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Boaters: Keep an eye out for manatees
Thu  Jul 2 2015 05:10PM
ENGLEWOOD — An aerial survey in February suggested a record number of more than 6,000 manatees swam in Florida waters. But as 2015 progresses, more manatees are dying from watercraft … Find out how to read more online.
A history of sewer plans, resident pans
Thu  Jul 2 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — When Adam Cummings first arrived on the County Commission in 1994, he was immediately placed in the line of fire. A large-scale plan to convert septics to … Find out how to read more online.
Nancy Lisby to be honored at Fourth Fest
Thu  Jul 2 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The woman who cannot retire is being asked to step forward and accept a grateful community’s thanks for the enduring contributions she has made over the course … Find out how to read more online.
Dreher requests new trial on burglary, theft charges
Wed  Jul 1 2015 09:58AM
After a four-day trial in June that returned a guilty verdict of burglary and theft charges for Danielle Dreher, the former wife of slain Charlotte County firefighter Sam Dreher, Danielle’s … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Iran takes hard line on inspections, sanctions at nuke talks
Thu  Jul 2 2015 03:26PM
VIENNA (AP) — Iran took a hard line Thursday on two of the biggest demands of world powers in a final nuclear accord, rejecting any extraordinary inspection rules and threatening to ramp up enrichment of bomb-making material if the United … read more.

Top US diplomat in Cuba on short list for new embassy
Thu  Jul 2 2015 03:26PM
HAVANA (AP) — From his office high above Havana, Jeffrey DeLaurentis has a sweeping view of the cerulean Florida Straits and the blood-red letters declaring Cuba’s defiance of the United States. “Homeland or Death!” reads the sign erected in front … read more.

Greek vote campaign begins amid grinding cash crisis
Thu  Jul 2 2015 03:26PM
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The battle for Greek votes entered full swing Thursday ahead of a crucial weekend referendum that could decide whether the country falls out of the euro. For Greeks, particularly the elderly, the daily struggle to get … read more.

5,000 evacuated after train derailment in East TN
Thu  Jul 2 2015 03:26PM
Blount County, TN — A frantic cleanup effort is underway in East Tennessee after a train derailed, caught fire and spewed fumes in the area. Authorities have ordered a mandatory evacuation of 5,000 people within a 2-mile radius of the … read more.

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IDs released in Venice murder-suicide
Tue  Jun 30 2015 03:58PM
VENICE — The identities of the family found dead Friday in what authorities say was a double homicide and suicide at the Fairfield Inn & Suites have been released, but little more has been made public about the victims. On … Find out how to read more online.

An ‘adventure called family’
Tue  Jun 30 2015 03:58PM
The first seven months in her mother’s womb, Jasmine was motionless. Doctors told her mother that even if she lived, she would be in a persistent vegetative state. They urged an abortion. Her mother said no. Then, after she was … Find out how to read more online.

Marauders’ mission: Blow Po River bridge
Wed  Jul 1 2015 11:29AM
The target: a major bridge over the Po River near Pavia in northern Italy used by the Germans in World War II to move men and equipment south to the front line. Fifty B-26 “Marauders,” twin-engine attack bombers, each carrying … Find out how to read more online.

Keeping the passion alive
Mon  Jun 29 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — While watching the 1998 film, “Saving Private Ryan,” a little lightbulb went off in Elaine Johns’ head. She recalled her grandfather telling her about his experiences in World War II and realized they were not just “grandpa’s … Find out how to read more online.

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