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Police end baby burial probe
Wed  Oct 7 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The Punta Gorda Police Department has suspended a 10-month investigation stemming from a tip that a woman and/or her significant other buried a baby behind a local … Find out how to read more online.
Invasive plants cover Lake Niagara
Tue  Oct 6 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Since moving from Tallahassee to Charlotte County 13 years ago, Magdalena Young has come to cherish the diverse flora bestowed on Southwest Florida. So much so that … Find out how to read more online.
Bar owners avoid jail in gambling case
Tue  Oct 6 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The owners accused of offering illegal gambling at the popular hangout formerly known as Boomers will avoid jail time. Gus Kontos reached a plea deal on Monday, … Find out how to read more online.
Plan B: Airport officials want WMU
Tue  Oct 6 2015 08:33PM
PUNTA GORDA — Though much is still unknown about the possibility of Western Michigan University opening an aviation program in Charlotte County, one thing’s for sure: The Punta Gorda Airport … Find out how to read more online.
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Pistorius family: Oscar’s rights being undermined
Wed  Oct 7 2015 01:19AM
SOMERSET WEST, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius’ family criticized South African authorities on Tuesday for delays in deciding whether he should be released from jail and moved to house arrest, saying his rights were being “undermined” because of the … read more.

House committee approves bill to allow open carry of guns
Wed  Oct 7 2015 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Licensed gun owners would be able to openly carry their weapons in public under a bill approved by the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee on Tuesday. Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz cited federal crime statistics that show that states … read more.

Zimbabwe: 14 elephants killed by cyanide poisoning
Wed  Oct 7 2015 01:19AM
HARARE, Zimbabwe — Fourteen elephants were poisoned by cyanide in Zimbabwe in three separate incidents, two years after poachers killed more than 200 elephants by poisoning, Zimbabwe’s National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority said Tuesday. Three elephants were killed in … read more.

Search for answers begins in sinking of US cargo ship
Tue  Oct 6 2015 10:36PM
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — On board the 790-foot El Faro when it set out on its doomed voyage into the path of Hurricane Joaquin were five Polish workers whose job was to prepare the engine room for a retrofitting. Could … read more.

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Sun  Oct 4 2015 08:30AM
Frances Faye Rossi hasn’t driven an automobile for several years, but that’s a good thing. “Look how beautiful the sky looks,” Rossi said as she rode a Charlotte County Transit Route 10 bus from her home in El Jobean to … Find out how to read more online.

David Dunn-Rankin gets prestigious publishing nod
Sun  Oct 4 2015 08:30AM
David Dunn-Rankin, president of the Sun Coast Media Group and publisher of the Charlotte Sun, will be nominated as president of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association on Monday during the organization’s News Industry Summit in Savannah, Ga. The SNPA, an … Find out how to read more online.

Manasota erosion ‘chronic’
Tue  Oct 6 2015 07:12PM
ENGLEWOOD — Gulf beach erosion on Manasota Key is not going away. It’s getting worse. Coastal Engineering Consultants completed a Manasota Key North Beach Erosion Study from the Sarasota-Charlotte county line south. The conclusion is that there’s a deficit of … Find out how to read more online.

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