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Water district nixes city request
Fri  Apr 18 2014 08:30PM
SARASOTA — Southwest Florida Water Management District officials listened to nearly an hour of pleas from city leaders before rejecting their request to prioritize Punta Gorda’s grant application for a … Find out how to read more online.
All hail the (new) chief
Sat  Apr 19 2014 08:00AM
When Marianne Taylor was a little girl, her family lived next door to the local fire chief in Point Lookout, N.Y. “He was great,” she said. “But even back then, … Find out how to read more online.
His final words
Sat  Apr 19 2014 08:00AM
Bethel A.M.E. Church in Punta Gorda held a Good Friday service that focused on the “Seven Last Words” of Jesus, on the way to, and on, the cross. The featured … Find out how to read more online.
Jobless numbers hold steady
Sat  Apr 19 2014 08:00AM
The region’s unemployment rate in March showed little change from the previous month but continued its steady decline from a year ago. The state Department of Economic Opportunity reported that the … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Mt. Everest avalanche kills 12
Sat  Apr 19 2014 01:19AM
KATMANDU, Nepal — An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world’s highest peak. Several more were injured. The Sherpa … read more.

Scott and Bush want in-state tuition bill passed
Sat  Apr 19 2014 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Rick Scott, along with former governors Jeb Bush and Bob Martinez, made an urgent last-minute plea for legislators to pass a tuition break to students who entered the country illegally. The push from Scott — and … read more.

Eyewitness testimony not gold standard
Sat  Apr 19 2014 01:19AM
PORTLAND, Ore. — The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded courtroom at a defendant. The problem is that decades of studies show eyewitness testimony is only … read more.

Diplomacy doesn’t move insurgents in Ukraine
Sat  Apr 19 2014 01:19AM
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian insurgents defiantly refused Friday to surrender their weapons or give up government buildings in eastern Ukraine, despite a diplomatic accord reached in Geneva and overtures from the government in Kiev. Denis Pushilin of the self-appointed … read more.

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Man charged with stalking Venice mayor
Sat  Apr 19 2014 12:16PM
A North Port man was charged with stalking Venice Mayor John Holic after he discovered that Holic had an affair with his wife, according to the Venice Police Department. David C. Anderson, 46, of the 4100 block of Jaslo Ave., … Find out how to read more online.

Sat  Apr 19 2014 12:02PM
EASTER SERVICES TODAY • Cleveland United Methodist Church, 28038 Cleveland Ave., Punta Gorda: Cleveland UMC and First United Methodist Church of Punta Gorda will hold a Community Sunrise Service at 6 a.m. at Laishley Park, 100 Nesbit St., Punta Gorda … Find out how to read more online.

Weekly Record
Sat  Apr 19 2014 10:52AM
Charlotte County births • Cyrus Lee Cox, to Sarah and David Cox of North Port, at 10:26 a.m. April 2. He weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces. • Jordan Patrick Brown, to Laurie and Stephen Brown of Port Charlotte, at 1:10 … Find out how to read more online.

Winners Circle
Sat  Apr 19 2014 10:44AM
Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club • Ladies Bridge winners April 15: 1-Cleta Clark, 3420; 2-Janice Ressel, 2240. • Slam Bridge winners April 9: 1-Adden Wagner, 5650; 2-LaQuita Morris, 4980; 3-Lucy Secitz, 4410. April 16: 1-George Miller; 2-Cleta Clark; 3-Lucey Segitz; 4-Bevelee … Find out how to read more online.

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