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Fawcett nurses rally in front of hospital
Fri  Sep 4 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Nurses and their supporters rallied in front of Fawcett Memorial Hospital Wednesday night to demand safer staffing conditions for their patients and a decent wage. “We can’t … Find out how to read more online.
Cop killer’s family wants property returned
Fri  Sep 4 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — After he fatally shot Sheriff’s deputy Sgt. Mike Wilson, Jay Vanko turned the gun on himself. That was Aug. 5, 2013 — a little more than two years ago. … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood Water District to seek Gonzalez’ help with sewer funding
Fri  Sep 4 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Englewood Water District supervisors voted unanimously Thursday to work with state Rep. Julio Gonzalez, R-Venice, for funding to offset the costs of its sewer expansion. Gonzalez and EWD … Find out how to read more online.
Citizens cut into WMU aviation debate
Thu  Sep 3 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Charlotte leaders remain mum on a letter sent by private citizens to a stakeholder negotiating a game-changing accord with the county. The letter, addressed to the Western … Find out how to read more online.
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Photographer describes ‘scream’ of migrant boy’s ‘silent body’
Thu  Sep 3 2015 03:51PM
(CNN) — Nilufer Demir was crossing a beach in Bodrum, Turkey, on Wednesday when she saw him: a small boy in a red T-shirt, blue pants and black shoes, lying face-down in the sand. Waves lapped at his lifeless face. … read more.

Theater shooter received supportive letters, money in jail
Thu  Sep 3 2015 03:51PM
DENVER (AP) — Strangers from across the world sent Colorado theater shooter James Holmes money, photos and supportive letters during his three years in a county jail. Prosecutors this week released 200 pages worth of mail sent to Holmes in … read more.

Judge jails Kentucky clerk for refusing marriage licenses
Thu  Sep 3 2015 03:51PM
ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — A defiant county clerk was sent to jail for contempt Thursday after insisting that her “conscience will not allow” her to follow a federal judge’s orders to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. “God’s moral law … read more.

Trump signs pledge to back GOP’s 2016 presidential nominee
Thu  Sep 3 2015 03:51PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Presidential candidate Donald Trump ruled out the prospect of a third-party White House bid Thursday and vowed to support the Republican Party’s nominee — whoever it may be. The billionaire businessman announced his decision in a raucous … read more.

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Punta Gorda signs deal with Fishermen’s Village
Thu  Sep 3 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — In a move that’s poised to change the face of the waterfront for years to come, the city finally inked a deal Wednesday with the owners of Fishermen’s Village for the sale of public property along the harbor. … Find out how to read more online.

Sheriff’s deputy accused of misconduct fired, arrested
Thu  Sep 3 2015 08:30AM
A Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputy was fired and arrested Wednesday for alleged misconduct. Eric Ireland, 31, of North Port, was being booked into the Charlotte County Jail late in the afternoon, and no information was available in the case other … Find out how to read more online.

Property has deep roots in the community
Wed  Sep 2 2015 03:30PM
PUNTA GORDA — In 1883, Isaac Trabue, a Kentucky attorney and developer, bought a stretch of pristine land along the city’s waterfront that he planned to convert into miles of citrus groves. According to the late local historian Vernon Peeples, … Find out how to read more online.

Giving Challenge ramps up community spirit
Wed  Sep 2 2015 03:30PM
As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, more than $2 million had been raised for nonprofits in Charlotte, DeSoto, Sarasota and Manatee counties during this year’s Giving Challenge — and it’s not too late for donors to show their support. The 2015 Giving Challenge is … Find out how to read more online.

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