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Depending on where you are in Southwest Florida, you may have seen some lingering smoke this week, but no matter where you are, you almost definitely smelled it.

Savanna Barry, UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station

Researchers in Florida received funding from the federal government to restore seagrasses in the Gulf of Mexico. The goal is to protect about 30 acres of the sea floor, and repair about half of that.

Alan Schmierer

In his seminal work, “The Immense Journey,” author and anthropologist Loren Eiseley penned the often cited quote:

“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in the water.”

That sentiment is certainly shared by News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams, who is just as likely to find magic in the palmetto scrub around her Alva homestead, exploring an old growth cypress forest, or even in a rare encounter with a powerful bird of prey while walking along a creek bed, as she tells us in this week’s encore essay.

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A series of violent protests broke out in Nicaragua in the last week over the controversial social security reform. The media blackout there left some in the country reaching across borders virtually to spread the word.

Rachel Iacovone / WGCU

Students across the country walked out of school Friday in remembrance of the victims of the Columbine shooting and all the victims of gun violence in the 19 years since.

In Southwest Florida, dozens gathered at the Charlotte County courthouse to demand stricter gun laws of their representatives, including U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, whose district office is in the building.