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Convenience store plan in Cape Canaveral angers some

floridatoday.com — Rebecca Rowe stood under a canopy of old oaks and worried about the fate of the huge, sprawling trees that stand where a convenience store is proposed in Cape Canaveral. The trees survived decades of storms, but economic development may do them in. "I think it is going to be tragic," Rowe said.

Melbourne Beach estate sells for $2.25 million

Aug 21, 2014

Melbourne Beach estate sells for $2.25 million, second-highest in Brevard this year on.flatoday.com/1ogZ3Mv

Tweet your kindergarten first day photos

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Shining Through Shadows helps daughter honor dad

floridatoday.com — While former fire chief Seth Stark laid in a medically induced coma for 11 days before his death, his daughter kept vigil - and she vowed to honor his spirit by helping other people. "When my dad was in the hospital, and I was hanging out with him by his bedside, I knew that he didn't want us to dwell on his passing.
Aug 21, 2014

Melbourne Beach girl honors late firefighter father by starting charity. tinyurl.com/k7u4anc Nice story by @RickNeale1 @Florida_Today

Ice Cream Depot owners charged in theft ring

floridatoday.com — Brevard County Sheriff's agents arrested a former county commission candidate and her husband, accusing them of being part of an organized theft ring that dealt stolen health products out of their ice cream parlor. Lisa McDermott, 50, and her husband James, 59, were arrested at 2231 Canterbury Lane, Melbourne, according to a release.
Aug 21, 2014

BCSO says a former county commission candidate used some proceeds from a theft ring to fund part of her campaign. floridatoday.com/story/news/cri…

Aug 21, 2014

RT @Florida_Today: Ice Cream Depot owners charged in theft ring @andrewfordnews on.flatoday.com/1piNppv

Aug 21, 2014

Former county commission candidate and ice cream shop owner charged in theft ring. floridatoday.com/story/news/cri…

Torres: These Panthers are living the dream

floridatoday.com — Last year, Juan Parra-Newton - all 5-foot-6 of him - did whatever he could to help the Florida Tech football team during its inaugural season. That meant he spent his afternoons videotaping practice, collecting cones, preparing the ice water and whatever other tasks the coaching staff had for the team's student managers.
Aug 21, 2014

RT @FLTechFootball: Super article by @johnalbertorres in today's @Florida_Today on three former managers who've made this year's team. on.flatoday.com/1tqmFne

Aug 21, 2014

These @ftPanthers are living the dream, from team manager to the football field! @fltechfootball on.flatoday.com/VGY7d6 via @Florida_Today

Aug 21, 2014

A real-life "Rudy" Story here at Florida Tech. @ftpanthers @fltechfootball on.flatoday.com/VGY7d6 via @Florida_Today

Gallery: Kindergarten first day

floridatoday.com — Thursday was the first day of kindergarten at Roosevelt Elem. School in Cocoa Beach. Julie Hubbard takes a first day photo of her cousin Ryan Hensley in his classroom.
Aug 21, 2014

Precious moments! @Florida_Today photographs captured the first day of kindergarten. Check it out: on.flatoday.com/1oV3u5x #321school

Live: First day of kindergarten

floridatoday.com — Be featured in our Twitter feed below. Tweet your experience and photos from the first day of kindergarten: #321School 8:30 A.M. Kindergarten teacher Erica Back welcomed students to the first day, showing them their seats and how to hang their backpacks on their chairs.

Six Space Coast teams earn preseason rankings

floridatoday.com — Teams have been practicing for more than two weeks and Wednesday brought another sign that high school football games are coming soon. The Associated Press released its preseason football poll of Florida sportswriters and six of Brevard County's 17 teams were mentioned.

Brevard Zoo getting two zebras

floridatoday.com — Two female Grevy's zebras and $125,000 in capital improvements are coming to the Expedition Africa loop at Brevard Zoo. The zebras will share space with the zoo's three rhinos, said Jon Brangan, deputy director. Workers will add 125 feet of pedestrian boardwalk and a new 20-by-20-foot covered viewing platform, which will increase visitors' visibility of giraffes and Lemur Island.

Will Extreme Dance of Melbourne move on in ‘America’s Got Talent’?

floridatoday.com — Melbourne dance company finds out their fate Wednesday night on NBC What did the judges on NBC's "America's Got Talent" have to say about Extreme Dance Co. of Melbourne? Their comments were mixed. Extreme, a hip-hop/acrobatic dance team from Extreme All-Stars, has 19 members, with eight from Brevard.

Memorial service planned for Donna Skattum

floridatoday.com — A celebration of the life of journalist Donna Weir Skattum will be at 10 a.m. Aug. 27, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Community, 5655 Stadium Parkway, Viera. The service will be followed by a reception at the King Center Rotunda. Skattum, 54, died Sunday after battling colon cancer for almost four years.

AFTAC assignment changed airman's life

floridatoday.com — In Thailand, Beedham helped to maintain and repair seismic sensors. PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE - When Tech Sgt. Jonathan Beedham was stationed in Thailand, he was only one of four airmen from the Air Force Technical Applications Center there tending to remote seismic sensors. The experience ended up changing his life.

Palm Bay fire recruits find the future is now

floridatoday.com — One morning in July, about an hour after dawn, 10 rookies stood around an fire engine. Already the sun glared where it cut through the treeline. They talked over the different pressures in different diameter hoses. They wore matching navy blue gym shorts and T-shirts, each bearing the Palm Bay Fire Rescue logo.
Aug 20, 2014

I suited up to find out what it's like to be a rookie firefighter with @PBFR floridatoday.com/story/news/loc…

UCF, Penn St. Ireland opener threatened by volcano

floridatoday.com — Croke Park Classic may be in jeopardy. ORLANDO, Fla. - UCF's season opener in Ireland next week against Penn State may be in peril because of a possible volcanic eruption in Iceland. Iceland's Civil Protection Department said Wednesday that about 500 people were evacuated from the highlands part of the Vatnajokull glacier.
Aug 21, 2014

A volcano? Really? Don't see that happening here..Volcano threatens UCF, Penn St. football opener on.flatoday.com/1oSzTJP via @Florida_Today

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