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LBHS seniors celebrate baccalaureate
Thu  May 28 2015 06:17PM
ENGLEWOOD — In seventh grade, a silly dare created a lasting friendship between who are now Lemon Bay High School seniors Matthew Cartland and Stephen Swierkosz. Stephen recalled how Matthew … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff sues boat race organizer
Thu  May 28 2015 07:52PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office still has not been paid for three days of traffic control and security it provided for the Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte casts critical eye at mishmash of U.S. 41 signs
Thu  May 28 2015 02:08PM
MURDOCK — At a recent Charlotte County Commission workshop, a wide-ranging discussion of signs covered current standards, as well as possible changes, for advertising displays that some see as distracting … Find out how to read more online.
Wrongful death suit filed over inmate’s suicide
Thu  May 28 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The family of a mentally ill man who killed himself while incarcerated in the local jail has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Charlotte County Sheriff’s … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Russia classifies military casualties in peacetime
Thu  May 28 2015 01:57PM
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to make losses of Russian troops in peacetime a secret. The decree published on the official government website and signed by Putin on Wednesday makes it a state secret … read more.

Man suing his ex for half of $1M prize gets a win in court
Thu  May 28 2015 01:57PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court answered a potential $1 million question in favor of a man who says his girlfriend broke an agreement to share lottery winnings after she hit it big. Howard Browning says he and … read more.

Washington Post hits back against Iran court claims
Thu  May 28 2015 01:57PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Post is hitting back at Iran’s allegation that a jailed journalist wrote a letter to President Barack Obama. Executive editor Martin Baron says in a statement that Post reporter Jason Rezaian actually filled out an … read more.

Obama meets with family of reporter killed by Islamic State
Thu  May 28 2015 01:57PM
MIAMI (AP) — President Barack Obama has met with the family of an American journalist who was killed last year by the Islamic State group. Steven Sotloff was a 31-year-old Miami-area native who freelanced for Time and Foreign Policy magazines. … read more.

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Program teaches teens to sail
Thu  May 28 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Demetrius Brown, 15, slides into a blue life jacket and snaps shut the black buckles along the front, just before gliding his small sailboat into the tranquil waters of Charlotte Harbor; a slight breeze strokes the water. … Find out how to read more online.

Island grieves over fire victims
Tue  May 26 2015 08:30AM
KNIGHT ISLAND — Tyler and Peggy Erickson brought flowers Monday to pay their respects for the two Knight Island residents who lost their lives in a fire Sunday. A dozen or more islanders gathered on the property Monday morning to … Find out how to read more online.

Emancipation Day frees the spirit
Sun  May 24 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — At the Blanchard House Museum’s annual Emancipation Day celebration Saturday, folks donned Civil War-era garb and real-life roles to tell the human story behind the abolishment of slavery. Assuming the role of a young white woman raised … Find out how to read more online.

1 dead, 1 injured in ‘Yacht Club’ ATV crash
Sun  May 24 2015 08:30AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — One young man is dead, and his young female companion seriously injured, after an ATV crash midday Saturday on Redneck Yacht Club property. The approximately 20-year-old man was driving an ATV around noon when he … read more.

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