Orlando Sentinel

The Orlando Sentinel is the primary newspaper of Orlando, Florida and the Central Florida region. It was founded in 1876, and is currently owned by Tribune Publishing Company.

Editorially, it has historically tilted conservative; however, it has endorsed a Democrat for president in three of the last four presidential elections: John Kerry in 2004, Barack Obama in 2008, and Hillary Clinton in 2016.

The Sentinel prices are $2 daily and $3 on Saturdays, Sundays, and Thanksgiving Day, though prices may be higher in designated state areas; sales tax is extra at stores, but included at newsracks.

Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel front page
The October 22, 2015, front page of the
Orlando Sentinel
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Tribune Publishing[1]
PublisherNancy Meyer
Headquarters633 North Orange Avenue
Orlando, Florida 32801
Circulation151,000 Daily
258,000 Sunday[2]


The Sentinel's predecessors date to 1876, when the Orange County Reporter was first published. The Reporter became a daily newspaper in 1905, and merged with the Orlando Evening Star in 1906. Another Orlando paper, the South Florida Sentinel, started publishing as a morning daily in 1913. Then known as the Morning Sentinel, it bought the Reporter-Star in 1931, when Martin Andersen came to Orlando to manage both papers. Andersen eventually bought both papers outright in 1945, selling them to the Tribune Company of Chicago in 1965.[3]

In 1973, the two publications merged into the daily Sentinel Star. Tribune appointed Charles T. Brumback as president in 1976.[3] Harold "Tip" Lifvendahl was named president and publisher in 1981.[4] The newspaper was renamed the Orlando Sentinel in 1982. John Puerner succeeded Lifvendahl in 1993,[5] who was replaced by Kathleen M. Waltz in 2000.[6] She announced her resignation in February 2008. Howard Greenberg, already publisher of fellow Tribune newspaper the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, was named publisher of both papers after Waltz left.[7]

In 2008, the Tribune Company called for a redesign of the Sentinel. The new layout, which debuted in June 2008, was formatted to appeal to busy readers, though like all of the redesigns in Tribune's Sam Zell ownership era, was reeled back into a more traditional design with appealing elements kept after reader criticism.[8][9]

According to one listing, some of the Sentinel's predecessors are:[10]

  • Orlando Reporter: 1892–1903? (merged with Evening Star to form Evening Reporter-Star)
  • Evening Star: January–December 1903? (merged with Orlando Reporter to form Evening Reporter-Star)
  • Evening Reporter-Star: 1904?–March 1947 (continues Orlando Reporter and Evening Star; continued by Orlando Evening Star)
  • Orlando Evening Star: April 1947 – 1973 (continues Evening Reporter-Star; merged with Orlando Morning Sentinel to form the Orlando Sentinel-Star)
  • Orlando Morning Sentinel: 1913–1973 (title varies: Daily Sentinel; Morning Sentinel; merged with Orlando Evening Star to form the Orlando Sentinel-Star)
  • Orlando Sentinel-Star: 1974–April 25, 1982 (continues Orlando Morning Sentinel and Orlando Evening Star; continued by Orlando Sentinel)
  • Orlando Sentinel: April 26, 1982–present (continues Orlando Sentinel-Star)


Notable staff

See also


  1. ^ Tronc, Inc. (2016), 2016 Annual Report, Chicago, Illinois
  2. ^ "Tribune Publishing Public Filing FORM 10-12B/A" (PDF). 2014-07-21. p. 97. Retrieved 2014-07-21.
  3. ^ a b "History Of The Orlando Sentinel".
  4. ^ Rene Stutzman (July 30, 1993). "Lifvendahl To Tribune Senior Vp". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  5. ^ Rene Stutzman (October 4, 1993). "New Era At Sentinel". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  6. ^ Suzanne White (May 27, 2000). "Waltz Moving To Orlando Sentinel". Daily Press. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  7. ^ Christopher Boyd (February 15, 2008). "Orlando Sentinel's publisher resigns". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved October 25, 2011.
  8. ^ "Tribune’s Redesign Kicks Off With Orlando Sentinel"
  9. ^ "US: Orlando Sentinel redesign geared towards "busy readers""
  10. ^ See Florida Newspapers—a list of Florida newspapers for which indexes or full-text are available at the University of Central Florida Library.
  11. ^ "Loeb Award winners 1958–1996". Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  12. ^ "Historical Winners List". UCLA Anderson School of Management. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  13. ^ Tribune Biography: Mike Bianchi
  14. ^ Tribune Biography: George Diaz
  15. ^ Tribune Biography: Scott Maxwell
  16. ^ Tribune Biography: Beth Kassab

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1987 Senior League World Series

The 1987 Senior League World Series took place from August 17–22 in Kissimmee, Florida, United States. Athens, Ohio defeated Tampa, Florida twice in the championship game.

2010 Orange County, Florida mayoral election

The 2010 Orange County, Florida mayoral election took place on November 2, 2010. Incumbent Republican Mayor Richard Crotty was unable to seek re-election due to term limits, and four candidates ran to replace him. A nonpartisan primary election was held on August 24, 2010, but because no candidate won a majority of the vote, former County Commissioner Teresa Jacobs, a Republican, advanced to a runoff election against fellow County Commissioner Bill Segal, a Democrat. Following a contentious general election, Jacobs was elected Mayor over Segal in a landslide, winning her first term 68-32.

2012 Orlando mayoral election

The 2012 Orlando mayoral election was held on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, to elect the mayor of Orlando, Florida. Incumbent mayor Buddy Dyer was elected to a third full term.Municipal elections in Orlando and Orange County are non-partisan. Had no candidate received a majority of the votes in the general election, a runoff would have been held on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, between the two candidates that received the greatest number of votes.

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is a 220 acres (89 ha) athletic complex located in the Walt Disney World Resort, in Bay Lake, Florida, near Orlando, Florida. The complex includes 9 venues and hosts numerous amateur and professional sporting events throughout the year.

It was known as Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex from 1997 until 2010 when it was re-branded with the Disney-owned ESPN brand. The rebranding was unveiled on February 25, 2010. The complex is a part of the Sports tourism emerging market.

Full Sail University

Full Sail University is a private, for-profit university in Winter Park, Florida. It was formerly a recording studio in Ohio named Full Sail Productions and Full Sail Center for the Recording Arts. Full Sail moved to Florida in 1980, running video and film production courses. It began offering online degrees in 2007. The school is partly owned by TA Associates, a private equity firm.Full Sail is not regionally accredited but it is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges to award associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees in audio, design, computer animation and business. In November 2018 it had approximately 8,921 local students, as well as 10,250 students enrolled in online courses. In 2012, the tuition fee for a twenty-one-month course of study was approximately US$80,000.

Geraldine Thompson

Geraldine Fortenberry Thompson (born on November 18, 1948) is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party, who currently serves as a member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 44th District. The district includes Windermere, Winter Garden, Gotha, Lake Buena Vista, Oakland, parts of Ocoee, and the Dr. Phillips, Horizon West, and Williamsburg communities in Southwest Orange County, FL. The district contains Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Florida, SeaWorld, International Drive, and the Orange County Convention Center.

A veteran member of the Florida Legislature, she previously served as a member of the Florida State Senate from 2012 to 2016, representing parts of Orlando and western Orange County. She also served three terms in the Florida House of Representatives, from 2006 to 2012.

Jeff Brazil

Jeff Brazil is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, writer, and editor who received, along with fellow journalist Steve Berry, the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Journalism in 1993 for a series of articles published in the Orlando Sentinel on unjust and racially motivated traffic stops and money seizures by a Florida Sheriff's drug task force. Brazil was a staff writer for the Orlando Sentinel from 1989 to 1993.

Brazil also won a Scripps Howard award for environmental journalism in 1991 for a year-long examination of the then-failing efforts to save the endangered manatee in Florida.

From 1993 to 2000, Brazil worked as a writer and editor with the Los Angeles Times. In 1994 he won the Worth Bingham Prize [1] for a series of stories exposing lapses within the Federal Aviation Administration on safety issues following a fatal crash at John Wayne Airport that killed five people, including the president of In-N-Out Burger. The award was presented to him by President Bill Clinton.

Brazil has also written for magazines on the subjects of technology, sports, culture, finance, politics, criminal justice, and social innovation.

He currently is part of a MacArthur Foundation-funded research effort at the University of California's Humanities Research Institute that is analyzing the impact of the Internet and digital media on education, participatory politics, and youth culture. As Communication Director for the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub, he directs editorial, media production, and strategic communication.

Brazil is married to Louanne Champagne Brazil (M.B.A., Exec. M.A.), Director of Development/Ford Theatre Foundation in Hollywood, CA, has four children, and resides in Southern California.

Jemele Hill

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List of former Universal Studios Florida attractions

This is a list of former Universal Studios Florida attractions.

List of incidents at Walt Disney World

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Negligence on the part of the park, either by ride operator or maintenance.

Caused by negligence on the part of the guest. This can be refusal to follow specific ride safety instructions, or deliberate intent to break park rules.

The result of a guest's known, or unknown, health issues.

Act of God or a generic accident (e.g. slipping and falling) that is not a direct result of an action on anyone's part.According to a 1985 Time magazine article, nearly 100 lawsuits are filed against Disney each year for various incidents. Florida theme parks are required to notify the state of any ride-related injuries or illnesses that require a hospital stay of at least 24 hours.

Orlando nightclub shooting

On June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old American security guard, killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in a mass shooting inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, United States. Orlando Police Department officers shot and killed him after a three-hour standoff.

In a 9-1-1 call shortly after the shooting began, Mateen swore allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and said the U.S. killing of Abu Waheeb in Iraq the previous month "triggered" the shooting. He later told a negotiator he was "out here right now" because of the American-led interventions in Iraq and in Syria and that the negotiator should tell the United States to stop the bombing. The incident was deemed a terrorist attack by FBI investigators.

Pulse was hosting a "Latin Night," and most of the victims were Hispanic. It is the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in U.S. history and the deadliest terrorist attack in the U.S. since the September 11 attacks in 2001. At the time, it was the deadliest mass shooting by a single shooter in U.S. history, being surpassed by the Las Vegas shooting a year later. By June 2018, the FBI had declined to classify the incident as an anti-gay hate crime, as evidence suggested that Mateen had scouted several different targets before choosing Pulse, without knowing that it was a gay nightclub.

Planet Hollywood

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Roller Coaster DataBase

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Shooting of Trayvon Martin

On the night of February 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida, United States, George Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African-American high school student. Zimmerman, a 28-year-old Afro-Peruvian American man, was the neighborhood watch coordinator for his gated community where Martin was visiting his relatives at the time of the shooting. Zimmerman shot Martin, who was unarmed, during a physical altercation between the two. Zimmerman, injured during the encounter, claimed self-defense in the confrontation.

In a widely reported trial, Zimmerman was charged with murder for Martin's death, but acquitted at trial after claiming self-defense. The incident was reviewed by the Department of Justice for potential civil rights violations, but no additional charges were filed, citing insufficient evidence.


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In the second quarter of 2018, the system averaged 3,400 paying riders per weekday. A southern extension to Poinciana via Kissimmee, with four additional stations, opened on July 30, 2018.

Susan Slusser

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Thad Altman

Thad Altman (born September 8, 1955) is a Republican politician who currently serves as a member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing parts of the Melbourne area in central Brevard County since 2016. Previously, he represented a similar area in the House from 2003 to 2008, and served in the Florida Senate from 2008 to 2016.

UCF Knights football

The UCF Knights football team represents The University of Central Florida (UCF) in the sport of American football. The Knights compete in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the East Division of the American Athletic Conference (The American). Their current head coach is Josh Heupel, formerly a player and coach at Oklahoma and offensive coordinator at Missouri. The Knights play their home games at the 44,206-seat Spectrum Stadium, which is located on UCF's main campus in Orlando, Florida, United States.

UCF first fielded a varsity football team in the fall of 1979 as a NCAA Division III program and subsequently completed their ascension to Division I–A, now known as the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), in 1996, becoming the only program in NCAA history to have played in all four divisions of football. As a Division I–AA program, the Knights made the 1990 and 1993 playoffs, and were picked as the preseason No. 1 team to start the 1994 season.As of the 2017 regular season, UCF has 243 victories, has won six division championships and six conference championships, and an undefeated season in 2017. The Knights have a national championship for the 2017 season despite being excluded from that season's College Football Playoff.The Knights have made nine postseason appearances since joining the FBS, including winning two major bowls: the 2014 Fiesta Bowl and the 2018 Peach Bowl. The program has produced one Consensus All-American, Kevin Smith in 2007, and three Heisman Trophy candidates, Daunte Culpepper (QB) in 1998, Kevin Smith (RB) in 2007, and McKenzie Milton (QB) in 2017. UCF has produced a long line of accomplished NFL players, including Blake Bortles, A.J. Bouye, Kemal Ishmael, Brandon Marshall, Matt Prater, Asante Samuel, and Mike Sims-Walker. UCF has had four first-round picks in the NFL Draft, players in fourteen Super Bowls, and seven pro-bowlers. The Knights' main rivals are the South Florida Bulls.


WRDQ, virtual and UHF digital channel 27, is an independent television station licensed to Orlando, Florida, United States. The station is owned by the Cox Media Group subsidiary of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises, as part of a duopoly with ABC affiliate WFTV (channel 9). The two stations share studios on East South Street in downtown Orlando; WRDQ's transmitter is located in Christmas, Florida.

On cable, the station is available in standard definition on channel 10 on Charter Spectrum, channel 20 on Comcast Xfinity, and channel 27 on CenturyLink Prism.

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