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Ban the Box

Nov 18, 2015
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Should employers be able to ask job seekers if they have a criminal record early on in the application process?  That’s the fundamental question behind the “ban the box” movement that’s been gaining momentum in recent years.  The name of the movement refers to the box that job applicants are required to check on an application if they have a criminal record.  

Holocaust survivor, author, public speaker, human rights activist and educator Eva Mozes Kor will tell her story at Florida Gulf Coast University Nov. 23.  At the age of 10, Kor was sent to the Nazi’s Auschwitz concentration camp where her parents and two older sisters were killed.  Eva and her twin sister Miriam became part of a group of about 3,000 children who were abused in horrific genetic experiments under the direction of Dr. Josef Mengele. 

Veteran Employment

Nov 11, 2015
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This Veterans Day, we explore the opportunities and challenges veterans face in finding work in the private sector upon their departure from military service. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, some 573,000 veterans currently struggle with unemployment around the nation. With 1.5 million veterans, Florida is home to the third largest population of vets in the country. We take a closer look at local efforts through CareerSource Southwest Florida to help connect veterans with jobs and how experience through military service translates to valuable job skills in the private sector.

Pete Antonacci is the new executive director of the South Florida Water Management District.

He enters the role at a time when the district is facing tough financial questions. Spending is expected to increase, staff size has decreased and the district is dipping into its reserves.

Action, romance, a murder plot and Florida history converge in award-winning author and Southwest Florida resident Robert Macomber’s new novel, “The Assassin’s Honor.”  It’s the 12th installment in the series following the life and career of fictional U.S. Navy Commander Peter Wake beginning in the days of the Civil War through the start of the 20th century.