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FGCU women’s hoops lead recruiter Scharlow resigns — The FGCU women's basketball program is in search of a new lead recruiter after assistant coach Abby Scharlow, the top-paid assistant last season, resigned Thursday after four years with the program. Scharlow landed a major coup in 2011 with the signing of 6-3 guard Whitney Knight, ranked 73rd in the nation by ESPNU coming out of Winston Salem, N.C., and a two-time all-Atlantic Sun Conference selection.

Benacquisto resumes Florida Senate re-election campaign — Just two days after her defeat in the District 19 GOP special congressional primary, Lizbeth Benacquisto announced Thursday on her Facebook page that she would resume her re-election campaign as a state senator. Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, first won a Florida Senate seat in a special election in 2010 for a district that extended from Lee County to Palm Beach County.

Meet Li'l Lily - A kitten without her front paws — Meet Li'l Lily in this video shot last year. The 1-year-old cat was born without weight-bearing bones in her forearms. Since last year, however, her veterinarian has determined she's not a good candidate for surgery.

University of Florida coach dies in Bokeelia boating accident — The Gainesville Sun confirmed that the person killed in a boat crash in Bokeelia Thursday is a coach for the University of Florida. Here is the story: Florida men's and women's diving coach Donnie Craine died Thursday morning in a boating accident off the coast of Bokeelia "Our thoughts are with Mindy, their family and all who had a chance to know and be coached by him," UF Athletics Director Jeremy Foley said in a news release.

FGCU to duel with Mercer perhaps for last time — There aren't many sports in which FGCU and Mercer aren't both good, and, accordingly, tense rivals. Two more are on tap this weekend. In town. Get your signs ready.
.@FGCU_Softball also to face #Mercer. DH Sat. Senior day (nine of them!) Sunday, noon. It's "Wear FGCU gear weekend."
.@FGCU_Baseball coach on @mikemurray386: "He spit blood for seven more innings & got it done. He's an amazing kid."
No breaks or concussion for @mikemurray386, who went 7 more innings last week to reach 9-0, 0.82 ERA. Vs Mercer Fri.
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Help break the record for most diapers changed at once — At precisely 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Southwest Florida parents can help break a world record for simultaneous cloth diaper changes at The Great Cloth Diaper Change in North Naples. The current Guinness World Record is 8,301, set at last year's event. This year, more than 300 sites in 20 countries plan to take part.

Eastern European food — Ask your dining questions
Topic today: Eastern European food RT @thenewspress: Got a question for @JeanLeBoeuf? We're live chatting now.

Secretly injecting chemicals into soil is evil — The first job of government is to keep us safe. Nothing should deter government from that role, especially laws passed by the same government. It sounds crazy, and it is crazy, but that is what is happening right here in Southwest Florida.