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Documentary on Immokalee farm workers released — There will be a place at the table for Publix today. A hand remains outstretched by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers even on the cusp of the nationwide release of the documentary "Food Chains." It delves into the lives and exploitation of farm workers in the U.S.

Lee County among deadliest for cyclists and pedestrians — More than 20 people have died across Lee County in bike and pedestrian involved crashes, according to BikeWalkLee. Sixteen pedestrians have died and eight cyclists have lost their lives on the road this year. That's one less from the record of bike fatalities set in 2005 when nine people died.

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.

Things to Do in Southwest Florida, Nov. 21-29 — Friday, Nov. 21 * DropItCanYa 3 Music and Art Festival Three days of electronic-music acts and bands, deejays, live art, bubble soccer, camping, trail walks, vendors and more. There will be 47 Florida and national musical artists, tons of live painters, fire dancers and drum circles. Noon to 7 p.m.

Theater Review: “Wooden Mouth” is odd but unforgettable — Thirty minutes into Ghostbird Theatre Company's new play, I have absolutely no idea what's happening. Not a clue. People dance and stomp around in papier-mache monster masks. The crazy-eyed spirit of Samuel Beckett recites inscrutable poetry in an Irish accent.
Nov 21, 2014

Loved the bonkers-but-beautiful play "Wooden Mouth" @GhostbrdTheatre, written and directed by @FGCU prof Barry Cavin.…

Zombie queen The Bookie Monster releases two new books — The Bookie Monster has been busy lately. Zombies can be really time-consuming. Cape Coral's Shana Festa - who runs a horror-fiction website under the name of her alter ego, The Bookie Monster - released her brand's first fiction anthology last month. "At Hell's Gates" features authors from the website and debuted as the No.

"So You Think You Can Dance" tour visits Fort Myers — The world asked Ricky Ubeda one question: "So you think you can dance?" And Ubeda gave them an answer. Yes. Yes he does. And then he proved it. The Miami native wowed judges from the start on "So You Think You Can Dance" this summer.

Group seeks to stop cycle of violence in Dunbar — Scores of people from a Fort Myers community came together Wednesday night with one lofty goal: to rid Dunbar of crime and encourage others to take care of their neighborhood. Board members of the Not in My Neighborhood facilitated a discussion about solutions to the area's problems and solicited ideas on how to improve Dunbar at the Dunbar Community School.
Nov 20, 2014

ICYMI: Group seeks to stop cycle of violence in Dunbar via @thenewspress #swfl

Nov 20, 2014

RT @TheNewsPress: Dunbar group seeks to stop cycle of violence "Our community needs this suffering to stop."

One year later: Radel avoids glare of spotlight — When GOP Rep. Curt Clawson wanted advice recently about pursuing new committee assignments, he called someone he believed would have valuable insights: former Rep. Trey Radel. It wasn't the first time Clawson has sought counsel from the man who preceded him representing Florida's 19th Congressional District.
Nov 20, 2014

Our former congressman, Trey Radel, resigned a year ago after a cocaine bust. Where is he now? via @thenewspress

Nov 20, 2014

One year later: Ex-Congressman Trey Radel avoids glare of spotlight Time flies, @MarisaKendall

Teen arrested for threatening to 'shoot up the school' — A teenager was arrested for threatening to shoot up a school last week via social media photo-sharing site Instagram. Shawn Baxter, 17, of Cape Coral, is being charged with intimidation/write send threat to kill or injure, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office. Nov. 10, a threat was posted on Riverdale High School's Instagram account.
Nov 20, 2014

Teen arrested for threatening to 'shoot up the school' via @thenewspress

A profitable Lee Memorial giving out employee bonuses this year — Lee Memorial Health System's roughly 10,000 full- and part-time employees hired before Oct. 1 will get year-end bonuses - likely $100 and $75, respectively - for keeping the organization profitable and caring for high-than-expected numbers of patients.
Nov 20, 2014

A profitable Lee Memorial giving out employee bonuses this year via @thenewspress

Fort Myers High defenders grew up on Green Wave sidelines — Fort Myers High School's Zach Lecius celebrates sacking Melbourne's Cooper Christiano during second quarter play Friday of the Class 7A state playoff game at Fort Myers High School.

Fort Myers High defenders grew up on Green Wave sidelines — Zach Lecius recalled his first trip to his father's workplace, a Halloween night about 14 years ago. His mother brought him, in costume, to a Fort Myers High School football game at Edison Stadium. Since 1992, Pete Lecius, Zach's father, has been the athletic trainer for the Green Wave's football team.
Nov 20, 2014

@degroot_dylan @LeciusZach Anything you can do to get people to read story would be appreciated. .

Nov 20, 2014

@LeciusZach How two Fort Myers Green Wave players have grown from water boys to fierce defenders.

Nov 20, 2014

@CoryODonnell How two Fort Myers Green Wave players have grown from water boys to fierce defenders.

Nov 20, 2014

@EDREED_NP How two Fort Myers Green Wave players have grown from water boys to fierce defenders.

Nov 20, 2014

@NewsPressDan How two Fort Myers Green Wave players have grown from water boys to fierce defenders.

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Buffalo's epic snowstorm doesn't slow Sammy Watkins down — Buffalo and the surrounding New York have been nearly paralyzed by more than 5 feet of snow but that hasn't stopped South Fort Myers High grad and Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins from having a little fun in the snow.

Death investigation in Cape Coral — The Cape Coral Police Department is conducting a death investigation in the 500 block of Trafalgar Parkway. Sgt. Dana Coston says no foul play is suspected. Residents in the area can expect to see crime scene tape and forensics units between Skyline Boulevard and Santa Barbara Boulevard.

Community group seeks to end violence in Dunbar — Cristi Johnson-Peele, left, and Kim Newson unite in prayer Wednesday during a community assembly at the Dunbar Community School in Fort Myers. The gathering was organized by the Not in My Neighborhood activist group.

Southwest Florida: 12 reasons to be thankful you're here — This is the time of year to be thankful. Like many people who are lucky enough to visit or live in Southwest Florida, I feel particularly thankful during the holiday season. I am grateful for the success of the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau as we beat our own bed tax numbers for the fourth year in a row.

Solheim Cup debacle motivated Americans in 2014 — A Rocky Mountain low. As American women's golf players walked away from Parker, Colo. after the 2013 Solheim Cup, the resounding loss reverberated in their collective consciousness. Europe 18, The United States 10. While there hasn't been a task force brought in like the American men, the women constantly have had to listen to, "Why aren't you doing better?
Nov 20, 2014

This is the CME preview story I did, which focuses on the U.S. women rebounding in 2014.… #SWFL #golf

Thompson, Comer set records as FGCU swamps Ohio U, 79-62 — Early in the first half Wednesday night, when well-credentialed Ohio University still had its legs and confidence under it, a key battle of wills went FGCU's way. It took four shots on one trip.
Nov 20, 2014

STORY/QUOTES/PHOTO GALLERY of @FGCU_MBB 79-62 defeat of Ohio U to go 3-0. Up next: Mon 6pm vs Marist, Germain Arena.

Nov 20, 2014

Can't be many folks much happier about @FGCU_MBB 3-0 start than organizers of next week's @GCShowcase at Germain.

Nov 19, 2014

For the record, I was right in front of play, and hard slap on @Marceddy25 arm on inbound play was loud as it gets.

Nov 19, 2014

Dooley T not for complaining about Comer T: "I didnt have problem w/that. I was little upset w/a few other things."

Nov 19, 2014

Dooley: "We can't be that demonstrative w/the officials. (Brett) knows it. We've talked about that. He deserved T."

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