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‘Rebirth of aviation’
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
Imagine a world where a farmer could obtain a bird’s eye view of his crops without stepping an inch off the ground. Imagine a city official being able to survey … read more.
Commercial camera in the sky
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
Every forecast in Florida in the summer says sunny … at least partly. It was the same last week at the Florida Air Museum when the forecast was for Unmanned … read more.
The question of immigrants
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
What should we do with immigrants who are residing in America illegally? Should we deport them? Grant them amnesty? Build a wall to keep them out? During this year’s election, … read more.
Wanda Young’s passing called end of an era
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
It didn’t matter from whatever walk or station in life, Wanda P. Young, of Alturas, touched the lives of many and they showed up in force the morning of July 7 … read more.
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Solano: Completely shocked, stunned
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
Most teachers aren’t ready to head back to school yet, but one Highlands Grove Elementary School teacher didn’t mind on Monday. She was there to meet the press and bask in her newly won title as Florida Teacher of the … read more.

Woman is taking aim at gun safety
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
A mother’s worst nightmare became a reality when a 31-year-old Jacksonville woman was shot by her 4-year-old son. Surviving the freak accident on March 8 changed her life and launched her mission to promote gun safety. “I hope that I … read more.

Bok Academy wins first place
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
After competing for three consecutive years, Bok Tower Academy students have won first place on the state level in a robotics programming competition, with the opportunity to compete in the nationals this August. The competition is part of a nationwide … read more.

Students fighting citrus greening
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
Florida currently faces two problems. First, citrus production has been on the decline due to Huanglongbing — HLB — disease, or “citrus greening,” thus posing a risk to the state’s economy. Second, test scores in science have been lingering among … read more.

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State, National and World News
Police: Woman found dead, daughter charged
Mon  Jul 25 2016 01:19AM
ELLENVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — The mother of a sex worker whose disappearance led to the discovery of 10 sets of human remains strewn along Long Island’s Gilgo Beach was found dead in her apartment and another daughter has been charged … read more.

16-year-old girl charged in Florida man’s death
Mon  Jul 25 2016 01:19AM
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A 16-year-old Southwest Florida girl is back in the state after being charged in the death of a former neighbor. The Lee County Sheriff’s office says the Fort Myers girl was originally named as an … read more.

Police: Video shows Florida man raping unconscious woman
Sun  Jul 24 2016 08:35PM
GAINESVILLE, (AP) — A 34-year-old man was captured on a video raping a 19-year-old unconscious woman behind a trash bin outside a Florida restaurant, police said Friday. The video shows Christopher Shaw raping the woman early Thursday before two witnesses … read more.

Iran confirms Iranian-American has been detained
Mon  Jul 25 2016 01:19AM
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s judiciary has confirmed the detention of an Iranian-American who was visiting family in Iran, the country’s semi-official ISNA news agency reported Sunday. The report did not name the Iranian-American involved or say when he was … read more.

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