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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.

You’ll never take us alive, pineapple coppers — As so many things do these days, it all started with Facebook. I'd posted a photo of one of my beautiful babies - in this case, a pineapple flower destined to become one of my favorite backyard fruits.

No limits to garden center greeter’s work ethic, cheer — PJ Deguzman was relaxing in the break room of the Cape Coral Walmart when he heard the call on the intercom: Code Adam. A little boy had gone missing somewhere in the store. In an instant, Deguzman was on his feet, lunch now the last thing on his mind.

Laurie Anderson to speak at Florida SouthWestern — Laurie Anderson - performance artist, sonic hypnotist and Lou Reed's widow - is coming to Florida SouthWestern State College Saturday. The pioneering Anderson, whose 1981 single "O, Superman" became an unexpected radio success, will talk about her projects and recent work at the free event, coordinated by the college's Bob Rauschenberg Gallery.

Fresh Market, Coalition of Immokalee Workers join forces — The Fresh Market has joined the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' Fair Food program, pledging to pay tomato harvesters a premium and improve conditions in the fields where they work. The North-Carolina based grocery chain, which has 168 stores in cities including Bonita Springs, Fort Myers and Naples, is the thirteenth corporation to sign on to the agreement, following Walmart, McDonald's, Whole Foods and other major food companies.

They also made a difference: Your people of influence — As 2014 and The News-Press' 130th birthday year drew to a close, we finished our People of Influence series. For 130 days, we profiled those who'd had an impact on the region. Yet as I lamented in this column last week, it's impossible to fit all of those who deserve recognition onto so (relatively) short a list.

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.

Camera+ ~ photo by A_B_W_

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.
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Jan 30, 2015

@MelissaMontoyaO: "Amy Bennett Williams is a treasure." — #SWFL reader #word @A_B_W_ #npcoffee” (Not paid endorsement! Don't know the guy!)

Jan 29, 2015

Breaking: @ciw gets Presidential Medal for Extraordinary Efforts in Combatting Modern Day Slavery @JohnKerry #SWFL

Jan 25, 2015

Important project: @FrankGluck, @Amandaphotog on Alzheimer's and us. TLDR? We'd better start paying attention.? #swfl

Jan 22, 2015

RT @OppServ: Hi @A_B_W_, thanks for the awesome story on PJ's success! We appreciate your support. #disability #employment

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