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Heroin overdoses and deaths are on the rise in Florida.
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Intersection: Friday News Round Table


Heroin has overtaken cocaine as the deadliest street drug in Orange County and Mayor Teresa Jacobs says she wants to do something about it – fast. What’s the best way to tackle the heroin problem in Central Florida? And if it’s not heroin, will something else spring up just as fast to replace it? That story and more on the Friday news round table.
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Carlos Martinez (far right)  contemplates his next move at Checker Park.
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Checker Park, A Constant Amid An Evolving Parramore Neighborhood


Underneath an overpass on South Parramore Avenue the same people play checkers, week in and week out. A breeze passes through, an escape from the Florida heat. Most of the men have been playing here for decades. Today we look at Checker Park, where a poverty-stricken community hangs out to get lost in a good game of checkers.
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Bishop Cal Stubbs in front of his Taste of Class restaurant in Parramore./Photo by: Catherine Welch
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Taking On Parramore’s Soaring Unemployment Rate


When the city of Orlando launched a study into the historic black Parramore neighborhood, it got back some alarming statistics. One of them was Parramore’s jobless rate – nearly 24 percent. Much has changed since last year, when that number surfaced in a comprehensive plan for the neighborhood.
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Darryl Owens Perspectives

Darryl Owens: New Community School Could Help Unite Parramore


Part of the major redevelopment project underway in Orlando’s historic Parramore neighborhood is a new pre-K through 8th grade school. It’s a $41 million facility in the heart of the neighborhood that’s expected to open in 2017. Orlando Sentinel editorial writer and columnist Darryl Owens a new school in the area will help bring the community together. Orlando Sentinel editorial writer and columnist Darryl Owens a new school in the area will help bring the community together.
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Gordon Smith and his crew flag down passing cars to park in his grass lot along South Street. Photo: Brendan Byrne
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In Shadow Of Citrus Bowl, Savvy Residents Sell Parking Spots


During any event downtown, parking is a bear. Even though the city of Orlando is building new sports and entertainment venues – parking remains a hot commodity. That led some business savvy residents of the Parramore neighborhood to cash in on the city’s lack of spots. But does the practice represents a darker side of development in the community?
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Parishioners rejoice at Faith Deliverance Temple. Photo by Amy Green
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In Parramore, The Church That Stood Up To City Hall And Won


Orlando was poised to break ground on a new $155 million Major League Soccer stadium when something got in the way: Faith Deliverance Temple. The 100-member congregation refused to give up its Parramore home for the stadium that city leaders vowed would bring an economic revival to the chronically distressed community. Faith Deliverance Temple was the church that stood up to City Hall and won.
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