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Facebook pic leads to cat flap
Fri  Jul 25 2014 08:16PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Less than 24 hours after posting a Facebook photo of himself holding a gun up to a cat on Thursday, Thomas McGuinness made national headlines and received … Find out how to read more online.
PGPD: Armed robber strikes area bank
Fri  Jul 25 2014 08:16PM
PUNTA GORDA — Authorities were investigating a suspected armed robbery at a local bank late Friday afternoon. Around 4:30 p.m., a white man wearing a baseball hat and sunglasses walked into … Find out how to read more online.
Tax holiday eases back-to-school fiscal pinch
Fri  Jul 25 2014 08:47PM
From Friday through Aug. 3, merchants won’t collect sales tax on any article of clothing, wallet, handbag, backpack and diaper bag costing $100 or less per item. During the three-day … Find out how to read more online.
PGPD: Armed robber strikes local bank
Fri  Jul 25 2014 08:47PM
PUNTA GORDA — Authorities were investigating a suspected armed robbery at a local bank late Friday afternoon. Around 4:30 p.m., a white man wearing a baseball hat and sunglasses walked … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Net worth up for majority of lawmakers
Thu  Jul 24 2014 09:38PM
TALLAHASSEE (News Service of Florida) — For most state lawmakers, 2013 was another good year financially, regardless of party. Still, those with an “R” affixed to their names are doing better, in general, when it comes to the bottom line … read more.

Boss of company in China meat scandal apologizes
Fri  Jul 25 2014 01:19AM
BEIJING (AP) — The chairman of an American meat supplier apologized Thursday for a Chinese subsidiary that is accused of selling expired beef and chicken to restaurants including McDonald’s and KFC. Fast food chains in China suspended use of products … read more.

Gold drops to five-week low
Fri  Jul 25 2014 01:19AM
(Bloomberg) — Gold futures fell to the lowest in five weeks in New York Thursday as the outlook for an improving global economy reduced demand for a haven. A preliminary China Purchasing Managers’ Index from HSBC Holdings and Markit Economics … read more.

Jobless claims unexpectedly drop to eight-year low
Fri  Jul 25 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (Bloomberg) — The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits dropped last week to the lowest level in more than eight years, reflecting what could be a pickup in auto making during a typically slow time of year. … read more.

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Facebook pic leads to cat flap
Fri  Jul 25 2014 08:47PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Less than 24 hours after posting a Facebook photo of himself holding a gun up to a cat on Thursday, Thomas McGuinness made national headlines and received death threats. But he won’t be charged locally. “We believe … Find out how to read more online.

Cultural Center’s Hageman to retire — again
Fri  Jul 25 2014 08:42PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — When Jim Hageman retires next month from his post as executive director of the Cultural Center of Charlotte County, it will mark his third retirement in a career that spans nearly 60 years. Maybe this time it … Find out how to read more online.

Airport races run lean
Fri  Jul 25 2014 05:10PM
Of the five candidates vying for commission seats on the Charlotte County Airport Authority this year, incumbent Kathleen Coppola leads the pack in money so far. According to the latest financial reports filed with the Charlotte County Supervisor of Elections … Find out how to read more online.

9-year-old calls in vehicle fire
Fri  Jul 25 2014 06:54PM
ENGLEWOOD — In the eyes of the Englewood firefighters, Wesley Hottendorf is a hero. The 9-year-old boy made the 911 call Friday morning that alerted dispatchers to a vehicle fire on West Dearborn Street. “It’s just refreshing to see a … Find out how to read more online.

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