Cape Coral

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Southwest Florida has been feeling the effects of water releases from Lake Okeechobee for weeks now – most obviously in Cape Coral where the canal-based grid system of the city means many of its residents have backyards that dip down into the water, which is now filled with toxic blue-green algae. 

Photos: Military Museum and Library of Southwest Florida

A flag with 37 stars flew over the White House for roughly ten years, after the addition of Nebraska to the union in March 1867. A version of the 37-star flag, flown during the presidencies of Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, and Rutherford B. Hayes, was dedicated at Wednesday's Flag Day event at the Military Museum and Library of Southwest Florida.

Courtesy of Arlene Goldberg

For the past several months, staff have been working to update Lee County’s Equal Employment Opportunity policy.  A local activist who got an early look at the proposal says it still leaves LGBT employees vulnerable to discrimination. 

Photos: Wikimedia Creative Commons

Saturday, May 6 is Free Comic Book Day, and what started as an effort to bring new hobbyists into comic shops is increasingly being used to encourage literacy by offering families ways to read together.

Rachel Iacovone

(Update: The Cape Coral Republican Club Facebook page says 200 people attended the rally.) 

A group of President Donald Trump's supporters rallied in Southwest Florida Saturday to voice their approval of his first month in office. The men, women and children hoisted signs and cheered at passersby for two hours.

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