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US 41 widening begins
Thu  Jan 29 2015 01:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The widening of U.S. 41 in north Charlotte County to North Port begins today, as part of a two-year, $31 million project. Also known as Tamiami Trail, … Find out how to read more online.
Mooring not on Charlotte’s horizon — for now
Thu  Jan 29 2015 01:00AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners want to delve in a bit deeper before they consider establishing a designated mooring field in Lemon Bay or elsewhere. Commissioners, however, want to do … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County sees crime drop in 2014
Thu  Jan 29 2015 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Crime in unincorporated Sarasota County fell nearly 10 percent overall in 2014 compared to the previous year, Sheriff Tom Knight reported Wednesday. Major crimes — known as part … Find out how to read more online.
SCOPE: Youth bring new voice
Thu  Jan 29 2015 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — About 20 of the 30 residents that participated in the SCOPE Community Report Card meeting Tuesday evening were North Port High School students from Flint Shoop’s sophomore-level … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Thought to be dead, ‘zombie’ cat crawls out of grave
Thu  Jan 29 2015 01:19AM
TAMPA — Bart the cat was hit by a car, buried and seemingly crawled back from the dead. Earlier this month, a car hit the 1 ½-year-old cat in Tampa. Bart’s owner was so distraught, he couldn’t stand the thought … read more.

Boston bounces back, digs out from blizzard’s 2 feet of snow
Thu  Jan 29 2015 01:19AM
BOSTON (AP) — Boston bounced back quickly Wednesday from the Blizzard of 2015, with subways, buses and trains up and running again the morning after the storm buried a swath of New England in 2 to 3 feet of snow. … read more.

Stocks fade late as oil dips, Fed gives investors pause
Thu  Jan 29 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Reserve’s latest take on the U.S. economy got investors in a selling mood Wednesday, as stocks fell sharply for the second straight day. The stock market also took a hit when benchmark U.S. oil … read more.

Smugglers ferry refugees in cargo ships
Thu  Jan 29 2015 01:19AM
ABOARD THE COAST GUARD CUTTER TYR — The crew was about to dig into dinner when word of the “ghost ship” came through: a freighter hurtling out of control toward Italy with no crew — and hundreds of Syrians as … read more.

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Two area prescribed burns today; large smoke columns will likely be visible
Wed  Jan 28 2015 11:52AM
NORTH PORT — Rangers from the Florida Forest Service will be conducting a 200-acre prescribed burn today, Wednesday, Jan. 28, on the south end of the Myakka State Forest. Also, staff from Sarasota County Fire Department & Natural Resources will … Find out how to read more online.

Residents get heated over gun law
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:31AM
NORTH PORT — Emotions ran high Monday night as city commissioners listened to a number of North Port Estates residents asking for safety restrictions concerning the firing of guns in their neighborhood. A lengthy and emotional discussion took place, prompting … Find out how to read more online.

A fight for survival that inspires
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:32AM
On the evening of Nov. 19, 2009, Paul Rigatti of Port Charlotte was taking his one-hour bicycle ride that took him through North Port. As he approached the corner of Price and Raintree boulevards, he was struck from behind by … Find out how to read more online.

Teacher charged with pawning school laptops
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:32AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested an art teacher at Pine View School for reportedly pawning laptop computers belonging to the Sarasota County School Board. Adam M. Seider, 36, of the 3600 block of Wilkinson Road, Sarasota, … Find out how to read more online.

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