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By Kelly Brewington and Kelly Brewington,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | November 3, 2004
TAMPA, Fla. - From Daytona Beach to Tampa, voters in Central Florida began swarming the polls as early as 6 a.m., with a sort of revengeful determination. They hoped to redeem their state from the nightmarish problems of 2000 and prove to the watchful eyes of the national electorate that their votes would indeed count. And, weary of stump speeches, they were eager to put the bitter 2004 Florida campaign behind them. Voters waited as long as three hours to cast ballots in Central Florida, a coveted swath of the state's electorate.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | September 1, 2014
Not too long ago, South Florida was a consistent contender in the Big East. The Bulls had a winning record every year from 2006 through 2010 and were ranked as high as No. 2 in the country in 2007. Now, South Florida isn't very good. The Bulls team that Maryland plays Saturday was just 2-10 last season and struggled with a mediocre Football Championship Subdivision team (Western Carolina) in their season opener Saturday. Western Carolina was 2-10 last year, including 1-7 in the Southern Conference, but the Catamounts led South Florida, 17-16, at halftime and lost, 36-31.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | November 23, 2002
After nearly a nine-month wait, Navy's Don DeVoe reached his milestone last night at Alumni Hall. The Midshipmen took control of Central Florida with their hawking defense in the second half and scored a 68-56 opening-game decision to present their coach with his 500th career victory. DeVoe, 60, became the 17th active coach and 59th all time to claim 500 wins. It happened in the first game of his 30th season - the 11th at the academy, where he has won 172 games. "I just feel so fortunate to be able to coach in that many games," said DeVoe, who has also been the head coach at Virginia Tech, Wyoming, Tennessee and Florida.
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By Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2014
Former McDonogh midfielder Ashley Spivey has transfered from Maryland and will play for the University of Central Florida this season. The Knights announced the addition to their women's soccer team on Thursday.  Spivey, a two-time Baltimore Sun All-Metro Player of the Year with the Eagles, was the Terps' second-leading goal (6) and point (15) scorer last season and was selected to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference third team. In 2012, she was a member of the ACC's All-Freshman team.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | February 24, 1998
SANFORD, Fla. -- Joel Heaton's luck finally abandoned him shortly after midnight yesterday.It was then that the black funnel of a tornado roared down on Freddie's Fish Camp, about five miles east of this Central Florida city, and carried away a house trailer with Heaton in it.Next door, a trailer housing another single man, Fred Padgett, also sailed away with its occupant. But he splashed down in the marshy waters of the St. Johns River, a few hundred yards from land. Rescuers found him before dawn clinging to an overturned houseboat, with cuts and broken ribs but alive.
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By Arthur Hirsch, Reginald Fields and Julie Bell and Arthur Hirsch, Reginald Fields and Julie Bell,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | August 14, 2004
TAMPA, Fla. - Hurricane Charley charged across the southern Gulf Coast and into Central Florida yesterday with sustained winds of 145 mph, killing at least three people, injuring dozens, leaving hundreds of thousands in the dark and driving a sea water surge into low-lying neighborhoods. The storm hit the west coast barrier islands between Fort Myers and Punta Gorda shortly before 4 p.m. as a Category 4 hurricane, making it the most powerful storm to strike Florida since Andrew lashed the Miami area in 1992, killing 43 people and causing more than $31 billion in damage.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | November 6, 2004
ORLANDO, Fla. - The late-afternoon sun was setting behind the football practice field at the University of Central Florida one afternoon last week, a slight breeze cooling off the players and their coach, George O'Leary. If you're going to endure an 0-8 start that has stretched the team's losing streak to 12 games, this is not a bad place to be. In O'Leary's case, there weren't many other options. Had he not been caught in a decades-old lie about his playing background and educational credentials dating back to his undergraduate days at the University of New Hampshire, O'Leary would be in his third season at Notre Dame.
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By From Sun news services | March 22, 2009
Alexis Rack was perfect in eight trips to the foul line down the stretch, and 11th seed Mississippi State (23-9) was 21-for-22 as a team in beating No. 6 seed Texas (21-12), 71-63, yesterday in the first round of the NCAA tournament's Berkeley Regional in Columbus, Ohio. "We've been doing this all year," said Rack, who had 20 points for her 13th consecutive game in double figures. "We shoot 100 free throws in practice. I felt like I was at practice. I felt comfortable and just focused."
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By ORLANDO SENTINEL | December 24, 2005
Central Florida (8-4) vs. Nevada (8-3) Site -- Aloha Stadium, Honolulu Time -- 8:30 TV -- ESPN Line -- Nevada by 2 Key stats: -- Nevada is 22nd in the nation in total offense (433.6 ypg). Central Florida is 84th in total de fense (403.6 ypg). Central Florida -- Playing in its first bowl, Central Florida again will be without leading receiver Mike Walker, which proved to be key in the Confer ence USA championship game loss to Tulsa. Defensive end Paul Carrington has a key matchup against Nevada tackle Tony Moll, as both were first-team all-conference players.
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By Lori Van Lonkhuyzen and Lori Van Lonkhuyzen,Sun Staff Writer | June 1, 1994
Joe Sanchez, who's been a women's basketball head coach for 16 years, was named coach at the Naval Academy yesterday.Sanchez has a 307-174 record for his career, which includes seven seasons at Wake Forest. Last season at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, he took UNK to its first NCAA Division II tournament."I think it's an exciting opportunity, an exciting career move," Sanchez said. "It's going to be a challenge to build a women's basketball program at Navy, but I believe, no doubt, it will be done."
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2013
An Annapolis man in the final leg of a cross-country cycling trip intended to raise money to help the deaf was badly injured in a hit-and-run crash in Florida on Saturday. Jacob Landis, 24, was struck by the mirror of a tractor-trailer as it passed him on a highway in Polk County in Central Florida and knocked unconscious, said Alyssa Sullivan, a spokeswoman for Landis' organization, Jacob's Ride. She said he has a concussion and multiple small fractures and cuts on his face, and his arm is in a sling.
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By The Orlando Sentinel | September 7, 2009
Bedbugs are blood-consuming insects that were nearly wiped out in the United States in the mid-20th century. But they've made a dramatic comeback in the past decade. Size:: Practically microscopic at first, they can grow to the size of ladybugs, or about half the diameter of a dime. Lifespan:: Up to a year, with females laying up to 500 eggs. Gross factor:: About once a week, they seek a blood meal, preferably from humans. They gorge on blood for three to five minutes and then defecate most of the blood and shed their skins.
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By From Sun news services | March 22, 2009
Alexis Rack was perfect in eight trips to the foul line down the stretch, and 11th seed Mississippi State (23-9) was 21-for-22 as a team in beating No. 6 seed Texas (21-12), 71-63, yesterday in the first round of the NCAA tournament's Berkeley Regional in Columbus, Ohio. "We've been doing this all year," said Rack, who had 20 points for her 13th consecutive game in double figures. "We shoot 100 free throws in practice. I felt like I was at practice. I felt comfortable and just focused."
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March 20, 2008
Highly regarded prep quarterback Terrelle Pryor is headed to Ohio State. The two-sport star announced his decision yesterday at Jeannette High School, about 25 miles east of Pittsburgh, where he had one of the greatest prep careers in Pennsylvania history. Flanked by his parents, brother, sister and other supporters, the 6-foot-6 Pryor wasted no time with his decision: "If everyone's here," he said, "University of Ohio State." He picked Ohio State over Michigan, Penn State and Oregon.
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January 7, 2008
June Jones spent last night trying to decide whether to accept an offer to coach Southern Methodist or return to Hawaii, where the governor is among those trying to keep him. "It's been a wild day," agent Leigh Steinberg said. "I haven't seen anything like this before. It's emotionally wrenching for June." Jones was in Dallas meeting with SMU officials and the search committee that has been working since late October to hire a replacement for Phil Bennett. Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle called to see what she could do, and the president who oversees the entire University of Hawaii system called with an updated contract proposal.
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By ORLANDO SENTINEL | December 24, 2005
Central Florida (8-4) vs. Nevada (8-3) Site -- Aloha Stadium, Honolulu Time -- 8:30 TV -- ESPN Line -- Nevada by 2 Key stats: -- Nevada is 22nd in the nation in total offense (433.6 ypg). Central Florida is 84th in total de fense (403.6 ypg). Central Florida -- Playing in its first bowl, Central Florida again will be without leading receiver Mike Walker, which proved to be key in the Confer ence USA championship game loss to Tulsa. Defensive end Paul Carrington has a key matchup against Nevada tackle Tony Moll, as both were first-team all-conference players.
FEATURES
By Orlando Sentinel | October 28, 1990
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The thought that a visit to Central Florida could result in a deadly encounter with an encephalitis-carrying mosquito is worrying tourists.Calls have poured into local hotels and the Visitors Center from tourists and meeting planners, all of them wondering if a trip to metropolitan Orlando will be safe. The center is operated by the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau Inc.It isn't clear how many tourists or meeting groups have canceled or postponed trips to Central Florida because of the encephalitis outbreak.
NEWS
November 3, 2005
DR. CHRISTOPHER G. RAFFERTY passed on All Saints Day, November 1, 2005. Dr. Rafferty was born October 28, 1951, in Washington, D.C. to John Rafferty, Winter Park, FL and the late Dorothy M. Rafferty (nee Melling). Chris graduated from Univ. of MD Dental School and later completed his specialty training in oral and maxillofacial surgery at University of Texas Parkland Memorial Hospital. He has practiced in Orlando since 1983 and was founder of Orlando Oral and Facial Surgery which serves Central Florida in four locations.
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November 20, 2005
Changing the tone Milestones Army coach Bobby Ross, who also coached at The Citadel, Maryland and Georgia Tech, won his 100th game. ... Minnesota became the first team in NCAA history to have two 1,000-yard rushers in three consecutive seasons when Gary Russell (1,045) joined Laurence Maroney (1,355). Maroney and Marion Barber III each reached 1,000 yards in 2003 and 2004. This and that Central Florida (8-3, 7-1) earned a spot in the Conference USA title game a year after going winless.
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November 3, 2005
DR. CHRISTOPHER G. RAFFERTY passed on All Saints Day, November 1, 2005. Dr. Rafferty was born October 28, 1951, in Washington, D.C. to John Rafferty, Winter Park, FL and the late Dorothy M. Rafferty (nee Melling). Chris graduated from Univ. of MD Dental School and later completed his specialty training in oral and maxillofacial surgery at University of Texas Parkland Memorial Hospital. He has practiced in Orlando since 1983 and was founder of Orlando Oral and Facial Surgery which serves Central Florida in four locations.
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