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Zack Rothman

The undecided have decided

Every election season, scads of undecided voters flock to the polls, having only decided that morning — the Tuesday after the first Monday in November — which candidate had earned their vote. This year, however, it seems the undecided have decided — not to vote. In a Fox News poll of registered voters, conducted July 31 through Aug. 2, one in five voters under age 35 wouldn’t choose between the two candidates, compared to just 12 percent of voters aged 35-54, and only 9 percent of voters 55 and older. With undecided voters often determining the outcomes of elections,...

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‘It seems one of our two major parties is heading toward progress’

In an era becoming increasingly overcome by spiteful, hateful and malicious political rhetoric, the placidity of the crowd at the Hillary Clinton campaign rally in Immokalee on Tuesday, Nov. 1 was a nice reminder that there can still be political discourse without ad hominem attacks. Feeling oddly like fall, the almost un–Florida-like venue seemed as if it was from a Hollywood movie — the tall, white wooden house sitting next to two old wooden barns behind the podium, the pumpkin patches and tractors out in the field. The event consisted of five speakers with the premier and final speaker...

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The race is on for Lee County Sheriff

Mike Scott, Lee County Sheriff incumbent, earning 85 percent of the vote in the GOP primary, recently defeated his party challenger, Stephanie Eller — narrowing the race down to just two. Scott’s opponent and former employee, James Didio, is running unaffiliated (NPA), something someone has yet to successfully do in Lee County. Despite that the office of Sheriff in Lee County currently demands over 40 percent of the county’s operating budget, or $166.5 million with 1,600 people under his command, many voters don’t seem to know who the candidates are. Carter Hargreaves, a 22-year-old graduate student at FGCU seeking...

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Leaked Trump tape crosses the line from ‘locker room talk’ to sexual assault

The face of the Republican Party—the person advertising to not only lead, but represent the entire country—boasted about forcing himself onto women. In a tape from 2005 released on Friday by NBC, Trump said, “Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything…Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.” The Trump campaign has attempted to nullify by labeling his comments as “locker room talk,” despite the fact that Trump was nowhere near the realm of an actual locker room at the time. He was, however, at...

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Hurricane Matthew nears East Coast

Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for all of Florida’s 67 counties after Hurricane Matthew shifted towards the east coast. Dwarfing the previous record of five seasons without a hurricane (1980-1984), the sunshine state has went nearly 11 consecutive years without a hurricane to make landfall. The last system to hit Florida was Wilma on Oct. 24, 2005. According to the Hurricane Research Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, of the 281 named hurricanes to make landfall in the United States since 1851, 114 have impacted Florida. This averages to roughly seven hurricanes every...

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From security guard to sheriff candidate

“We had a band of females that were coming in with plastic bags laced with tinfoil so they could defeat the cameras and detectors at the door,” James Didio recalled. “We knew that they’d be coming in on a Friday or Saturday night. The mall was absolutely packed. I went out on foot.” “I ended up seeing these two leaving a store, so I started to walk up to them to just ask some questions; after all, it was private property. They took off running. They dropped their bags, and I could see the tin foil. I ended up...

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Family Resource Center earns accreditation

The Family Resource Center at FGCU has earned accreditation from the National Association of the Education of Young Children — the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children— after an extensive self-study and quality-improvement process, followed by an on-site visit by NAEYC assessors to verify and ensure that the program met each of the 10 research-based program standards, as well as the hundreds of corresponding individual criteria. The Family Resource Center is an Educational Research Center for Child Development (ERCCD) on campus at Florida Gulf Coast University. Affiliated with the FGCU College of Education, the Center offers...

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