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FGCheerU! Wings Up — Scenes from FGCU's game against Lipscomb on Thursday at Alico Arena in Fort Myers. FGCU beat Lipscomb 78-62.

Join us for Coffee + News in downtown Fort Myers — Come and tell us what matters to you. Meet the News-Press news team and have some coffee on us! We're holding our morning news meeting in public for the first time at 10 a.m. at Gwendolyn's Cafe & Catering Co. in downtown Fort Myers, and you're invited to join the conversation.

Manatees make their Super Bowl picks — Two of the nation's keenest sports intellects disagreed Thursday in their 2015 Super Bowl predictions. Hugh, one of Mote Marine Laboratory's resident manatees, picked the Seattle Seahawks to win the big game, while half brother Buffett picked the New England Patriots. "We have a house divided," said Kat Boerner, Mote's supervisor of manatee research.
Jan 30, 2015

The only Super Bowl coverage I care about: The manatees Hugh and Buffett make their picks! via @thenewspress

Panther remains found in Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary — The state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Thursday it has recovered the skeletal remains of a Florida panther from Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Collier County The panther is of unknown age and sex. The death is believed to have occurred in 2014 and the cause is unknown.

Lee County inmate to be tried in genital attack — An inmate at the Lee County Core Facility on Ortiz Avenue is facing multiple felony charges for an attack on a fellow inmate that resulted in the attacked inmate's genitals being mutilated. The state attorney's office has brought criminal charges of aggravated battery with bodily harm and resisting an officer with violence against Adrian Glossenger, 31, a transient, for the Sept.
Jan 29, 2015

Lee County inmate to be tried in genital attack via @thenewspress @PrisonReformMvt @PrisonPolicy uncomfortable story

Jan 29, 2015

Lee inmate faces trial for gruesome jail attack on cellmate. Read it online via @thenewspress

Fuccillo lawsuit plaintiffs awarded $160 each — More than 5,300 people who bought cars from the Fuccillo Automotive Group will get a not-so-huge $160 payment under a class-action lawsuit settlement. A court-approved federal court settlement requires the Fuccillo Automotive Group, also known as It's Huge Inc., to pay about $1.6 million - more than $850,000 to those who joined the lawsuit class and another $750,000 to attorneys.
Jan 29, 2015

Not so HUGE payout: 5,300 people sue the parent company of Fuccillo #Kia (@iamhuge) and get a whopping $160 each.…

Jan 29, 2015

Kia dealer Billy Fuccillo is paying a "HUGE" lawsuit settlement. #SWFL via @thenewspress

FGCU basketball: Eagles find groove, dismiss Lipscomb 78-62 — For those wondering, or worrying, Dunk City's demise has been greatly exaggerated. Or so it's seeming. Leading almost every statistical indicator of toughness or determination, then answering every Lipscomb run in the second half in displaying the same traits, FGCU finally hit the afterburners late in a 78-62 wire-to-wire home win Thursday night before an Alico Arena crowd of 4,177.
Jan 29, 2015

"They have more firepower. Maybe they're catching a groove by putting wins together." - Lipscomb coach on @FGCU_MBB

Jan 29, 2015

"They never lost rhythm offensively. It didnt matter if we were man, zone, what we were in." - Lipscomb coach on FGCU

Jan 29, 2015

"It was a big game. We wanted to let the conf know we're coming up." @FGCU_MBB R-Jr Julian DeBose

Amtel Hotel sold for $13.5M — The former Ambassador Hotel was sold today for $13.5 million. Developer Bob MacFarlane is planning to turn the 24-story, coral pink tower formerly known as the Amtel Marina Hotel into a 55-and-older independent rental community. Tom Woodyard, the commercial agent for Woodyard & Associates, said they've been working on the deal for more than two years.

Keith Lockhart returns to SWFL with The Boston Pops — Conductor Keith Lockhart is back in Southwest Florida. And he's bringing along 130 years' worth of Boston Pops hits, too. Wednesday's "The Very Best of The Boston Pops" concert boasts tried-and-true classics such as Dvorak's "New World Symphony" and the overture of Leonard Bernstein's "Candide." But there are some less-than-traditional tunes in the mix, too.

Gershwin revue returns to Florida Rep — Bob Cacioppo has been fascinated by Gershwin for decades. Florida Rep's artistic director wrote his first Gershwin revue, "Fascinatin' Gershwin," when he was 22 years old and running his first theater company out of a small Queens, N.Y., church. But he kept coming back to that show again and again during his theater career.

Juno gone, sunny skies on tap — Winter storm Juno has done its damage in Southwest Florida. Now it's back to sunny, clear skies and highs in the 70s. Meteorologists are calling for highs to hover near 80 this weekend with lows expected to be in the 50s.

Review: Gulfshore’s ‘Vanya’ is heartfelt, often funny — The Broadway hit "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" has already seen one local production this season at Florida Repertory Theatre. Now it's Gulfshore Playhouse's turn. Both professional theaters put their own stamp on the Christopher Durang comedy. And in the Gulfshore Playhouse version, director Kristen Coury downplays the silliness in favor of realism and more grounded, believable characters.

Country acts Phil Vassar, Love and Theft play Saturday — Here are a few things Phil Vassar probably won't be singing about when he plays Seminole Casino on Saturday: Pick-up trucks. Beer. Tailgate parties. Country girls in skin-tight jeans. The country-music star says he has zero interest in the shallow, party-hearty brand of country music that's all over the radio right now.

Jim Belushi talks about Blues Brothers, Fort Myers bar — You'd think actor Jim Belushi would be comfortable performing on a comedy stage. He's a veteran actor and comedian, after all. He's performed on "Saturday Night Live" and in countless movies and TV shows. He even co-owns a Fort Myers comedy club, Belushi's Comedy Bar.

The Brass Tap to open brand's first brew pub in Naples — Buy Photo The Brass Tap at Coconut Point in Estero serves over 70 draft beers. The brewpub plans to open a location in Naples next month. (Photo: Photos by KINFAY MOROTI/THE NEWS-PRESS) Craft beer will have a little more representation in Southwest Florida when The Brass Tap opens its newest location in Naples in late February.

Golisano Children's Hospital expanding in Naples — The Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida and Miami Children's Hospital will open a 17,000-square-foot pediatric urgent care center in Collier County, replacing a smaller Golisano clinic that opened four years ago in Naples. Lee Memorial Health System, which operates Golisano Children's Hospital, approved the project this afternoon.

North Fort Myers HS evacuated due to bomb threat — North Fort Myers High has temporarily evacuated due to a bomb threat received by phone, according to information sent to parents. Law enforcement is at the school at this time. School officials say they will notify parentts once cleared. Read or Share this story:

Jean Le Boeuf picks 5 SWFL restaurants for Super Bowl cravings — Food critic Jean Le Boeuf picks five favorites for tastes of Seattle, New England and even Arizona. * Cip's Place: Chef-owner Blaine Dry used to cook at Seattle's Space Needle, so you know his cioppino and salmon dishes are legit.
Jan 29, 2015

What do you snack on when you're watching football? | 5 SWFL restaurants for Super Bowl cravings @thenewspress #swfl

Gas below $2 a gallon? It's here in SWFL — A Cape Coral gas station is among the the first offering gas for $1.99 a gallon. The 7-Eleven at Nicholas Parkway and Santa Barbara Boulevard in Cape Coral had the new low Thursday morning. It was $2.05 the day before.