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Building Blocks says its addressing issues
Sat  Sep 20 2014 05:59PM
NORTH PORT — Building Blocks Children’s Center at 2555 N. Toledo Blvd. has been under a microscope since a North Port couple reported the center to the state Department of … Find out how to read more online.
Fertilizer vs. environment
Sat  Sep 20 2014 04:23PM
As a man haphazardly sprinkles fertilizer on the lawn of his waterfront home, he’s tackled by a swamp monster. A clueless woman flinging chemicals on her flowers also is taken … Find out how to read more online.
Housing boom drives job growth
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:00AM
North Port’s building boom has ignited state-leading job growth. The city’s 3.9 percent increase in job growth from August 2013 to August 2014 was a full half percentage point higher … Find out how to read more online.
Area jobless numbers flat
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:00AM
The unemployment rates in Charlotte, Sarasota and DeSoto counties held firm in August, as construction jobs across the state continue to lead the way in growth. Construction jobs grew by … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Scotland to stay in UK
Sat  Sep 20 2014 01:19AM
EDINBURGH, Scotland — Following a long night that brought floods of relief for some and bitter disappointment for others, Scotland awoke with a hangover Friday after voting to reject independence. Now, the task was to heal the divide — and … read more.

Redistricting hearing gets testy
Sat  Sep 20 2014 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE — A bitter dispute pitting Republican political consultants against groups who challenged Florida’s congressional map spilled out in front of the state’s highest court on Friday. The Supreme Court has been asked to decide whether or not secret evidence … read more.

France joins Islamic State fight
Sat  Sep 20 2014 01:19AM
PARIS — France is back at America’s side in conducting military strikes in Iraq. More than a decade after spurning President George W. Bush’s war against Saddam Hussein, France on Friday became the first country to join U.S. forces pounding … read more.

Sierra Leone begins Ebola lockdown
Sat  Sep 20 2014 01:19AM
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone confined its 6 million people to their homes Friday for the next three days as the Ebola-ravaged West African country began what was believed to be the most sweeping lockdown against disease since … read more.

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2 charged in homicide
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:00AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two men in connection with last week’s killing of a Port Charlotte man, in what was described as a drug-related case. Dwayne Jarrel Johnson, 34, of the 21900 block of Hernando Ave., Port … Find out how to read more online.

North Port labeled ‘boring’
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — If you think North Port is boring, well, you’re not the only one. For decades, city residents have bemoaned the fact that the city has no movie theater, no bowling alley and nothing for kids to do. … Find out how to read more online.

2 charged in homicide
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two men in connection with last week’s killing of a Port Charlotte man, in what was described as a drug-related case. Dwayne Jarrel Johnson, 34, of the 21900 block of … Find out how to read more online.

Ellie needs ‘forever’ home
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Ellie was in bad shape when her foster parents first got her. She was skinny and weak, and suffered from various ailments. But she’s doing a lot better now. “Her hip bones, her ribs, her backbones were … Find out how to read more online.

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