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Local experts to discuss environment in North Port
Wed  Oct 7 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Steve Koski knows the importance of protecting the natural environment. He wants to makes sure everyone else knows it too. Koski is one of a panel of … Find out how to read more online.
Bereavement group helps to heal sorrows of all kinds
Wed  Oct 7 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Andrea Gordon knows what it’s like to grieve. “I’ve been through some pretty difficult griefs and losses,” she said recently. Those losses are what spurred her to … Find out how to read more online.
Police: Man kidnaps, beats victim in car
Wed  Oct 7 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Authorities arrested a man Monday after he allegedly kidnapped a woman in Fort Myers last month and drove her all the way to North Port while punching … Find out how to read more online.
City Deli moves to North Port
Wed  Oct 7 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Jerry Nicastro, owner of City Deli, said moving the business from Port Charlotte to North Port was like coming home. “I love my customers, don’t get me wrong,” … Find out how to read more online.
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Pistorius family: Oscar’s rights being undermined
Wed  Oct 7 2015 01:19AM
SOMERSET WEST, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius’ family criticized South African authorities on Tuesday for delays in deciding whether he should be released from jail and moved to house arrest, saying his rights were being “undermined” because of the … read more.

House committee approves bill to allow open carry of guns
Wed  Oct 7 2015 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Licensed gun owners would be able to openly carry their weapons in public under a bill approved by the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee on Tuesday. Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz cited federal crime statistics that show that states … read more.

Zimbabwe: 14 elephants killed by cyanide poisoning
Wed  Oct 7 2015 01:19AM
HARARE, Zimbabwe — Fourteen elephants were poisoned by cyanide in Zimbabwe in three separate incidents, two years after poachers killed more than 200 elephants by poisoning, Zimbabwe’s National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority said Tuesday. Three elephants were killed in … read more.

Search for answers begins in sinking of US cargo ship
Tue  Oct 6 2015 10:36PM
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — On board the 790-foot El Faro when it set out on its doomed voyage into the path of Hurricane Joaquin were five Polish workers whose job was to prepare the engine room for a retrofitting. Could … read more.

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Local book club celebrates 100th tome
Wed  Oct 7 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Cake and books seem an odd combination, but the North Port Book Club celebrated its 100th book at the North Port Library recently with both. Three original members of the North Port Book Club, who read the … Find out how to read more online.

Ninth annual Trick-or-Treat at City Hall set
Wed  Oct 7 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Ghosts, goblins and local families are invited to the 9th annual Trick-or-Treat at City Hall event from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 30 at North Port City Hall, 4970 City Hall Blvd., off Sumter Boulevard. Each … Find out how to read more online.

Cities disagree on homeless shelter site
Tue  Oct 6 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY –– North Port Mayor Rhonda DiFranco says it’s time for Sarasota to step up and do its part in combating homelessness in the county. “We’ve done our part in working with the county,” she said. “We have our … Find out how to read more online.

Home defaults hit eight-year low mark
Tue  Oct 6 2015 08:30AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — Foreclosure starts fell to their lowest rate in more than eight years in Charlotte County, where 39 filings in September matched the lowest monthly total since the start of the housing meltdown. There were 38 home defaults … Find out how to read more online.

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