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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.


Full gallery »Church service honors fallen in Fort Hood shooting

  • Rebecca Gutierrez, Marcus Bates and Daniel Ramirez pray for the victims and families affected by the Fort Hood shooting during a memorial service at the Tabernacle Baptist Church on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Killeen, Texas. On April 2, 2014, three people were killed and 16 were wounded when a gunman opened fire before taking his own life at the Fort Hood military base. (AP Photo/ Tamir Kalifa)
  • Kathy Abad, a military wife, prays for the victims and families affected by the Fort Hood shooting during a memorial service at the Tabernacle Baptist Church on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Killeen, Texas. On April 2, 2014, three people were killed and 16 were wounded when a gunman opened fire before taking his own life at the Fort Hood military base. (AP Photo/ Tamir Kalifa)
  • A congregation of military servicemen and civilians listen to the national anthem during a memorial service for the victims and families affected by the Fort Hood Shooting at the Tabernacle Baptist Church on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Killeen, Texas. On April 2, 2014, three people were killed and 16 were wounded when a gunman opened fire before taking his own life at the Fort Hood military base. (AP Photo/ Tamir Kalifa)
  • Pastor Robert Sperbeck delivers a sermon during a memorial service for the victims and families affected by the Fort Hood Shooting at the Tabernacle Baptist Church on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Killeen, Texas. On April 2, 2014, three people were killed and 16 were wounded when a gunman opened fire before taking his own life at the Fort Hood military base. (AP Photo/ Tamir Kalifa)


Full gallery »Google Glass - Adam Winkle 5th Grade Class

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Adam Winkle is seen talking about his Google Glass before class Thursday, April 3, 2104 at Mike Davis Elementary in Naples. Winkle, a 5th grade teacher, has been has been part of the Google Glass Explorer program that allows him to be part of a new technology in education type of program. The wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display (OHMD) is used in his classroom as he teaches not only for him but class members during certain units of learning, supplementing curriculum.
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Daniel Gutierrez, center, raises his hand wearing Google Glass next to classmates Lanette St. Jean (cq), left, and Christopher Rans, all 11, during class Thursday, April 3, 2104 at Mike Davis Elementary in Naples. Winkle, a 5th grade teacher, has been has been part of the Google Glass Explorer program that allows him to be part of a new technology in education type of program. The wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display (OHMD) is used in his classroom as he teaches not only for him but class members during certain units of learning, supplementing curriculum.
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Yatnna Fernandez (cq), left, films class on an iPad with classmate Yolanda Tomas, both 11, reacting, during class Thursday, April 3, 2104 at Mike Davis Elementary in Naples. Winkle, a 5th grade teacher, has been has been part of the Google Glass Explorer program that allows him to be part of a new technology in education type of program. The wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display (OHMD) is used in his classroom as he teaches not only for him but class members during certain units of learning, supplementing curriculum.
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Adam Winkle films on his iPad while instructing Alex Cherubin, 11, left, during class Thursday, April 3, 2104 at Mike Davis Elementary in Naples. Winkle, a 5th grade teacher, has been has been part of the Google Glass Explorer program that allows him to be part of a new technology in education type of program. The wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display (OHMD) is used in his classroom as he teaches not only for him but class members during certain units of learning, supplementing curriculum.
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Adam Winkle displays a educational video he made at home, shown during class, Thursday, April 3, 2104 at Mike Davis Elementary in Naples. Winkle, a 5th grade teacher, has been has been part of the Google Glass Explorer program that allows him to be part of a new technology in education type of program. The wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display (OHMD) is used in his classroom as he teaches not only for him but class members during certain units of learning, supplementing curriculum.
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during class Thursday, April 3, 2104 at Mike Davis Elementary in Naples. Winkle, a 5th grade teacher, has been has been part of the Google Glass Explorer program that allows him to be part of a new technology in education type of program. The wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display (OHMD) is used in his classroom as he teaches not only for him but class members during certain units of learning, supplementing curriculum.Dukens Senatus, 10, goofs off in the hallway displaying his unique hoodie that zips into a monkey mask.


Full gallery »North Naples Fire District continues advance life support

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- North Naples Fire Control & Rescue District Captain Steve Rodriguez, engineer Mark Miller and firefighter paramedic Chad Watler, left to right, collect their equipment after loading a patient into a Collier County EMS ambulance at the scene of a medical call in the parking lot of North Naples United Methodist Church on March 6, 2014.
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- North Naples Fire Control & Rescue District firefighter paramedic Taylor Kochosky, left, works with Collier County EMS employees to respond to a medical call at a home in the Pelican Bay neighborhood on March 5, 2014.
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- North Naples Fire Control & Rescue District's Pumper 45 responds to a call on March 5, 2014.
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- A bulletin board displays medicines for North Naples Fire Control & Rescue District's firefighter paramedics to familiarize themselves.
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- North Naples Fire Control & Rescue District engineer Robert Loewel, left, and firefighter paramedic Taylor Kochosky respond to a medical call using the organization's Squad 40 vehicle at The Glenview at Pelican Bay assisted living facility on March 5, 2014.
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- A LUCAS2 chest compression system is available to firefighter paramedics with North Naples Fire Control & Rescue District.


Full gallery »Donna Brown sentenced to 8 years in prison

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Donna Brown, 55, looks around the court room during her plea hearing at the Lee County Court House alongside her attorney Wilbur Smith on Friday April 4, 2014. Brown was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading no contest in her DUI manslaughter case. Brown fatally dragged motorcyclist Carl 'Ed' Patrick for nearly 3 miles along U.S. 41 in Estero after striking him with her sport utility vehicle May 9 2013. Brown was also sentenced two years of house arrest, eight years of probation and her driver license will be permanently revoked.
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Donna Brown, 55, enters the court room for her plea hearing at the Lee County Court House on Friday April 4, 2014. Brown was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading no contest in her DUI manslaughter case. Brown fatally dragged motorcyclist Carl 'Ed' Patrick for nearly 3 miles along U.S. 41 in Estero after striking him with her sport utility vehicle May 9 2013. Brown was also sentenced two years of house arrest, eight years of probation and her driver license will be permanently revoked.
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Judge Margaret Steinbeck addresses the court during a plea hearing for Donna Brown, 55, at the Lee County Court House on Friday April 4, 2014. Brown was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading no contest in her DUI manslaughter case. Brown fatally dragged motorcyclist Carl 'Ed' Patrick for nearly 3 miles along U.S. 41 in Estero after striking him with her sport utility vehicle May 9 2013. Brown was also sentenced two years of house arrest, eight years of probation and her driver license will be permanently revoked.
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A bailiff passes along tissues to Donna Brown, 55, as she cries during her plea hearing at the Lee County Courthouse on  Friday April 4, 2014. Brown was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading no contest in her DUI manslaughter case. Brown fatally dragged motorcyclist Carl 'Ed' Patrick for nearly 3 miles along U.S. 41 in Estero after striking him with her sport utility vehicle May 9 2013. Brown was also sentenced two years of house arrest, eight years of probation and her driver license will be permanently revoked.
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The ashes of Carl 'Ed' Patrick sit in the hands of a family member during the plea hearing of Donna Brown. Brown was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading no contest in her DUI manslaughter case at the Lee County Courthouse on Friday April 4, 2014. Brown fatally dragged motorcyclist Carl 'Ed' Patrick for nearly 3 miles along U.S. 41 in Estero after striking him with her sport utility vehicle May 9 2013. Brown was also sentenced two years of house arrest, eight years of probation and her driver license will be permanently revoked.
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Babette Phillips, the daughter of Carl 'Ed' Patrick, weeps as she makes a statement during the plea hearing of Donna Brown. Brown was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading no contest in her DUI manslaughter case at the Lee County Courthouse on Friday April 4, 2014. Brown fatally dragged motorcyclist Patrick for nearly 3 miles along U.S. 41 in Estero after striking him with her sport utility vehicle May 9 2013. Brown was also sentenced two years of house arrest, eight years of probation and her driver license will be permanently revoked.


Full gallery »50-year-old World's Fair relics

  • A space-age tower, center, is viewed between the support pillars of a giant metal globe called the Unisphere, structures remaining from the 1964 World's Fair, on Tuesday April 1, 2014 in the Queens borough of New York.  As this month's 50th anniversary of the 1964 New York World's Fair approaches, a debate has emerged about what to do with some of the fair's most famous structures. The towers topped by flying-saucer-like platforms, and a pavilion of pillars once called the "Tent of Tomorrow," still sit as abandoned relics in the middle of Queens' Flushing Meadows Corona Park.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
  • A space-age tower, left, and a restored giant metal globe called the Unisphere, remain as original structures from the 1964 World's Fair, Tuesday April 1, 2014 in the Queens borough of New York.  A group of preservationists is fighting to save the towers and a pavilion of pillars once called the "Tent of Tomorrow," but others see them as annoying eyesores that should be torn down. Neither option would come cheap: an estimated $14 million for demolition and up to $72 million for renovation.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
  • A space-age tower, left, is viewed near a giant metal globe called the Unisphere, structures remaining from the 1964 World's Fair, on Tuesday April 1, 2014 in the Queens borough of New York.  As this month's 50th anniversary of the 1964 New York World's Fair approaches, a debate has emerged about what to do with some of the fair's most famous structures. The towers topped by flying-saucer-like platforms, and a pavilion of pillars once called the "Tent of Tomorrow," still sit as abandoned relics in the middle of Queens' Flushing Meadows Corona Park.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
  • Space-age towers, topped by flying-saucer-like platforms, and a pavilion of pillars once called the "Tent of Tomorrow" and now a playground for skaters, looms as relics remaining from the 1964 World's Fair, on Tuesday April 1, 2014 in the Queens borough of New York.  As this month's 50th anniversary of the 1964 New York World's Fair approaches, a group of preservationists is fighting to save the pavilion, but others see them as annoying eyesores that should be torn down. Neither option would come cheap: an estimated $14 million for demolition and up to $72 million for renovation.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
  • A foot on a restored statue overhangs a giant metal globe called the Unisphere, both remaining symbols from the 1964 World's Fair, Tuesday April 1, 2014 in the Queens borough of New York.  As this month's 50th anniversary of the 1964 New York World's Fair approaches, a group of preservationists is fighting to other structures some see as annoying eyesores that should be torn down.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
  • A restored statue and a giant metal globe called the Unisphere, are remaining symbols from the 1964 World's Fair, Tuesday April 1, 2014 in the Queens borough of New York.  As this month's 50th anniversary of the 1964 New York World's Fair approaches, a group of preservationists is fighting to other structures some see as annoying eyesores that should be torn down.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Designed for the 1964 World's Fair as sleek, space-age visions of the future, now the structures are abandoned relics, with rusted beams, faded paint and cracked concrete.



Full gallery »Public meeting held in Immokalee on Florida Department of Transportation loop road project

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Immokalee residents chat outside a Sunoco gas station mart on Main St. Thursday afternoon in Immokalee. The Florida Department of Transportation held a public meeting to present options for a proposed loop road to run along Immokalee's outskirts on April 3, 2014.
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Civic leader Fred Thomas speaks with John Doolittle, right, of Handy Food Stores, about possible routes for a proposed loop road to run along the outskirts of Immokalee during a Florida Department of Transportation public meeting in Immokalee on April 3, 2014.
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Residents bike down Immokalee's Main St. on April 3, 2014. A proposed loop road would divert traffic off of the street and around the outskirts of the area.
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One of the upsides of a loop road to divert traffic around the outskirts of Immokalee, say proponents of the project, would be keeping trucks off of the residential New Market St. Here, a truck is seen moving east on New Market St. on April 3, 2014.
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Attendees discuss a possible route for a loop road to divert traffic along the outskirts of Immokalee during a Florida Department of Transportation public meeting in Immokalee on April 3, 2014.
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Cherryle Thomas, from left to right, Andrea Halman, Mariela Romero and Annie Alvarez discuss a proposed loop road to run along the outskirts of Immokalee during a Florida Department of Transportation public meeting on April 3, 2014.


Full gallery »YMCA begins demolition to rebuild after fire

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- Greater Naples YMCA voluntary preschool students Jordan Burton, Emily Preston and Joel Rivera, left to right, watch the demolition of a section of the facility on Wednesday, April 2, 2014  The demolition is part of a renovation project to rebuild the facility following a fire on Labor Day 2013.
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- A section of the Greater Naples YMCA is razed Wednesday, April 2, 2014, as part of a renovation project to rebuild the facility following a fire on Labor Day 2013.
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- Greater Naples YMCA CEO Paul Thein speaks at a ceremony for the beginning of demolition on a section of the facility on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. The construction is part of a renovation project to rebuild the facility following a fire on Labor Day 2013.
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- Children enrolled in child care and voluntary preschool watch the beginning of demolition on a section of the Greater Naples YMCA on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. The construction is part of a renovation project to rebuild the facility following a fire on Labor Day 2013.
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- A section of the Greater Naples YMCA is razed Wednesday, April 2, 2014, as part of a renovation project to rebuild the facility following a fire on Labor Day 2013.
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- Greater Naples YMCA employee Fredo Ramos leads childcare and voluntary preschool students in a chant as a section of the Greater Naples YMCA is razed on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.


Full gallery »Fort Hood shooting

  • Krystina Cassidy, left, and Dianna Simpson attempt to make contact with their husbands who are stationed inside Fort Hood while standing outside of the Bernie Beck Gate on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Fort Hood, Texas. One person was killed and 14 injured in the shooting, and officials at the base said the shooter is believed to be dead. (AP Photo/ Tamir Kalifa)
  • Media wait for an official statement at the Bernie Beck Main Gate at Fort Hood, Texas, on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, following a shooting at the base. (Deborah Cannon/Austin American-Statesman/MCT)
  • A Bell County Sheriff's Department official stands near his vehicle as cars are checked at the Bernie Beck Main Gate at Fort Hood, Texas, on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. (Deborah Cannon/Austin American-Statesman/MCT)
  • President Barack Obama arrives to speak about the shooting at Fort Hood, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
  • U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel receives an update on the phone on the shooting at Fort Hood in Texas, as he was on a tour of the USS Anchorage, an amphibious transport dock ship, with his counterparts from Southeast Asia on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Alex Wong, Pool)
  • A military police officer stops a car at Fort Hood, Texas, after a shooting on the Army base Wednesday, April 2, 2014.  One person was killed and at least 14 injured in a shooting Wednesday at Fort Hood. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Deborah Cannon)  AUSTIN CHRONICLE OUT, COMMUNITY IMPACT OUT, MAGS OUT; NO SALES; INTERNET AND TV MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COM


Full gallery »Use of treble hooks banned at Naples pier

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Fisherman Matt Cheffer switches out a treble hook for a single hook at the Naples pier following a city council vote to ban use of the three-pronged hooks on April 2, 2014. News of the ordinance spread through word-of-mouth, resulting in many anglers switching out their hooks Wednesday evening.
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Conner Phillips, of Naples, shows off a treble hook, which is now banned from use on the Naples pier following a city council vote on April 2, 2014.
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Conner Phillips, of Naples, snaps two hooks off his treble hook in order to comply with a new ordinance banning use of the multi-pronged hooks to fish on the pier on April 2, 2014.
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Fisherman Matt Cheffer switches out a treble hook for a single hook at the Naples pier following a city council vote to ban use of the three-pronged hooks on April 2, 2014. News of the ordinance spread through word-of-mouth, resulting in many anglers switching out their hooks Wednesday evening.
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Kveta Lunacek, of Naples, shows off a treble hook, which is now banned from use on the Naples pier following a city council vote on April 2, 2014.


Full gallery »Sixth grade at Eden Park Elementary

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Sixth graders, left to right, Teonna McCullum, Selena Jarquin-Venegas, Yesenia Ayala and Ashyia Reyes chat in the hallway after lining up for their language arts class at Eden Park Elementary in Immokalee on April 1, 2014.
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Sixth graders Yesica Herrera, left, and Jayden Lozano discuss their answer to a multiple choice question while learning about ancient civilization in their history class at Eden Park Elementary in Immokalee on April 1, 2014.
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Sixth graders Ismael Espinoza, Michael Bejarano and Raul Parra look up answers to a multiple choice question about ancient civilizations during a history class activity at Eden Park Elementary in Immokalee on April 1, 2014.
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Sixth grader Yesica Herrera chats with classmate Chadley Davis, right, while completing a writing exercise at the start of a language arts class at Eden Park Elementary in Immokalee on April 1, 2014.
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Sixth graders Jadah Guerrero, Ashyia Reyes and Candi Abrigo, left to right, discuss their answer to a multiple choice question while learning about ancient civilization in their history class at Eden Park Elementary in Immokalee on April 1, 2014.
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Sixth graders, left to right, Teonna McCullum, Selena Jarquin-Venegas, Chadley Davis and Ryan Barrett debate an answer to a multiple choice question during a group exercise in their history class at Eden Park Elementary in Immokalee on April 1, 2014.


Full gallery »Prayer vigil for Nick Healey

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- A group of Barron Collier High School students and staff attend a prayer vigil for student Nick Healey before school on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Naples.  About 200 students and teachers gathered early Tuesday morning to pray for Healey, a Barron Collier High School student who lost his leg in an automobile accident in Georgia last week.
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- Barron Collier High School student Cameron Conroy, in white, leads a prayer as a group of Barron Collier High School students and staff attend a prayer vigil for student Nick Healey before school on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Naples.  About 200 students and teachers gathered early Tuesday morning to pray for Healey, a Barron Collier High School student who lost his leg in an automobile accident in Georgia last week.
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- Barron Collier High School student Cameron Conroy, in white, leads a prayer as a group of Barron Collier High School students and staff attend a prayer vigil for student Nick Healey before school on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Naples.  About 200 students and teachers gathered early Tuesday morning to pray for Healey, a Barron Collier High School student who lost his leg in an automobile accident in Georgia last week.
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- Barron Collier High School student Cameron Conroy's leg is bandaged as he gathers with students and staff at a prayer vigil for student Nick Healey before school on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Naples.  About 200 students and teachers gathered early Tuesday morning to pray for Healey, a Barron Collier High School student who lost his leg in an automobile accident in Georgia last week. Conroy suffered minor injuries in the crash.
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- A group of Barron Collier High School students and staff attend a prayer vigil for student Nick Healey before school on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Naples.  About 200 students and teachers gathered early Tuesday morning to pray for Healey, a Barron Collier High School student who lost his leg in an automobile accident in Georgia last week.
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- Zach Gurick, an area director for the Christian group Young Life, puts Barron Collier High School student Nick Healey on a microphone via cell phone from his Georgia hospital room as a group of Barron Collier High School students and staff attend a prayer vigil for Healey before school on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Naples.  About 200 students and teachers gathered early Tuesday morning to pray for Healey, a Barron Collier High School student who lost his leg in an automobile accident in Georgia last week.


Full gallery »Big Cypress Swamp panel, public discuss Golden Gate Estates oil drilling

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Karen Dwyer, with the Stone Crab Alliance, smiles as the DEP Big Cypress Swamp Advisory Committee moves toward recommending that a permit for a Golden Gate Estates oil well be denied during a meeting at the Collier County Commissioners Boardroom in Naples on March 31, 2014.
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Ed Garrett, of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, looks at possible motions before the DEP Big Cypress Swamp Advisory Committee, in between answering questions about possible environmental impacts and completed research during a public meeting at the Collier County Commissioners Boardroom in Naples on March 31, 2014.
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Pamela Duran, who lives on 24th Ave. Southeast, center, speaks with fellow resident Barbara Maher and activist Donna Knapp, right, during a break in a public meeting of the DEP Big Cypress Swamp Advisory Committee in Naples on March 31, 2014. Duran, Maher and Knapp all expressed their opposition to a drilling of an exploratory well near 24th Ave. Southeast and Desoto Boulevard.
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Noelia Rodriguez, of Golden Gates Estates, speaks out against an approved exploratory oil well during a DEP Big Cypress Swamp Advisory Committee meeting for recommendations about the permit in Naples on March 31, 2014.
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Big Cypress Swamp Advisory Committee Chair Jon Arthur listens to Ed Garrett, of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, speak during a public meeting on an approved exploratory oil well project in Naples on March 31, 2014.
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Residents and activists express their support toward the end of a seven-hour public meeting as the Big Cypress Swamp Advisory Committee begins to consider recommending a denial of an approved permit for an exploratory oil well drilling project at the Collier County Commissioners Boardroom in Naples on March 31, 2014.


Full gallery »Last day to sign up for health insurance

  • Keith Saunders, left, a certified Cover California insurance agent,  explains a health insurance plan to Mark Tammes at a registration site hosted by  Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif.  Tammes, 57, a violinist with the Sacramento Philharmonic, was among the dozens who attended the event to sign up for health coverage ahead of Monday's midnight enrollment deadline. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
  • Josiah Blood confirms that he is properly enrolled for insurance under the Affordable Healthcare program at the Community Service Society, Monday, March 31, 2014 in New York.  Monday marks the deadline for open enrollment through the state's health plan marketplace, called NY State of Health. Residents can choose from plans from 16 insurers and 10 dental insurers.  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
  • This screen grab taken from the Health Care Marketplace website shows a message asking new visitors to stay on during the login process of the Health Care Marketplace website on Monday, March 31, 2014. The Obama administration says a new technical problem is preventing last-minute users from signing up on the government's health insurance website. The new problem comes as traffic is surging on deadline day. (AP Photo/Healthcare.gov)
  • Maria Klemm works on her cross-stitching as she waits to sign up for health care coverage at a registration site hosted by Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif.   Klemm, 47, was among the dozens who attended the event to sign up for health coverage ahead of Monday's midnight enrollment deadline. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
  • Emily Alvarez, 3, eats a cookie as she and her bother, Eric, 4, wait as their grandparents sign-up for health care coverage at a registration site hosted by Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif.  Dozens attended the event to sign up for health coverage ahead of Monday's midnight enrollment deadline. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
  • Michael Wilson, left, a certified Cover California insurance agent,  explains a health insurance plan to Jose Gomez and his wife, Laura, at a registration site hosted by Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif.  Dozens attended the event to sign up for health coverage ahead of Monday's midnight enrollment deadline. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)


Full gallery »Celebrate Bonita festival

  • Rebecca Haralson and Jason Burgess during the annual Celebrate Bonita festival at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs, Saturday, March 29. A free event for the entire family, featuring live music headlined by country music recording artist Easton Corbin, chili cook-off, children's activities and much more.   John M. Wissocki / Banner Correspondent.
  • Ed Seruga, left, with Pam and Rich Hintz during the annual Celebrate Bonita festival at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs, Saturday, March 29. A free event for the entire family, featuring live music headlined by country music recording artist Easton Corbin, chili cook-off, children's activities and much more.   John M. Wissocki / Banner Correspondent.
  • It's obvious that Raven, left, Kevin and Jorja Rosenbach are country music fans during the annual Celebrate Bonita festival at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs, Saturday, March 29. A free event for the entire family, featuring live music headlined by country music recording artist Easton Corbin, chili cook-off, children's activities and much more.   John M. Wissocki / Banner Correspondent.
  • Edilene Sandre, left, and Tricia Leckbee nibble on a few wings from Buffalo Chips during the annual Celebrate Bonita festival at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs, Saturday, March 29. A free event for the entire family, featuring live music headlined by country music recording artist Easton Corbin, chili cook-off, children's activities and much more.   John M. Wissocki / Banner Correspondent.
  • After torrential downpours, skies cleared and country music fans appeared by the hundreds during the annual Celebrate Bonita festival at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs, Saturday, March 29. A free event for the entire family, featuring live music headlined by country music recording artist Easton Corbin, chili cook-off, children's activities and much more.   John M. Wissocki / Banner Correspondent.
  • Despite the torrential downpours, the Mejia, Gamez and Escobar family came prepared to dry during the annual Celebrate Bonita festival at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs, Saturday, March 29. A free event for the entire family, featuring live music headlined by country music recording artist Easton Corbin, chili cook-off, children's activities and much more.   John M. Wissocki / Banner Correspondent.

Country music lovers showed up by the hundreds armed with umbrellas, canopies and country boots and hats for the annual Celebrate Bonita festival at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs on Saturday. This was a free event featuring live music, a chili cook-off and children's activities.



Full gallery »2014 Kids' Choice Awards

  • Kristen Bell accepts the award for favorite animated movie at the 27th annual Kids' Choice Awards at the Galen Center on Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
  • Robert Downey Jr. accepts the award for favorite male buttkicker at the 27th annual Kids' Choice Awards at the Galen Center on Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
  • Ross Lynch accepts the award for favorite TV actor at the 27th annual Kids' Choice Awards at the Galen Center on Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
  • Adam Sandler accepts the award for favorite movie actor at the 27th annual Kids' Choice Awards at the Galen Center on Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
  • Shaun White, left, and Mark Wahlberg on stage at the 27th annual Kids' Choice Awards at the Galen Center on Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
  • Mark Wahlberg gets slimed at the 27th annual Kids' Choice Awards at the Galen Center on Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)


Full gallery »Naples India Fest 2014

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- Nine-year-old Ananya Gurajapu, of Naples, plays a game while waiting with other children to perform a traditional Tamil dance at the 4th annual Naples India Fest in Cambier Park on Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Naples. More than 1,000 people attended the event sponsored by the India Association of Naples celebrating the culture of the country.
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- Julia Jose and Manju Nandkumar perform a Kerala semiclassical dance at the 4th annual Naples India Fest in Cambier Park on Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Naples. More than 1,000 people attended the event sponsored by the India Association of Naples celebrating the culture of the country.
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- Six-year-old Srikar Patibandala, of Naples, performs in grand finale at the 4th annual Naples India Fest in Cambier Park on Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Naples. More than 1,000 people attended the event sponsored by the India Association of Naples celebrating the culture of the country.
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- Nine-year-old Sandra Jose, of Naples, performs in a grand finale at the 4th annual Naples India Fest in Cambier Park on Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Naples. More than 1,000 people attended the event sponsored by the India Association of Naples celebrating the culture of the country.
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- Ten-year-old Prerana Patibanbla, of Naples, is prepared for her role in a Tamil classical dance at the 4th annual Naples India Fest in Cambier Park on Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Naples. More than 1,000 people attended the event sponsored by the India Association of Naples celebrating the culture of the country.
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-  Sumitra Deb, of Naples, performs a Goddess Durga dance at the 4th annual Naples India Fest in Cambier Park on Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Naples. More than 1,000 people attended the event sponsored by the India Association of Naples celebrating the culture of the country.


Full gallery »Pelican rescue class at Conservancy of Southwest Florida

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A participant in a pelican rescue class practices removing a hook from a dead pelican at the von Arx Wildlife Hospital at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida in Naples on March 25, 2014.
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Joanna Fitzgerald, director of the von Arx Wildlife Hospital at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, third from right, explains the proper technique for removing fishing hooks from pelicans during a class for citizen volunteers at the wildlife hospital in Naples on March 25, 2014. Following a slideshow presentation, Fitzgerald and the volunteers used dead pelicans to practice proper hook removal.
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Katrina Anderson, of Fort Myers, inspects a dead pelican's wing while learning how to properly remove fishing hooks from the birds during a pelican rescue class at the von Arx Wildlife Hospital at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida in Naples on March 25, 2014.
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Participants in a pelican rescue class learned the proper way to remove fishing hooks from the birds during a pelican rescue class at the von Arx Wildlife Hospital at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida in Naples on March 25, 2014.
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Participants in a pelican rescue class learn the proper way to remove fishing hooks from the birds during a pelican rescue class at the von Arx Wildlife Hospital at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida in Naples on March 25, 2014.


Full gallery »4th annual Fast & the Furriest 5K run and 1-mile walk

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- Ft. Myers Beach resident, Steve Vease and 'Lilly', finish the Gulf Coast Humane Society's 4th Annual Fast and The Furriest 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk event on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Coconut Point Mall in Estero.
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- Gulf Coast Humane Society volunteer and FGCU student, Jennifer Benckert, wipes down the society's placard after it blew down in the  inclimate weather during the 4th Annual Fast and The Furriest 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk event on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Coconut Point Mall in Estero.
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- Cesar and his son, Sebastian, 6, finish the Gulf Coast Humane Society's 4th Annual Fast and The Furriest 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk event on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Coconut Point Mall in Estero. Sebastian won the 6-year-old and under category for the event.
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- 'Blue', a 1-year-old Shih Tzu Bichon, jumps for joy after completing Gulf Coast Humane Society's 4th Annual Fast and The Furriest 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk event on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Coconut Point Mall in Estero. His owner is Gary Williams. (Not shown).
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- Bystanders watch as runners, walkers and their dogs finish Gulf Coast Humane Society's 4th Annual Fast and The Furriest 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk event on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Coconut Point Mall in Estero.
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- Gulf Coast Humane Society volunteers, Gloria Letendre, left, and Mark Scivka, ready a drink tent for participants in the 4th Annual Fast and The Furriest 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk event on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Coconut Point Mall in Estero.


Full gallery »Charles Krauthammer speaks in Naples

  • Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer speaks at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Krauthammer spoke Saturday night at the event sponsored by the Ave Maria School of Law, as part of its three-part “Faith and Reason” series.
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 - Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer speaks at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Krauthammer spoke Saturday night at the event sponsored by the Ave Maria School of Law, as part of its three-part 'Faith and Reason' series of events.
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 -Tom Monaghan, founder of Ave Maria University, attends a reception at an event featuring conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Krauthammer spoke Saturday night at the event sponsored by the Ave Maria School of Law, as part of its three-part 'Faith and Reason' series of events.
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 - Guests mingle at a reception for an event featuring the conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Krauthammer spoke Saturday night at the event sponsored by the Ave Maria School of Law, as part of its three-part 'Faith and Reason' series of events.
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 - Former United States Ambassador Michael Novak waits to meet Charles Krauthammer at a reception for an event featuring the conservative commentator at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Krauthammer spoke Saturday night at the event sponsored by the Ave Maria School of Law, as part of its three-part 'Faith and Reason' series of events.
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 - Former United States Ambassador Michael Novak attends a reception for an event featuring the conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Krauthammer spoke Saturday night at the event sponsored by the Ave Maria School of Law, as part of its three-part 'Faith and Reason' series of events.



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