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‘Rebirth of aviation’
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
Imagine a world where a farmer could obtain a bird’s eye view of his crops without stepping an inch off the ground. Imagine a city official being able to survey … read more.
Commercial camera in the sky
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
Every forecast in Florida in the summer says sunny … at least partly. It was the same last week at the Florida Air Museum when the forecast was for Unmanned … read more.
The question of immigrants
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
What should we do with immigrants who are residing in America illegally? Should we deport them? Grant them amnesty? Build a wall to keep them out? During this year’s election, … read more.
Wanda Young’s passing called end of an era
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
It didn’t matter from whatever walk or station in life, Wanda P. Young, of Alturas, touched the lives of many and they showed up in force the morning of July 7 … read more.
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Solano: Completely shocked, stunned
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
Most teachers aren’t ready to head back to school yet, but one Highlands Grove Elementary School teacher didn’t mind on Monday. She was there to meet the press and bask in her newly won title as Florida Teacher of the … read more.

Woman is taking aim at gun safety
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
A mother’s worst nightmare became a reality when a 31-year-old Jacksonville woman was shot by her 4-year-old son. Surviving the freak accident on March 8 changed her life and launched her mission to promote gun safety. “I hope that I … read more.

Bok Academy wins first place
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
After competing for three consecutive years, Bok Tower Academy students have won first place on the state level in a robotics programming competition, with the opportunity to compete in the nationals this August. The competition is part of a nationwide … read more.

Students fighting citrus greening
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
Florida currently faces two problems. First, citrus production has been on the decline due to Huanglongbing — HLB — disease, or “citrus greening,” thus posing a risk to the state’s economy. Second, test scores in science have been lingering among … read more.

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State, National and World News
IS attacks protest in Afghan capital, kills 80 people
Sat  Jul 23 2016 09:14PM
By LYNNE O’DONNELL Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing on a peaceful protest in the Afghan capital on Saturday that killed at least 80 people and wounded more than … read more.

Russian balloonist lands safely in Australia after 11 days
Sat  Jul 23 2016 09:14PM
By ROD McGUIRK Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A cold and exhausted 65-year-old Russian balloonist came back to Earth with a bruising thud in the Australian Outback on Saturday after claiming a new record by flying solo around the … read more.

Police: Munich suspect was obsessed with mass shootings
Sat  Jul 23 2016 09:12PM
By GEORGE JAHN and PAUL WHEATLEY Associated Press MUNICH (AP) — The gunman whose rampage at a Munich mall left nine people dead was a depression-plagued teenager who avidly read books and articles about mass killings and apparently tried to … read more.

California wildfires burn near Los Angeles and Big Sur
Sat  Jul 23 2016 09:12PM
By JOHN ANTCZAK Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wildfires burned out of control Saturday in mountains north of Los Angeles and near Big Sur on California’s scenic Central Coast, posing a threat to some 1,300 homes and a sanctuary … read more.

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