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Planned Parenthood evacuation: Cleaning supplies caused fumes
Mon  May 23 2016 01:40PM
Sarasota emergency officials are putting the initial blame on a Monday morning evacuation of Planned Parenthood on improperly stowed cleaning supplies. Seven people were taking to a hospital Monday morning … Find out how to read more online.
WMU receives tentative OK to start aviation program here
Sun  May 22 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Western Michigan University is a step closer to establishing pilot training and other programs in Charlotte County after securing a provisional license. In a unanimous vote Wednesday, … Find out how to read more online.
Marine joined up shortly before Pearl Harbor attack
Mon  May 23 2016 08:30AM
When Carl Corwin sailed into Pearl Harbor he was a scared, 17-year-old Marine. The Japanese had just bombed Pearl, and almost all of the battleships in America’s Pacific Fleet were … Find out how to read more online.
Hot and mostly dry weather expected
Mon  May 23 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians will get warm weather with sunshine and clear skies this week, but they’ll also get a bit of relief from humidity. Behind the front that came in over … Find out how to read more online.
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Tropical Storm Bonnie ruins long weekend on Carolina beaches
Sat  May 28 2016 09:24PM
Tropical Storm Bonnie ruins long weekend on Carolina beaches CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Tropical Storm Bonnie formed Saturday afternoon off the coast of South Carolina as heavy rains from the system ruined the start of the long holiday weekend. Top … read more.

Ohio zoo kills gorilla to protect small child in enclosure
Sat  May 28 2016 09:24PM
By DAN SEWELL Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — A special zoo response team shot and killed a 17-year-old gorilla Saturday that grabbed and dragged a 3-year-old boy who fell into the gorilla exhibit moat, the Cincinnati Zoo’s director said. Authorities … read more.

NASA successfully inflates new space station room
Sat  May 28 2016 09:22PM
By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA successfully inflated a new experimental room at the International Space Station on Saturday, producing the world’s first pump-it-up compartment for astronauts. The operation took much longer than expected, … read more.

AP-NORC Poll: Voters interested, not excited about election
Sat  May 28 2016 09:22PM
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Mary Heintzelman shakes her head in disgust over the presidential election. “I don’t think we have a candidate that’s really suitable to be president in either party,” says Heintzelman, an administrative assistant from Whitehall, Pennsylvania. Her … read more.

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1,302 years of combined life celebrated
Sun  May 22 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Millie Peck tap-danced her way down the aisle during a centenarian celebration at North Port Pines retirement center, honoring its residents who are 100 years old or older. Peck and seven other residents make up the centenarian … Find out how to read more online.

Imagine, NPHS excel in applying for financial aid
Sat  May 28 2016 03:07PM
SARASOTA — Two North Port schools were recognized this week for improving the percentage of high school seniors who apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Imagine School at North Port and North Port High School were both … Find out how to read more online.

Water main break affects 1,700 homes
Sat  May 28 2016 03:07PM
NORTH PORT — What officials deemed a “very rare” type of water main break dried up faucets in two West Villages communities Saturday, affecting about 1,700 homes. The break occurred about 2:30 a.m. to a 20-inch pipe buried 5 feet … Find out how to read more online.

Jobless rate decreases as income inequality increases
Sun  May 22 2016 08:30AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — The optimistic labor market news generated by persistently falling unemployment numbers is somewhat offset by a report drawing attention to the shrinking middle class. A new study from the Pew Research Center finds the percentage of families … Find out how to read more online.

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