Paul Brinkmann, Orlando Sentinel

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Orlando Sentinel

Orlando, FL, United States

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Past articles by Paul:

Wyndham’s timeshare spinoff and others face industry challenges

Wyndham Destinations, the world’s largest publicly-traded timeshare company now has its top corporate office in Orlando, along with timeshare firms Hilton, Marriott, Vistana (formerly Starwood) and Westgate. Depending on who you talk to, that’s good or bad for Orlando. → Read More

SpaceX SES 12 launch lights up the night

SpaceX successfully launched a rocket into the night sky about a half hour after midnight Monday morning, deploying a European company’s satellite, SES 12, with no apparent problems. → Read More

Here are the 100 job openings Wyndham has posted now in Orlando

Wyndham Destinations executives said Friday morning that it has 100 jobs openings in Orlando, even as it has pledged to move or create 200 jobs here. → Read More

Gov. Scott expected to announce 200 new corporate jobs at Wyndham in Orlando

Gov. Rick Scott is expected in Orlando on Friday, suggesting that Orlando has lured 200 corporate jobs from Wyndham Worldwide’s headquarters to Central Florida from New Jersey. → Read More

SpaceX postpones SES 12 launch, now aiming for Monday

SpaceX has postponed the launch of a European company’s satellite, SES 12, until at least Monday. → Read More

Nighttime rocket launch planned early Friday, but weather could be a problem

This week’s SpaceX Falcon 9 launch attempt is planned for just after midnight in the wee hours of Friday morning, with a launch window running from 12:29 a.m. to 2:57 a.m. Fair warning to launch watchers though: the Air Force’s weather forecast indicates only a 40 percent chance of good weather. → Read More

Sheriff's office seizes property of MetroWest man who challenged condo association

Armed deputies forcibly entered a MetroWest condo over the weekend and seized all the belongings of resident Howard Fox. → Read More

SpaceX planning nighttime launch Thursday, report says

This week’s coming SpaceX Falcon 9 launch attempt could happen just after midnight in the wee hours of Thursday morning, from 12:29 a.m. to 1:27 a.m. → Read More

DOJ to settle in Orlando bombing range cleanup; 4,000 homes planned at 417 & 528

The federal government has agreed to settle a lawsuit over the cost of cleaning up explosives on the 1,500-acre former Pinecastle Jeep Range. → Read More

Shaquille O'Neal mansion gets interest from Miami, Massachusetts, China, agent says

Now that Shaquille O’Neal’s Orlando area home has been on the market for a few days, prospective buyers are coming mostly from South Florida, where a $28 million price for a single-family home is more normal. See other details about the marketing of the huge estate. → Read More

Metrowest condos rack up $3.5M in fines for construction defects

The Hamptons at Metrowest, a sprawling condo complex with 700 units, is still blighted by moldy wood and faulty stucco years after the association there won a $20 million award in a construction defect lawsuit. → Read More

Digital Risk harassed executive because she was a woman making too much money, lawsuit says

A former executive at Digital Risk, an IT firm in Maitland, has accused the company of harassing her – and eventually firing her – because new owners of the company in 2014 felt she was “making too much money for a woman,” according to a new federal lawsuit. → Read More

Publix, Blue Cross settle brain cancer insurance lawsuit with Brevard employee

A local family has settled its lawsuit accusing Publix and Florida Blue of failure to cover an expensive brain cancer treatment called proton therapy – which was approved by the FDA in 1988, and for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement in 1997. → Read More

16 Florida lawyers face wrath of Orlando judges over 'vague, boilerplate' ADA lawsuits

Federal judges in Orlando say they want to know why 16 attorneys have repeatedly ignored rules about filing lawsuits over wheelchair access to businesses in Central Florida. → Read More

Shaquille O’Neal puts huge Isleworth mansion up for sale

Pro basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal has listed his Isleworth mansion at 9927 Griffin Court for sale. Check out the multimillion-dollar price. → Read More

Next Florida launch: SpaceX to put SES 12 satellite into orbit

Nothing’s ever 100 percent certain about launch schedules, but the next launch on the horizon for Florida is another SpaceX rocket carrying a satellite for one of the world’s biggest satellite companies. → Read More

OfferPad to buy more Orlando homes with $150M in new funding

Direct home buyer and seller OfferPad said Wednesday it closed on $150 million of new equity and debt financing to buy homes in Orlando and seven other U.S. markets. → Read More

AT&T overcharged Orange schools by $1M, FCC and lawsuit says

Orange County Public Schools have filed a new lawsuit against AT&T over a 2016 allegation that the telecom giant overcharged the district by at least $1 million, while still collecting funds from a nonprofit that were supposed to benefit the schools with a lower rate. → Read More

SpaceX will try again today for rocket launch

SpaceX will attempt again to launch its newest Falcon 9 rocket today. Launch window opens at 4:14 p.m. and closes at 6:21 p.m. → Read More

SpaceX launch for first Falcon 9 Block 5 set for Thursday evening

Another historic first for SpaceX is scheduled to take place Thursday evening, with a launch window opening at 4:12 p.m. – the first launch for a new generation Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket. → Read More