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Rotonda warring with exotic peppers
Sat  Jul 30 2016 01:00AM
ROTONDA — The Rotonda West Association has declared war on invasive Brazilian peppers. For the last four years, the association has been enforcing one of its deed restrictions “regarding the … Find out how to read more online.
Crack got your tongue?
Sat  Jul 30 2016 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A Nokomis man used several creative tactics Tuesday to attempt to hide evidence of crack cocaine with his mouth, which ultimately failed and earned him two charges, … Find out how to read more online.
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Florida man arrested; doughnut flakes test positive for meth
Fri  Jul 29 2016 01:19AM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Daniel Rushing probably won’t be eating Krispy Kreme doughnuts in his car any more. The 64-year-old was arrested on drug charges when Orlando police officers spotted four tiny flakes of glaze on his floorboard and thought … read more.


Fri  Jul 29 2016 01:19AM
Second dispensing organization authorized in Florida TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida’s Department of Health has granted its second dispensing authorization for medical marijuana. On Wednesday the agency notified Surterra Therapeutics that it has been approved for processing and dispensing low-THC cannabis. … read more.

FDA: No Miami-area blood donations during Zika investigation
Fri  Jul 29 2016 01:19AM
MIAMI (AP) — Federal authorities want to suspend blood donations in Florida counties investigating four mysterious cases of Zika infection that may be the first spread by mosquitoes on the U.S. mainland. Blood centers in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale … read more.

Recent deaths of kids in hot cars prompt pleas to parents
Wed  Jul 27 2016 01:19AM
DALLAS — The deaths of four children in hot cars in recent days has brought the number across the U.S. this year to at least 23, nearly matching the total for all of last year and prompting experts to plead … read more.

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Punta Gorda Airport’s executive director receives Aviation Leadership Award
Sat  Jul 30 2016 01:00AM
The Florida Airports Council (FAC) Allan Penska, Chairman of the Board of Directors, presented Gary P. Quill, the Executive Director of the Charlotte County Airport Authority, the 2016 Aviation Leadership Award at the annual Florida Airports Council Conference, held in … Find out how to read more online.

Democratic delegate: ‘History made’
Sat  Jul 30 2016 01:00AM
Chris Jennings was at the airport in Philadelphia on Friday morning, getting ready to fly home from the Democratic National Convention. She is the chairwoman of the Democratic Party in Sarasota County, and she had been a delegate representing District … Find out how to read more online.

Churches gather to honor law enforcement
Sat  Jul 30 2016 01:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Christians and community members spanning nine denominations gathered at First Baptist Church in Punta Gorda Thursday evening to show their support for law enforcement. As the parking lot filled, some attendees wandered around the outside of the … Find out how to read more online.

Challengers take aim at sheriff
Sat  Jul 30 2016 01:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Snippy, aggressive and in your face. The rivals trying to unseat incumbent Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell turned up the heat against him at a candidates’ forum that filled the Historic County Courthouse on Thursday. Prummell’s Republican … Find out how to read more online.

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