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WMU receives tentative OK to start aviation program here
Sun  May 22 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Western Michigan University is a step closer to establishing pilot training and other programs in Charlotte County after securing a provisional license. In a unanimous vote Wednesday, … Find out how to read more online.
Marine joined up shortly before Pearl Harbor attack
Mon  May 23 2016 08:30AM
When Carl Corwin sailed into Pearl Harbor he was a scared, 17-year-old Marine. The Japanese had just bombed Pearl, and almost all of the battleships in America’s Pacific Fleet were … Find out how to read more online.
Hot and mostly dry weather expected
Mon  May 23 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians will get warm weather with sunshine and clear skies this week, but they’ll also get a bit of relief from humidity. Behind the front that came in over … Find out how to read more online.
1,302 years of combined life celebrated
Sun  May 22 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Millie Peck tap-danced her way down the aisle during a centenarian celebration at North Port Pines retirement center, honoring its residents who are 100 years old or … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Forensic expert suggests explosion downed EgyptAir jet
Tue  May 24 2016 11:16PM
CAIRO (AP) — Body parts recovered from the crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 showed signs of burns and were so small that they suggested the jet was brought down by an explosion, a member of the team examining the remains … read more.

Police find 5 hacked-up bodies in Mexican Gulf coast state
Tue  May 24 2016 11:14PM
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz found the hacked-up bodies of what appear to be five men along with a sign attributing the killings to a dispute between drug cartels, prosecutors said Tuesday. The … read more.

2 more journalists go missing in lawless area of Colombia
Tue  May 24 2016 11:12PM
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Two more journalists were reported missing Tuesday in a lawless region where Colombian security forces were already carrying out an extensive search for a prominent Spanish journalist who disappeared over the weekend. The two journalists from … read more.

Sailors’ nightmare in Rio Olympics: plastic bags, trash
Tue  May 24 2016 11:10PM
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — If you’re the head of world sailing, this is your worst Olympic nightmare. A sailor nears the finish line in Rio de Janeiro’s polluted Guanabara Bay, holding the lead with a coveted gold medal in … read more.

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Imagine, NPHS excel in applying for financial aid
Sun  May 22 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA — Two North Port schools were recognized this week for improving the percentage of high school seniors who apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Imagine School at North Port and North Port High School were both … Find out how to read more online.

Water main break affects 1,700 homes
Sun  May 22 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — What officials deemed a “very rare” type of water main break dried up faucets in two West Villages communities Saturday, affecting about 1,700 homes. The break occurred about 2:30 a.m. to a 20-inch pipe buried 5 feet … Find out how to read more online.

Jobless rate decreases as income inequality increases
Sun  May 22 2016 08:30AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — The optimistic labor market news generated by persistently falling unemployment numbers is somewhat offset by a report drawing attention to the shrinking middle class. A new study from the Pew Research Center finds the percentage of families … Find out how to read more online.

Hurricane Expo: Prepare, plan, do it now
Sun  May 22 2016 08:30AM
Preparedness and planning were the watchwords at the Hurricane and Business Expo 2016 Saturday at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center in Punta Gorda. The expo, sponsored by Sun Newspapers and WINK News, drew an estimated attendance of 2,500 … Find out how to read more online.

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