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No easy fix for affordable housing shortage
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
Justin Willis grew up in North Port and owned a few businesses there before taking his family out of state to “see if the grass was greener.” Living in Washington, … Find out how to read more online.
Airport wants better public relations
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
Punta Gorda Airport is an airport on the move, enjoying growth that may become more than a spurt if its low-cost offerings continue to draw ultra-low-cost flights. But some on … Find out how to read more online.
The place is smoking
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
The new Fedora’s Cigar Bar, 209 Wood St., in Punta Gorda, held a recent grand opening celebration. The newly renovated establishment has an assortment of wine, beer and cigars, catering … Find out how to read more online.
Prummell’s statement
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
Editor’s Note: This is the complete statement issued by Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell Saturday. “I don’t usually respond to articles in the Sun, but because it was so egregious … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Grief erupts in Italy as nation honors, buries quake dead
Sat  Aug 27 2016 09:28PM
ASCOLI PICENO, Italy (AP) — Mourners in Italy prayed, hugged, wept and even applauded as coffins carrying victims of the country’s devastating earthquake passed by at a state funeral Saturday, grieving as one nation after three desperate days of trying … read more.

’SOS’ in sand leads to rescue of 2 people stranded on island
Sat  Aug 27 2016 09:26PM
CHUUK STATE, Micronesia (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says two stranded mariners were rescued Friday after crews saw their “SOS” in the sand on an uninhabited island in Micronesia, Hawaii News Now reports (http://bit.ly/2c3bhOD.) A U.S. Navy aircraft crew … read more.

Scams & waste loom as charity millions donated after Orlando
Sat  Aug 27 2016 09:24PM
The more than 430 fundraisers posted on the GoFundMe website after the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando have exposed weaknesses inherent in these popular do-it-yourself charity campaigns: waste, questionable intentions and little oversight. The fundraisers — an … read more.

Top French court rules burkini bans violate basic freedoms
Sat  Aug 27 2016 09:22PM
PARIS (AP) — France’s top administrative court on Friday overturned a ban on burkinis in a Mediterranean beach resort, effectively meaning that towns can no longer issue bans on the swimsuits that have divided the country and brought world attention … read more.

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More Local News
Allegations of torture in jail surface
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office may be facing litigation stemming from the alleged torture of an inmate at the county jail. The allegedly abused inmate, 57-year-old Mark Allen Kapuscinski, told friends he was forced to eat his … Find out how to read more online.

FHP: Man, 70, injured in two-car crash
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — An Englewood man was seriously injured in a Saturday morning crash at U.S. 41 and Ortiz Boulevard. Robert J. Havard, 70, was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The driver of the … Find out how to read more online.

Got a slogan?
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
Much like “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” or “Orlando makes me smile,” Punta Gorda will be constructing its identity through city branding in future months. The City Council has agreed to move forward with a strategic communications plan, … Find out how to read more online.

Understanding a complex primary ballot is just a few clicks away
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
Charlotte County voters will face a complex list of 15 different primary election ballots awaiting Republican, Democrat and Libertarian party members, as well as those with no party affiliation, on Tuesday, Aug. 30. The key to simplifying the process, according … Find out how to read more online.

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