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More cold fronts ahead, but not much rain
Mon  Jan 26 2015 08:30AM
A couple more cold fronts are headed to Southwest Florida, but the work week should be mostly dry except for Monday, according to Nicole Carlisle, meteorologist with the National Weather … Find out how to read more online.
A Charlotte jewel gets some polish
Mon  Jan 26 2015 08:30AM
Harbour Heights Park is one of those little jewels that quietly adorn Charlotte County. The eight-acre site, tucked at the foot of Voyageur Drive on the Peace River, is a … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda man recalls time in German POW camp
Mon  Jan 26 2015 08:30AM
Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part story. While serving as a 57 mm gunner in the 106th Infantry Division, part of Gen. Omar Bradley’s 1st Army, in … Find out how to read more online.
Remembering a true Marine hero
Mon  Jan 26 2015 08:30AM
Paul Carpentier is dead. I can’t believe he’s gone. He had been battling cancer for quite some time. But Paul was no stranger to battles. As a rifleman with Kilo … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Central Florida church makes 100,000 meals to ship to Africa
Mon  Jan 26 2015 01:19AM
INDIALANTIC, Fla. (AP) — Hundreds of volunteers at a central Florida church have pulled off an impressive act of charity: They’re sending 100,000 meals to Africa. The youth ministry at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Indialantic spearheaded an … read more.

Uber drivers fined more than $44K in series of Fla. stings
Mon  Jan 26 2015 01:19AM
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Palm Beach County officials have fined the ride-hailing service Uber and six of its drivers more than $44,000. The Palm Beach Post reports the county conducted stings this week in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, … read more.

Florida couple gets wedding surprise from Backstreet Boy
Mon  Jan 26 2015 01:19AM
MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida couple got the wedding crasher of their dreams: A visit from a member of the Backstreet Boys. Florida Today reports Ryan and A’riel Kastovich were married Saturday in Melbourne. A few months back, the … read more.

WHO adopts reforms to repair reputation after bungling Ebola
Mon  Jan 26 2015 01:19AM
GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization has proposed reforms that could overhaul its structure after botching the response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, a sluggish performance that experts say cost thousands of lives. On Sunday, several dozen of WHO’s … read more.

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More Local News
Friends show support for cancer victim
Sun  Jan 25 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — As is their family tradition, Kerri Kaminski and her two sons were at the movies on Christmas Day, watching the latest installment of “The Hobbit.” But reality intruded on this escape into fantasy. Kaminski, 45, was overcome … Find out how to read more online.

More homes selling faster, at higher prices
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
Season is in full swing, and so is Southwest Florida’s real estate market, with both home sales and prices surging. The latest housing reports released Friday showed closed sales and median prices for single-family homes across the region jumped in … Find out how to read more online.

Pot case grows longer
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The couple accused of running one of the largest local marijuana grow houses in recent history did not reach a plea deal as scheduled Friday because one of the co-defendants’ attorneys called in sick. The hearing at … Find out how to read more online.

County worker ‘hogs’ national spotlight
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
Charlotte County’s carefully crafted image as a coastal community, where the outdoor lifestyle is in harmony with its natural surroundings, took a major hit recently when an investigation was launched into allegations that a county employee trapped and tortured wild … Find out how to read more online.

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