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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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Brazil police arrest last suspect in Olympics terrorism case
Tue  Jul 26 2016 01:19AM
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Police arrested the last suspect wanted so far in a case of Brazilian sympathizers of the Islamic State who allegedly discussed attacking the Olympic Games next month in Rio de Janeiro. The Federal Police said … read more.

Florida mourns again
Tue  Jul 26 2016 08:30AM
Two people are dead, including a 14-year-old boy and a Lehigh Senior High School basketball star, and up to 16 are injured following a deadly shooting early Monday morning during a party at Club Blu in Fort Myers. The Fort … read more.

Surgeon general: Precaution best method to fight Zika
Tue  Jul 26 2016 01:19AM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy toured a mosquito control facility in Orlando on Monday and said now is the time to start taking precautions … read more.

Elderly veteran held as hostage in motel for years
Tue  Jul 26 2016 01:19AM
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Veterans’ organizations have reached out to help a Korean War-era veteran who authorities say was held hostage in a motel room for four years by a man who stole his benefit checks. Groups in New York, … read more.

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