State Takes Land After Free Offer
9:47 am
Fri October 31, 2014

State Takes Land Years After It Was Offered For Free

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The state has just absorbed a new chunk of land for conservation in Southwest Florida. The acquisition comes years after the state turned down the land.

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Around the Nation
6:41 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

The Billionaire Who Remade Retirement Living On A Massive Scale

Gary Morse, with wife Sharon, in 1999. Morse transformed a mobile home park in Florida into The Villages, a retirement community of more than 100,000 residents.
Stephen M. Dowell Orlando Sentinel

Gary Morse, a visionary property developer, transformed a Florida mobile home park into the nation's largest retirement community. The billionaire died Wednesday at the age of 77.

Under Morse's direction, The Villages, northwest of Orlando, redefined retirement living. It's a community that is remarkable most of all for its size — home to nearly 100,000 residents living in dozens of communities, spread over an area the size of Manhattan.

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Medical Marijuana
10:02 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Ahead of Amendment 2, A Look at Marijuana's Role in Medicine

David Trawin via Flickr

In the coming days, Floridians vote on Amendment 2 which calls to legalize medical marijuana. But its role in medicine is a bit contradictory. The US classifies it as a schedule one drug, deeming it a substance with high abuse potential and no accepted medical use – the same class as heroin and LSD. Yet almost half the states in the country have legalized it for patients.

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Lee County School Board
4:44 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Lee County Ballot Measure Could Diversify School Board

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Lee County voters are deciding this week whether or not to change the make-up of the school board. The change could make the school district, which has never had an African-American or Latino school board member, more diverse.

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Law
4:50 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Former Band Member On Trial In Florida A&M Hazing Death

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 6:30 pm

Three years after Florida A&M student Robert Champion died after a beating on a bus, a member of the university's marching band is on trial for manslaughter. Prosecutors say it was hazing. The defense says it was a tradition more akin to an athletic accomplishment — and one Champion joined in willingly.

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