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The holidays loom large on the not-so-distant horizon, and that means people will be assembling grocery lists for the weeks ahead.

There are extremes in the holiday entertaining world: there’s the Martha Stewart-esque perfection with all things from scratch, and then, there’s the person just hoping not to poison anyone with whatever lands on the table.

Either way, we all begin with hopes that our feast will at least comfort our guests, even if it doesn’t dazzle, and that’s why we’re talking today with Chef Harold Balink of Harold’s Restaurant in Fort Myers. He’s been in the restaurant industry here in Southwest Florida for some time, and he’s the chef who somehow manages to meld the dazzling with the comforting in his dishes, something few are able to achieve.

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A group of Lee County residents met in downtown Fort Myers Tuesday night to stage a mock oil rig spill to draw attention to the risks of fracking and promote the proposed bipartisan legislation that would ban the practice in Florida.


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Hurricane Irma passed through Southwest Florida more than four days ago, yet the majority of the region is still without power — and growing tired of meals made up of canned tuna and PB&Js. But, there are a few food establishments that opened right after the storm, including one local stop that doesn't actually serve food on its own.

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Calling Florida's criminal justice system "broken," and pointing to high rates of re-incarceration and growing costs to keep inmates in prison, the Florida ACLU and Lee County NAACP  are sponsoring a public forum Thursday night in Fort Myers to discuss reform.

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Could the next car you buy drive itself? As technology for self-driving or "autonomous" vehicles improves, Florida lawmakers, transportation officials, and businesses are positioning the state as one of the leading test beds for driverless cars.

Lee County is making its own preparations, and the Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority is just one of three pilot projects in the country getting federal Department of Transportation dollars. 

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