Tiffini Theisen, Orlando Sentinel

Tiffini Theisen

Orlando Sentinel

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Past articles by Tiffini:

Orlando monument commemorates South’s first integrated Little League baseball game

In April 1973 at McCoy Air Force Base, Orlando welcomed home Air Force Col. Joe Kittinger and 1st Lt. Larry D. Price, among the last ex-prisoners of war from the Vietnam conflict to come back. → Read More

22 accused of seeking sex with minors or sending explicit images in Central Florida sting

Twenty-two men accused of seeking sex with minors or sending sexually explicit pictures to people they thought were minors were arrested in a sting that a Central Florida sheriff’s office called Operation April Fools. → Read More

Florida teacher wearing ‘Protect Trans Kids’ shirt ordered to remove it

A disgruntled parent turned in a Florida high school teacher for wearing a "Protect Trans Kids" shirt on the job. → Read More

Before Disney and I-4, Martin missile plant hyped as bringing sleepy Orlando into future

Walt Disney World may have been the biggest, but it wasn’t the first high-profile development to put once-sleepy Orlando on the map. Before rows of orange trees gave way to roller coasters — even before there was an Interstate 4 — leaders of this small citrus town declared that the Glenn L. Martin plant would be just the thing to bring us into the future. → Read More

More homes sit empty in Florida than anywhere else in the U.S.

As working-class people struggled to find affordable homes and apartments to rent or buy, Florida had nearly 1.7 million residences sitting empty in 2020 — more than any other state. → Read More

Motorcyclist critically injured in I-4 crash in Orange County

A motorcyclist is in critical condition after hitting a guardrail on Interstate 4 in Orange County on Thursday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. → Read More

As racists fumed, Black and white Little Leaguers made history together in Orlando in 1955

Different worlds came together in a historic moment in Orlando in August 1955 when the Pensacola Jaycees, an all-Black Little League team, took on the all-white Orlando Kiwanis on their home turf at Optimist Park next to Lake Lorna Doone. It was the first known integrated Little League game in the South. → Read More

Viral photo shows hawk about to eat young iguana on Florida golf course

When two Florida golfers took a break from their game to watch a hawk capture a small iguana snack, a photo of the encounter drew cheers from those who know the lizards are invasive. → Read More

I-4 drivers stop to help trooper as man in Mickey Mouse shirt attacks him, FHP says

Several drivers stopped to help a state trooper as a young man attacked him on the grassy shoulder of Interstate 4, the Florida Highway Patrol said. → Read More

Orlando’s former Willoughby’s Open Hearth Restaurant drew high-end diners, but also drama

Willoughby’s Open Hearth Restaurant on East Colonial Drive touted itself as a swank destination in Orlando in the 1970s. But its reputation as a high-end establishment also drew violent gunmen who stole thousands of dollars, beat up a manager and held him hostage in his home. → Read More

Disney legend Joyce Carlson’s big, small world

Without Disney artist Joyce Carlson's mind, the cheerful color-soaked universe of dancing dolls in the "it's a small world" attractions would never have existed — or at least wouldn’t have been the same. → Read More

Ghosts of spring baseball: 1972 photo of Orlando’s Tinker Field captures ambiance of past

Some things about the photo are timeless: sunshine, baseball, and snowbirds enjoying Florida's warmth. But the ambiance captured in a 1972 photo of a spring training game at Tinker Field turned out to be short-lived, doomed by Orlando's rapid growth, team desertions and neglect. → Read More

Many tried to stop S.R. 417 from cutting through Seminole County and across Lake Jesup

In the late 1980s, “confused and angry” Seminole County residents showed up at expressway authority meetings to oppose plans for a new highway cutting through their neighborhoods and across Lake Jesup. But no one could stop State Road 417's expansion. → Read More

The electric car a century ago: 1911 article in Orlando newspaper touts convenience

Some people might think electric vehicles are relatively new inventions. They might be surprised to read a front-page article from 1911 touting the convenience of the new Detroit Electric car in Orlando. → Read More

Florida woman accused of bringing gun to elementary school faces felony charge

A Florida woman accused of having a “poorly concealed” 9 mm Glock pistol as she walked her child onto an elementary school campus faces a felony charge. → Read More

‘Hi baby!’ Mom embarrasses TV reporter by driving by, blowing kiss as camera rolls

A news cameraman can be heard cackling with laughter as his colleague, trying to film a report, is surprised by his mother driving by to shout an exuberant greeting and blow a kiss. → Read More

Sheriff: Substitute teacher at Florida elementary school molested 2 students

A former elementary school substitute teacher molested two students, authorities say. → Read More

Some powdered infant formulas recalled after bacterial infections reported

The FDA is alerting caretakers not to buy certain powdered infant formulas from Similac, Alimentum or EleCare after complaints of bacterial infections in four babies, which may have contributed to one death. → Read More

Police: Florida women strips naked in bar, refuses to leave

A Florida woman was charged with disorderly conduct after police say she stripped naked in a bar and refused to leave. → Read More

After bicyclist’s drawbridge death, probe uncovers frightening incident on nearby bridge

A Florida driver became trapped in the middle of a drawbridge as it was lifted, his car tilting at a perpendicular angle to the road as he sat helplessly inside. → Read More