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Reporter’s notebook: Why I spent an hour in a coffin

news-press.com — There's a thin line between being frivolous and ridiculous, and I had just crossed it. I realized this gazing up at a black light while inside a coffin at Hingson's Haunted House of Horrors, a 600-square-foot display outside the family's San Carlos Park home.
Oct 31, 2014

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RT @CristelaGuerra: A first-hand account of life as a werewolf | "Why I spent an hour in a coffin" | newspr.es/1wOHvyn @thenewspress #swfl @janinezeitlin

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RT @davidplazas: "Why I spent an hour in a coffin": reporter @Janinezeitlin goes undercover newspr.es/1wOHvyn via @thenewspress #Halloween

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Reporter’s notebook: Why I spent an hour in a coffin newspr.es/1wOHvyn via @thenewspress by @Janinezeitlin #sogood #lol

Oct 31, 2014

A first-hand account of life as a werewolf | "Why I spent an hour in a coffin" | newspr.es/1wOHvyn @thenewspress #swfl @janinezeitlin

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Ex-congressman Trey Radel's record cleared

news-press.com — Trey Radel, the disgraced Republican congressman from Fort Myers who resigned in January after pleading guilty to cocaine charges, has completed his probation ahead of schedule, news partner WINK News reported Thursday night. Radel's probationary period was to end Nov. 20, a year after pleading guilty in the D.C. Superior Court.
Oct 31, 2014

"Ex-congressman Trey Radel's record expunged" | newspr.es/1wL22nu via @thenewspress #swfl

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Record expunged for ex Congressman @TreyRadel who pleaded guilty to #cocaine possession newspr.es/1wL22nu via @thenewspress @LedgeKing

Oct 31, 2014

RT @TPCarney: basic. RT @politiCOHEN_ look like my ex-congressman is without cocaine and without a record newspr.es/1vphthP

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basic. RT @politiCOHEN_ look like my ex-congressman is without cocaine and without a record newspr.es/1vphthP

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Top 10 Local News Photos of October

news-press.com — One-year-old Nyla Garcia can't bear to see any more scary stuff while visiting Spirit Halloween in Fort Myers Friday, October 17.

New gov poll: Crist, Scott tied; many voters mum

news-press.com — How fed up are voters with the increasingly nasty and expensive Florida governor's race? Enough that a significant number now refuse to answer how they'll vote, according to a new poll. An eyebrow-raising 13 percent of likely voters declined to reveal their choice in the Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9/UF Bob Graham survey released late Thursday.
Oct 31, 2014

#Politics: Poll shows @FlGovScott & @CharlieCrist are tied, & many voters keep mum newspr.es/1tIZ6I4 via @thenewspress @ScottBihr

Lee Memorial detailing Bonita/Estero medical plan next week

news-press.com — Lee Memorial Health System will outlines its plans to expand health care services in south Lee County to its elected governing board next week in Fort Myers, the organization announced. The health system hired the Chicago-based industry consultant Navigant Healthcare in June to help craft a plan, which CEO Jim Nathan described as a "hospital, but without beds."
Oct 31, 2014

South Lee Co. residents will soon see @Lee_Memorial plans for expanding services in Bonita/Estero: newspr.es/1tIb7xd via @thenewspress

Fort Myers pays tribute to fallen Greenie "Jo Jo" Brunson

Oct 31, 2014

@EDREED_NP The Fort Myers High football team remembers fallen teammate Jo Jo Brunson, who was shot to death in 2013. newspr.es/1xI9sXI

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@NewsPressDan Fort Myers High football team remembers fallen teammate Jo Jo Brunson, who was shot to death in 2013. newspr.es/1xI9sXI

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@larryblustein Fort Myers High football team remembers fallen teammate Jo Jo Brunson, who was shot to death in 2013. newspr.es/1xI9sXI

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@FlaHSFootball Fort Myers High football team remembers fallen teammate Jo Jo Brunson, who was shot to death in 2013. newspr.es/1xI9sXI

Oct 31, 2014

The Fort Myers High football team remembers fallen teammate Jo Jo Brunson, who was shot to death in 2013. newspr.es/1xI9sXI

Turn back time Sunday: What you need to know

news-press.com — As the saying goes, spring forward and fall back one hour for daylight saving time. Here's what you need to know about changing your clocks this year, and the debate over getting rid of DST. First, when do I need to change my clocks? Move your clocks back one hour at 2 a.m.

Friday Halloween events in Southwest Florida

news-press.com — Mike Greenwell's Haunted Hike Can you escape the asylum? The 23rd annual outdoor scare-fest takes place 7-11 p.m. $10 general admission, $15 fast pass. $2 for parking. Mike Greenwell's Bat-A-Ball and Family Fun Park, 35 N.E. Pine Island Road, Cape Coral.
Oct 31, 2014

Still looking for something to do on #Halloween ? There's still stuff going on: newspr.es/1wJDNG5 via @thenewspress @CharlesRunnells

Oct 31, 2014

Have a spooktacular Halloween!!!!! Enjoy some of these Friday Night Frights around #SWFL | newspr.es/1wJDNG5 via @thenewspress

Oct 31, 2014

Looking for #Halloween stuff to do tonight in #swfl? Here's a big list of events from haunted walks to symphony music news-press.com/story/entertai…

Spooky is on display in Southwest Florida

news-press.com — As darkness shrouds this night, Halloween fanatics prepare to deliver stout frights. Clans of zombies, brain-eating babies and evil clowns populate garages and yards of their homes, through which even pizza delivery guys are afraid to roam. Since the summer, they've been scouring online sites and stores for ghouls and gore.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @A_B_W_: "Last year, we had three grown women pee their pants" - & not b/c of #SWFL's demographics news-press.com/story/news/loc… http://t.co/1t…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @A_B_W_: "Last year, we had three grown women pee their pants" - & not b/c of #SWFL's demographics news-press.com/story/news/loc… http://t.co/1t…

Sammy Watkins returns to South Fort Myers High School

news-press.com — Former South Fort Myers High School football star and current Buffalo Bill, Sammy Watkins, returns Thursday to watch SFM take on Lehigh.
Oct 31, 2014

Sammy Watkins returns to South Fort Myers High School newspr.es/1wMEQFq via @thenewspress @DandC @sammywatkins @Clemsonfb @salmaiorana

Report released on shooting between Naples officers

news-press.com — The state attorney's office has released the report on the July 9 shooting between two Naples police officers that left one dead. There will be no charges filed against Amy Young, the officer who survived the shooting. Sgt. Young, 40, was shot in the face and Luis "Dave" Monroig, 37, was shot and killed inside an Estero home where the pair lived.

FGCU women dominate A-Sun soccer awards again

news-press.com — The Atlantic Sun Conference's best team - and arguably the best FGCU women's soccer team ever - matched its record with six first-team honorees while winning player, defender and coach of the year.
Oct 31, 2014

@darrenrovell VIDEO: #FGCU participates in women's soccer tradition nationwide: Halloween "practice" in costume. newspr.es/1s030bh

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@richarddeitsch VIDEO: #FGCU participates in women's soccer tradition nationwide: Halloween "practice" in costume. newspr.es/1s030bh

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@socceramerica VIDEO: #FGCU participates in women's soccer tradition nationwide: Halloween "practice" in costume. newspr.es/1s030bh

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@TopDrawerSoccer VIDEO: #FGCU participates in women's soccer tradition nationwide: Halloween "practice" in costume. newspr.es/1s030bh

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14-year-old girl arrested for 7-Eleven armed robbery

news-press.com — Lee County Sheriff's deputies have made an arrest in connection with an overnight 7-Eleven robbery in North Fort Myers. Witnesses say a female entered the store at 916 Pondella Road around 12:30 a.m. Thursday and brandished a firearm, then fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash.

JLB review: The Gathering Place is like no other

news-press.com — A nurses'-station-turned-cafe, The Gathering Place, with its eclectic menu of breakfast and lunch dishes, has cultivated a diverse following, proving that good food always belongs. One of the most interesting restaurants in Fort Myers is hidden behind a strip of U.S. 41 containing some of the least.

Broadway’s “Vanya and Sonia...” comes to S.W. Florida

news-press.com — It's got a mouthful of a title, but that hasn't stopped people from lining up in droves to see the play "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike." Playwright Christopher Durang's Broadway hit won a 2013 Tony Award for best play. And now it's become the most-produced play for U.S.
Oct 31, 2014

I can't wait to see one of theater's hottest plays @FloridaRep tonight: "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike." news-press.com/story/entertai…

Things to do in Southwest Florida, Oct. 31 - 9

Jayhawks frontman plays Sanibel Writers Conference

news-press.com — The Jayhawks frontman Gary Louris was playing "alternative country" long before anyone ever coined the phrase. Way back in 1985, nobody mixed rock and country the way The Jayhawks did. The Minnesota band's closest relatives were jangly '70s acts such as The Byrds and Graham Parsons.
Oct 31, 2014

I'm introducing the singer of one of my top bands, @the_jayhawks, Thursday at the @fgcu Sanibel Writers Conference. news-press.com/story/entertai…

Naples, Bonita film fests offer shorts, indie projects

news-press.com — Movie lovers are in luck next week. Two very different film festivals are happening in Southwest Florida, and they're offering everything from promotional shorts for a nature park to full-length features starring Hollywood actors such as Anne Hathaway. The Bonita Nature Place Film Festival spotlights the Bonita Springs nature park with 21 short films shot on site.

Lee County looking to repeal animal ordinance

news-press.com — The county's controversial animal ordinance could be scratched off the records. Lee County officials are looking to repeal the current animal ordinance that passed in February and replace it with an alternative version. "We need to get back to basics and have the health and welfare of animals first," Acting Animal Services Director Dave Harner said.
Oct 31, 2014

Noon Read: #leecounty animal services to go "back to basic" with new animal ordinance #swfl news-press.com/story/news/loc…