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Dick Trott worked with ‘Navajo code talkers’ during Battle of Iwo Jima
Sun  Sep 21 2014 06:08PM
Dick Trott, who lives at Jacaranda Trace in Venice, came ashore on Feb. 19, 1945, in the second wave with the 5th Marine Division during the Battle of Iwo Jima. … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte chamber lauds committment
Sun  Sep 21 2014 07:18PM
The Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce recognized W. Kevin Russell with the Pacesetter Award Saturday evening at its 89th annual banquet, held at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center. … Find out how to read more online.
Is that fall in the air?
Sun  Sep 21 2014 07:18PM
Pumpkin ale is on tap, college football match-ups are getting more intriguing, and it’s almost time to buy Halloween costumes. Today is, indeed, the first day of fall. However, as … Find out how to read more online.
‘Never Forgotten’: POW/MIA ceremony remembers those missing from America’s wars
Sun  Sep 21 2014 06:25PM
PUNTA GORDA — When U.S. Army Capt. Luis Chirichigno was held captive by the North Vietnamese at Plantation Gardens, a prison camp just outside of Hanoi, he was approached one … Find out how to read more online.
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Second trial in loud music killing set for Monday
Sun  Sep 21 2014 02:08PM
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jury selection is set for Monday in the second trial of man accused of first-degree murder in the death of a teenager during a 2012 dispute over loud music. Jordan Davis, 17, died after Michael Dunn, … read more.

NASA’s Maven explorer arriving at Mars after year
Sun  Sep 21 2014 02:08PM
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — It’s showtime at Mars. NASA’s Maven spacecraft is on track to reach the red planet late Sunday night following a journey spanning 10 months and 442 million miles. If all goes well, the robotic explorer … read more.

UN ambassador: Others ready to fight Islamic State
Sun  Sep 21 2014 02:08PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States’ ambassador to the United Nations says other nations are pledging support for the fight against Islamic State group militants. But Ambassador Samantha Power on Sunday would not name those countries or detail their level … read more.

Wife of UK hostage issues plea to militants
Sun  Sep 21 2014 02:08PM
LONDON (AP) — The wife of a British aid worker held hostage by the Islamic State group has issued a statement pleading for the militants to release him and respond to her messages “before it is too late.” The Islamic … read more.

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Corrections crackdown
Sun  Sep 21 2014 08:00AM
SOUTH OF PUNTA GORDA — Nine more local correctional officers have been fired following the death of a Charlotte Correctional Institution inmate earlier this year, according to a statement issued late Friday by the Florida Department of Corrections. Correctional Officer … Find out how to read more online.

Bavarian Bash set to take the stage
Sun  Sep 21 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Bavarian Bash is coming to town, promising to live up fully to the title’s dual nature. The weekend celebration of family fun arrives Friday at the City Marketplace site in downtown Punta Gorda, and promoter Nick Nemec … Find out how to read more online.

Cleanup crew rescues castaways
Sun  Sep 21 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Searching along the shoreline of Bayshore Live Oak Park, Mark Long spies something small that, although familiar, doesn’t belong. He picks up the bottle cap, gives it one more look, and throws it into his garbage bag … Find out how to read more online.

Fertilizer vs. environment
Sun  Sep 21 2014 08:00AM
As a man haphazardly sprinkles fertilizer on the lawn of his waterfront home, he’s tackled by a swamp monster. A clueless woman flinging chemicals on her flowers also is taken down by the ogre. The 30-second “Don’t Feed the Monster” … Find out how to read more online.

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