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Irma: A blessing in disguise?
Tue  Sep 19 2017 08:30AM
ARCADIA — On the seventh day after Hurricane Irma’s arrival, people across DeSoto County did what many people do on the seventh day of any week. The DeSoto County Chamber … Find out how to read more online.
Can there be two emergency management directors?
Tue  Sep 19 2017 08:30AM
How many emergency management directors does Charlotte County have? Well, only one, officially, In reality, there are two. There’s Jerry Mallet, who was appointed to the position in April. He’s … Find out how to read more online.
‘We are a Phoenix’
Mon  Sep 18 2017 11:48AM
SEBRING — Among the ruins strewn along State Road 64 as it crosses into Highlands County stands the ghost of a colossus. The remains of a tree more than a … Find out how to read more online.
Public to sound off on Walmart annexation
Tue  Sep 19 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — After years of preliminary talks, the public will now have a chance to weigh in on the notion of annexing a major retailer into Punta Gorda at … Find out how to read more online.
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No immediate threat from Maria; drier weather expected
Mon  Sep 18 2017 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians will get a break from stormy weather this week, but they shouldn’t “let their guard down,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Marc Austin. Forecasters are watching Maria, which became a hurricane Sunday and was expected to become a … Find out how to read more online.

Venice man helped keep Navy flying
Tue  Sep 19 2017 10:11AM
John Denike worked as an aviation repair sheet metal worker for Schweitzer Aviation in the Elmira, New York, area building glider planes before World War II. So when he joined the Navy in 1941, he was immediately advanced in rank … Find out how to read more online.

Returning to NORMAL
Mon  Sep 18 2017 03:33PM
Port Charlotte resident Jim Ford has not slept well since Irma raged through his neighborhood a week ago, Sunday. His days have been stressful in an unfamiliar way, overcome by heat with one question dominating his mind. “When will my … Find out how to read more online.

Irma left destruction, and lessons for life
Mon  Sep 18 2017 08:30AM
I am more than ready to put Hurricane Irma behind me. But, before I do, I have a few observations about the storm, the reactions, the comeback and the stories I heard from letter writers and our staff. It was … Find out how to read more online.

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Why some hurricanes linger while other storms die quickly
Tue  Sep 19 2017 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — This hurricane season is showing how wild and varied storms’ life cycles can be. Most storms seem to be tracked for days while others appear to pop out of nowhere. And some just linger around. Hurricane Jose is … read more.

Trump is riding ‘dead horse’ on climate issue, Gov. Brown says
Tue  Sep 19 2017 01:19AM
NEW YORK — California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday touted steps the state has taken toward a healthier climate, but warned that powerful forces he called “climate deniers” are resisting technologies and policies designed to improve conditions. “I like all … read more.

Christie: Drugmakers to work on nonaddictive pain medication
Tue  Sep 19 2017 01:19AM
TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday that pharmaceutical companies agreed to work on nonaddictive pain medications and additional treatments to deal with opioid addiction. The Republican governor made the announcement in Trenton, shortly after he convened … read more.

Banks lead US stocks modestly higher
Tue  Sep 19 2017 01:19AM
Banks and other financial companies led U.S. stocks modestly higher Monday, nudging the stock market to another record high. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index and Dow Jones industrial average closed at new highs as the market extended its gains … read more.

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