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Wed  Jan 28 2015 01:00AM
FAIR SCHEDULE The Charlotte County Fair runs from Friday through Feb. 8 at the Charlotte County Fairgrounds, 2333 El Jobean Road (State Road 776), Port Charlotte. For more information, call 941-629-4252, … Find out how to read more online.
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.
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.
Planning Parkside’s Parks
Sun  Jan 25 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Parkside Citizens’ Master Plan beholds a glorious future. A livable and walkable neighborhood, where miles of broad pathways, sheltered by an unending canopy of trees, would … Find out how to read more online.
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Storm socks Boston
Wed  Jan 28 2015 01:19AM
BOSTON — Its winds howling at more than 70 mph, the Blizzard of 2015 slammed Boston and surrounding parts of New England on Tuesday with none of the mercy it unexpectedly showed New York City, piling up more than 2 … read more.

Ukraine moves to shut rebels out of peace talks
Wed  Jan 28 2015 01:19AM
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday declared the Russia-backed separatist republics in the east to be terrorist organizations, formally eliminating the possibility of holding peace talks with their representatives, as fighting escalated. The move came after Russian … read more.

What credit downgrade means for Russia
Wed  Jan 28 2015 01:19AM
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has seen its credit grade cut to “junk” status for the first time in over a decade, a big blow for a country that wants to be a world economic power. The downgrade by Standard & … read more.

Obama pays respects to Saudis, defends ties to kingdom
Wed  Jan 28 2015 01:19AM
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — In a show of solidarity with Saudi Arabia, President Barack Obama led a parade of American dignitaries to the ultraconservative desert kingdom Tuesday to pay respects after King Abdullah’s death and take measure of the … read more.

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Murder charge filed in Calif. after local man’s death
Fri  Jan 23 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A murder charge has been filed in California against a man accused of killing Ricky Platt, 34, who left Punta Gorda four years ago without telling his relatives where he was going. Now, the victim’s family is … Find out how to read more online.

Advocates push to have killer’s case reheard
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — At 17, Steven Castanedo of Gulf Cove was arrested and charged with the second-degree murder of his friend Juan Tavares. When he gets out of prison, he will be 53 years old, unless he gets another day in court. … Find out how to read more online.

King’s legacy celebrated at NAACP breakfast & parade
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
The DeSoto County Branch of the NAACP held its annual breakfast and parade in honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Dreams for Our Community” was the theme for this year’s commemorative events. The Saturday … Find out how to read more online.

Planning and Zoning OKs first step for DJJ property
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
DeSoto County’s Planning and Zoning Board recommended an amendment to the county’s Future Land Use Plan that is a first step in the reuse of the former G. Pierce Wood/DeSoto Juvenile Justice property. The property, comprising about 800 acres off … Find out how to read more online.

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