A young adult manatee comes to the surface for air in a black murky lagoon on the Little Econlockhatchee River at Jay Blanchard Park near Orlando, Florida. To get to Blanchard Park, the 7½- to 8½-foot-long animal had to travel 25 miles from the St. Johns River up the forest-lined Econlockhatchee River and the largely urban Little Econlockhatchee River. Not only do the two rivers twist and turn countless times, some stretches are often too shallow to float even a kayak. For now, the adventurer seems content to hang out less than 10 miles from downtown Orlando, by a YMCA. Surprised state authorities have never seen one of the endangered species there and are considering whether to catch and haul it back to the St. Johns River. Read the entire story here. (Photos by Red Huber, Orlando Sentinel)

Shooting Fireworks for the Fourth, Part II

A gallery of firework pictures at Central Florida theme parks, from Sentinel photographer Joe Burbank — plus tips on how to photograph nighttime pyrotechnics with your own camera.

Shooting Fireworks for the Fourth, Part II

A gallery of firework pictures at Central Florida theme parks, from Sentinel photographer Joe Burbank — plus tips on how to photograph nighttime pyrotechnics with your own camera.


Severe weather spawned by Tropical Storm Debby destroyed a home’s pool enclosure on Shore Drive in Winter Garden.
Severe weather spawned by Tropical Storm Debby destroyed a home’s pool enclosure on Shore Drive in Winter Garden.
Dino Cannon’s distraught parents, Dino V. Cannon and Daphne, make a tearful plea Saturday, June 16, 2012, for information related to the Texas high school graduate’s shooting death Friday morning at downtown Orlando’s Club Limelite. (Photo by Stephen M. Dowell, Orlando Sentinel)

Dino Cannon’s distraught parents, Dino V. Cannon and Daphne, make a tearful plea Saturday, June 16, 2012, for information related to the Texas high school graduate’s shooting death Friday morning at downtown Orlando’s Club Limelite. (Photo by Stephen M. Dowell, Orlando Sentinel)

Bear moves on from Winter Park museum grounds

The black bear that wandered into the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens in Winter Park over the weekend has apparently moved on.

Read the story and watch video

The Palm Tree Santas drill team features veterans from across Florida who perform colorful precision marching. The Santas marched down First Street in Sanford, Florida, on Monday, May 28, 2012, for the city’s annual Memorial Day parade. (George Skene, Orlando Sentinel)

The Palm Tree Santas drill team features veterans from across Florida who perform colorful precision marching. The Santas marched down First Street in Sanford, Florida, on Monday, May 28, 2012, for the city’s annual Memorial Day parade. (George Skene, Orlando Sentinel)

The newly refurbished Lake Eola Park fountain is tested late in the evening of Wednesday, June 28, 2011. (Stephen M. Dowell, Orlando Sentinel)
More pictures: Lake Eola fountain through the years

The newly refurbished Lake Eola Park fountain is tested late in the evening of Wednesday, June 28, 2011. (Stephen M. Dowell, Orlando Sentinel)

More pictures: Lake Eola fountain through the years

Robert Champion and FAMU hazing

The Strike Finder was created specifically for the iPhone to allow users to capture everything from lightning strikes to fireworks.

The Strike Finder was created specifically for the iPhone to allow users to capture everything from lightning strikes to fireworks.

Listen to our playlist: Our readers’ favorite Donna Summer songs

Here is our Spotify memorial playlist for the Queen of Disco, Donna Summer, who passed away Thursday at 63. Thank you for your song suggestions, everyone.

Hear the songs you chose as your favorites.

Donna Summer performs during a taping of the VH1 special “VH1 Divas 2000: A Tribute to Diana Ross” in New York’s Madison Square Garden in this April 9, 2000, file photograph. Summer died today at age 63 after a battle with cancer, according to multiple news reports. (Photo by Jeff Christensen, Reuters)
Watch: 10 greatest hits by Donna Summer, in videos

Donna Summer performs during a taping of the VH1 special “VH1 Divas 2000: A Tribute to Diana Ross” in New York’s Madison Square Garden in this April 9, 2000, file photograph. Summer died today at age 63 after a battle with cancer, according to multiple news reports. (Photo by Jeff Christensen, Reuters)

Watch: 10 greatest hits by Donna Summer, in videos

CNN photo: George Zimmerman’s great-grandfather was black

A photo aired by CNN shows a black-skinned man that Orlando attorney Mark NeJame says was George Zimmerman's great-grandfather.

It appears to support what Zimmerman’s family has been saying for months: that Zimmerman has black-skinned relatives and was raised in a mixed race family. Read the story here

Some tips on shooting underwater scenes in the marine habitats at SeaWorld, Disney

Snap!

The Snap! Orlando photography festival hits full steam on May 10, but there are a couple of warm-up events this week.

Keanu Neal (532) of South Sumter High School and Darious Johnson (161) of East Gadsden High School both collide with a hurdle and go down in the boys 300 meter hurdles event at the Class 2A FHSAA state track and field championships at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida, on Saturday, April 28, 2012. (Joshua C. Cruey, Orlando Sentinel)

See an entire gallery of photos from the state track meet here.