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‘Tropical air mass’ causes warmer weather this week
Sun  Mar 1 2015 06:43PM
Southwest Florida residents can expect warmer weather all week, even with a weak front coming through toward the end of it. After the last cool front came through a few … Find out how to read more online.
Jim Julian launched first wave of Navy drones
Sun  Mar 1 2015 07:19PM
When Jim Julian flipped the switch, cranking up a small remote-controlled helicopter on the deck of a Navy destroyer, he became a part of history that stretches to the increasing … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota, Charlotte counties seek input on comp plan revisions
Sun  Mar 1 2015 06:44PM
Sarasota and Charlotte counties have begun revamping their comprehensive plans, and there is still plenty of time to have your say. A county’s comp plan is a general policy guidebook … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Syria agrees to UN fact-finding mission in Aleppo
Sun  Mar 1 2015 09:47PM
BEIRUT (AP) — The United Nations envoy to Syria is sending a mission to the contested city of Aleppo to determine the situation on the ground and help ensure that humanitarian aid can reach civilians in need if a local … read more.

World strawberry capital sours a bit on its trademark fruit
Sun  Mar 1 2015 09:47PM
PLANT CITY, Fla. (AP) — Some farmers in the strawberry capital of the world are souring on the fruits of their labor. Cold snaps, falling prices and worker shortages have combined to convince some farmers to scale back on strawberries, … read more.

Lady Gaga, Vince Vaughn take charity polar plunge in Chicago
Sun  Mar 1 2015 09:47PM
CHICAGO (AP) — Lady Gaga and Vince Vaughn made plunges into the icy waters of Chicago’s Lake Michigan at a fundraiser for Special Olympics. Special Olympics Chicago President Casey Hogan said Sunday that Gaga did the plunge with more than … read more.

In Russia, dwindling opposition mourns Putin foe Nemtsov
Sun  Mar 1 2015 09:47PM
MOSCOW (AP) — For the tens of thousands bearing flowers and tying black ribbons to railings in honor of slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, the solemn march through the Moscow drizzle on Sunday was a time for silence, not … read more.

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Historical plaque pays homage to Bailey Cemetery
Sun  Mar 1 2015 08:30AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — At a historical marker dedication for Lt. Carl Bailey Cemetery on Friday, re-enactors of the 2nd Infantry, United States Colored Troops, also paid tribute to two Civil War veterans buried there. Owen B. “OB” Armstrong … Find out how to read more online.

Spring fever
Sat  Feb 28 2015 05:22PM
Saturday was the Tampa Bay Rays’ first full-squad spring training workout at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte. … Find out how to read more online.

River Road expansion awaits funding
Sun  Mar 1 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Only two obstacles are standing in the way of widening River Road to four lanes from the Tamiami Trail intersection to the interstate — the land to build it on and the money to pay for it. … Find out how to read more online.

Charlotte Heart Walk: exercise in self-help
Sun  Mar 1 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Gary Barker had all the warning signs of heart disease before undergoing a bypass in September. And the precautions he took as a result of this forewarning may have saved his life. All the men on his … Find out how to read more online.

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