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North Port OKs Springs contract
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — City commissioners unanimously approved Sarasota County’s contract offer to sell its half of the Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa for $2.75 million, plus closing costs, on Friday, … Find out how to read more online.
Sales tax would fund new library
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM

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Officials propose a brand new 24,000-square-foot community library to be built on roughly 6 acres of city-owned land, across from the History Park near Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda. …

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Governor visits Vineland Elementary
Fri  Aug 29 2014 08:00AM
ROTONDA WEST — “If you like lots of pizza and ice cream, and want to eat dinner with the President and First Lady once a year, you could be the … Find out how to read more online.
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S&P 500 edges up to new record
Fri  Aug 29 2014 10:42PM
NEW YORK (Reuters) — U.S. stocks closed out a strong month on a quiet note on Friday, with the S&P 500 posting a modest gain to close at a new record as the latest positive data helped extend a rally … read more.

UN urges US to stop police brutality
Fri  Aug 29 2014 10:42PM
GENEVA (Reuters) — The U.N. racism watchdog urged the United States on Friday to discontinue the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman touched off riots in Ferguson, … read more.

Ukraine seeks to join NATO
Fri  Aug 29 2014 10:42PM
LAKE SELIGER, Russia — Ukraine called on Friday for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet for Western military help, after accusing Russia of sending in armored columns that have driven back its forces on behalf of pro-Moscow rebels. … read more.

ALS Association backs down on trademark attempt
Fri  Aug 29 2014 10:38PM
(Reuters) — In the wake of criticism over its attempt to trademark the words “ice bucket challenge,” the ALS Association said it is withdrawing its applications from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Following a blog post by a Virginia … read more.

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Airport receives millions for expansion
Fri  Aug 29 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded the Punta Gorda Airport $5.7 million for the expansion of the Bailey Terminal. At a special meeting of the Charlotte County Airport Authority Thursday, assistant airport manager Jim Parish told commissioners he … Find out how to read more online.

Chico’s coming to Cocoplum in North Port
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Chico’s boutique is the latest store to find a new home in the Cocoplum Village Shops, city of North Port Building officials confirmed Friday. Chico’s, a women’s apparel shop with roots beginning in Sanibel Island more than … Find out how to read more online.

Local man faces new child sex charges
Fri  Aug 29 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — A Port Charlotte man faces four counts of lewd or lascivious exhibition after authorities say he repeatedly masturbated in front of a teenage girl, according to the North Port Police Department. Sean David Price, 36, of the … Find out how to read more online.

Little Miss, Mr. Englewood
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM
SUN PHOTOS BY CHAD DION The Little Miss and Mr. Englewood pageant kicked off the Pioneer Days celebration last weekend. Little Miss Englewood contestants were: Olivia Rose Gullotta, Vada Wakley, Layla Carter, McKinley Yust, Kenzie Baggett, Chloe Darrow, Zella Wakley, … Find out how to read more online.

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