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More cold fronts ahead, but not much rain
Mon  Jan 26 2015 01:00AM
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 01:00AM
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.
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 … 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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Signs of the times
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Dana Slonaker might have to wave goodbye to her job. Slonaker, a mother of five, relies on her job as a sign spinner at Cheap Smokes in Englewood to bring in money for her family while getting exercise. … Find out how to read more online.

Area jobless rates recede
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
As an improving economy rolls on, jobless numbers across the region are following suit, dropping significantly in one month and over the past year. The unemployment rate in Charlotte County fell to 5.1 percent in December, down from 5.6 the … Find out how to read more online.

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.

Cops: No charges in child drowning
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday it will not charge the woman who was caring for her 6-year-old special-needs grandson when he fell in the swimming pool and drowned at her house on Rome Street last … Find out how to read more online.

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