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Body found in harbor identified as missing boater
Mon  May 2 2016 06:46PM
A body pulled from the waters at Burnt Store Marina near Punta Gorda was identified late Monday as a missing boater who had not been seen since last week, authorities … Find out how to read more online.
School in mourning
Mon  May 2 2016 01:56PM
NORTH PORT — Students, staff and residents gathered Sunday at North Port High School to remember Antoinette “Ann” Gordon, who was gunned down Friday in Port Charlotte in what police … Find out how to read more online.
Edgewater widening faces delays
Mon  May 2 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — From their home on Edgewater Drive, Jamie and Rich Stone have a front-row seat to the long-running saga of the road-expansion project. And there has been plenty … Find out how to read more online.
Construction impacting drivers
Mon  May 2 2016 08:30AM
Denise Ellis of Port Charlotte Florist said the business — at 900 Tamiami Trail — has been “in the zone” of the U.S. 41 widening project for a while. “There were … Find out how to read more online.
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Elephants to perform for final time at Ringling Bros. circus
Sun  May 1 2016 08:22PM
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Elephants will perform for the last time at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on Sunday, as the show closes its own chapter on a controversial practice that has entertained audiences since circuses began … read more.

Puerto Rico governor warns of new default as crisis worsens
Sun  May 1 2016 08:20PM
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor says the island’s government will not pay most of $470 million in debt payments due by Monday. Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla says negotiators for the U.S. territory’s government have failed to … read more.

After half-century, US cruise leaves Miami for Cuba
Mon  May 2 2016 01:19AM
MIAMI (AP) — After a half-century of waiting, passengers finally set sail on Sunday from Miami on a historic cruise to Cuba. Carnival Corp.’s 704-passenger Adonia left port at about 4:24 p.m., bound for Havana. Carnival’s Cuba cruises, operating under its … read more.

LGBT rights protesters vow to keep fighting Mississippi law
Sun  May 1 2016 08:18PM
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi supporters of lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender rights protested Sunday, saying they’re not giving up their fight against a state law they call discriminatory. The law, which takes effect July 1, is to allow religious … read more.

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Alleged murder-suicide in Port Charlotte
Fri  Apr 29 2016 09:30PM
At 7:02 p.m., Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputies responded to multiple 911 calls reporting multiple shots fired in the vicinity of McDonald’s, 3232 Tamiami Trail, by the Promenades Mall in Port Charlotte. “When we arrived, we discovered two people deceased, one … Find out how to read more online.

Midway project rolls on — below ground
Mon  May 2 2016 07:14PM
MURDOCK — With still another two and a half years left on the Midway Boulevard widening project, no one is yet making plans for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. But county officials are saying that progress is being made. And when the … Find out how to read more online.

Cooler weather should arrive with mid-week front
Mon  May 2 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians have coped with hot and sticky weather with little relief from spring showers, but a front coming in on Wednesday should bring some cooler and less humid weather behind it. “We’re going to have a cold front dropping … Find out how to read more online.

Students walk in their parents’ shoes for a day
Fri  Apr 29 2016 08:30AM
At 14, Kayla Vaughan is a veteran worker at Bealls. Since she was 8, Vaughan has been going to the Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day with her father, Shawn Milam, a manager at Bealls in Englewood. “They … Find out how to read more online.

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