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Cold front may come in chilly or wet Christmas package
Thu  Dec 18 2014 03:50PM
Although it’s highly unlikely to see a White Christmas in Southwest Florida, meteorologist Robert Garcia with the National Weather Service said he and his colleagues “never rule it out.” While … Find out how to read more online.
Fishermen’s Village looking to expand
Thu  Dec 18 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — In the 36 years since Fishermen’s Village entered into a land lease with the city, the visitor outpost has grown from a sleepy spot on the harbor … Find out how to read more online.
WWII veteran receives high school diploma
Thu  Dec 18 2014 08:30AM
A few weeks ago, 90-year-old Port Charlotte resident Mike Humenansky was sitting at home with his wife Rosalie and reflecting on his life. He had been married fairly young to … Find out how to read more online.
Boynton is ‘Outstanding’ USF grad
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Sunday, a longtime dream of Stephanie Boynton came true: She graduated from the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Girl, 13, competent to stand trial in stabbing
Thu  Dec 18 2014 02:09PM
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — One of two girls accused of stabbing a classmate in a southeastern Wisconsin park to please a fantasy character known as Slender Man is competent to stand trial for attempted homicide, a judge ruled Thursday. A … read more.

White House: ‘Sophisticated actor’ hacked Sony
Thu  Dec 18 2014 02:09PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says evidence shows the hack against Sony Pictures was carried out by a “sophisticated actor” with “malicious intent.” But spokesman Josh Earnest is declining to blame North Korea. Earnest says he doesn’t want to … read more.

Iraqi Kurdish troops open corridor to Sinjar
Thu  Dec 18 2014 02:09PM
BAGHDAD (AP) — A senior Kurdish official in Iraq says the peshmerga fighters battling Islamic State militants have managed to open up a corridor to Sinjar Mountain so that thousands from the Yazidi minority trapped there can flee. Masrur Barzani … read more.

Death penalty sought in Jewish site shootings
Thu  Dec 18 2014 02:09PM
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas prosecutor will seek the death penalty for a white supremacist from Missouri who is charged with killing three people at two Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City. Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe announced … read more.

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New North Port football, cheer association seeks supporters
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Mike Cody believes there is room for more youth football and cheerleading in North Port. Cody, who coached Pop Warner and North Port Huskys football locally for over 20 years, is organizing the new Eagles Athletic Association Inc., … Find out how to read more online.

Couple charged after toddlers found living in filth
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
VENICE — Wesley Benoit, 35, and Elizabeth Davis, 32, both of Briarwood Road, are each facing two counts of child neglect after authorities found their twin 2-year-old girls living in a filthy, feces-strewn home. According to a Sarasota County Sheriff’s … Find out how to read more online.

A guide to holiday lights
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
Bill Estler clicked a few times and suddenly, the large screen in front of his house came to life. As did the lights. As did the music: “Would you like to build a snowman?” As did the children belted in … Find out how to read more online.

NPPD to honor deceased K-9
Thu  Dec 18 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Friday morning, North Port police will hold a memorial service for K-9 Gino, a retired patrol dog who passed away this week. According to Assistant Chief Tony Sirianni, Gino, 11½, a Belgian Malinois, started with the NPPD … Find out how to read more online.

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