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Heavy rains expected
Sun  Aug 30 2015 05:46PM
Tropical Storm Erika lost steam over the weekend as it collided with Hispaniola’s mountainous terrain and Cuba tore it apart. The storm claimed at least 20 lives and caused widespread … Find out how to read more online.
Local nonprofits look to Giving Challenge
Sun  Aug 30 2015 05:46PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Hitting the donate button at 2:26 a.m. could mean an extra $5,000 added to one lucky supporter’s charity during the upcoming Giving Challenge. The Giving Challenge is … Find out how to read more online.
Former airman refueled planes in flight
Sun  Aug 30 2015 05:41PM
Mike Raymond, commander of Post 110 American Legion in Port Charlotte, contends he had “the best job in the Air Force” as a boom operator on a 707 jet refueling … Find out how to read more online.
CCSO: Bank robber sought
Sun  Aug 30 2015 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit currently is investigating a bank robbery at the Charlotte State Bank, 1100 Tamiami Trail, Murdock. At approximately 11:20 a.m. Saturday, a suspect … Find out how to read more online.
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Turkish jets join US-led coalition in airstrikes
Sun  Aug 30 2015 01:19AM
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish fighter jets have carried out their first airstrikes as part of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Syria, Turkey announced on Saturday. A Foreign Ministry statement said the jets began attacking IS … read more.

Monkey business abounds at Dania Beach
Sun  Aug 30 2015 01:19AM
DANIA BEACH (AP) — For half a century, they have haunted the swampy forests east of Federal Highway. The Dania Beach monkeys, African vervet monkeys thought to have been released by an old tourist attraction in the 1950s, beg bananas, … read more.

Rival Koreas set date for talks preparing family reunions
Sun  Aug 30 2015 01:19AM
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea on Saturday set a meeting to prepare for more reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War. The first preparatory talk will be held between the countries’ Red Cross officials … read more.

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crisis
Sun  Aug 30 2015 08:30AM
While like-minded politicians in Tallahassee shrug off proposals for health care solutions, there are patients in the tricounty area dying of curable diseases. “It’s heartbreaking to watch a 21-year-old with a sinus infection lose his life because he waited too … Find out how to read more online.

Residents deal with incinerator business
Fri  Aug 28 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH GULF COVE — At least one resident grabbed the microphone and said she didn’t want a business like Charlotte Organix in her neighborhood. However, others at a recent meeting with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Charlotte Organix … Find out how to read more online.

Closing in on Fishermen’s Village deal
Thu  Aug 27 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — After months of lengthy negotiations, Fishermen’s Village and the city finally settled on language Wednesday that spells out the conditions of a complicated land deal that, if fully realized, will change the face of Punta Gorda’s most … Find out how to read more online.

AMIkids Crossroads moving to charter school status
Wed  Aug 26 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A residential group home and on-site school for foster boys located on 20 acres of land in eastern Charlotte County is close to becoming a charter school. The School Board is expected to approve a contract on … Find out how to read more online.

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