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IDs released in Venice murder-suicide
Tue  Jun 30 2015 08:30AM
VENICE — The identities of the family found dead Friday in what authorities say was a double homicide and suicide at the Fairfield Inn & Suites have been released, but … Find out how to read more online.
An ‘adventure called family’
Tue  Jun 30 2015 08:30AM
The first seven months in her mother’s womb, Jasmine was motionless. Doctors told her mother that even if she lived, she would be in a persistent vegetative state. They urged … Find out how to read more online.
Marauders’ mission: Blow Po River bridge
Mon  Jun 29 2015 10:46AM
The target: a major bridge over the Po River near Pavia in northern Italy used by the Germans in World War II to move men and equipment south to the … Find out how to read more online.
Keeping the passion alive
Mon  Jun 29 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — While watching the 1998 film, “Saving Private Ryan,” a little lightbulb went off in Elaine Johns’ head. She recalled her grandfather telling her about his experiences in … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Man forgets glasses, buys winning lottery ticket
Tue  Jun 30 2015 01:19AM
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A man in southwestern Connecticut who mistakenly bought the wrong lottery ticket is $30,000 wealthier. Bob Sabo, of Easton, says he didn’t want to wait in line to buy a lottery ticket at the Super Stop … read more.

Wildfire hotspots around the West
Tue  Jun 30 2015 01:19AM
(AP) — Here’s a look at hotspots around the West: Washington Residents of several hundred homes fled when a blaze erupted Sunday outside Wenatchee and spread out of control in hot and windy weather, destroying 24 structures, including houses. “There … read more.

US stocks notch worst day of this year
Tue  Jun 30 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Fears that Greece’s troubles could spread through the global financial system shook markets on Monday, driving U.S. stocks to their worst day of the year. Investors fled from stocks in Europe and the U.S. and retreated … read more.

NBCUniversal to Trump: You’re fired
Mon  Jun 29 2015 10:40PM
NEW YORK — NBCUniversal, under pressure from an array of Hispanic groups, is severing its business ties to presidential candidate Donald Trump. The Miss USA pageant, scheduled for July 12, will no longer air on the network. Nor will the … read more.

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Area ham operators have Field Day with purpose
Sun  Jun 28 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — When Hurricane Charley blew through in August 2004, Dave Hanson was prepared. With not one, but two, solar-powered radio systems at his home, the ham operator was able to help with recovery efforts when regular communication systems … Find out how to read more online.

EARS complies with Sarasota County regulations
Sun  Jun 28 2015 03:01PM
ENGLEWOOD — EARS Animal Rescue Sanctuary had until today to relocate more than 40 cats following a zoning complaint that made it stop taking in new felines. Although EARS, at 145 W. Dearborn St., has been operating as a pet … Find out how to read more online.

FWC: ‘Criminal’ investigation into possible brass theft
Sat  Jun 27 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Inspector General Mike Troelstrup said Friday his office is conducting a “criminal investigation regarding the possible theft of large amounts of range brass over an extended period of time.” Troelstrup said … Find out how to read more online.

Child molester sentenced to life in prison
Sat  Jun 27 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A judge on Friday denied a convicted child molester’s motion for a new trial, and sentenced him to a mandatory term of life in prison. Jose Almodovar-Chaparro, 37, of Port Charlotte, was arrested last April after a … Find out how to read more online.

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