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Senior Writer, The News-Press

Once an ashtray-dumping, obituary-writing clerk. Now News-Press journalist: curator of characters, conflict and curiosities. WGCU essayist. And proud Alvanian.

Retiree sweetens lives with cookies — It starts in the carport - a sweet, nose-tickling breeze that becomes a warmly spiced wall when you open the door to the North Fort Myers mobile home and step into your Uncle Charlie's kitchen.

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Family in southwest Florida struggles with poverty

SWFL immigrants find hope in Obama plan — The best gift Immokalee High sophomore Lizbeth Soriano, who turns 16 Sunday, gets for her birthday may be for her father to be able to stay home. He's one of up to 5 million undocumented immigrants who could receive legal status under an executive order President Obama announced Thursday night.

ArtSpeak program within a nose of being saved — Nina Jones was starting to panic. ArtSpeak, the nonprofit she'd started for children with autism in 2008, had been a growing success, but after stretching five years of grant money into a sixth, the end was in sight.

Monkey suit: Hendry County defends secret facility — When Hendry County approved a controversial primate facility without telling the public or inviting its comment, it didn't violate Florida's Sunshine law, said county administrator Charles Chapman. Last week, the nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund filed suit against the county on behalf of rural residents who live near a the 34-acre site, which could house more than 3,000 macaques linked to outbreaks of infectious disease, including Ebola.

Lou’s Little Flea Market owner, Lou Stubler, dies — Lou Stubler, whose compendium of curiosities was a Fort Myers landmark for four decades, had a heart attack Saturday and died holding his wife Ruth's hand. They'd have celebrated their 40th anniversary today, his grandson, Joey Belanger, said. Stubler was 70.

Monkey suit: Hendry didn't warn public, group says — Citing concerns about the potential spread of Ebola, the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit Thursday on behalf of Hendry County residents after the county approved a primate breeding facility that could hold as many as 3,200 long-tailed macaques of a species linked to prior outbreaks of infectious disease.

In praise of the prickly, problematic palmetto — Every Friday, The News-Press' senior writer and storyteller Amy Bennett Williams shares one of her essays with listeners of NPR affiliate WGCU and on This week, she gets lost in the saw palmettos. I'd almost driven past it when I felt that odd tug of peripheral awareness, a barely conscious something's-not-right sensation.

On bushcraft, life lessons and YouTube videos

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Dec 19, 2014

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