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Orlando Sentinel Conversations aims to keep you up to date on what makes Central Florida tick. We cover news, politics, entertainment, crime, communities – whatever is on the mind of those that call Orlando and its surrounding communities home.

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Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021. Trump, O’Reilly heading to Orlando on Sunday for ‘History Tour’ (:41) Hallelujah! Mayor Demings may halt further expansion of 7 million square foot convention center | Commentary (3:17) Critic’s Pick: Need a joy-filled lift? Don’t miss ‘The Prom’ | Commentary (6:44)

Dec 7

10 min 25 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. Demand for booster shots rockets in Central Florida, breaks statewide record after omicron enters the U.S. (:34) Florida draws 22% of foreign real estate investors, with Miami, Orlando leading pack (3:12)

Dec 6

8 min 38 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. Reporter Kevin Spear discusses his 5-part Orlando Sentinel special report: Last Stand for Florida Wildlands (:40) The Scofflaw — a classic cocktail for Repeal Day (7:40) Florida Fresh Air: Gemini Springs (11:04)

Dec 2

14 min 33 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. Orlando pauses rent relief payments until mid-January O Tannenbaum, where have you gone? Christmas trees fly off the stands in Orlando WEATHER REPORT:  Weather presented by Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

Dec 2

9 min 8 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. Last Stand for Florida Wildlands: A 5-part Orlando Sentinel Special Report (:34) If I-Drive merchants want to help workers, they’ll stop being so greedy with tourist tax money | Editorial (7:09)

Nov 30

12 min 41 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. Orlando airport’s wheelchair attendants strike over poverty wages Disney shows off progress on Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

Nov 19

13 min 59 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. Giving Tuesday — when the real giving season begins (:35) Police: Dad lied, staged photos about school-masking ‘abuse.’ Now where’s the outrage? | Commentary (5:57)

Nov 18

12 min 19 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. Florida Fresh Air: Blue Spring State Park (:41) Varsity reporter J.C. Carnahan preview the top games in the second round of FHSAA playoffs (6:54) Weather presented by Premier Sotheby’s International Realty (9:14)

Nov 17

10 min 55 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. Orlando diners fork out more cash as skyrocketing costs force restaurants to raise prices (:35) Racism and road-building isn’t ‘weird stuff’ — as I-4 shows, it’s reality | Editorial (3:07) Orlando Sings: New pro arts group will make music (6:39)

Nov 17

11 min 5 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. CDC says Orange’s COVID spread now ‘moderate,’ vaccinated no longer advised to mask indoors (:34) The sports-betting rush in Florida, Even Disney, formerly opposed to gambling, wants in | Commentary (3:45)

Nov 15

10 min 23 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. ‘Miya’s Law,’ named for murdered Orlando teen, seeks to improve apartment safety (:41) Florida Fresh Air: Lake Proctor Wilderness Area in Seminole County (3:52) Weekend events: Festival of Trees, Electric Daisy Carnival and Maker Faire (6:57)

Nov 11

9 min 13 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. Markeith Loyd trial: Judge allows limited evidence of police beating in death penalty phase (:42) Varsity sports reporter J.C. Carnahan covers the first week of FHSAA playoffs on Friday (3:53) Weather presented by Premier Sotheby’s International Realty (6:09)

Nov 10

7 min 52 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Wednesday, Nov. 10. 2021. Orange County high schools host COVID-19 vaccine clinics for kids 5 to 11 years old (:36) Thanksgiving dinner will gobble up more of your cash as turkey, other food prices rise (4:23) Republican’s election fraud monster suddenly has GOP supervisors worried | Editorial (6:48)

Nov 9

10 min 49 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. DeSantis, GOP lawmakers outline special session bills on COVID-19 vaccines (:35) Black farmers can’t get into medical marijuana game. But political cronies and donors can and do | Commentary (6:06)

Nov 8

11 min 10 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. DeSantis vows lawsuit to fight Biden COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private sector (:36) COVID-19 vaccines for younger kids are coming to Central Florida: Here’s where to get them (5:23)

Nov 5

9 min 41 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021. Zillow to stop buying homes, signaling possible slowdown in housing market (:46) Florida Fresh Air: Savage Christmas Creek Preserve out in East Orlando (6:33) Week 11: Central Florida high school football roundup with J.C. Carnahan (9:25) Weather presented by Premier Sotheby’s International Realty (12:22)

Nov 3

14 min 16 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. Orlando Election Day: Incumbents Jim Gray, Regina Hill and Robert Stuart win (:33) A choice for the University of Florida: Academic freedom or government stooge | Editorial (4:04) ‘Tootsie’ brings back Broadway, the good and the bad | Review (7:15) Broadway returns to Orlando, with evolved security at Dr. Phillips Center (9:22)

Nov 2

12 min 45 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. Scott Maxwell: OnlyFans mom in Orlando banned from volunteering at school. What a slippery slope. | Commentary (:26) Milkhouse, featuring lineup of Orlando F&B rock stars, opens in Milk District (4:20)

Nov 1

9 min 9 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. Orange County schools to end face mask mandate for students starting Monday (:45) DeSantis sues Biden to stop COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contract workers (3:13)

Oct 28

9 min 23 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. COVID-19 state of emergency to end in Orange County, Mayor Jerry Demings says (:47) Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings to formally kick off reelection campaign Thursday (5:02) Florida Fresh Air: Horseshoe Park and Fairy Trail in Cassadaga (6:26) Week 10: Central Florida high school football roundup with J.C. Carnahan (9:14) Weather presented by Premier Sotheby’s International Realty (12:12)

Oct 27

14 min 13 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Orange schools superintendent to announce Thursday whether or not mask mandate expires Saturday (:32) ‘It sends a bad message.’ Orlando eye bank sparks legislation to ban profiting off donors’ eye tissue (3:32)

Oct 26

7 min 53 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. Some parents urge Orange schools to extend mask mandate slated to end this week (:40) Scott Maxwell: Don’t act surprised. Florida surgeon general is just the latest chapter in DeSantis’ war on science – and decency | Commentary (4:07)

Oct 26

9 min 52 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Friday, Oct. 22, 2021. Orlando holiday shoppers should start searching the shelves now, experts say (:44) Detectives investigating ‘additional criminal activity’ after Miya Marcano’s killing (3:30) UCF football’s space-theme uniform and the university’s connection to the cosmos (6:21)

Oct 21

10 min 55 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. Florida home-building permits boom, but not so much in metro Orlando (:42) Week 9: High school football in Central Florida with J.C. Carnahan (7:24) Weather presented by Premier Sotheby’s International Realty (11:11)

Oct 20

12 min 59 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. Ocoee allows Chews a Puppy to bypass Orange’s pet sale ban (:37) Go figure: Florida insanity lets schools reject vaccinated kids, but protects the unvaccinated | Editorial (5:19)

Oct 19

10 min 11 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. Judge approves final sentencing delay for Joel Greenberg (:35) Ridiculously late: Florida ethics commission issues probable cause ruling a year AFTER election takes place | Commentary (3:42)

Oct 18

9 min 20 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. Anger about face masks turns Central Florida school board meetings into tense affairs (:45) Brightline revamps intercity rail with speedy nose, elegant seats, no coach class (5:39)

Oct 14

13 min 22 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Dinosaur poop, drones and butler are among unusual things insured in Florida (:49) Fresh Air Florida: Chuluota Wilderness Area (6:18) Week 8: High School football roundup with J.C. Carnahan (8:03) Weather presented by Premier Sotheby’s International Realty (11:13)

Oct 13

13 min

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. Survey reveals 1 in 5 lie about mental health to their doctor (:45) Jury duty shouldn’t be a financial blow to those who can least afford it | Editorial (5:28)

Oct 12

12 min 19 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021. Florida ‘vaccine passport’ probes target Harry Styles concert, library, counterterrorism squad (:45) Florida nursing schools need more funding, faculty to prevent a nearly 60,000 nurse shortfall by 2035, FHA report says (4:39)

Oct 11

11 min 40 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. Orange County’s COVID-19 risk, now at ‘red,’ likely to shift down to ‘orange’ soon (:35) DeSantis top donor: End your war on masks | Commentary (5:46)

Oct 4

11 min 51 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. Casselberry buys founder’s historic home for future park, event center (:45) Fall is for foodies: 3 tasty options for seasonal sampling in Central Florida (4:46)

Oct 4

10 min 11 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. Florida’s mask mandate fight: State board to consider action against Orange, 10 other districts (:47) J.C. Carnahan previews Week 6 of high school football in Central Florida (3:39) Weather presented by Premier Sotheby’s International Realty (8:00)

Sep 29

9 min 47 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021. Family, friends continue searching for 19-year-old Miya Marcano, missing since Friday (:33) Orlando Museum of Art gets major makeover for big-name exhibits (3:35)

Sep 28

9 min 1 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. DeSantis administration threatens Orange County with fines for vaccine mandate (:30) Scott Maxwell: No more vaccines for chicken pox, measles in Florida schools? Where does this end? | Commentary (5:20)

Sep 27

11 min 10 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. Central Florida hospitals champion COVID-19 shot, but even some health care workers resist (:43) Impossible is easy: Housemade veggie burgers in Orlando (4:22)

Sep 24

8 min 26 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Friday, Sept. 24, 2021. Orange employees face written reprimand if they don’t comply with vaccine mandate (:42) Pop-up spot in Orlando’s Milk District aims to help small businesses get their start (8:10)

Sep 24

12 min 2 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. Florida’s new surgeon general issues rule ending required school quarantines, says parent will decide (:45) Florida Fresh Air: Lake Monroe Conservation Area (4:29) Week 5: High school football (7:25) Weather presented by Premier Sotheby’s International Realty (12:35)

Sep 22

14 min 20 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021. DeSantis’ new Florida surgeon general questions masks, vaccines, other COVID-19 measures (:37) Orlando home prices flatten out in August but experts say hot market isn’t cooling yet (5:15) Florida’s elected hypocrites undermine the Constitution they profess to love | Editorial (10:18)

Sep 21

15 min 30 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. Orange County on mend after sky-high COVID-19 infections and deadly August (:33) First look: Epcot’s Space 220 restaurant opens (5:20)

Sep 20

10 min 26 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. Driver shortage: Crowded school buses run late as districts offer bonuses, seek new hires (:41) Homegrown Haunts: Behind the scares at Scream n’ Stream, The Haunted Road and A Petrified Forest (3:47)

Sep 17

10 min 7 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. Lost to COVID: More than 50,000 lives in Florida (:49) More cats found alive after ‘heartbreaking’ Pet Alliance fire; nonprofit shelter will move to new site (4:40) Hawkers Asian Street Food’s staffing woes were a mess. Raising wages fixed it. (8:51)

Sep 16

12 min 57 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. Florida COVID ‘vaccine passport’ fines kick in today for business, governments (:42) Week 4 high school football (3:34) Florida Fresh Air: Lake Runnymede Conservation Area in Osceola County (7:53) Weather presented by Premier Sotheby’s International Realty (10:54)

Sep 15

12 min 32 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. Florida to end high-stakes FSA exams, replace with progress monitoring, DeSantis says (:38) Dr. Phillips Center to require negative COVID-19 tests or vaccination proof (3:54) Frivolous lawsuit? To this Florida court, that might depend on your politics | Editorial (7:52)

Sep 14

12 min 34 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Facility closures continue as Florida prisons face ‘unprecedented’ staff shortage (:41) Loomer vs. Webster: The fringe fight Florida Republicans have been courting for years | Commentary (4:36) Disney World at 50: Hand in hand with Partners statue (8:26)

Sep 13

13 min 5 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Floating algae ‘harvester’ turns green goo into clear water; but some say it’s not enough to clean polluted Lake Jesup (:40) Indian delights that aren’t curries (5:41) Food writer Amy Drew Thompson joins Jim Colbert for “Primetime Kitchen” radio segment every Friday (8:36)

Sep 10

10 min 43 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. ‘What we experienced was not inevitable.’ As COVID delta raged in Florida, DeSantis underestimated threat (:36) Big 12 officially invites UCF to Power Five Conference (6:00)

Sep 9

11 min 38 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. Judge prevents DeSantis from banning school mask mandates as state appeals earlier ruling (:44) Orange, Alachua, Broward school boards challenge state’s mask mandate ban (3:20) Florida Fresh Air: Lake Lotus Park (6:15) Weather presented by Premier Sotheby’s International Realty (9:15)

Sep 8

10 min 53 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021. Orlando VA has the most COVID-19 cases in the U.S., despite decreased hospitalizations statewide (:35) I-4 will become a drive-through art gallery (5:21)

Sep 7

9 min 30 sec

Orlando Sentinel Now afternoon update for Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. Scott Maxwell: 10 people who make Orlando a better place to live (2021) | Commentary (:35) Disney World at 50: A look at how Disney celebrated its 10th anniversary — or Tencennial (6:01)

Sep 3

10 min 44 sec