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When a pilot crashed a Germanwings plane into a mountainside in the French Alps last month, one word kept coming up over and over in the media coverage: depression. What did the airline know about the pilot's mental health, and what was he required to tell them?

Of course, being depressed is a very different thing from wanting to take the lives of others. But experts we talked with said that an event like this one — a violent act carried out by someone with a mental illness — increases the stigma for everyone with mental illness.

Space travel is never routine or easy and the Apollo 13 mission to the moon proved that point. An explosion aboard the spacecraft 55 hours after liftoff forever changed NASA. The surviving astronauts and flight team recently met to remember and talk about NASA's most famous "successful failure."

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Lee County hospitals saw a significant rise from 2013 to 2014 in the number of babies born experiencing withdrawal from narcotics like heroin and some prescription drugs.

The Way We Worked

Apr 1, 2015
National Archives, Records of the Children’s Bureau, photo by Lewis W. Hine, January 1909

The Marco Island Historical Museum hosts the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit, “The Way We Worked” April 4 through May 16. Through photographs, film, audio and archival accounts from the National Archives and Records Administration, the exhibition explores work in American society going back 150 years and the many changes that have impacted the country’s workforce and work environments. The Marco Island Historical Museum and the Florida Humanities Council have also put together a series of local exhibits and lecture events related to the Smithsonian exhibit with a sharper focus on the history of work in Florida. From the growth of manufacturing to the rapidly increasing use of technology, we’ll explore how America’s and Florida’s workforce have changed throughout history. 

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Skin. It’s the largest organ of the body. So, it’s not surprising that skin cancer, specifically melanoma, is in the top five of the most common cancers in the United States. The American Melanoma Foundation says one American dies of melanoma almost every hour. In the Sunshine State, melanoma is responsible for about 75 percent of all skin cancer deaths.