Desiree Stennett, Orlando Sentinel

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Past articles by Desiree:

Hungerford heir, Bethune opposed Orange district’s takeover of Black school

Seventy years ago, the Robert F. Hungerford Normal and Industrial School — and by extension, the town of Eatonville — was at a crossroads. → Read More

Eatonville council vote stops development planned for Hungerford land, for now

Eatonville's town council voted against changes to its comprehensive plan that would have allowed a development on Robert F. Hungerford Normal and Industrial School’s former land. → Read More

Why the state says Eatonville’s water is safe, despite tests finding contaminant

Some Eatonville residents remain concerned, even though state officials say the water is safe to drink. → Read More

Family of boy who drowned after lightning strike sues Orlando rowing club

The family of Langston Rodriguez-Sane, who died after a lightning strike capsized his boat, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. → Read More

Eatonville’s water safe, despite slightly high level of contaminant, officials say

Eatonville finds high levels of trihalomethanes (THMs) in water supply. → Read More

Kissimmee man who planned squirt gun ricin attack against ex sentenced to prison

A Kissimmee man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after a plot to kill his former partner over a child custody dispute was revealed. → Read More

Affidavit details gruesome scene of Mount Dora double homicide

Affidvait details gruesome sWhen Mount Dora Police officers arrived at Sharon and Darryl Getman’s home in the Lakeside at Waterman Village Retirement Community on New Year’s Day, the couple’s green Kia Soul was gone and bloody shoe prints were tracked across the concrete floor.cene of Mount Dora double homicide → Read More

Orlando police search for suspect in armed carjacking at airport

Orlando police are searching for a suspect in an armed carjacking at Orlando International Airport → Read More

New Year’s Eve hate messages projected on building capped year of rising antisemitism

The hate speech closed the year with a sight that was all-to-familiar in 2022: a flagrant public display of antisemitism. → Read More

For those seeking to escape extremist groups, the path out is often uncertain

It’s common for people to remain in hate groups out of fear they will never again be accepted by those on the outside, experts say. → Read More

Kissimmee police search for two accused of Christmas Eve Salvation Army burglary

Two accused of burglarizing Salvation Army in Kissimmee on Christmas Eve. → Read More

Man arrested after barricading himself in stolen semi truck outside Orlando VA

Edward James Dial, 45, was arrested after deputies say he stole a semitruck and barricaded himself inside. → Read More

Mom faces manslaughter charge in 7-year-old daughter’s death

Viviana Riog Caballero faces aggravated manslaughter charges in her daughter's death. → Read More

Black church convention focuses on health, social justice

The Conference of National Black Churches convention focused on health care access and social justice. → Read More

Eatonville residents fight against planned sale, development of former school site

Eatonville resident speak out against OCPS sale of land and planned development. → Read More

New program aims to get more Black members on nonprofit boards

The Black Boardroom Leadership Institute is aiming to add more Black professionals to nonprofit boards. → Read More

After resigning amid discrimination claims, ex-Orange NAACP president wants changes

Ex-Orange County NAACP president Vanessa Toolsie wants calls more diversity within the civil right organization. → Read More

Florida LGBTQ+ people fear disclosing sexuality, lack info on HIV treatments, study finds

A survey finds LGBTQ+ people often hide their sexuality at work, church and at the doctor out of fear. → Read More

17-year-old suspect faces murder charge in pregnant Orange County teen girl’s death

A 17-year-old is facing second-degree murder charges two weeks after Orange County deputies say he shot and killed 16-year-old De’Shayla Ferguson during a “heated argument.” → Read More

Tavares man arrested on DUI charge after 5-year-old boy critically injured in crash

Daksh Wadhwa was arrested on DUI charges after a crash that critically injured a child. → Read More