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Jury: Rodriguez not guilty
Sat  Nov 1 2014 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — After more than four hours of deliberations Thursday night, a six-member jury found HIV-positive North Port resident Jose Rodriguez not guilty of sexually abusing his two step-grandsons. … Find out how to read more online.
Moore gets most contributions in city races
Sat  Nov 1 2014 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — City Commission Seat 4 candidate Jacqueline Moore tops the list for most campaign contributions raised in the city races. Moore has raised the most money among contenders … Find out how to read more online.
Spin Depot closed for ongoing investigation
Fri  Oct 31 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Tuesday morning the North Port Police Department confiscated electronic gambling machines from Spin Depot to be used as evidence in an ongoing investigation, shutting down the adult … Find out how to read more online.
Initiative to provide tools to help infants sleep safely
Fri  Oct 31 2014 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — There is something very intimate and peaceful about the moment a baby falls asleep in his parent’s arms, a moment that parents often want to savor by … Find out how to read more online.
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Stocks cap wild month with rally
Sat  Nov 1 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — For stock investors, there was no shortage of drama in October. Stocks started the month modestly below a record high, only to cascade to their worst slump in two years. But after flirting with a correction, … read more.

Tourist rocket explodes
Sat  Nov 1 2014 01:19AM
MOJAVE, Calif. — A winged spaceship designed to take tourists on excursions beyond Earth’s atmosphere exploded during a test flight Friday over the Mojave Desert, killing a pilot in the second fiery setback for commercial space travel in less than … read more.

Gov. Scott distances self from scandals
Sat  Nov 1 2014 01:00AM
TALLAHASSEE — As Florida slowly recovers from the Great Recession, Gov. Rick Scott has asked voters to judge him on his handling of the state’s economy and his ability to bring jobs to the Sunshine State. But in an election … read more.

Africans worst responders in Ebola crisis
Sat  Nov 1 2014 01:19AM
JOHANNESBURG — The head of Africa’s continental body did not get to an Ebola-hit country until last week — months after alarm bells first rang and nearly 5,000 deaths later. Pledges to deploy 2,000 African health workers have remained largely … read more.

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City extends registration for holiday assistance programs
Fri  Oct 31 2014 03:56PM
NORTH PORT — The city of North Port is extending the days in which families can register for holiday assistance programs. According to North Port Social Services Manager Zulma Solero, the programs usually serve just over 1,000. “We have 308 … Find out how to read more online.

Student struck by car
Sat  Nov 1 2014 01:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Port Charlotte High School freshman who was hit by a car while walking to the bus stop Friday morning is expected to make a full recovery, but the girl’s family is left with some concerns about … Find out how to read more online.

City, firefighters union negotiations press on
Sat  Nov 1 2014 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — More time is needed for North Port Fire Rescue’s union members to decide if they will accept, deny or tweak the city’s proposed offer that was brought to the negotiation table this week. After meetings and negotiations … Find out how to read more online.

Public Safety Day at Firehouse Subs
Fri  Oct 31 2014 08:30AM
Area law enforcement, firefighters and other first responders are coming together for a “Day of Public Safety Awareness” on Saturday at Firehouse Subs at Heritage Plaza, 18500 Veterans Blvd., Port Charlotte. Combining safety information, instructions, demonstrations and activities for children, … Find out how to read more online.

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