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BMX Nationals generated $700K
Tue  May 5 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — As the starting gate slams down at the USA BMX National Series race in Punta Gorda, competitors blast off toward the first obstacle, anxious to make a … Find out how to read more online.
Neighbors irritated by plant’s constant burning
Mon  May 4 2015 08:30AM
PLACIDA — David Tressmer insists he’s not a bad neighbor and does what he can to prevent smoke from his business Charlotte Organix from blowing into the South Gulf Cove … Find out how to read more online.
Spring temperatures bounce back this month
Mon  May 4 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents will begin feeling “more seasonable temperatures” the first full week of May, according to meteorologist Rodney Wynn of the National Weather Service. “This week we’re getting a … Find out how to read more online.
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US stocks sink as oil price gets above $60
Wed  May 6 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — A combination of concerns knocked the U.S. stock market lower Tuesday, snapping a two-day run. Crude oil climbed above $60 a barrel for the first time this year, raising expectations for rising inflation and interest rates. … read more.

Escaped inmate nabbed after 56 years
Wed  May 6 2015 01:19AM
ORLANDO — A man convicted of manslaughter escaped from an Ohio prison farm in 1959, then was allowed to slip away from law enforcement in 1975 and disappeared until a ruse to get his fingerprints led to his arrest in … read more.

Two decades after ‘Black Hawk Down,’ Kerry visits Somalia
Wed  May 6 2015 01:19AM
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Two decades after dead American soldiers were dragged through the streets of Mogadishu, John Kerry on Tuesday became the first secretary of state to set foot in Somalia, a symbolic visit to show support for the … read more.

ISIS claims Texas attack
Wed  May 6 2015 01:19AM
PHOENIX — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Tuesday for the assault on a Texas cartoon contest that featured images of the Prophet Muhammad, but counterterrorism experts said IS has a history of asserting involvement in attacks in which it … read more.

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Witness death pushes sex abuse trial to July
Wed  May 6 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The child sex abuse trial of a 41-year-old North Port man was continued Tuesday to July because of the death of a witness — a relative of the defendant, according to court officials. Michael Joseph Mello faces … Find out how to read more online.

Joining in prayer with the nation
Wed  May 6 2015 08:30AM
The Rev. Rich Webb, pastor of Faithlife Church, will be outside the Charlotte County Administration Center at noon Thursday, carrying on what’s been a tradition for him. Webb will help lead whomever joins him in a celebration of the National … Find out how to read more online.

Jimerson endures tense days
Mon  May 4 2015 08:30AM
Barney Jimerson remembers sleeping in a “little tent” in double sleeping bags with his shoes on in the cold of Germany in January 1956 Jimerson, 81, and a resident of the Gardens of Gulf Cover near Englewood, was in the … Find out how to read more online.

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