Gulf Coast Live

Photo: The Laboratory Theater of Florida

The Laboratory Theater of Florida is currently running performances of the black comedy “Sordid Lives,”  an LGBT cult classic about family members dealing with their demons as they gather together after a death in the family. Audiences are invited after Thursday's performance to participate in a ‘talk back’ panel about ideas found in the play, from grappling with an LGBT identity, to gay conversion therapy, to institutionalization.

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Last week, Georgetown University released two studies relating to children’s health insurance. One was to announce the nationwide rate of uninsured children has reached an historic low. The other was to point out that Florida’s rate of uninsured children is higher than the national average.

Photo: NASA

Hurricane Irma cut a swath of blackouts through Florida, from the Keys to multiple counties across the peninsula. An estimated 4.4 million people were without power as days became weeks. That's led some Floridians to consider turning to renewable energy like solar power, installing large-scale battery backups at home, and keeping solar contractors busy as more residents think about going "off the grid" to power their homes.

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Today is National Voter Registration Day, the largest one-day effort to register voters in the U.S. Local registration events were hosted this morning by the Collier County Supervisor of Elections  and will continue on tonight from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Crunch Fitness in Naples, located at 6013 Pine Ridge Rd.

Images/caption: Hal Pierce, SSAI/NASA/GSFC

Already battered by Hurricane Irma earlier in September, Hurricane Maria made landfall Sept. 20 in southeast Puerto Rico. Storm trackers with NASA's Earth Observatory say the storm’s track "was a near worst-case scenario," making it the fifth strongest hurricane to ever hit the U.S. With electricity and communications wiped out, those in Florida's Puerto Rican community is desperate to reach their loved ones.

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