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Citizens cut into WMU aviation debate
Thu  Sep 3 2015 12:25AM
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.
Punta Gorda signs deal with Fishermen’s Village
Thu  Sep 3 2015 12:25AM
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 … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff’s deputy accused of misconduct fired, arrested
Thu  Sep 3 2015 12:25AM
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 … 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 … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Abortion forgiveness
Wed  Sep 2 2015 01:19AM
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is applying his vision of a merciful church to women who have had abortions, easing their path toward forgiveness and saying he realizes some felt they had no choice but to make “this agonizing and … read more.

US stocks plunge after bleak Chinese manufacturing report
Wed  Sep 2 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks plunged again Tuesday, continuing a rocky ride for Wall Street, after an economic report out of China rekindled fears that the world’s second-largest economy is slowing more than previously anticipated. The sell-off adds to what … read more.

Wrestler ‘Superfly’ Snuka charged in girlfriend’s 1983 death
Wed  Sep 2 2015 01:19AM
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Former professional wrestling star Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka was charged Tuesday with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of his mistress more than three decades ago. Prosecutors in Lehigh County announced the results of a … read more.

Senate leader: Not enough votes to defund Planned Parenthood
Wed  Sep 2 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s top Republican is conceding that his party will have to await the next president before it can cut off federal funds that go to Planned Parenthood. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says Republicans lack … read more.

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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.

Bravo, Prado
Tue  Sep 1 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — On any given evening in the early 1950s, people would visit Belle Isles Park in Detroit and listen to the many Doo Wop groups practicing there. Among the singers was 12-year-old lead tenor Sal Prado, a Detroit … Find out how to read more online.

Stripper gets prison for luring client to beating
Tue  Sep 1 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — A former exotic dancer is heading to prison for her role in a robbery that almost killed a client. Jamie Yell was working at Emerald City Gentlemens Club in Murdock one night last September when she got … Find out how to read more online.

Heavy rains expected
Mon  Aug 31 2015 08:30AM
Tropical Storm Erika lost steam over the weekend as it collided with Hispaniola’s mountainous terrain and Cuba tore it apart. The storm claimed at least 20 lives and caused widespread flooding as it moved through the Caribbean. Though it’s no … Find out how to read more online.

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