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Tue  Jul 26 2016 05:06PM
Snorkel in seagrass
Tue  Jul 26 2016 05:43PM
The first time I snorkled, I freaked out when fish began touching me. Naturally, I lifted my head out of the water as if that would make the rest of me invisible and the fish would swim away. I’ve become … Find out how to read more online.

School Board moves budget one step forward
Tue  Jul 26 2016 04:24PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — School Board members recently approved the 2016-2017 tentative budget for advertising purposes at a special board meeting. The $247 million proposed tentative budget for the 2016-2017 school … Find out how to read more online.
PGD: The little economic engine that could
Tue  Jul 26 2016 05:43PM
In 1990, the total operating revenue for the Punta Gorda Airport was $1 million. In 2015, it was $8.5 million and climbing. In 2009, Allegiant Airlines’ first year flying into and … Find out how to read more online.
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Brazil police arrest last suspect in Olympics terrorism case
Tue  Jul 26 2016 01:19AM
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Police arrested the last suspect wanted so far in a case of Brazilian sympathizers of the Islamic State who allegedly discussed attacking the Olympic Games next month in Rio de Janeiro. The Federal Police said … read more.

Florida mourns again
Tue  Jul 26 2016 08:30AM
Two people are dead, including a 14-year-old boy and a Lehigh Senior High School basketball star, and up to 16 are injured following a deadly shooting early Monday morning during a party at Club Blu in Fort Myers. The Fort … read more.

Surgeon general: Precaution best method to fight Zika
Tue  Jul 26 2016 01:19AM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy toured a mosquito control facility in Orlando on Monday and said now is the time to start taking precautions … read more.

Elderly veteran held as hostage in motel for years
Tue  Jul 26 2016 01:19AM
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Veterans’ organizations have reached out to help a Korean War-era veteran who authorities say was held hostage in a motel room for four years by a man who stole his benefit checks. Groups in New York, … read more.

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In Philly, the calm after the storm
Tue  Jul 26 2016 05:07PM
Michelle made it better. After all the hootin’ and hollerin’ about biased emails — at least they weren’t plagiarized — disruptive Bernie Sanders disciples and resignations by the party elite, the Democratic National Convention calmed down some late Monday night. … Find out how to read more online.

Charlotte County Chamber preps for busy August
Tue  Jul 26 2016 04:24PM
As July comes to a close, grab your calendar and mark down dates in a very busy August. We start on Tuesday with the New Teachers’ Breakfast where we’ll meet the new teachers who will be joining the district. I … Find out how to read more online.

Braves planning coming along; other teams in mix
Tue  Jul 26 2016 04:14PM
While finalizing terms with the Atlanta Braves on a proposed spring break facility in the region is top priority, West Villages general manager Marty Black reaffirmed Tuesday there are other options in luring major league teams to the area. The … Find out how to read more online.

The most fun two dollars can buy
Tue  Jul 26 2016 04:43PM
What can you buy with two dollars? The answer today is not much. Two bucks can’t even buy a premium ice cream cone. But here’s a secret many don’t know: For two dollars, you can sit in royal splendor while … Find out how to read more online.

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