Mike Kiniry

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Hurricane Irma drew attention to nursing homes in Florida after 12 residents at a rehabilitation center in Hollywood died following a power outage caused by the storm. But, the issues surrounding nursing homes in the state run much deeper than a lack of generators. We’re sitting down today with News Press watchdog reporter and columnist, Melanie Payne to find out what she has uncovered with Naples Daily News reporter Ryan Mills in their series of stories about nursing homes in the sunshine state.

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Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative competition that’s been around since the late 1970s that gets students to work together to solve problems, and build confidence and cooperation skills. Local schools compete, with the winners moving on to regional competitions, and it all culminates every year at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals. During this year’s finals in Ames, Iowa, Big Cypress Elementary School in Collier County was recognized as the sole winner from the entire world for their Odyssey Angels Project.


Mike Kiniry

An art installation that seeks to draw attention to victims of mass shootings opened Saturday night at the Daas Co-Op Art Gallery in Fort Myers.

The exhibit, called Collateral Damage, Translated, is described as a heartfelt installation honoring victims of mass shootings in the U.S., from Columbine in 1999 to the Waffle House shooting earlier this year. It’s comprised of the names of 693 shooting victims written in black marker on white paper, mounted on walls and hanging from the ceiling.

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Every year, the Hunger and Homeless Coalition of Collier County conducts what’s called a Point in Time Count to get a snapshot of the number of people in the county who are facing homelessness.

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As our society continues to struggle with the opioid epidemic, opioid abuse among those 50 and older has nearly doubled over the past decade, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.