly in storm count, say forecasters.

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Double-charging red light violators

Red light fines could soar

City wrestles with fees that could make a red light ticket cost $408 if a driver fights the citation and loses.

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New plan for FlexBus

Trading LYNX for UCF?

As the four partner cities prepare to flesh out final plans for FlexBus, they’re working to forgo one supporter for another.

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Teen pregnancy rates see ‘monumental’ drop

'Monumental' change

The downward trend is a nationwide one, and since 2006 teen birth rates in Osceola, Seminole and Brevard counties are down.

Distressed sales on the decline

Foreclosures and short sales (distressed properties), terms that have dominated the news headlines for the past five years, are beginning to take a back seat to improving market conditions.

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Bill that strips FHSAA power gains momentum

Would ban searches

The bill includes provisions that FHSAA officials said would make illegal recruiting between high schools easier to hide and lead to an unfair balance in competition.

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Orange, Seminole schools increase police

New program

Just before 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays, there’s a changing of the guard in Mrs. Miles’ fifth grade classroom. She moves out, and Deputy Adam Brewster moves in.

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Winter Park tree-cutting ordinance gets friendlier

Ordinance approved

The ordinance makes city actions against residents who cut down healthy trees to be less punitive and more encouraging of replanting.

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Central Florida campaigns accelerate into Nov. 6

Plakon vs. Dentel heats up

Campaigning heats up as Election Day nears closer in local U.S. Congress and state representative races.

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Winter Park bans protestors near homes

Says safety trumps speech

The ordinance, which would ban anyone from protesting within 50 feet of a residential home in the city, comes after anti-abortion protestors picketed the home of a notable resident .

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Park to be renamed after MLK

Help city choose which one

Winter Park may soon have its own living tribute to civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but not before residents vote on where it will go.

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Rental fraud hits home

Rental scams on rise

Randy Lutz, girlfriend Contance Young and their son, J.J., settled into a Winter Park-area home only to find out two weeks later that they were victims of a rental scam.

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Black area suffers service inequities

Maitland's 'have-nots'

Maitland promises to fix decades-old inequities in city services for a pocket of black residents.

Arts programs are more than numbers

I believe that what’s “meaningful” to our students is for them to have the tools that allow them to find their own meaning.

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Barking about the Winter Park budget

Trees for restroom?

City considers new restroom at Fleet Peeples dog park