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Special Olympians have fun at field day
Sat  Apr 18 2015 04:24PM
ROTONDA — Skylar Martin lifted the golf club in celebration of making a hole-in-one in front of her friends. The 11-year-old fifth-grader at Peace River Elementary School in Charlotte Harbor … Find out how to read more online.
Beauty of nature, art highlight eARTh Day Celebration
Sat  Apr 18 2015 04:32PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Under a blue sky and a yellow sun wearing sunglasses, the crayon drawing shows Clara Bailey and her two sisters planting a tree amidst a field of … Find out how to read more online.
Gated communities making a comeback
Sat  Apr 18 2015 04:36PM
ENGLEWOOD — Building luxury homes in a gated community in 2006 seemed like the right idea. But for developers Sam Rodgers and Lee Wetherington, it quickly became a nightmare. In … Find out how to read more online.
Counties assail state’s primary care plan for underserved
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — One day after the Florida Department of Health confirmed that primary care services for the underserved will be switched over to the private sector in Sarasota County, commissioners … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Funding firestorm
Sat  Apr 18 2015 01:19AM
FORT LAUDERDALE — Gov. Rick Scott is comparing the Obama administration to the Sopranos and accusing the president of not caring for low-income families, even as the Republican governor refuses to expand Medicaid insurance to more than 800,000 low-income families. … read more.

Greek talks shake stock markets
Sat  Apr 18 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Fear that Greece could default and abandon the euro is rattling global financial markets. News that negotiations between Greece and its international lenders are making little progress sent European stock markets down sharply on Friday, and … read more.

Obama defends pursuit of sweeping trade pact
Sat  Apr 18 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday defended his pursuit of a sweeping trade pact as good for American workers in a global economy, dismissing fierce opposition from his own party as a “ratification of the status quo.” The … read more.

Adventurous raccoon makes 58-story climb up Toronto crane
Sat  Apr 18 2015 01:19AM
TORONTO (AP) — A death-defying raccoon has caused a sensation in Toronto for climbing a crane about 698 feet up a downtown skyscraper. Social media was a-buzz with a photo of the furry adventurer peering from between the metallic rungs … read more.

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Delivering smiles for 36 years
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Ask any of the hundreds of residents who live within the Old Sailboat section of Punta Gorda Isles, and they’ll say U.S. Postal Service mail carrier Sharon Winesett does more than just deliver parcels. For nearly three decades, … Find out how to read more online.

Jobless rate, season wind down
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
The waning weeks of season continue to bring the unemployment rate down across Southwest Florida. The jobless rate in Charlotte County fell to an even 6 percent in March, down from 6.2 percent the previous month. In March 2014, the county’s unemployment rate … Find out how to read more online.


Prison inmate to remain behind bars
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — A local prisoner will remain behind bars for violating his parole, after an appellate court said he failed to prove the state Parole Commission was required to record his revocation hearing, which could have been considered by … Find out how to read more online.

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