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Florida Small Businesses Fear Targeting by an Expanded IRS

PUNTA GORDA, Fla.–On Aug. 16, small business owners and independent contractors across Florida became fearful of their futures as Gov. Ron DeSantis questioned the sanity of Washington. On that day, President Joe Biden signed into law the “Inflation Reduction Act,” giving the IRS nearly $80 billion, with $45.6 billion going towards “enforcement,” which requires hiring…


How Laura Became Jake Then Laura Again—And then Met Her Soulmate: ‘She’s a Beautiful Woman’

After Laura Perry Smalts became Jake, and then Laura again, she wanted to tell the world what it means to be a woman—at least to her. Who better to speak of womanhood than one who has questioned it deeply on a personal level and, through painful trials, found joy in it? She explained her epiphany….


Top Gun Founder Tells How He Started Elite Fighter Pilot School, Rewrote Book on Air-to-Air Combat

There’s no doubt fans of “Top Gun” were thrilled with Maverick’s silver screen comeback. But the real-life story behind that elite fighter pilot school is mind-blowing in equal measure. Or maybe way more mind-blowing. The Navy’s Advanced Fighter Weapons School (or Top Gun) was spearheaded in dire times during the Vietnam War by Dan Pedersen, 86, the…


VIDEO: Dad Surprises His Son at Football Practice After Returning Home From Overseas Deployment

In a tear-jerking moment, a military father surprised his 7-year-old son during football practice after returning home from an eight-month overseas deployment. Jordan Lee Newby from Louisville, who serves in the Air Force Air National Guard, had been deployed in Africa since December 2021, WLKY reported. On a mid-July night, Jordan had returned home and…


Mom Rescues Ethiopian Girl at Risk of Abduction by Satanist: ‘God Was in This Battle’

After adopting an orphaned boy who had escaped slavery in Ethiopia, a Tennessee mom began dreaming of a girl child. Coming across a photo of a 7-year-old orphan in need proved her dream had been a premonition, but after traveling back to Ethiopia to adopt the child, a battle began. The girl, named Favor, was withheld,…


‘This Pup Will Never Be Neglected Again’: NYPD Officer Adopts Dog She Rescued From a Hot Car

In a heartwarming rescue, an officer in New York has adopted a dog she helped save from a hot car in Manhattan. “This pup will never be neglected again,” NYPD 19th Precinct wrote in a tweet late July. (Courtesy of NYPD) According to a tweet from June 18, some good Samaritans called 911 after noticing an…


Photographer’s Grandson Digitizes Thousands of Vintage Shots Found in Closet From 50s, 60s, 70s—And Older

Rummaging through Herb’s closet, it becomes pretty clear: this man once owned a camera store. From that closet, Charlie Mackenbach, Herb’s grandson, exhumed case after case filled with tens of thousands of 35-millimeter film transparencies, each neatly packaged in a slide frame that fits in the palm of a hand. Herb had passed away. The…


Florida Confirms Its First Case of Child Monkeypox

PUNTA GORDA, Fla.–A Florida child under the age of 4 has been identified as the first pediatric case of monkeypox in the state, according to The Florida Department of Health. The child tested positive in Martin County on Florida’s Treasure Coast, which has a total of six reported cases, according to the health department’s Reportable Disease…


DeSantis Calls on Military Vets and Retired First Responders to Serve–in the Classroom

PUNTA GORDA, Fla.–To address Florida’s teacher shortage, Gov. Ron DeSantis is taking a three-pronged approach to recruitment—bring retired first responders out of retirement, put military veterans on a fast track to certification, and help teachers get advanced degrees in order to teach dual enrollment courses. The governor made his pitch at a press event in…


Quiet Start to Hurricane Season May Be Due to Saharan Dust Phenomenon

PUNTA GORDA, Fla.—The new hurricane season in Florida has been quiet so far in 2022, with the tropics seemingly sleeping at the moment. Forecasters are predicting no tropical development for the next 10 days and that may be attributed to a phenomenon known as Saharan Dust. It is a large plume of Saharan dust that travels…