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Full gallery »Naples' Anderson Quartet practices for Fischoff competition

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Music coach John T. Posadas works with, from let to right Misty Drake, Noelle Torres, Tarik Marques and Cassie Drake as the quartet practice at Artis-Naples on April 9, 2014 in Naples. The group members, who named themselves Anderson Quartet, will compete in this year's Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in May.
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Cassie Drake rehearses with Tarik Marques, left, Noelle Torres, far left, and Misty Drake, right, at Artis-Naples on April 9, 2014. The Anderson Quartet is getting ready to compete in this year's Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.
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Cassie Drake, right, and Tarik Marques rehearse with their quartet, the Anderson quartet, in preparation for the 2014 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition on April 9, 2014 at Artis-Naples.
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Misty Drake makes notes on her sheet music following directions from her coach, John T. Posadas, during practice at Artis-Naples on April 9, 2014 in Naples.
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Music coach John T. Posadas works with, from let to right Misty Drake, Noelle Torres, Tarik Marques and Cassie Drake as the quartet practice at Artis-Naples on April 9, 2014 in Naples. The group members, who named themselves Anderson Quartet, will compete in this year's Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in May.
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Cassie Drake looks at her sister, Misty Drake, as they practice for this year's Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition with their quartet at Artis-Naples on April 9, 2014 in Naples.


Full gallery »Golden Apple teacher Frederick Rimmler II

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Jovenel Benjamin watches a lecture during an honors physics class at Immokalee High School on April 10, 2014. Golden Apple teacher Frederick Rimmler II records lectures for students, giving them a chance to follow along at their own pace and repeat lessons when needed.
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Honors physics students in Frederick Rimmler II's class at Immokalee High School watch a pre-recorded lecture on April 10, 2014 in Immokalee.
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Honors physics students at Immokalee High learn from YouTube lectures on iPads recorded by Golden Apple teacher Frederick Rimmler II on April 10, 2014. Students said the videos allow them to learn at their own pace and review steps without fear of interrupting a lesson.
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Laura Flores watches a lecture during an honors physics class at Immokalee High School on April 10, 2014. Golden Apple teacher Frederick Rimmler II records lectures for students, giving them a chance to follow along at their own pace and repeat lessons when needed.
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Honors physics students at Immokalee High learn from YouTube lectures on iPads recorded by Golden Apple teacher Frederick Rimmler II on April 10, 2014. Students said the videos allow them to learn at their own pace and review steps without fear of interrupting a lesson.
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Golden Apple teacher Frederick Rimmler II speaks to students as they file out of their physics class at Immokalee High School on April 10, 2014.


Full gallery »The Alamo shooting range

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A statue of Davy Crockett will welcome customers to the Alamo, a new gun range under construction that's set to open this summer on Vanderbilt Beach Rd. in Naples.
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Construction superintendent Bruno Gomez, left, goes over blueprints with Don Montgomery, as they work inside a new gun range set to open this summer on Vanderbilt Beach Rd. on April 15, 2014 in Naples. The Alamo will include a VIP room with couches and a conference room for events.
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Robert Marcum, owner of Lotus Gunworks, poses for a portrait inside his new shooting range, the Alamo, on Vanderbilt Beach Rd. in Naples on April 15, 2014.
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Working behind a statue of Davy Crockett, workers construct an awning for the Alamo, a new gun range set to open this summer on Vanderbilt Beach Rd. in Naples, on April 15, 2014.
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Workers construct a target practice room at the Alamo on April 15, 2014 in Naples. The new shooting range is set to open this summer.
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An upstairs target practice room under construction is pictured at the Alamo, a new shooting range set to open this summer in Naples, on April 15, 2014.


Full gallery »Fitness trainier Jennifer Molter

  • Jennifer Molter works out at Delta Valley Athletic Club in Brentwood, California, Thursday, April 3, 2014. Jennifer Molter was 16 when she was the lone survivor of a high speed boat crash off of Marco Island  that killed her mother, brother, sister and sister's fiancee in 2007. Jennifer now lives in Brentwood, California with her boyfriend and works at a gym as a trainer and has started a new fitness project called Weight Endurance. Ramin Rahimian/Special to the Naples Daily News
  • Jennifer Molter works out at Delta Valley Athletic Club in Brentwood, California, Thursday, April 3, 2014. Jennifer Molter was 16 when she was the lone survivor of a high speed boat crash off of Marco Island  that killed her mother, brother, sister and sister's fiancee in 2007. Jennifer now lives in Brentwood, California with her boyfriend and works at a gym as a trainer and has started a new fitness project called Weight Endurance. Ramin Rahimian/Special to the Naples Daily News
  • Jennifer Molter works out at Delta Valley Athletic Club in Brentwood, California, Thursday, April 3, 2014. Jennifer Molter was 16 when she was the lone survivor of a high speed boat crash off of Marco Island  that killed her mother, brother, sister and sister's fiancee in 2007. Jennifer now lives in Brentwood, California with her boyfriend and works at a gym as a trainer and has started a new fitness project called Weight Endurance. Ramin Rahimian/Special to the Naples Daily News
  • Jennifer Molter works out at Delta Valley Athletic Club in Brentwood, California, Thursday, April 3, 2014. Jennifer Molter was 16 when she was the lone survivor of a high speed boat crash off of Marco Island  that killed her mother, brother, sister and sister's fiancee in 2007. Jennifer now lives in Brentwood, California with her boyfriend and works at a gym as a trainer and has started a new fitness project called Weight Endurance. Ramin Rahimian/Special to the Naples Daily News
  • Jennifer Molter and her boyfriend Jeremy Clavier wait for their food at a Mexican restaurant in Brentwood, California, Thursday, April 3, 2014. Jennifer Molter was 16 when she was the lone survivor of a high speed boat crash off of Marco Island  that killed her mother, brother, sister and sister's fiancee in 2007. Jennifer now lives in Brentwood, California with her boyfriend and works at a gym as a trainer and has started a new fitness project called Weight Endurance. Ramin Rahimian/Special to the Naples Daily News
  • Jennifer Molter and her boyfriend Jeremy Clavier have dinner at a Mexican restaurant in Brentwood, California, Thursday, April 3, 2014. Jennifer Molter was 16 when she was the lone survivor of a high speed boat crash off of Marco Island  that killed her mother, brother, sister and sister's fiancee in 2007. Jennifer now lives in Brentwood, California with her boyfriend and works at a gym as a trainer and has started a new fitness project called Weight Endurance. Ramin Rahimian/Special to the Naples Daily News


Full gallery »Preschoolers hunt for Easter eggs at Bonita Springs' The Terraces

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Bethany Bradford searches for treat-filled Easter eggs during a Growing Room Child Development Centers field trip to the The Terraces at Bonita Springs retirement community on April 16, 2014.
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The Terraces at Bonita Springs resident Dorothy Guigon sits in an Easter bunny costume while waiting to take photos with four and five-year-olds from Growing Room child care at the retirement community on April 16, 2014.
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Adraina(CQ) Gruner, 5, looks up at the Easter bunny after receiving a treat-filled egg during a Growing Room Child Development Centers field trip to the The Terraces at Bonita Springs retirement home on April 16, 2014.
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Before setting out to hunt for Easter eggs, Angelique Castro and McKenzi Forest speak with the Easter bunny during a Growing Room Child Development Centers field trip to the The Terraces at Bonita Springs retirement community on April 16, 2014.
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Growing Room Child Development Centers preschoolers line up to pose for a group photo with the Easter bunny before an egg hunt at The Terraces at Bonita Springs retirement community on April 16, 2014.
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Ray Ryan speaks with preschoolers from the Growing Room child care center following an Easter egg hunt set up by The Terraces at Bonita Springs residents at the retirement community on April 16, 2016.


Full gallery »Ferry sinks in South Korea

  • South Korean coast guard officers and rescue team members try to rescue passengers from the ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled Wednesday to rescue more than 470 people, including 325 high school students on a school trip, after a ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Hyung Min-woo) KOREA OUT
  • South Korean coast guard officers try to rescue passengers from ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled Wednesday to rescue more than 470 people, including 325 high school students on a school trip, after the ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast. (AP Photo/Hyung Min-woo, Yonhap) KOREA OUT
  • In this photo released by Jeollanamdo via Yonhap News Agency, South Korean rescue team boats and fishing boats try to rescue passengers of a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 477, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast. (AP Photo/Jeollanamdo via Yonhap) KOREA OUT
  • In this image taken from video from Mokpo Coast Guard, passengers from a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, are rescued by South Korean Coast guard in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after the ferry carrying 477, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUT
  • Parents wait for a bus to meet with their children rescued from a ferry that sank off the country's southern coast, at Danwon high school in Ansan, South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled to rescue more than 470 people, including 325 students on a school trip from the high school, after the ferry sank earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
  • A rescued passenger from a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, is carried by rescue teams on his arrival at Jindo port in Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Dozens of military boats and helicopters scrambled Wednesday to rescue more than 470 people, including 325 high school students on a school trip, after the ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast, officials said. (AP Photo/Park Chul-heung, Yonhap) KOREA OUT

A ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing.



Full gallery »Bonita Springs dog beach

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Allison Higgins, of Cape Coral, plays with new friends Gunner, right, and QB, center, of Lehigh Acres, as her dog, Sailor, entertains himself with a ball at the Lee County Parks & Recreation Dog Beach in Bonita Springs on April 15, 2014.
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Blitz, of Lehigh Acres, tries to grab a ball from owner Chad McCumber's hand at the Lee County Parks & Recreation Dog Beach in Bonita Springs on April 15, 2014.
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Blitz, of Lehigh Acres, gets ready to leave the Lee County Parks & Recreation Dog Beach in Bonita Springs on April 15, 2014.
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Mary McCumber, of Lehigh Acres, watches over her dogs Gunner, left and Blitz, right, as they play with new friend Sailor, center, of Cape Coral, at the Lee County Parks & Recreation Dog Beach in Bonita Springs on April 15, 2014.
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Chad McCumber, of Lehigh Acres, rinses off his dog, Blitz, following an afternoon at the Lee County Parks & Recreation Dog Beach in Bonita Springs on April 15, 2014.


Full gallery »Marco Island airport reopens

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- Following a three-month, $6.2 million renovation, Marco Island Executive Airport re-opened with a brand new runway on April 14, 2014.
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- Seasonal Naples resident Jerry Karschner, of Wellsboro, Penn., covers his twin-engine Aero Commander after being one of the first few pilots to fly into the Marco Island Executive Airport after it reopened Monday, April 14, 2014. A $6.2 million overhaul closed the airport for three months.
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- An airplane lands at Marco Island Executive Airport on its first day reopened on April 14, 2014 following a three-month, $6.2 million renovation
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- Following a three-month, $6.2 million renovation, Marco Island Executive Airport reopened with a brand new runway on April 14, 2014.
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- A helicopter lands at Marco Island Executive Airport on the airport's first day reopened following a three-month, $6.2 million renovation on April 14, 2014.
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- Seasonal Naples resident Jerry Karschner, of Wellsboro, Penn., covers his twin-engine Aero Commander after being one of the first few pilots to fly into the Marco Island Executive Airport after it reopened Monday, April 14, 2014. A $6.2 million overhaul closed the airport for three months.


Full gallery »Belushi's nightclub opens

  • Served by Andrea Machak, this signature 'Hot & Dirty' cocktail is made with Dan Aykroyd's Crystal Head vodka. Belushi's, a new nightclub, opens to the public on Wednesday, April 16, in south Fort Myers. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • This signature 'Hot & Dirty' cocktail is made with Dan Aykroyd's Crystal Head vodka. Belushi's, a new nightclub, opens to the public on Wednesday, April 16, in south Fort Myers. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • In homage to the classic 'Saturday Night Live' bit, the menu is limited to one item - 'cheezborgers.' Belushi's, a new nightclub, opens to the public on Wednesday, April 16, in south Fort Myers. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Belushi's nightclub opens Wednesday, April 16, above the Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery, which recently opened on U.S. 41 in south Fort Myers.
  • Belushi's, a new nightclub, opens to the public on Wednesday, April 16, in south Fort Myers. The club caters to baby boomers, older than the typical bar crowd. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Belushi's, a new nightclub, features an open-air rooftop patio. The club opens to the public on Wednesday, April 16, in south Fort Myers. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News

Belushi's nightclub opens to the public Wednesday, April 16, on U.S. 41 in south Fort Myers.



Full gallery »Giant U.S. flag in North Naples

  • Two workers re-attach panels to the outside of the cell phone tower at the Naples Italian American Club in November 2005. The crew was swapping antennas and adding lines to the tower, which is disguised as a flagpole. Daily News file
  • On Friday morning, the Italian flag flies at the Naples Italian American Foundation, but the huge American flag is missing from its 135-foot pole in North Naples. Late Friday afternoon, a smaller U.S. flag was erected. Photo by Tim Aten
  • Hardware is exposed near the top of 135-foot flagpole at Naples Italian American Foundation after heavy winds blew two 10-foot fiberglass panels off the pole, which is actually a cell phone tower. Photo by Tim Aten
  • A 10-foot fiberglass panel lies just outside the enclosure for the cell phone tower flagpole, background, at Naples Italian American Foundation after heavy winds blew it off the 135-foot structure. Photo by Tim Aten
  • A fenced-in area hides the communications equipment at the base of the 135-foot cell phone tower that is disguised as a flagpole at the Naples Italian American Foundation on the  southwest corner of Airport-Pulling Road and Orange Blossom Drive in North Naples. Photo by Tim Aten
  • A sign on the gate for the enclosure beneath the 135-cell phone tower disguised as a flagpole at the Naples Italian American Foundation on the southwest corner of Airport-Pulling Road and Orange Blossom Drive in North Naples. Photo by Tim Aten

For many years, until recently, a massive American flag flew over the Naples Italian American Club Foundation in North Naples.



Full gallery »Burgers & Bubbles at The Promenade

  • DONN BROWN/SPECIAL TO THE NAPLES DAILY NEWS -             Melissa Sorochen, right, looks on as her daughters, Lyla, 3, and Emmy,1, enjoy eating hotdogs during the Promenade at Bonita Bay's first burger competition, 'Burgers & Bubbles', on Saturday April 12th, 2014. Proceeds from the event will be used to help area residents during a crisis.
  • DONN BROWN/SPECIAL TO THE NAPLES DAILY NEWS -           The Casino of Immokalee served up a variety of burgers during the Promenade at Bonita Bay's first burger competition, 'Burgers & Bubbles', on Saturday April 12th, 2014. Proceeds from the event will be used to help area residents during a crisis.
  • DONN BROWN/SPECIAL TO THE NAPLES DAILY NEWS -           David Crowther, center, of  Ft. Myers, watches his sons, sawyer, 4, left, and Brayden, 5, eat ice-cream sandwiches at the Promenade at Bonita Bay's first burger competition, 'Burgers & Bubbles', on Saturday April 12th, 2014. Proceeds from the event will be used to help area residents during a crisis.
  • DONN BROWN/SPECIAL TO THE NAPLES DAILY NEWS -           John Chirich, of Naples, holds his 1-year-old grandson Luke's arms as the toddler dances to music during the Promenade at Bonita Bay's first burger competition, 'Burgers & Bubbles', on Saturday April 12th, 2014. Proceeds from the event will be used to help area residents during a crisis.
  • DONN BROWN/SPECIAL TO THE NAPLES DAILY NEWS -           Fade Away Sports  Bar & Grill offered their burgers at the Promenade at Bonita Bay's first burger competition, 'Burgers & Bubbles', on Saturday April 12th, 2014. Proceeds from the event will be used to help area residents during a crisis.
  • DONN BROWN/SPECIAL TO THE NAPLES DAILY NEWS -           Nick Caruso, right, owner of Caruso's Eats & Treats, prepares a burger while his friend, Justin Southard, helps out at the grill during the Promenade at Bonita Bay's first burger competition, 'Burgers & Bubbles', on Saturday April 12th, 2014. Proceeds from the event will be used to help area residents during a crisis.


Full gallery »Barron Collier exceptional education student's night at prom

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- Barron Collier High School senior Claire Shoults poses for a photo with her date, sophomore John John Stebbins, during their schools prom on Saturday night at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club.
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- John John Stebbins, a Barron Collier High School exceptional student education student, dances with his prom date, Claire Shoults, at the school's prom.
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- Claire Shoults waits for John John Stebbins and teaching assistant Houston Harvey outside the bathroom during the Barron Collier High School prom on April 12, 2014. Stebbins didn't want to accompany Harvey unless his date came along.
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- Naples resident John Stebbins calms his son, John John Stebbins, at their Naples home as he prepares the 15-year-old with cerebral palsy for the Barron Collier High School prom.
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- Barron Collier High School student Claire Shoults talks to a friend on the phone while getting ready for her senior prom Saturday night.
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- Naples resident John Stebbins dresses his son, 15-year-old John John Stebbins, at the home in preparation for the Barron Collier High School prom.


Full gallery »Golden Apple teacher Ryan Shore

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Pelican Marsh Elementary teacher Ryan Shore speaks to his fourth grade students before they break into groups to work on a district STEM competition project on April 4, 2014 in Naples.
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Pelican Marsh Elementary teacher Ryan Shore works with, from left to right, Aiden Nolasco, Lauren Franklin, Isaac Dorio and Jake Gunther as they use littleBits circuit boards to work on a district STEM competition project on April 4, 2014 in Naples.
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Pelican Marsh Elementary teacher Ryan Shore watches his fourth grade students test a littleBits circuit board while working on a district STEM competition project on April 4, 2014 in Naples.
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Pelican Marsh Elementary teacher Ryan Shore speaks to his fourth grade students before they break into groups to work on a district STEM competition project on April 4, 2014 in Naples.
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Ryan Shore's Golden Apple award sits on a shelf in his classroom at Pelican Marsh Elementary in Naples.


Full gallery »Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony 2014

  • FILE - This Dec. 13, 1993 file photo shows Kurt Cobain of the Seattle band Nirvana performing in Seattle, Wash. Nirvana, which changed music and fashion in the 1990s with the punk rock-inspired grunge sound, is joining the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a class with Kiss, Peter Gabriel and Hall & Oates. Nirvana is being inducted in its first year of eligibility. The trio's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' hit like a thunderclap upon its 1991 release, briefly making the Pacific Northwest rock's hottest scene before the band ended abruptly with singer Kurt Cobain's suicide in 1994. (AP Photo/Robert Sorbo, File)
  • Hall of Fame Inductee Dave Grohl and Joan Jett perform at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Thursday, April, 10, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
  • Hall of Fame Inductee Cat Stevens performs at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Thursday, April, 10, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
  • Hall of Fame Inductee Cat Stevens speaks at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Thursday, April, 10, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
  • Hall of Fame Inductees, E Street Band, from left to right, Steven Van Zandt, Nils Lofgren, David Sancious, Garry Tallent, Roy Bittan, Max Weinberg, and Vini Lopez appear in the press room at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Thursday, April, 10, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
  • Hall of Fame inductee Steven Van Zandt appears in the press room at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Thursday, April, 10, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

Kiss, Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt and the E Street Band were among those inducted April 10, 2014, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.



Full gallery »Easter chocolates at Norman Love Confections

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Molly Rothermel shakes excess chocolate out of an Easter egg mold tray at Norman Love Confections in Fort Myers on April 3, 2014. Following this step, the molds will be lined with a layer of chocolate but remain hollow and ready for ganache filling.
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Trays of ganache-filled chocolate eggs sit at the Norman Love Confections workspace as employee Dan Forgey refills a pastry bag at the Fort Myers chocolate shop on April 3, 2014.
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Excess chocolate sits in a bowl after being scraped off of chocolate egg-making trays at Norman Love Confections in Fort Myers on April 3, 2014.
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Chocolate Easter bunnies sit on a tray at Norman Love Confections in Fort Myers on April 3, 2014.
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Dan Forgey laughs while showing off an oversized chocolate egg that will serve as part of an Easter display at Norman Love Confections in Fort Myers on April 3, 2014.
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Molly Rothermel fills airbrushed Easter egg trays with chocolate while making eggs at Norman Love Confections in Fort Myers on April 3, 2014. After filling the molds with chocolate and briefly setting them down, Rothermel shakes out most of the chocolate, leaving a hollow egg that will then be filled with ganache.


Full gallery »Obama offers solace to nation at Fort Hood

  • President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama turn to leave after paying their respects during a memorial ceremony, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Fort Hood Texas, for those killed there in a shooting last week. President Barack Obama is reprising his role as chief comforter as he returns once again to a grief-stricken corner of America to mourn with the families of those killed last week at Fort Hood and offer solace to the nation.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
  • Spc. Kristen Haley, right, the fiancee of Sgt. First Class Daniel Ferguson, who was killed in the Fort Hood shooting, is consoled at the memorial ceremony for the victims of the Fort Hood shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman/MCT)
  • Three Soldiers Crosses for those killed in last week's Fort Hood shooting, from left, Sgt. Danny Ferguson of Mulberry, Fla., Carlos Lazaney-Rodriguez, of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, and Sgt. Timothy Owens of Effingham, Ill, are set in front to the stage as President Barack Obama speaks during a memorial ceremony, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Fort Hood, Texas, for those killed there in a shooting last week. President Barack Obama is reprising his role as chief comforter as he returns once again to a grief-stricken corner of America to mourn with the families of those killed last week at Fort Hood and offer solace to the nation.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
  • President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are greeted by Fort Hood commander Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley, and is wife Hollyanne Milley as they arrive at Robert Gray Army Air Field in Killeen, Texas, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, as they travel to Fort Hood for a memorial service for those killed there in a shooting last week. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
  • Family members and friends comfort each other as the final roll call is called out during a memorial ceremony, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Fort Hood Texas, for those killed there in a shooting last week. President Barack Obama is reprising his role as chief comforter as he returns once again to a grief-stricken corner of America to mourn with the families of those killed last week at Fort Hood and offer solace to the nation.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
  • Part of a Soldiers Cross for Carlos Lazaney-Rodriguez, of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, is set near the stage before a memorial ceremony where President Barack Obama with speak, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Fort Hood, Texas, for those killed there in a shooting last week. President Barack Obama is reprising his role as chief comforter as he returns once again to a grief-stricken corner of America to mourn with the families of those killed last week at Fort Hood and offer solace to the nation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)


Full gallery »Peter Thomas honored at “Honor the Free Press Day”

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Peter Thomas, 89, right, was thanked for his service as both a World War II veteran and a longtime narrator at the 10th Annual Honor the Free Press event, put on by the Naples Press Club and the Marine Corps League of Naples at the Hilton Naples on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Thomas is seen receiving a personalized and autographed copy of Tom Brokaw's book, 'The Greatest Generation,' as well as other gifts from the event's chairman, Mike Trephan. A sold-out crowd of 300 listened to speeches from several community leaders but were awed at Thomas' personal and moving tales, told in his unique, smooth baritone voice. Read a full story and see more pictures from the event in this Saturday's Collier Citizen and The Banner.
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Myra Janco Daniels, left, and others applaud Peter Thomas, right, at the 10th Annual Honor the Free Press event held by the Naples Press Club and the Marine Corps League of Naples at the Hilton Naples on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.
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Peter Thomas, background, salutes during the playing of 'Taps' along with other veterans, following the Honor the Free Press event.
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Peter Thomas, center, salutes during the playing of 'Taps' along with several other veterans following the Honor the Free Press event at the Hilton Naples on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.
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Peter Thomas, right, speaks with a fellow World War II veteran who played the bugle during the Honor the Free Press event.
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Members of the Marine Corps League of Naples stand at attention at the end of the Honor the Free Press event.


Full gallery »New Outback set to open

  • The second Outback Steakhouse in Collier County is set to open April 21, 2014. The new restaurant fronts U.S. 41 East just west of the Freedom Square shopping center in East Naples. Photo by Tim Aten
  • The bar area is almost complete in the new Outback Steakhouse, set to open April 21 in East Naples.
  • The dining area is nearly complete in the new Outback Steakhouse, set to open April 21 in East Naples. Photo by Tim Aten
  • A worker puts finishing touches on the patio for outdoor dining at the new Outback Steakhouse, set to open April 21 in East Naples. Photo by Tim Aten
  • The takeout area is near the patio for outdoor dining at the new Outback Steakhouse, set to open April 21 in East Naples.
  • The second Outback Steakhouse in Collier County is set to open April 21, 2014. The new restaurant fronts U.S. 41 East just west of the Freedom Square shopping center in East Naples. Photo by Tim Aten

The new Outback Steakhouse is set to open April 21 on U.S. 41 East in East Naples.



Full gallery »Lee Memorial Health System's Spine Center

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Abby Rosman gets ready to leave a doctor's appointment at Lee Memorial Health System's back and spine center on April 2, 2014 in Fort Myers. A recently remodeled portion of the outpatient center's second floor now provides an array of back pain services, which means patients can be diagnosed, scanned and treated in one place.
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Abby Rosman speaks with Dr. Gene Mahaney during a visit to Lee Memorial Health System's back and spine center on April 2, 2014 in Fort Myers. A car accident that injured Rosman's heel has left her unable to work and led to an array of other physical pain problems.
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Abby Rosman speaks with a nurse following a visit to Lee Memorial Health System's back and spine center on April 2, 2014 in Fort Myers. A recently remodeled portion of the outpatient center's second floor now provides an array of back pain services, which means patients can be diagnosed, scanned and treated in one place.
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Dr. Gene Mahaney speaks with patient Abby Rosman during a visit to Lee Memorial Health System's back and spine center on April 2, 2014 in Fort Myers. A recently remodeled portion of the outpatient center's second floor now provides an array of back pain services, which means patients can be diagnosed, scanned and treated in one place.
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Abby Rosman speaks with Dr. Gene Mahaney during a visit to Lee Memorial Health System's back and spine center on April 2, 2014 in Fort Myers. A recently remodeled portion of the outpatient center's second floor now provides an array of back pain services, which means patients can be diagnosed, scanned and treated in one place.
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Abby Rosman speaks with Dr. Gene Mahaney during a visit to Lee Memorial Health System's back and spine center on April 2, 2014 in Fort Myers. A recently remodeled portion of the outpatient center's second floor now provides an array of back pain services, which means patients can be diagnosed, scanned and treated in one place.


Full gallery »Naples Pier

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Fernando Reyes, 11, left, looks at his uncle, Pedro Armendariz, buried in the sand, Saturday April 5, 2014 at the Naples Pier. The tourist hotspot is in need of an overhaul as replaced boards dot the jetty's boardwalk. Currently, the city allows $200,000 in tourist taxes for repairs. However, a proposed plan to overhaul the aquatic edifice would cost $892,000. The city hopes to obtain a second tourist development grant to pay the difference of $692,000, while retaining the repair budget.
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Graffiti is seen on the railing Saturday April 5, 2014 at the Naples Pier. The tourist hotspot is in need of an overhaul as replaced boards dot the jetty's boardwalk. Currently, the city allows $200,000 in tourist taxes for repairs. However, a proposed plan to overhaul the aquatic edifice would cost $892,000. The city hopes to obtain a second tourist development grant to pay the difference of $692,000, while retaining the repair budget.
  • Corey Perrine/Staff 
Saturday April 5, 2014 at the Naples Pier. The tourist hotspot is in need of an overhaul as replaced boards dot the jetty's boardwalk. Currently, the city allows $200,000 in tourist taxes for repairs. However, a proposed plan to overhaul the aquatic edifice would cost $892,000. The city hopes to obtain a second tourist development grant to pay the difference of $692,000, while retaining the repair budget.
  • Corey Perrine/Staff 
Patrons are seen enjoying the Gulf of Mexico Saturday April 5, 2014 at the Naples Pier. The tourist hotspot is in need of an overhaul as replaced boards dot the jetty's boardwalk, seen left. Currently, the city allows $200,000 in tourist taxes for repairs. However, a proposed plan to overhaul the aquatic edifice would cost $892,000. The city hopes to obtain a second tourist development grant to pay the difference of $692,000, while retaining the repair budget.
  • Corey Perrine/Staff 
Patrons use the pier as a walkway and as shade Saturday April 5, 2014 at the Naples Pier. The tourist hotspot is in need of an overhaul as replaced boards dot the jetty's boardwalk. Currently, the city allows $200,000 in tourist taxes for repairs. However, a proposed plan to overhaul the aquatic edifice would cost $892,000. The city hopes to obtain a second tourist development grant to pay the difference of $692,000, while retaining the repair budget.
  • Corey Perrine/Staff 
A brown pelican waits for fish scraps to be tossed Saturday April 5, 2014 at the Naples Pier. The tourist hotspot is in need of an overhaul as replaced boards dot the jetty's boardwalk. Currently, the city allows $200,000 in tourist taxes for repairs. However, a proposed plan to overhaul the aquatic edifice would cost $892,000. The city hopes to obtain a second tourist development grant to pay the difference of $692,000, while retaining the repair budget.



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