News archive from 29 August 2015

Weather: Local flooding possible

Some minor roadway flooding could hit parts of Central Florida during Friday afternoon and evening thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service. Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 92 degrees and a 50 percent chance of rain. Sunday:...

 
Gator Caleb Brantley focused on helping bolster UF defensive line

Gator Caleb Brantley focused on helping bolster UF defensive line

GAINESVILLE - For two years, Caleb Brantley felt like he was just another name. The 6-foot-2, 314-pound defensive tackle didn't have a good relationship with the coaching staff, specifically his position coach, Brad Lawing. "It was just a...

 
Mega-classes at UCF prompt students to scramble for seats

Mega-classes at UCF prompt students to scramble for seats

Kayleigh McGoldrick claimed a spot on the floor next to the garbage can for her finance lecture. There were other University of Central Florida business students who lost the battle to find seats, too, so they plopped down in the aisles or leaned...

 

Foster mom turns heartbreak into push for child-abuse laws

Penny Jones, the Central Florida foster mom who raised Tariji Gordon for more than two years - only to learn of the Sanford tot's death soon after being returned to her biological mother - announced a campaign Friday to change child-welfare laws in...

 
10 big stocks cash in during the crash

10 big stocks cash in during the crash

You thought corrections had to be painful. But some investors have not just sailed through the market's pullback - but have profited amid the pain. There are ten stocks in the Standard & Poor's 500, including industrial gear maker Cameron...

 
Top-notch community health care emerges in New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina's rubble

Top-notch community health care emerges in New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina's rubble

Big Chief Theodore Emile “Bo” Dollis, a musician and one of New Orleans’ legendary Mardi Gras Indians, spent the last years of his life struggling with the effects of a stroke and failing kidneys that forced him onto dialysis for nearly a decade. But...

 
Airlines start waiving Florida change fees ahead of Erika

Airlines start waiving Florida change fees ahead of Erika

TagsJetblue AirwaysUnited AirlinesAmerican AirlinesSpirit AirlinesRick ScottAir CanadaDelta Air LinesRWSouthwest AirlinesSouthwest Airlines and American Airlines have issued flexible rebooking policies for some Florida airports as Tropical Storm Erika...

 
UCF players celebrate renovated locker room

UCF players celebrate renovated locker room

Christmas came a few months early for the UCF football team. After spending the past four weeks displaced from their practice locker rooms, players finally got their first glimpse of the Knights' newly renovated gathering space. "People were...

 
Murder of man found dead by landlord remains unsolved 15 years later

Murder of man found dead by landlord remains unsolved 15 years later

Basil Richardson's landlord was the one who found his body growing cold on the living room floor the morning of Sept. 22, 1990. Richardson was 32. His throat was slashed, and there was a gash on the right side of his forehead. The landlord, Leo...

 
Two indicted on first-degree murder charges in Polk County

Two indicted on first-degree murder charges in Polk County

A Polk County grand jury indicted two men Thursday on first degree murder charges in two separate homicides, a sheriff's spokeswoman said. Wingate is charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery, and armed burglary. He is being held on no bond in...

 
Jordan Spieth searching for answers after missing cut

Jordan Spieth searching for answers after missing cut

EDISON, N.J. — Golf happens. How else does one explain Jordan Spieth’s performance this week? The newly minted world No. 1 and winner of the year’s first two majors had been on a roll since November, racking up six wins worldwide and 17 top-10s in 23...

Usa Today, 20:14 in Sport
 
Transfer Vernon Adams slated as Oregon starting QB for Week 1

Transfer Vernon Adams slated as Oregon starting QB for Week 1

Vernon Adams' late arrival to Oregon's training camp apparently has not slowed him down: The senior transfer from Eastern Washington is scheduled to start in the Ducks' opener on Sept. 5. Adams passed for more than 10,438 yards and 110 touchdowns in...

Usa Today, 20:28 in Sport
 
Netflix's 'Narcos' plays up Pablo Escobar's menace and magnetism

Netflix's 'Narcos' plays up Pablo Escobar's menace and magnetism

Into a cultural moment already roiling with political theater, border issues and gun violence drops "Narcos," a new series from Netflix that chronicles the rise of Pablo Escobar, whose ruthless monomania was matched only by his enduring...

 
Redskins reverse course: Robert Griffin III won't play vs. Ravens

Redskins reverse course: Robert Griffin III won't play vs. Ravens

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins say quarterback Robert Griffin III will miss Saturday's exhibition game at the Baltimore Ravens because of a concussion, reversing an earlier decision to let him play. In a statement released Friday by the...

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Mike Bianchi: Tim Tebow can't mask stench of former UF teammates

Running off at the typewriter. ... It's astounding how many star players on Urban Meyer's national championship teams at the University of Florida have essentially been kicked out of NFL for disciplinary issues. The latest is Ray McDonald Jr., who was...

 
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