Taking Youngsters off the ROAD

Florida toughens law for teens driving golf carts

Junior Morales knows golf carts and teen drivers aren’t often a good mix. “I did some crazy things on golf carts when I was 14 and 15,” he said. “I think it’s a personal thing when you’re younger — the most irresponsible people are teens.” Now 23, Morales recognizes the recklessness of those daredevil stunts and his former teenage self […]

Café of Life — giving people the opportunity to build a better life

“It would be very hard without the Café of Life,” Esmerelda Cruz said in Spanish through a translator. “We are facing financial hardship that everybody is going through especially with groceries, which are very expensive. With Café of Life we are receiving groceries and clothing and backpacks. I am very grateful to the Café of Life for the services we […]

Get a dog


Floridians spend a lot of time patting themselves on the back — after all, we have air to breathe, unlike people on Mars, and we have subtropical sunlight to breathe it in, unlike people in Siberia. We have terra more-or-less firma to walk on or wade through or grow citrus, sugar cane, winter tomatoes and grass sod in. We have […]

Drill and drill some more


President Biden was almost giddy. He chortled as he told a TV audience that the Maui burn, the Canadian forest fires and Hurricane Idalia were all caused by climate change. I’ve never seen him appear so happy, as though this was the final proof anyone should need to shut down fossil fuels. Let’s see where things stand. ¦ Atmospheric carbon […]

Python challenge winner caught 20 invasive snakes

The grand winner of the state’s 2023 Florida Python Challenge was Paul Hobbs of Tennessee, who removed 20 Burmese pythons, winning $10,000. The Ultimate Grand Prize Runner-Up, Ronald Kiger, took home $7,500 for removing 14 pythons. The winner in the military category was Justin Morgan, who took home $2,500 for removing seven pythons. The winners were announced Sept. 15 at […]

Brightline set to launch rail service to Orlando

Visitors to Florida have one more way to traverse the state, courtesy of Brightline . The train line has offered commuter service from West Palm Beach to Miami since it launched in January 2018. The high-speed rail was set to offer service beginning Sept. 22 to Orlando International Airport, connecting Central Florida with South Florida. “Opening Orlando fulfills our ultimate […]

Groups sue agency to protect ghost orchid

Environmental groups pushing for protection for the rare ghost orchid under the Endangered Species Act have stopped waiting for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to make a decision. They filed a lawsuit in an attempt to force the federal agency to comply with the law. The service missed the mandatory deadline to decide on the ghost orchid’s status in […]

Naples couple offers 26 students a back-to-school shopping trip


Twins Nancy and Rubi Garcia understand the cost of college far exceeds what their parents can afford to pay. That’s why four years ago, as ninth graders at Immokalee High School, the sisters dedicated themselves to academics and extracurricular activities. They knew scholarships and grants would be the deciding factors in whether they could pursue higher education, and ultimately, their […]

After surgery, how many opioid pills are too many?


In a recent Mayo Clinic study, researchers found that most patients prescribed fewer opioids after surgery were able to maintain satisfactory comfort levels without requiring more prescription refills later. Under new evidence-based guidelines, patients undergoing various surgeries received fewer opioid pills, and 88% reported feeling “very” or “somewhat” satisfied with their pain management. Researchers worked with the Mayo Clinic Survey […]

Local physicians revive Collier County “Physicians’ Community Talent Show”

A group of Collier County physicians is reviving the once annual “Physicians’ Community Talent Show” on Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Sugden Auditorium, Telford Building at NCH Downtown Baker Hospital in Naples. The event, which will raise money for three local healthcare charities, is open to the public and tickets are now on sale on Eventbrite, (search ‘Physicians’ Community […]

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