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Kennedy Space Center Honors Armstrong

Sep 4, 2012
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Kennedy Space Center director and former shuttle astronaut Bob Cabana led a brief memorial inside the lunar theater, next door to a hall showcasing a Saturn V rocket like the one used launch Armstrong's Apollo 11 crew from the space coast to the moon in 1969.

“What a fitting backdrop to honor one of our heroes, a truly great American", said Cabana. "Neil was one of my heroes, and he’s one of the finest gentlemen I’ve ever known.”

Rare Blue Moon to Appear Tonight

Aug 31, 2012

We'll experience the rare, astronomical phenomenon of a blue moon tonight.

Mark Bennett, with the Miami Museum of Science Planetarium, explains, "The only reason it's called a blue moon is because it's the 2nd one of the month. It doesn't actually appear blue. It is a normal full moon. It has all the normal effects of a full moon."

There won't be another blue moon until 2015.

Ann Romney Recounts Struggle with MS

Aug 30, 2012

Seconds after the pieces of red ribbon had fluttered to the ground in the shady playground, Seth Morano leaned back in his wheel chair, tilted his head for maximum projection, and shouted a short message:

"Two words! Let's play!"

David Morano, a salesman, is Seth's father. Every year, he brings his son to St. Petersburg for three weeks of intense physical therapy at All Children's Hospital.

The 1990s saw an explosion in the number of children diagnosed with autism and now as those kids are approaching their 20s, families in Southwest Florida and around the nation are struggling to find appropriate work and housing options.  Experts with the advocacy organization Autism Speaks predict that another 500,000 children with autism in the U.S.

The new Park Royal mental health hospital in south Fort Myers hopes to hear soon whether its application to become a privately operated Baker Act center has been approved.  The state Department of Children and Families held a public hearing on the request Monday.