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Emancipation Day frees the spirit
Sun  May 24 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — At the Blanchard House Museum’s annual Emancipation Day celebration Saturday, folks donned Civil War-era garb and real-life roles to tell the human story behind the abolishment of … Find out how to read more online.
‘This situation cannot be ignored’
Sun  May 24 2015 08:30AM
An expert hired to study Sarasota County’s homeless issues said the recent slaying of a 43-year-old allegedly by a homeless man was “predictable.” Texas-based Dr. Robert Marbut, founder of Marbut … Find out how to read more online.
Turkey Day shooter gets probation
Sat  May 23 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The 64-year-old Port Charlotte man originally charged with trying to murder a female friend on Thanksgiving will avoid prison time. Rickey Hill, with his attorney, Assistant Public … Find out how to read more online.
Murder victim ID’d
Sat  May 23 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Cesar Ramonzajac McClatchy, 43, reportedly died Thursday at the hands of a 22-year-old homeless man, Nicholas Robert Ryan Luciano — someone with whom McClatchy was “friends” on … Find out how to read more online.
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Navy says submarine being built to be named USS New Jersey
Sun  May 24 2015 02:17PM
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A submarine will be the third U.S. Navy vessel named the USS New Jersey. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced Sunday that a submarine being built now will get that name when it’s completed and commissioned … read more.

Libya attacks ship near ISIS-controlled port, air force chief says
Sun  May 24 2015 02:16PM
(CNN) — A ship filled with “mercenaries, weapons and ammunition” was attacked by a Libyan air force plane Sunday morning, the chief of the air force told CNN. Saqr al-Joroushi, the head of the Libyan air force for the internationally-recognized … read more.

WWII vet to receive honorary diploma from Ohio high school
Sun  May 24 2015 02:16PM
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A 92-year-old World War II veteran is slated to receive an honorary diploma from his Ohio high school after he left early more than seven decades ago to fight in the war. The Dayton Daily News … read more.

Saved from Sandy: Shorebird efforts are declared a success
Sun  May 24 2015 02:16PM
MIDDLE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A crash program to restore New Jersey bay and ocean beaches wrecked by Superstorm Sandy appears to have succeeded in saving tens of thousands of shorebirds. Scientists fear the birds might have died after the … read more.

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Turkey Day shooter gets probation
Sat  May 23 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The 64-year-old Port Charlotte man originally charged with trying to murder a female friend on Thanksgiving will avoid prison time. Rickey Hill, with his attorney, Assistant Public Defender Toby Oonk, reached a plea deal with state prosecutors … Find out how to read more online.

Jobless figures point to summer ‘season’
Sat  May 23 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Imagine, if you will, a season that never ends, when visitors and spending abound year-round. It may sound like wishful thinking, but as the area jobless rate continues to fall, even after the traditional end of season, optimism … Find out how to read more online.


Sun  May 24 2015 08:30AM
American Legion Post 103 • Sunday Darts winners May 17: Round 1: 1-Marion Goodman, Ron Hickson; 2-Nancy Gant, Bill Tilley; 3-Judy Day, Allen Ogle. Round 2: 1-Sara Martin, Bill Kirkaldy; 2-Pam Kirkaldy, Allen Ogle; 3-Ginny Sines, Paul Martin. Charlotte Harbor Yacht … Find out how to read more online.

A true ‘full day of work’
Sat  May 23 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The more than 200 men and women who make up Charlotte County Fire/EMS certainly stay busy to keep local residents safe. In fact, the agency already has responded to about 13,000 calls this year, or nearly 100 per … Find out how to read more online.

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