Thursday, March 16, 2023

Woman shares impact of alleged sexual assault after Naples doctor charged with raping patients

Among the glitz and glam of Fifth Avenue South in Naples, nestled between some of the world’s most prestigious restaurants, was a dark secret.

Although she won’t get her day in court, Maida is one of at least four women who have filed a civil lawsuit against Pura Vida or Dr. Salata’s estate.

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Florida environmental and smart-growth advocates are targeting eight bills in the Legislature that they say will encourage sprawl

Florida environmental policy and smart-growth advocates are feverishly lobbying against eight legislative proposals that they say will strip local governments of authority, open the door to unregulated development and hamstring taxpayers who choose to fight back. And, they say, the bills filed in the current session are in direct opposition to executive orders Ron DeSantis issued on Jan. 10, in his first executive order, 23-06, of his second term as governor. Critics and supporters now widely acknowledge the governor is using the term to seek both the Republican nomination and the presidency next year.

Don’t overlook the mushrooms – they’re right under your feet

As if by magic, overnight, tucked neatly beneath a cap of mulch, or peaking deftly between blades of grass, mushrooms appear in all shapes, sizes and colors imaginable. What we observe — recognized as mushrooms — are the reproductive spore-producing structures of a larger complex fungal organism called mycelium. All fungi exist either beneficially, as primary or secondary decomposers, by devouring that which has already perished, or saprophytically (obtain nutrients through organic decay) by consuming living matter. Some are responsible for vast improvements in soil health, plant health and nutrient cycling in natural and disturbed environments.

Forecast: Chilly start, warm afternoon

We’ll start the day with quiet skies and a full blast of sunshine, which will warm us up nicely this afternoon as daytime highs push into the low to mid 80s.

Along with the sunshine and comfortable temperatures, humidity will stay low, but that also comes with a high fire danger. Burn bans are in place for Lee, Collier and Hendry County until further notice.

Click here to watch Meteorologist Jason Dunning’s forecast!

Today in History

  • 1985 - Associated Press newsman, Terry Anderson is taken hostage in Beirut.

  • 1968 - U.S. troops in Vietnam destroy a village consisting mostly of women and children, the action is remembered as the My-Lai massacre.

  • 1964 - President Lyndon B. Johnson submits a $1 billion war on poverty program to Congress.

  • 1954 - CBS introduces The Morning Show hosted by Walter Cronkite to compete with NBC’s Today Show.

  • 1926 - Physicist Robert H. Goddard launches the first liquid-fuel rocket.