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Diversity largely missing in school ranks
Mon  Jun 27 2016 08:30AM
(Editor’s note: A racial academic achievement gap in standardized testing exists in Charlotte County schools, according to Florida Department of Education data. This is Part One of a series exploring … Find out how to read more online.
Parents petition for new bus stop
Tue  Jun 28 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Parents are pleading with school officials to provide safe bus transportation in the city’s historic district. Janice and Paul Chupka, parents of 8-year-old twins at Sallie Jones … Find out how to read more online.
Overall crime down, violent offenses up
Tue  Jun 28 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Crime statistics recently released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement present a mixed bag in Charlotte County. On the one hand, 2015 saw the overall crime … Find out how to read more online.
Thunderstorms continue this week
Mon  Jun 27 2016 08:30AM
Thunderstorms are likely to continue across Southwest Florida this week, with temperatures in the mid to upper 80s near the coast and low to mid 90s farther inland, according to … Find out how to read more online.
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Buddy Ryan, NFL coach and defensive mastermind, dies at 82
Tue  Jun 28 2016 09:42AM
Buddy Ryan, who coached two defenses that won Super Bowl titles and whose twin sons Rex and Rob have been successful NFL coaches, died Tuesday. He was 82. His death was confirmed by the Buffalo Bills, who are coached by … read more.

Pat Summitt, winningest coach in D1 history, has died at 64
Tue  Jun 28 2016 09:42AM
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history who uplifted the women’s game from obscurity to national prominence during her 38-year career at Tennessee, died Tuesday morning. She was 64. With an icy … read more.

Florida charity: Zika raises risks for homeless families
Tue  Jun 28 2016 01:19AM
TAMPA (AP) — A Tampa charity is distributing insect repellent and mosquito nets to the homeless to help protect them from mosquito bites. Metropolitan Ministries President and CEO Tim Marks tells WFLA-TV that he routinely hears complaints about insect bites … read more.

Officials: Man loses leg in boating hit-and-run
Tue  Jun 28 2016 01:19AM
ST. AUGUSTINE (AP) — Part of a man’s leg had to be amputated following what officials were describing as a hit-and-run boating crash in St. Augustine. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials tell news outlets that Logan Farquhar lost … read more.

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Teen arrived at Pearl Harbor days before attack
Mon  Jun 27 2016 08:30AM
When the Japanese bombed America’s Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor shortly before 8 a.m., Dec. 7, 1941, “Bud” Whitney was a 19-year-old electrician’s helper working at the Navy Yard in Pearl. He had dropped out of high school, taken a … Find out how to read more online.

Coast Guard finds second body in search for missing family
Mon  Jun 27 2016 04:47PM
ENGLEWOOD — The U.S. Coast Guard found a second body and part of a sailboat during their search for the missing Kimberly family of Sarasota on Thursday, the second full day of the search. Searchers found the second body at … Find out how to read more online.

Teen looks to rebound after coma
Mon  Jun 27 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — After nearly seven months in a coma, Deshawn “Shawnee” Thompson, 17, of Port Charlotte, woke up and started signing and mouthing some words. The next morning, he said “I love you,” his mom, Traci said. Shawnee awakened … Find out how to read more online.

Coast Guard finds body in search for missing family
Thu  Jun 23 2016 08:30AM
Authorities searching the Gulf of Mexico for a missing family found one person’s body late Wednesday. “At about 4:30 this afternoon one of the Coast Guard helicopters located a deceased person in the search area wearing a life jacket,” a … Find out how to read more online.

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