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Lawsuit: Hospital security inadequate
Fri  Mar 27 2015 08:21PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The children of an elderly woman who had a valuable diamond stolen from her wedding ring while she was a patient at Fawcett Memorial Hospital are suing … Find out how to read more online.
Jobless rate falls as snowbirds come to nest
Fri  Mar 27 2015 08:17PM
Fueled by a record-breaking number of seasonal visitors, and the jobs they bring, hiring increased across the board and across the region last month. The jobless rate in Charlotte County … Find out how to read more online.
Latino group evolves with its goals
Fri  Mar 27 2015 08:17PM
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Latinos are the most populous minority currently living in this country. Since 1970, the Hispanic population has increased sixfold, from 9.1 million to 53 million by … Find out how to read more online.
Is this a Census scam?
Fri  Mar 27 2015 09:34AM
Frank Robinson thought it was a scam. So did Gene Broecker. Each just received letters from the U.S. Census Bureau in the mail addressed to “Resident.” Frank said the letter … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Citrus growers want change in federal tax law for write-offs
Fri  Mar 27 2015 01:19AM
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Citrus growers are looking for a change in federal tax law that would allow them immediately to write off the cost of planting new citrus groves. Under a proposed change in the law, growers wouldn’t have … read more.

House bill would give tax break to gun buyers, club members
Fri  Mar 27 2015 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Guns, gun rights and gun owners are getting plenty of attention in the Florida Legislature this year, including what may be some nice tax breaks. A tax cut package proposed in the state House would exempt … read more.

Florida may promote 3rd graders who fail standardized tests
Fri  Mar 27 2015 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Amid continued backlash over Florida’s testing regimen, the state may stop holding back third grade students who fail the state’s standardized tests. If Florida lawmakers agree to the change, it would mark a major departure from … read more.

AP Exclusive: Iran may run centrifuges at fortified site
Fri  Mar 27 2015 01:19AM
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials have told The Associated … read more.

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Slippery slope
Fri  Mar 27 2015 08:17PM
Authorities said a Roma food truck ran off the southbound Interstate 75 overpass near mile marker 182 at Sumter Boulevard in North Port around 5 p.m. Friday, during a rainstorm. No injuries were reported. … Find out how to read more online.

Doctor left legacy as ‘pioneer’
Fri  Mar 27 2015 09:34AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Dr. Melvyn Katzen, a radiologist known for bringing major diagnostic technology to the area, died recently following a brief illness. He was 79. “He was very instrumental in bringing modern medical treatments and diagnostic services to Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.

Another winning season for local tennis coach
Fri  Mar 27 2015 04:02PM
The 2014-15 competitive tennis season has come to a close for thousands of tennis players who play on 26 tennis courts in Charlotte County, and for one local coach who has a winning streak. Professional Tennis Coach Matthew Maloney’s winning … Find out how to read more online.

Opus closes, Subway prepares to move out
Fri  Mar 27 2015 09:34AM
PUNTA GORDA — After nearly four years in business, the owner of Opus restaurant has closed the doors. Employees of the downtown eatery were notified via text Wednesday that they were not to report to work. A two-line sentence on … Find out how to read more online.

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