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Not guilty verdict in child sex case
Sat  Nov 1 2014 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — After more than four hours of deliberations Thursday night, a six-member jury found HIV-positive North Port resident Jose Rodriguez not guilty of sexually abusing his two step-grandsons. … Find out how to read more online.
Masons continue cool Halloween tradition
Sat  Nov 1 2014 01:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — A pint-sized Darth Vader, played by 4-year-old Joseph Parker, enjoys his first free ice cream bar on Halloween, compliments of the Punta Gorda Masonic Lodge. His grandmother, … Find out how to read more online.
Dumbledore would approve
Sat  Nov 1 2014 01:00AM
Trick-or-treaters had lots of options for their sweet teeth this Halloween. … Find out how to read more online.
Jury in child sex case deliberates late
Fri  Oct 31 2014 10:26AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The jury deliberated well past 7 p.m. Thursday in the child sexual abuse trial of HIV-positive North Port man Jose Rodriguez, after hearing several hours of closing … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Stocks cap wild month with rally
Sat  Nov 1 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — For stock investors, there was no shortage of drama in October. Stocks started the month modestly below a record high, only to cascade to their worst slump in two years. But after flirting with a correction, … read more.

Tourist rocket explodes
Sat  Nov 1 2014 01:19AM
MOJAVE, Calif. — A winged spaceship designed to take tourists on excursions beyond Earth’s atmosphere exploded during a test flight Friday over the Mojave Desert, killing a pilot in the second fiery setback for commercial space travel in less than … read more.

Gov. Scott distances self from scandals
Sat  Nov 1 2014 01:00AM
TALLAHASSEE — As Florida slowly recovers from the Great Recession, Gov. Rick Scott has asked voters to judge him on his handling of the state’s economy and his ability to bring jobs to the Sunshine State. But in an election … read more.

Africans worst responders in Ebola crisis
Sat  Nov 1 2014 01:19AM
JOHANNESBURG — The head of Africa’s continental body did not get to an Ebola-hit country until last week — months after alarm bells first rang and nearly 5,000 deaths later. Pledges to deploy 2,000 African health workers have remained largely … read more.

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Police, community address race relations
Sat  Nov 1 2014 01:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — In the wake of national unrest sparked by the fatal shootings of Trayvon Martin in Central Florida and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. — two unarmed, black teens — local clergy, law enforcement and community members engaged … Find out how to read more online.

Keystone society honors cattleman
Sat  Nov 1 2014 01:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — John David McQueen went across the street from his family cattle ranch for a reception honoring him at Florida SouthWestern State College Charlotte Campus. Although he is “semiretired” now, he spent several years in public service. The … Find out how to read more online.

Compassion for the sick drives medical marijuana initiative
Sat  Nov 1 2014 01:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Robin Montesano suffers from multiple sclerosis — and bad timing. Ten years ago, Montesano offered testimony in favor of medical marijuana during a legislative hearing in Massachusetts. As a nutrition scientist and educator, she remains a strong … Find out how to read more online.

Some cry fowl over free turkeys
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
Shelomie Francois waited in a line of about 110 people that snaked around the North Port Salvation Army building to get a voucher for a free turkey to feed her family of five. Francois, who doesn’t have a car, was … Find out how to read more online.

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