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After Atlantis: The future of American Spaceflight

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN KENNEDY SPACE CENTER ­— When the Space Shuttle Atlantis lands early next week, it will mark the end of the 30-year-old shuttle program and the beginning of…

Atlantis launches the end of an era

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN KENNEDY SPACE CENTER ­— For a launch that was not originally intended to happen, it was flawless. STS-135 Atlantis, the final mission capping the 30-year shuttle program…

Chamber of e-commerce opens virtual doors to Ruskin

By MELODY JAMESON RUSKIN — Based on buy local, sell global principles, a chamber of e-commerce has been launched here. The Ruskin Commongood Chamber of eCommerce, to help members do…

New developments in elder care, research to affect South County

By PENNY FLETCHER SOUTH COUNTY — A new concept for learning about gerontology is being developed by Judith Nolasco, academic dean at Hillsborough Community College’s Ruskin campus. Gerontology is the…

Atlantis: the final launch

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN STS-135 Atlantis blasted off at 11:26 a.m. on Friday.  It was the 135th and final shuttle launch, successfully capping off the 30-year-old space shuttle program.  Atlantis is…

Atlantis launch draws near

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN   The day before the scheduled launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis was cloudy and wet at Kennedy Space Center.  The countdown clock, however, continues to wind…

Obituaries July 7, 2011

Audrey  T. BowlingAydrey T. Bowling, 87, of Sun City Center, passed away on June 26. A resident since 1978, widow of Robert L. who passed away in 1998, she is…

Wildlife sanctuary opens to the public

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN WIMAUMA — Elmira dances when she sees Deb and Sally walk up. The large bear jumps off her wooden perch, throws herself against the fence, and then…

New SouthShore Chamber of Commerce comes together

By MELODY JAMESON APOLLO BEACH – Dedicated to the business interests of the district and aiming to be a political voice for the area, the new SouthShore Chamber of Commerce…

Lots of applicants, but where are the jobs?

By PENNY FLETCHER SOUTH COUNTY — Some people who advertise for help are shocked at the number of people who apply. It makes you aware that the unemployment figures being…

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