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Lawsuit: Hospital security inadequate
Sat  Mar 28 2015 01:00AM
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
Sat  Mar 28 2015 01:00AM
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
Sat  Mar 28 2015 01:00AM
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
Stocks close with slight gains
Fri  Mar 27 2015 10:22PM
NEW YORK (AP) — A tough week on the stock market ended quietly Friday. Major indexes notched modest gains, not nearly enough to make up for the four previous days of losses. It wound up being the second-worst week for … read more.

Pugnacious Reid retiring, wants Schumer as Senate Dem leader
Fri  Mar 27 2015 10:22PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a pugnacious and glamour-averse tactician who united Democrats to help deliver tough victories for President Barack Obama, said Friday he’s retiring next year. He immediately endorsed brash New York Sen. Chuck Schumer … read more.

Suicidal co-pilot may have had hidden illness
Fri  Mar 27 2015 10:22PM
MONTABAUR, Germany — Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appeared happy and healthy to acquaintances, but a picture emerged Friday of a man who hid evidence of an illness from his employers — including a torn-up doctor’s note that would have kept … read more.

University of Oklahoma unveils racist chant probe findings
Fri  Mar 27 2015 10:20PM
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Members of a University of Oklahoma fraternity apparently learned a racist chant that recently got their chapter disbanded during a national leadership cruise four years ago that was sponsored by the fraternity’s national administration, the university’s … read more.

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Slippery slope
Sat  Mar 28 2015 01:00AM
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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