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Lee County makes history, opts out of standardized testing

news-press.com — History was made today at the Lee County school board meeting. The school board has voted to opt out the entire district from all statewide, standardized testing - effective immediately. The decision was received with overwhelming cheers and applause in the packed auditorium.
Aug 27, 2014

Can a board be charged with neglect? "@fineout: Lee County School Board voted to opt out of all standardized testing newspr.es/1lghPso

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Deputy on administrative leave after hitting Cape teen

news-press.com — The Lee deputy who hit a Cape Coral teen on Friday has been placed on administrative leave with pay, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office. The paid leave is procedural, not punitive, according to a press release. Austin Dukette, 15, was hit by Deputy Douglas E.
Aug 27, 2014

Deputy on administrative leave after hitting Cape teen fb.me/2ZQrtpSbV

More-mature FGCU men's soccer opens season Friday

news-press.com — Their play was pretty - as usual - but the end to their season was not. Losing their cool against an opponent some players said they overlooked, the FGCU men's soccer team saw its bid to reach a third straight NCAA tournament - in three years with postseason eligibility - come to an end last fall amid an embarrassing hail of penalties in an Atlantic Sun Conference semifinal.
Aug 27, 2014

@FGCUDirtyBirds Our @FGCU_MSoccer season & #USF preview coverage. Those PKs were especially excruciating in person. newspr.es/1C3oyeq

Aug 27, 2014

#FGCU 1-3-2 all-time vs @USFMSoccer, including 5-3 PKs loss in 2012 NCAAs. Jr D @rodrisaravia6: "We're excited." newspr.es/1C3oyeq

Aug 27, 2014

#FGCU Jr Mid @S_Oliveri17 on improved team leadership: "If you set a good example, people will follow." newspr.es/1C3oyeq

Aug 27, 2014

#FGCU Jr F @halaatyourboy: "We decided as a team we need to grow up, b/c we have a good good team." Fri home vs #USF newspr.es/1C3oyeq

Aug 27, 2014

More mature @FGCU_MSoccer says it's learned from last yr's mistakes, is ready for season-opener Fri home vs USF newspr.es/1C3oyeq

District 77 incumbent wins the day at the primaries

news-press.com — Dane Eagle won a major victory over three local challengers who campaigned hard to become the next state representative of District 77. Eagle received 63.9 percent of the vote. Trailing far behind was Jim Roach with 16.2 percent, Terry Cramer with 13.1 percent and Brandon Ivey with 6.6 percent.
Aug 27, 2014

District 77 incumbent wins the day at the primaries | newspr.es/1tIbyGf via @thenewspress #swfl

Off the Eaten Path: At Cuscatlan handmade is just that

news-press.com — In Lehigh, one small pupuseria is making its Central American menu from scratch using some time-tested and well-practiced hands. Mariluz Galdamez worked quickly, massaging a soft mound of corn-flour dough between her small hands. She patted it into a thick disc, then topped it with shredded cheese and tiny loroco buds - small, unopened flowers native to El Salvador that taste something like asparagus.

Brian Hamman wins county commission race

news-press.com — Brian Hamman celebrates with his wife Rebecca and daughter Kaitlyn, 4, after winning his race for Lee County Commissioner on Tuesday night, August 26, 2014, in North Fort Myers.

Tindell's strength, skill, drive a special mix for FGCU

news-press.com — Considering her debut a season ago, Tabby Tindell's description of her mindset upon arriving at FGCU last year ought to send a shudder through opponents. "As a freshman, you don't want to overstep your boundaries," said the Atlantic Sun Conference Freshman of the Year. "You don't want to step on people's toes.
Aug 27, 2014

FEATURE: Just one game into soph season, @FGCU_WSoccer F Tabby Tindell already 4th in career goals & 6th in pts. newspr.es/1peTS5I

Aug 26, 2014

For her part, Tindell all biz, humility: "I just think what I have to do for the team, what my job is." #FGCU #Star newspr.es/1peTS5I

Aug 26, 2014

#FGCU Sr @ShannenWacker on Tindell strength, composure vs multi-foes: "No matter what she can take the ball w/her." newspr.es/1peTS5I

Aug 26, 2014

#FGCU Jr Mid @ally_Kasun on teammate Tabby Tindell: "She won't give up. She's got a striker's mentality." newspr.es/1peTS5I

Aug 26, 2014

STORY: Strength, skill, drive give @FGCU_WSoccer soph Tabby Tindell special scoring ability, teammates say. newspr.es/1peTS5I