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The week ahead in state and local government: April 14 to April 18

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 4:37pm
Here's a look at some of the events and major state and Southwest Florida government meetings that could generate news reports in the coming week.

SW Florida weather: Expect a sunny, toasty Sunday

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 9:18am
The warmth stays bottled up over Southwest Florida today as temperatures soar into the upper 80s across much of the region.

Guest column: John Grant: THE ISSUE IS LIFE

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 4:00am
THE ISSUE IS LIFE

Guest column: 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 4:00am
By Rev. Michael Orsi Naples Research Fellow in Law and Religion Ave Maria School of Law On April 8 the world commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide.

Guest column: Guadalupe Center: LOOK HOW FAR WE'VE COME!

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 4:00am
By Julie AccorsiniImmokalee Child Care CenterBoard member and development chairmanThe Immokalee Child Care Center is celebrating its 50th anniversary!

Guest column: Ed Moore: America is setting the performance bar far too low

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 4:00am
By Ed MooreTallahasseeI know it seems early, but talk about the 2016 presidential election has already begun.

Guest column: Common Core is not the answer

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 4:00am
By Elizabeth Anne Garcia, MBAEsteroFounder and head of schoolDiscovery Day Academy, Bonita SpringsAchieving the intended student outcomes of the Common Core requires more than the addition of thought-provoking learning standards.

Guest column: 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 4:00am
By Rev. Michael Orsi Naples Research Fellow in Law and Religion Ave Maria School of Law On April 8 the world commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide.

Guest column: Guadalupe Center: LOOK HOW FAR WE'VE COME!

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 4:00am
By Julie AccorsiniImmokalee Child Care CenterBoard member and development chairmanThe Immokalee Child Care Center is celebrating its 50th anniversary!

Guest column: Con artists -- Florida was built on them

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 4:00am
By Patrick Neale

Letter to the Editor: Now’s the time to be known

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 6:00am
Well council now has received bids for the construction of the new Smokehouse Bay Bridge – and they are looking at beginning construction June 1. Not much time to make some critical decisions. Yes they can decide which bid to accept, whether or not to seek a separate bid for the landscaping, and how to finance the construction along with other details – but what about whether or not to close the bridge entirely for a full year? That should be a real concern for each of us.

Letter to the Editor: Supports the Marriott expansion

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 6:00am
My wife and I have lived on South Collier Boulevard between the Marriott and the Hilton hotels, year round, for the past 18 years. I travel that road a minimum of twice a day year round (over 700 times per year) and I can tell you that the biggest hold up from vehicles is not at the Marriott.

SW Florida: More great weather for weekend

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 5:37am
Our nice weather continues Friday and through the weekend with mostly sunny skies.

Marco Island's annual Easter Sunrise Service beckons the faithful

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 4:00am
They prepare in the wee early mornings, in the quiet solitude of their homes. The only light coming from an iPad or computer screen. They listen and reflect, thinking of God and his resurrection. For three Island clergymen, it's a form of preparation for

Guest column: Jack Tymann: Enough dirty politics is enough

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 4:00am
The negative politics in the current GOP special primary for the US House of Representatives in our District has reached new lows.

Exclusive: Former Collier schoolteacher sentenced to two years in prison in kidnapping case

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 5:55pm
Judge Gail Feuer sentenced Donald Byrd, 59, to two years in state prison as part of the plea agreement. The mother and grandparents of Zachary Byrd had been in a contentious custody battle for years before Zachary’s disappearance.

Family Dollar to cut jobs, close about 370 stores; fate of local ones unknown

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 1:59pm
Family Dollar plans to cut some jobs and close about 370 underperforming stores as it tries to reverse sagging sales and earnings. The discount store operator will also lower prices on about 1,000 basic items.

Stephen Colbert to succeed David Letterman on ‘Late Show’

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:20pm
Comedian Stephen Colbert will be the next host of “The Late Show.” CBS said Thursday that the “Colbert Report” star will take over hosting duties for the long-running late-night talk franchise when David Letterman retires in 2015.

Marco Players Children's Theater presents 'The Odd Couple'

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:58am
The Odd Couple, a classic comedy that earned Neil Simon his first Tony Award premiered on Broadway in 1965. Two mismatched roommates, an uptight, neat freak newswriter, Felix Unger is thrown out by his wife and moves in with his friend Oscar Madison, a me

Marco Relay for Life: All-night walk moves to Mackle Park, with help from many

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:35am
Cancer is both personal and universal. It attacks people one by one, disrupting the normal functioning of the body, but also unites people through their shared response. Everyone, it seems, has been touched by this deadly disease, has a loved one or famil