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Despite tiff, county affirms support for Patton
Fri  Jul 31 2015 09:00PM
MURDOCK — When Western Michigan University officials visit Charlotte to further explore the feasibility of establishing an aviation program here, and they have made the trip at least 20 times, … Find out how to read more online.
Truck hits cable pole; interrupts local service
Fri  Jul 31 2015 08:43PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A truck knocked down a fiber optic cable in the early morning hours Thursday, interrupting service for Comcast customers in North Port, just north of the Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Dragon boat racing is back at Laishley Park
Fri  Jul 31 2015 09:01PM
The Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club Harbor Dragons has partnered with the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce, and the Charlotte Local Education Foundation, to bring back the popular dragon boat races. … Find out how to read more online.
Former Englewood man’s novel to become movie
Fri  Jul 31 2015 04:22PM
ENGLEWOOD — When Ransom Riggs learned Samuel L. Jackson is playing a character in his young-adult novel turned movie, he freaked out. Novelist Riggs, who grew up in a little … Find out how to read more online.
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US stocks lower; energy stocks slump
Fri  Jul 31 2015 10:07PM
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks closed modestly lower Friday as oil titans Exxon Mobil and Chevron led a slump in energy stocks. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 56.12 points, or 0.3 percent, to 17,689.86. The Standard & Poor’s 500 … read more.

US wage growth falls to slow pace in 2nd quarter
Fri  Jul 31 2015 10:07PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wages and benefits grew in the spring at the slowest pace in 33 years, stark evidence that stronger hiring isn’t lifting paychecks much for most Americans. The slowdown also likely reflects a sharp drop-off in bonus … read more.

’Gut-wrenching’ decision: Search for teens suspended
Fri  Jul 31 2015 10:07PM
OPA-LOCKA, Fla. — After hundreds of rescue workers fanned out across a massive swath of the Atlantic for a full week, the Coast Guard’s search for two teenage fishermen ended Friday, a heart-rending decision for families so convinced the boys … read more.

2nd Australian surfer fights off shark attack
Fri  Jul 31 2015 10:07PM
(CNN) — A second Australian surfer has warded off a shark attack by punching the predator after it bit his leg, police in New South Wales said Friday. The 52-year-old man — named in local media as Craig Ison — … read more.

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Englewood man charged with attempted murder
Fri  Jul 31 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — A local man is facing a slew of charges — including attempted murder — after what the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office describes as a “vicious attack on two people at his Mango Avenue home early (Thursday) morning.” Charles … Find out how to read more online.



Officials: Sticker could help save pets’ lives
Wed  Jul 29 2015 10:49AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Pet owners can help potentially save their furry friend’s lives just by obtaining a sticker. County safety officials on Tuesday announced the launch of their latest sticker program, aimed at informing rescue personnel that animals are inside … Find out how to read more online.

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