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UCF prepares for big game versus BYU

Tough opponent loses top player

Two big moments happened in the past week that could make UCF’s season more optimistic, especially against BYU. Now a big win and a sudden injury of a key opponent could help UCF’s fortunes.

Reasons to weather-strip your home

Learning where a problem is developing allows you to better address the issue. For drafty doors and windows, weather stripping is an affordable solution in most cases.

Along with weather stripping, you can take some practical and cost-effective measures against drafts.

Christina Rordam: Practice safe selling

While these occurrences are rare, Beverly’s death is a reminder to all selling, buying or practicing real estate to be on your guard and stay safe at all costs.

No sale is worth your life. Below are a few tips to stay safe when completing your next real estate transaction.

Louis Roney: The gift of gab

The wise speaker starts by concentrating on important aspects of something he knows a lot about.

The intellects of favorite talkers I’ve known were memorable for having stored away treasure-trove “reference libraries” of facts to be recalled on the spot while the speaker was speaking.

Make time this fall for a walk in woods

As long as there are no outright prohibitions on bringing dogs into parks and forest reserves, take advantage of the opportunity to introduce your dog to a new environment.

Go to the park’s website before the hike to review any rules regarding dogs.

Homebuying tips for purchasing in a seller’s market

In a seller’s market — like the one that Orlando has been in for the last few years — there can be even more pressure on the buyer to submit an impressive bid.

So how can you make sure that the offer you submit is the one that is accepted?

Chris Jepson: Pluralism is America’s national creed

America, through its Constitution, is a pluralistic nation comprised of many religions of which Christianity in its many permutations (evolutions) is but one of countless expressions of faith.

I am not so interested in anyone’s personal faith other than from a philosophical perspective. To publicly proclaim the “truth” of your faith is meaningless and irrelevant.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

The Orlando Philharmonic’s top-selling show is back! Cirque meets symphony in this all-new show featuring classical music brought to life by world-class cirque performers.

Acrobats, contortionists, jugglers and strongmen perform amazing feats, and aerialists soar overhead as the orchestra below provides suspenseful music.

Faux-leather vase shows off fall finds

Fun craft for fall.

Here’s how to make the vase to show off your fall finds.

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Twin Rivers development halted for now

No construction for now

A request for a zoning change making way for one of Oviedo’s most contested developments in recent memory was withdrawn on Friday night for undisclosed reasons.

Stetson's Corner: Losing your right to vote

We may be frustrated, but if we don't exercise our hard-fought right to vote, then we cannot blame Washington.

We may be frustrated at gridlock, overspending and regulation, but if we don't exercise our hard-fought right to vote, then we cannot blame Washington for the dismal state of affairs.

Oviedo City Talk: Tax time

Council voted to set the millage rate at 5.0434 mills for the coming tax year — lower than pre-recession level

Council voted to set the millage rate at 5.0434 mills for the coming tax year. This millage rate is less than the combined millage rate for 2004.

Ask Sandi: Treat your interview like a date

Interviews are like dates. Make sure that before you put a ring on it, you are sure they are the right choice.

Interviews are like dates. Make sure that before you put a ring on it, you are sure they are the right choice.

Calendar: Spirits in Sanford Halloween event

The Spirits in Sanford Halloween art show and sale will return on Friday, Oct. 3, and Saturday, Oct. 4

The Spirits in Sanford Halloween art show and sale will return on Friday, Oct. 3, and Saturday, Oct. 4

Notes: Seminole County Schools wins big

The Foundation for Seminole County Public Schoolswas recently recognized with a coveted statewide Excellence Award for helping kids' education.

Stetson's Corner: Violence's creeping numbness

A sort of creeping numbness has gradually made violence commonplace in our culture.

A sort of creeping numbness has gradually made violence commonplace in our culture. To stay quiet and not make a bad situation worse has become the safe choice.

Guide dogs ready to aid vets

If you’re a veteran with PTSD that hasn’t been handled well thus far, or a veteran with a service-related disability, here’s a possible answer for you: dogs.

Specially trained guide and service dogs are available for veterans who are blind or disabled by physical, traumatic brain injury or PTSD.

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UCF prepares for rematch against conference-rival Houston

Will it be another nail-biter?

When the UCF Knights step onto the field at Houston at 7 p.m. tonight, Oct. 2, they’ll have had 12 nights of rest. The only problem with that: So will the Cougars.

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Oviedo ready to battle University High School

Can Lions keep streak?

With a total margin of victory this season of 192-46, the Lions have dominated in every win so far.

Diet can cut risk of prostate cancer

A diet of fresh fruits and vegetables helps reduce risk for and even helps treat prostate (and other) cancer.

This diet certainly reduces risk of heart disease as well.

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